Today we will learn the principles of effective page design by creating our own personal yearbook pages! You will need Adobe InDesign installed on your computer for this lesson.
Step #1: Make sure to check the ladder to indicate which teams / pages you will be working on for the yearbook this year.
Step #2: Access the following website to learn about the basics of page design. Then, have a look through our yearbooks from past years and evaluate them – how are we doing?
Step #3: Start your own practice page!
- Download the InDesign template here.
- Make a folder on your desktop called ‘Yearbook’. In this folder, make another folder called ‘Practice Page’. Put your template into this folder.
- Gather some photographs about you to create a page with. It could be about you generally, about friends, hanging out, hobbies, sports, a recent holiday… Download these photos into your ‘Practice Page’ folder.
- Follow this guide to create a practice page, remembering to follow the 10 rules of design!
Step #4: Evaluate our pages
- Review the 10 rules of basic design here. Then complete this checklist for a friend’s page. Has the person:
- created a double page spread?
- used columns?
- placed a central or ‘centr-y’ / dominant image (that stretches across both pages; it can be ‘offset’)?
- used consistent internal margins (i.e. is the gap between all elements equal?)
- left some ‘white space’?
- used the ‘bleed’ sparingly? (i.e. once in each direction)
- put empty spaces on the outside (not the inside!)
NOW YOU ARE READY TO START CREATING PAGES FOR THE YEARBOOK!