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3 Tips to Easily Select Yearbook Fonts That Deliver Stunning Results

Tips to Select Yearbook Fonts

Deciding which fonts to use in a school yearbook is no easy task. First-time yearbook staff members are often surprised to learn how many decisions are made when selecting the right fonts to use in a yearbook. Not surprisingly, almost anyone who has spent a hot-minute in the publishing industry can quickly tell how calculated, and strategic font selection can get.

Why does font matter so much? Is font selection really that important? Actually, yes, it is. In any published work, font selection matters because of its ability to impact a person’s reading experience. A reader’s mood, reading speed, and even reading comprehension ability can be influenced by the font style being used.

Yearbook committees looking for ways to add an unspoken wow factor to their year-long yearbook project should not overlook the power of a well-chosen font. How can your yearbook team select a font that will deliver stunning results? Keep reading for our easy-to-follow tips.

Yearbook Pages Copy: Keep Your Font Simple

The copy on your yearbook pages should be easy to read and support the images presented on the page. For page copy, select a font that’s appealing to the eye but doesn’t compete with images to be the star of the page.

Both serif and sans serif fonts can be used successfully for page copy. Traditionally, serif fonts have been standard for printed materials, and sans serif fonts are more widely used for digital content. However, font crossover between publication media is growing in popularity. However, the general rules for serif and sans serif are still as follows:

  • Use serif fonts to create a professional or traditional looking publication. Examples of serif fonts we like include Cambria, Georgia, or Century.
  • Use sans serif fonts to instill a modern appearance and vibe. Examples of sans serif that do well in print are Open Sans Serif, Arial, or Helvetica.

The number one rule when selecting a font for a yearbook’s body copy is to choose one font for text and use it consistently throughout the book. By using just one font, you enable the reader to quickly move amongst pages with minimal disruption. It also lends to the yearbook appearing polished and cohesive.

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Yearbook Headlines Font: Be Free to Be Bold

Page titles give less information and details than copy, so you have more room for bold and creative font selection. After all, published headlines are meant to be attention-grabbing and a source of allure. 

Allow titles and headlines in your yearbook to become irresistible. Pick a font that’s equally as compelling to the eye as the words being shared. Headlines and titles are an excellent way to support the tone and personality of the book. Select a font that your yearbook staff feels accurately conveys the spirit of the yearbook.

When choosing a font for your yearbook’s titles and headlines, make sure it’s complementary to the page copy font. Just as with your selected copy font, choose only one font to use wherever titles and headings exist in your yearbook.

Yearbook Font Size: Let the Golden Ratio Lead

After selecting your yearbook fonts, it’s time to decide what font size(s) your team will be using. A font that is too big can appear clunky and awkward, while a font that is too small is difficult to read. Additionally, when combining different font types, like the body copy font with a heading font, for example, the two should be well proportioned. 

When determining what size your fonts should be, let the golden ratio be your guide. The golden ratio is a mathematical constant used by artists, engineers, and typesetters to create aesthetically appealing designs. Its numerical value is 1.618.

To use the golden ratio to determine optimal font size, start with your body text size and base other font sizes on that. To find the ideal headline font size, simply multiply the body font size by 1.618 to determine what headline font size to use.

For example, if a yearbook page’s body text font size is 12, multiply the font size by the golden ratio, 1.618. This will determine what size font to use for headlines and titles. 

Aim for Attractive, Yet Easy to Read

As always, the points above are the general rules we recommend for publishing an attractive, easy to read yearbook that students will hold onto for years to come. When planning your font styles, start with the rules and bend where necessary to achieve the look you desire, as long as overall cohesiveness is the result. 

As yearbook publishers, FutureBook Yearbooks has seen how selecting the right fonts can set the overall tone for a yearbook. For more tips to keep your yearbook team on track for creating the best yearbook your school has seen, be sure to sign-up for our newsletter!

