Yearbook – Planning, Practice Pages

I joined the Yearbook this year to develop my own graphic designing skills and to understand the importance of working with a team of people to create a big product that takes a lot of time and commitment. This is because for many, the yearbook exhibits not only the school’s spirit but all the memories of the school year. It is such a precious and important product for the students and faculty. It should be straight-forward, original, and generally aesthetically pleasing. I want to make a change to the yearbook with the rest of the team to achieve those goals; not only to satisfy the school as a whole, but create something together we are all proud of and ready to release.

I am currently a page editor; I have been assigned a total of 18 pages, 6 of which are dedicated to Service Learning and 12 Events pages. I have a quite a bit of responsibility considering the many diverse service groups we have, and the Events are very central to a yearbook (what most people usually look through).

The first problem I faced was that I’m not familiar with the software that they use, Adobe InDesign. The willingness of other Yearbook team members to teach me has aided me to understand it better. I made a lot of progress from where I began. Here are some previews of templates I’ve made so far: I also decided to show a step by step:


examples spread after yearbook members’ feedback

In OSC, the time and commitment for yearbook is possibly more significant than I have dealt with previously. OSC’s yearbook team is a very small one (a team of 8 people, 6 students) making it very hard to split up editing and design responsibilities.

Yet, we are a strong team of people who can collaborate with ease, even though our individual yearbook workload is hefty. I think after my first meeting I found out we are all very creative and unique individuals who bring all sorts of different ideas to the table. We would discuss and consider alternatives before coming to a conclusion. I know that this yearbook will fare well because of our great cooperation so far. I’m looking forward to contributing more to the club!


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