Utilize Pinterest for Your Yearbook Design

Utilize Pinterest for Your Yearbook Design

Oct 5th 2016

Everybody wants the best yearbook around. The coolest look. The cutting edge vibe. Nobody wants to wear last year’s dress, or shoes, and nobody wants to be last year’s yearbook. So, yearbook staffs are on a mission. A mission not only to provide the assumed general material that all yearbooks are expected to provide. But, to go beyond. To do more than expected. More than last year’s staff did. More than your cross-town rival will do. You want to nail it.

Designing and assembling a yearbook, though, is no small task. 400 pages of information, graphics and photos. And all of it needs to flow. Every page must be filled, yet not cluttered. Every message must be clear, but not overstated. It needs to be long enough to cover the material, but short enough to keep you interested.

So yearbook staffs across the country are scouring the internet, searching for that secret weapon that will set them apart. Searching and searching.

But what if there was a magical tool, that could do the heavy-lifting for you? A place that was way ahead of you in terms of preparation. A place that had your back. Well, there is. And it’s right there under your nose. In fact, it’s probably already on your smartphone. It’s Pinterest!

As you start delving into the mechanics of this year’s yearbook, consider how Pinterest can make the job so much easier for you, at every step of the process.

Secure a project management tool. You need a way to organize your process, to set and track objectives, and to ensure that the project is running on schedule. This can be difficult to achieve, with so many staff members running so swiftly in so many directions. It is easy to drop the ball. So, you need a mechanism to manage the project. The answer? Pinterest. Pinterest will provide you with a virtual workstation that will be easily accessed, used and shared by each member of your team. This board will hold your virtual hand and walk you through every step of your process.

Choose your theme. The production of your yearbook starts with your theme. This is the message that you want to convey. This is the vibe you want to promote, both with word and with visuals. And, every other decision you make will hang on this one overarching concept - your theme. Pinterest is helpful at this point, once again. First, Pinterest will supply you with an endless amount of sample themes to view and learn from. There is no better catalogue. Then, Pinterest will give you a board to pin ideas on. You can open this board to your entire class, or keep a tight lid on it, making it available for just your team. The choice is yours. Pinterest doesn’t care. They just want to make it easy for you to pin, share and evaluate the data.

Design and layout. This is where you determine the guidelines for your pages. What you can and cannot do. Decide which colors are in, which are out. Which shapes? Which fonts? How will photos, graphics and data be organized on any given page? Fear not. Pinterest has you covered, again. Pinterest has a seemingly infinite gallery of sample layouts to view and copy. Once you have chosen your layout, simply fill in the blanks with photos, words, stats and graphics that your sources have pinned on your Pinterest board. Could it be any easier?

Oversight. The teacher or adviser who oversees your yearbook needs to be in the loop. Yearbook advisers can see everything they need from the comfort of their own device. They can easily track progress and ensure that the project never lags behind. And the need for endless meetings is alleviated. Time is being saved. The operation is running at maximum efficiency - ideas are being shared, designs are being visualized, and ultimately the yearbook is being created.