3 Yearbook contents: Cover (states or hints at theme) Endsheet (acts as a content/design bridge)Opening (introduces the year’s story)Closing (concludes the year’s story)Dividers (introduce sections)Sections (might include student life, sports, people, etc.)Chronological (tells the story in the order of the year)A yearbook should have a theme. These sections should showcase the theme in a verbal and visual way.
4 CoverageReporting the story of the entire year for the school community throughout the yearbook.Important considerations:What strategies will you use to get every student in the book 3 times?What groups/clubs/people were under-represented in last year’s book?Each page will have students from each grade on each page.Yearbook students will not be on every page!!
5 ThemeThe theme is the unifying idea that has a visual and verbal element that holds the book together. The verbal might be a graphic or other design element.The theme for this book is “It’s about TIME.” The visual elements might include cut out pictures, lines (like in the “T” in TIME), lower case letters as in “it’s,” and the shaded boxes and squared off photos.
6 CoverThe cover of the book is the first place to showcase the theme. The spine of the book should include your school name.
7 Page 1, Table of Contents, & Opening Consider placing the table of contents on the endsheet or page 1. Also, include school information and intro your theme.
8 DividerPages/spreads that indicate new sections and provide continuity with your theme.
9 OpeningGives an introduction to your theme and starts the book out on that note.
10 ClosingFinishes the story of the year and brings the book closure.
11 Popular SectionsStudent Life (activities, lifestyles, in and out of school)Sports (all teams, before, during and after game)Academics (learning in and out of class)Organizations (membership record, activities)People (portrait directory supplemented with coverage)Advertising (business and parent ads)Index (reference section, tells students where they are in the book)Chronological vs. TraditionalOther ideas?
12 SportsIncludes all aspects of the sport and everybody who is involved!
14 AcademicsShould highlight the exciting and interesting things going on in the classroom.
15 OrganizationsThis is a great reference tool to keep a history of who was involved in what.
16 PeopleDon’t just print student mug photos; use these pages as an opportunity to get more kids in the book!
17 AdvertisingShowcase the businesses and families who support your book.
18 IndexThis is a record of who is in the book and where the reader can find them.
19 Putting it all together: Ladder (organizes your book)Multiple (8-page section)Signature (16-page section)DPS (double page spread)Deadline (the time/date your pages are due; NO EXCEPTIONS!)These pieces will help you put the book together and make your deadlines!
20 LadderPage-by-page outline or blueprint of the stories to be covered in the yearbook
21 MultipleEight pages on one side of a press sheet, indicated by shading on the ladder; color is purchased in multiples. Multiples are designated by different colors on the ladder.
22 SignatureGroupings of pages that are printed on the same press sheet and folded into 16-page mini-booklets; signatures are then bound together to make a complete book. Signatures are two multiples.
23 Pages and DPSPage: A single page of content with the opposite page featuring a different, yet often related topic.DPS or Double Page Spread: Two facing pages presenting a variety of elements to tell a story.
24 Designing your book Headlines (introduce the reader to the page) Feature stories (Tell the five W’s and H)Captions (add information to explain photos)Photos (action, reaction, illustrative, collection, group)Folios (page numbers and info for the page)Artwork (work produced by students, or clip art)White space (frames your space or divides elements)A good DPS will have all of these elements working together to help the reader enjoy the page.
25 HeadlineHeadlineIntroduces the reader to the page by summarizing the story of the page or highlighting its focus. Should use literary devices to be clever or eye-catching.
26 FeatureStoryStoryTells about the event and gives more insight and detail than a caption can.
27 CaptionCaptionThere are different types of captions (ident, summary, quote, expanded, collection, group), but all captions should tell the reader more about the photo than they can simply see.
28 Dominantaction photoPhotoYour book should have a variety of photos: action, reaction, illustrative, collections and groups. Avoid posed photos!
29 Planned open space on a page used to frame or otherwise highlight content. White SpaceWhite space