Yearbook – Quick Updates

We have a lot of exciting features to introduce to the yearbook this year. These past months have been a bit of a struggle – I only had a team of 3 people. Ms. Mora, our teacher supervisor, and I have tried to pull some more people together to make it work out but I see a lot of benefits in a smaller group as well.

Nevertheless, I am so grateful for the 3 other people who decided to join and have dedicated their time to help out with the planning. We were able to establish a clear theme and direction for the yearbook. The new people in yearbook pick up new skills quite easily and communicate with me so the collaborative aspect is going really well.

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My personal interest board to keep track of learning new graphic design skills

Although I am in charge of senior pages, those pages are fairly uniform and not nearly as much fun as designing events pages. As I have done in the past, I always use events pages to develop new skills and to experiment with skills I have learned already from last year. Unlike last year, however, I’m glad I am taking initiative to combine my Photoshop skills with my InDesign skills and work on both programs regularly (whereas I used to just focus on InDesign before). Sometimes, it still baffles me how much you can learn in such little time. For these past few months, I learned many new functions in Photoshop even though I have been using it for 6 years!

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Glimpse of UN Day spread; combining fonts and pictures to make meaningful spreads

Stay tuned for a final update and more eye-catching designs in April, when everything will be finalized for print!

Yearbook – Pages on Pages on Pages

Yearbook is still an arduous task. As someone who only picked up InDesign 8 months ago, I’ve really grown a lot in my ability to use the software. I took a lot of liberties in my design as well, trying to create a wide diversity of pages but still incorporating ‘my style’ or twist into it. Now, we are approaching the final deadlines for the Yearbook and I finished most of my assigned pages.

My participation in Yearbook highlighted my ability to collaborate with a small team and tackle problem-solving. I was also open-minded about feedback on my pages and gave constructive feedback on others’ pages when we came together and shared what we had made.

I still have a long way to go, though! I like experimenting with different color schemes a lot. However, sometimes I feel like my design is too uniform. I started looking through the designs of different magazines online and in real life to get a better sense of layout. Even through looking at my seniors’/editors’ pages, I learn a lot of different ways to approach a spread. Picking the right pictures that are eye-catching and appropriate for a spread is also another weakness of mine. I find it difficult when I have to feel careful of unflattering angles, excluding key people involved in the event (a problem encountered last year),  how visible the photos are when printed. I am very meticulous, for better or for worse I’ve yet to find out. I end up constantly editing pages over and over again which is counter-productive.

For next year, I’ll be keeping in mind these goals. On top of that, when the final yearbook is released the feedback from the student body and faculty will be vital. I want to teach others to learn and grasp the basics for the following years to come in the way that the seniors and our teacher supervisor did for me. 

I’m helping with editing pages and trying to take on more pages while I can. I see all of these opportunities as extra practice to get more experience and feedback in graphic design, rather than a burden.

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:
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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!