Your theme or concept; have you chosen one that is powerful and all-encompassing?

Wow, where has this first month gone? The hustle and bustle of a new year is underway, and it’s almost the end of September already. I know that you’ve been busy getting organized, juggling classes and activities, and simply settling in.


It has been an exciting month at FutureBook Yearbooks as well. It is always fun for us at this time of the year. We get to meet new yearbook advisors and students, hearing their fresh and creative ideas. We catch up with returning advisors and students, hearing about their summer months, learning about their thoughts on the upcoming year, and devising action plans. In particular, we have a great time hearing about thoughts and expectations for the yearbook. I’ve run across some interesting themes so far… A 2012 ‘End of the World’ perspective, Pop Art, Contrast vs. Colour, Monopoly, and more.


Many yearbook groups are still brainstorming themes and concepts of a book. For that reason, I’ve included a document here with many ideas. Feel free to download and print it off for your own use. Yearbook Themes


Keep in mind a theme for your yearbook is not necessary. You can also chose a ‘look,’ or a concept that will run throughout your book and tie it all together. What is the difference? The approaches are blurred, and often run into each other, but here is a basic idea:


  • A theme is a unifying concept that focuses on a particular entity. Whether a word, a concept or object, elements of this are evident in all aspects of the book. The expectation is that the chosen theme already comes with it’s own set of colours, styles, popular sayings, graphics and overall connotations. In essence, the theme has a literal translation. The theme is carried out trough the text, photos, and layout designs on every page of the yearbook, as well as the cover, dust jacket, endsheets and dividers to create unity.


  • Modeling a yearbook on a concept is similar in that it is evident in all aspects of the book. The difference is that there is less of an established formula associated with it. Folios, headlines, backgrounds, image frames, graphics and text styles should all play nicely with each other. But the concept is devised by the group, rather than on a set rule, even if modeled after similar uses of the look in other places.


The overall concept or themes should be specific to one year at one school; even if the theme itself is somewhat generic, it should be used in a way that is unique. Once you have chosen the theme, you will need to brainstorm ways to incorporate it throughout the book, both verbally and visually. It’s important that the main idea is strong and that the impact is clear to the readers. Remember that it is the development of the overall look of the book that wields the most power and impact.

The Countdown is on… and some education has already begun!

Whew, what a summer! We’re at the tail end, with many administrators and teachers already back in their schools to get the year going. I can just picture students flocking to the beaches, the hills, the PNE and other favorite spots where they can enjoy these last full days of sun. Many are wrapping up summer jobs, or at least stockpiling the hours so that they can slow down to hit the books.

An eager group of yearbook students and advisors recently did just that at FutureBook’s annual Summer Workshop at St Michael’s University School in Victoria, BC. We had an intense yet exciting four-day workshop that culminated in some fantastic layouts and photos – not to mention friendships, new skills and a few laughs! Yearbook enthusiasts from Prince


George, Sa-Hali, Cambie, Vancouver Technical, Langley, Belmont and more joined forces to learn some new skills and hear from experienced advisors such as Rainer Mehl from Kitsilano and Rick Pelletier, recently retired from Delta. From key layout rules to FutureTools, working in RAW to choosing cover options, students were laden with a large amount of knowledge and resources to help get their yearbook off on the right foot. We threw in some fun and games, with Regis Feltpen making an appearance, and the fun acts of Morgan Cranny and his improv group.

It was an exciting time as we saw some hidden talent come to light in many cases, while others perfected their designs even further. Head to our Facebook page for a list of our winners – not only did they earn the respect of their peers, they took home some coveted prizes such as Canuck tickets and speaker systems!

In the weeks to come we will share many of those tips and tricks from the workshop, both in the classroom but also here on our blog. If you attended the workshop, we would love your feedback and photos if you would like to share the wealth!


Unsure of post-secondary options?

Yearbooks have been put to rest and are in delivery from your publisher, exams are being studied for and prom attire is being sought out. As a Grad finalizing your high school experiences, have you selected your post-secondary option? I know this is the dreaded question that plagues many students who are unsure of how to read through all the literature available regarding colleges and universities.


I recently came across this great new website that gives you tools to help you in this regard. is intended to guide would-be post-secondary art and art-related students in identifying the best school for them. The site gives real-world advice on selecting schools and provides in-depth information on who teaches what among what seems to be most every school in Canada that offers a program in art or related fields.


There are so many resources available for students which would have been a life-saver for me back when I was in high school! I find the site concise and informative, and it’s presented in a simple and easy-to-read manner. If you’re a Grad unsure of where to study in art, or a counselor or teacher looking for further resources, take a look at!


Happy searching, Dana


Welcome to FutureBook Yearbooks

Welcome… to the Future!

We’re pleased to announce the launch of the newly developed website for FutureBook Yearbooks. Browse through and stay for awhile! This website was developed with you in mind, so join us!

Along with our new site comes our new blog and Facebook page. We welcome your content to help make both interactive forums for yearbook students and advisors alike. By sharing knowledge, ideas and questions we can create a one-stop resource for you while working on your schools’ annual. In the weeks to come you’ll find tips, tricks and resources to help you get the most out of your creation. We will be featuring exciting layouts, covers, dust jackets, and more that you’ve created. I know you’ll be as excited as we are to see what your peers are up to. If you would like your work featured, please let us know.

If you would like to see specific topics discussed, please comment!


Giving you the tools to reminisce in style,