Great Yearbook Design: Using Storyboards to Get to the Point


As you’re compiling content for the different sections of your yearbook, you might find yourself on information overload. I’ve been there, and it’s not a fun place. You might be feeling uncertain about the best way to organize all of your data, let alone how to pull it all together for a cohesive look and feel in conjunction with your overall theme! Believe it or not, there’s a simple way to help you and your yearbook committee through this dilemma; it involves using a storyboard to map out your content and make it more manageable. Below, I’ll tell you exactly how to use a storyboard to your advantage, so you can create a book that the whole school will love!

What is a Storyboard?

Storyboards are commonly used in the classroom to encourage creative writing skills among students. They dictate a story through the use of images, which students can then put into words. Because storyboards break down the message you’re trying to convey into smaller, more digestible visual pieces, they are perfect tools for brainstorming the look and flow of your different yearbook sections. Plus, you can use a storyboard to guide the overall layout of your yearbook design, ensuring that all sections of your book are in sync.

Use Your Yearbook Photos

Instead of illustrating how you want the book to flow, use the photos you’ve already pulled together for publication to create a concrete storyboard for content layout. Go section by section to lay out how you want the photos to tell your story. This makes it a lot easier to build out great content to accompany each of the pages in your book! Plus, it will help you identify any gaps that need to be filled, which can prevent you from going into panic mode during crunch time.

Building a Great Yearbook Design

One of the best things about using a storyboard—or multiple boards—to lay out yearbook content is that it will help you easily weave your theme throughout the pages of your publication. A storyboard allows you to focus on the bigger picture of both your sections and your yearbook design as a whole, to ensure that your theme is represented across all pages. It also helps you evenly distribute content, avoiding those pockets of too much information that can wind up on certain pages when you get too wrapped up in the minor details.

Ultimately, your goal is to build out the best book in your school’s history. Storyboards are a great way to sift through all of your content and create an awesome yearbook design, while teaching your students something new at the same time. What’s more, this type of outlining process can help you better understand where and how to use your images and other content before you sit down at a computer. It can help you streamline the whole process of creating a publication that everyone on your team is proud of.