Designing a school yearbook can be an exciting creative project you’ll have fond memories of. If you’ve been tasked with your school’s yearbook design, there are many online tools and resources you can use to make your yearbook stand out from other classes and one that you and your classmates will be proud of. For a few places where you can get yearbook design ideas online, read on.
Social Media and Other Platforms
A great place to start when building a yearbook is by going through templates of yearbook ideas from Mixbook. Mixbook is a software program that can be a great first step in getting a general idea of where you hope to go with your project. Their templates are only a guide that you can use in conjunction with your own images and ideas that you collect from places like social media.
After picking a basic theme for your design through Mixbook, start by collecting creative ideas from social media and places like Pinterest. Opening a file on your computer and downloading ideas that spark your interest or represent the style of your template is a good way to get organized in the early stages of forming your overall yearbook design.
As you collect ideas for your design, whether they are inspirational quotes, color combinations, or ideas of what others have done, it’s a good idea to keep an open mind. While you might start collecting online images thinking you’re going in one direction, the right image could be enough to make you decide to switch directions when it comes to your overall theme. This is okay and part of the normal creative process.
Blogs and Vlogs
After looking on social media for ideas on using a unique theme or even how you’ll lay your yearbook out, consider a Google search for blogs and vlogs on yearbook design. You might be surprised how many channels on YouTube, for example, are dedicated strictly to print design and publishing. There, you’ll be able to pick up not only ideas for the perfect layout but tips and tricks on how to make your images pop and more.
Making Ideas Your Own
It’s one thing to collect inspirational ideas from social media, blogs, websites, and vlogs. It’s another thing to make them your own. After collecting images and coming up with a theme for your yearbook, consider talking to classmates about ways to make your yearbook different than anything you’ve seen before. Perhaps you’ve been inspired to theme your yearbook after your hometown and have found an influencer who takes the perfect landscape shots of their own. When picking up the camera, or asking the photographer on your yearbook staff to do so, think about ways you could make your images different than that influencer’s shots. Maybe placing a symbol of the school mascot or a physical token like a mascot stuffed animal at the base of a favorite place in town would give your image a personality of its own.
If you get stuck on ideas for your yearbook, don’t hesitate to reach out to your classmates for help. They may have been inspired by online images and ideas as well. At the end of the day, you’ll be more likely to wind up with a finished product you’re proud of if you take the time to collect ideas and inspiration and make them your own. In putting in the time during the planning of your yearbook and making great use of the internet, you’re sure to end up with a yearbook that captures the special moments you and your friends won’t want to forget. Best of luck to you as you begin your quest to build the perfect yearbook for your class. It’s sure to be fantastic!