Page layouts are an essential part of a great yearbook. Putting content on a page seems simple, doesn’t it? But it can be tricky to get your pages looking both clear and creative.
So what makes a successful yearbook page layout? Here are some pro tips to get you on the right track…
1. Use a grid. Design professionals use grids to keep everything lined up and tidy. This will help you avoid jagged margins and misaligned page elements. Good yearbook page layouts are harmonious, with all elements aligned.
It’s a good idea to plan out your page layouts before you start designing. You could sketch them by hand or use graphic design software. Remember to plan your yearbook layouts as side-by-side pages. (These are called ‘spreads’.)
2. Balance classic and creative. Some yearbook pages are better suited to clear, simple layouts. (Student pages, for example.) Other yearbook pages, like feature pages or montage pages, are a great chance to think outside the box.
3. Use a strong focal point. When designing your more creative yearbook page layouts, a single large or dominant element can help pull the composition together. For example, you might want to use a single photo to fill an entire page.
4. Consider your fonts carefully. Fonts are super important in conveying the feel of a yearbook page layout. Keep fonts to a maximum of three per page to keep the design from looking jumbled. Choose bold, ‘fun’ fonts for large page headers, and plain fonts for body text.
And finally…don’t forget to have fun!
PS Fancy cheating a little? Our Yearbook Hub software comes packaged with hundreds of professionally designed yearbook page layouts. Just drag and drop a page layout onto the page, then add your own photos and text!