Whether you are designing your own yearbook have a think about what you would like on your yearbook cover. Often the last part to be designed, the cover is always the first thing people see. Here are some cover design ideas from our design team:
Minimalist covers – you’ll hear the word ‘minimalist’ used by artists, musicians and interior designers to mean minimal content, getting rid of all of the non-essentials. You could apply this expression to your yearbook cover by using minimal text and/or imagery. Ideas for this style could be:
- Include your school name and your leavers’ year only.
- Simply ‘Leavers’ 2012′ – think about being creative with the text if you’re designing the cover yourself, for example, place text in the bottom right corner (at least 10mm from each edge).
- Just your school logo – for ultimate minimalist style make the logo a single colour, but a shade lighter or darker than your background.
- A slogan which sums up your year or school life such as ‘The beginning of the rest of our lives’, ‘defining times’, etc.
- A quote, either famous or something a teacher always says.
Newspaper style – Reporting the past five years of your life? Look at daily newspapers for layout ideas. What will make your yearbook cover story and main headline? Go for simple black and white text and photos for a classic broadsheet style.
If you’re designing the yearbook cover yourself, make the design double A4 size with 3mm bleed all the way around (216 x 606 mm in total) to spread across both your front and back cover. Remember to leave 10-15 mm around the spine in the middle.
Emulate a school notepad – One time you will actually be allowed to scribble on your school books! Make up your own A4 notepad cover and personalise it to your own school and leavers’ year. Make it look like a genuinely graffitied book by asking volunteers for some sketches/doodles or messages to add.
Desk doodles – Similar to SPC Yearbooks’ rainbow cover, you could put everyone’s signatures or messages on a wood-effect background to make it look like a graffitied school desk.
Again, make the design double A4 size with 3mm bleed all the way around (216 x 606 mm in total) to spread across both your front and back cover. Make sure your background wood image is large enough, and remember to leave 10-15 mm around the spine in the middle.
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