January 1st marks a new beginning for most of us, but we know you and your yearbook staff still have another semester to go. Since you’re still working away snapping photos, writing articles, and organizing pages, we wanted to extend a helping hand. We offer a lot of great yearbook advice here at TreeRing, so we’ve gathered five of our most popular and practical posts from 2015, all in one place–right here.
1. Why You Need A Yearbook Ladder For Your Planning Efforts
When you know where you’re going, it’s a whole lot easier to get there. That’s the idea behind the yearbook ladder, a handy chart that represents all the pages in the yearbook. We’ve compiled a short list of things to do as you go about drafting your ladder, like drawing inspiration from your old yearbook and jazzing up dense features with complementary modules. A good ladder sets the foundation for a great yearbook, and we’ve got all the tools to make that possible. Bookmark this one for next year’s planning, and get a jump start on the season.
2. Ideas for Starting Your Yearbook “Most Likely To” Superlatives List
The “Most likely to” feature is a great way to incorporate a wide range of students in the yearbook. Sometimes, though, deciding on the categories, picking the winners, and designing the spread can be a bit overwhelming. We’ve collected a bunch of creative superlative ideas, like allowing teachers to nominate some of the winners and styling the spread with write-over-text, to make the process a little more manageable. And if you’re looking to add more culturally relevant categories to the old favorites like “Best dressed” or “Most likely to succeed,” we’ve got you covered. How about “Most likely to live on Mars,” or “Be the Next Mark Zuckerberg?”
3. Content Ideas For Your Yearbook Mods
Between the science fair and sports teams and marching band and mathletes, you and your committee probably aren’t having difficulty finding topics for content. Especially when it comes to mods, the “sidebars” of text that accompany a page’s main story. But how do you best cover this content? We provide helpful hints, like selecting your yearbook mod focus from one of five categories, so you can overcome the ‘conundrum of choice’ and produce an engaging and inclusive book.
4. Design Ideas For Your Yearbook Headlines
Open a yearbook to any random page and what’s the first thing you see? Vibrant colors and pictures may catch your eye, but odds are the first thing you really take notice of is the headline. Of course the words are important, but the headline’s design is responsible for the reader’s first impression of the spread. By tweaking the capitalization, space, color, placement, and font accents, you can design a headline that catches the eye and keeps readers engaged.
5. 24 Yearbook Terms Everyone Needs To Know
If you remember when you first joined yearbook, you might recall the confusion you felt when the advisor reminded you “not to let the mods spread into the gutter.” It’s nearly impossible to describe parts of the yearbook without knowing the proper terms. This is a “must read” post for all newbie yerds–it will bring them up to speed and make for better communication among staff members.
Now that you’re armed with some of our most helpful and popular posts from the last year, we hope you’re ready to hop back into the swing of things after a long and luxurious winter break. We can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2016.