Treering Yearbook Heroes is a monthly feature focusing on yearbook tips and tricks.
In March, Treering Yearbooks announced its 2022 #TreeringMemoriesMatter Design Contest for yearbook advisers, coordinators, and editors to share their unique perspectives from their campus community. It’s time to meet the winners and glean their best practices for yearbook spread design.
Jazmine Richey is a student editor from Grandview High School in Grandview, WA who was nominated by her editor-in-chief Lilly Kassinger for her basketball spread. This spread caught our eye and became the one to beat for several reasons: it shows basketball season from the fans and team’s POV, it’s modular, and there’s a highlight reel produced by Jazmine linked to the QR code.
Jazmine, what all went into creating this spread?
I wanted to create a spread with not only the sports players included but the huge student section our school held. I created a highlight video for our boys’ basketball team and wanted it to be included on my spread to show parents, students, or anyone who buys a yearbook. I took a picture of our own basketball hoop and wanted to incorporate each of our boys by giving them their own basketball.
They’re pretty excited, especially because it’s everyone’s first year in the yearbook class. We’re all really glad our hard work has paid off like this. More than anything, this yearbook spread represents both the creativity of our yearbook team and the passion our school showed during the winter sports season.
Lilly, please describe your relationship with Jazmine and why you nominated her.
Jazmine is one of our spread developers. In addition to creating her spreads, she does photography and edits videos to create content for our school. My role as editor-in-chief is to edit the spreads made by our team to make them fit together and take care of the rest of the book’s loose ends.
How does your team design the book?
Our team makes all our spreads in Adobe InDesign and everyone creates their own layouts. As the editor, it’s always nice to see the way each person on the team likes to design their spread, because once they make a couple you can see what their style is. Then I get to make the little tweaks to tie them all together for our book
Explain the big tie-in: the red line.
The spread is built around what we call the Red Line of Equity, which is a red line that is on our hallway tiles in real life. As this is our first year in our new building, we decided to incorporate it into our yearbook as a design element featured on every page, tying back into our theme of “Paving The Way” as we take the new parts of the school and turn them into traditions. The line represents not only the presence of the Red Line of Equity in our everyday lives but the beginning of the creation of traditions here at GHS.
Our school’s yearbook’s main strength is our theme and the way it is present in all aspects of our design. Our Red Line doesn’t run through every page just because. We gave it a meaning. Just think about what story are you trying to tell about your school and dive right into making it into a reality.
What advice would you give to another student who is just getting started?
The most important thing is to have a vision.