Top Editing Tips Successful Yearbook Committees Should Know

Yearbook Editing Tips

Anyone with yearbook planning and execution experience knows just how valuable proper editing is when crafting an extraordinary looking yearbook. Editing tasks may seem tedious and boring, -they’re often not as exciting as capturing important moments like photographing a top school sports game, or documenting student elections. However, detailed and focused editing is essential to make your final yearbook draft an outstanding product.

Often, yearbook advisors and staff members can become easily overwhelmed by the seemingly unending mound of editing tasks. When that happens, mistakes may go unnoticed and lead to a poor-looking yearbook. After laboring for months on gathering content that reflects the school year and your yearbook team’s chosen theme, don’t let simple editing errors destroy all your hard work!

Here are some of our top editing tips that we feel every yearbook committee should know.

Maintain Yearbook Layout Consistency

A yearbook’s layout should reveal a content pattern, – a general sense of consistency, from the title page to the closing farewell. This will create a cohesive experience that tells the year’s story clearly and in a way that is meaningful to the reader. When yearbook staff don’t have a defined layout plan or deviate from a predetermined strategy, the result can appear messy, clumsy, and as a poorly planned product.

The best way to maintain a consistent layout throughout the yearbook is to establish a layout plan and then stick to that plan. When defining your yearbook layout strategy, consider the following questions to help direct the layout planning process:

  • Do you want the book to be based on chronological order? Or, is sectioned by grade a better fit for your yearbook team?
  • Will each school class have dedicated pages? Will each class be presented individually or, will the focus be more on the student body as a whole?
  • Are class photos the defining feature of the yearbook, or should student experience images be more prevalent?  

Carefully Manage Yearbook Images 

Yearbook Images

Catalog yearbook images as they are being collected. Don’t wait until late spring to start sifting through the mounds of jpeg files potentially stored across multiple devices and inboxes. If images aren’t accurately labeled and stored shortly after collection, problems could quickly develop. For instance, you could risk losing a beautiful image or, even worse, erroneously use an image in a place it doesn’t belong.

Protect months of painstaking picture collection by creating an organization system for your images that yearbook staff can easily follow. The system doesn’t have to be overly complicated, in fact, the more simple the system is to use, the better it will be received. Even a defined system just for labeling and storing image files will make the yearbook editing process more manageable.

Did you know there are multiple digital resources for image collection and editing that are completely free? Learn more here.

Represent Yearbook Classmates Accurately 

Telling the story of an entire school year requires keen attention to detail, primarily to ensure the year’s students are accurately reflected across the pages. While some faces are bound to show up more than others, -some people love the camera while others actively avoid it, do your best to include everyone.

To reflect a fair representation of all students, consider different ways to track how much each class, team, or activities group are being photographed and documented. Keep different folders -one for every grade level or type of group, to store specific content ideas and related images. 

Start this process early. At the beginning of each year, jot down the names of each school club, sports team, or other known social circles, and make a plan on how to best capture their story.

High School Yearbook Committee

Be Creative but Remain Consistent

As the year progresses, there are undoubtedly going to be yearbook features and ideas that come and go. This is a normal part of every successful yearbook production process, and it’s important to let the year’s events influence the yearbook. Unplanned events spring up, yearbook budget priorities shift, and sometimes, changes in staff members can occur.

While it’s essential to let the story of the academic year sway a yearbook committee’s decisions and creative process, it doesn’t require starting the yearbook over from scratch with every twist of events. If unexpected circumstances pop-up that severely alters the yearbook’s direction, try to keep the chosen layout, font selections, colours, or other details that will leave the consistency of the book unchanged. 

Aim for Simple and Steady

As yearbook publishers, the FutureBook Yearbooks team regularly sees how the role of a clear and thoughtful editing process affects the overall quality and aesthetics of published yearbooks. To keep your yearbook team’s editing efforts impactful and easy to follow, aim for a simple approach that strives for continuous, steady progress. For further tips and ideas for your yearbook, be sure to sign-up for our newsletter!