Yearbook Theme Ideas – Elements of the periodic table

You may have heard about the student who used periodic table elements in her yearbook to hide lyrics by her favourite rapper, well this is different. For ‘create your own’ yearbook, or professionally designed options this is a great yearbook theme idea for specialist science schools, or those who simply love the graphical form of this globally iconic science table. You don’t have to theme your whole yearbook to the periodic table, you could just use this idea for parts of your leavers’ book.

There are lots of different takes on the periodic table out there (search ‘periodic table of popcorn‘ – I’m not kidding). It was only a matter of time before I mentioned US TV series Breaking Bad and the creators’ use of periodic table elements in it’s branding – this gives you an ideal starting point for what’s possible when using table elements for your own purpose.

Here are a few of our own ideas on how to use the periodic table theme for your own yearbook:

  • Use the periodic table’s shape for staff pages, instead of housing the elements in each square, put a teacher / staff photo in with their initials and name beneath.
  • Create your yearbook cover using the periodic table, but change the elements to spell your school name and leavers’ year.
  • Make a periodic table of your favourite things, such as foods, drinks, memories, films and TV programs, texting, etc.
  • Pull out individual element squares for your student profile pages. Use these as either your class title, or for each student.
  • The structure of the table suits yearbook awards pages down to the ground. Again, clever use of the winner’s initials and the table’s structure would be great here.

Similar concepts to use as yearbook themes are:

  • London underground style tube map and other metro systems – any route maps have great potential for eye-catching design and can always be adapted to your yearbook by changing place names.
  • Scrabble style letters – spell out names, yearbook page titles using Scrabble-style letter block with the number score in the corner (which could relate to your leavers’ year).

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