Part 2: Figuring out where to put the content in your yearbook:
Content can be grouped into relevant sections to make it easy to read as a cohesive book. You can deal with each section as a chapter in the yearbook to make it easier to organise.
REMEMBER: Each page in the yearbook is a part of a two-page spread. When deciding where to put your content, remember what will be placed beside it and think about how it will look together.
It can be very helpful when planning and visualising the positioning of your content if you draw a quick ‘flatplan’ of your book. An example of a yearbook flatplan is below.
When completing your flatplan, remember that the first page is always a single right-hand page and the last page is always a single left-hand page, just like any book.
Points to consider:
- You can sort your content in different ways- e.g. student pages can be sorted alphabetically, by class/year-group, or into boys’ and girls’ sections.
- Different sections can be colour-coded so that the reader can easily find where relevant information is or to show which class a student belongs to.
- The total number of pages in your book should be divisible by four, so that the printer can print it and fold it into double page spreads, otherwise, you will end up with blank pages either at the beginning or the end, and these may still be charged by your printer.
- When gathering content, try to include everyone, not just your own friends or team-mates. Think of the many different groups and societies in the school, from sports teams to the debating society and ask them for an input.
- Remember that you can ask everyone for content, but only put in the stuff you think is good or relevant. Just because you have received it does not mean it has to go in. Tell people this and they will be more likely to give you content of higher quality.
- Don’t forget to proof read content that you have been given. Even teachers can make errors. If a piece is too long or short, you have the authority to edit it down, but be sure to tell them it may be edited.
- Include a section for autographs. That way, students can sign each other’s yearbooks as an extra reminder of their school friends.
- When gathering content- text and imagery, consider what section it will be going in to, e.g. if you are including text on a sporting page, ask a student who knows about a particular sport to give their input, and see if they have photos they took themselves at events.
- Include the teachers. Ask teachers if they would like to contribute to the yearbook. Having a teacher’s section will give them an opportunity to say what they think, and will give a god impression on your yearbook
- If funding is an issue, why not include a sponsorship section. This is where you can ask local businesses to fund some of the yearbook, and in return you will advertise their business on your yearbook. If you decide to do this, try to think of businesses that may have customers who will be likely to view the book, for example a stationery store or a youth club.
- You can come up with an overall theme for your yearbook and the content you will use could connect with this theme, for example a theme such as ‘I am…’ could ask all students to finish this sentence. This could be placed with their input and photographs and reiterated on the cover.
- Your yearbook, while divided into sections could have some running themes placed throughout the book, for example each section could have a timeline running throughout the bottom of the page dealing with one month of the year, or random baby photos could run at the top of each spread and readers don’t find out who each one is until the end.
IDEA: Include the colour-coding on the contents page so that the reader will know what it means for each section.