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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!

Fun Ways Yearbook Staff Can Promote Sustainability

Sustainable Yearbook Ideas

Yearbook staff working together to promote sustainability in their school can do so by creating fun and enjoyable activities for their yearbook committee and classmates. Hosting eco-friendly events benefit yearbook production efforts because it encourages both student involvement and brings awareness to sustainability issues.

When deciding exactly what type of event your yearbook team may want to organize and plan, think about how it will improve the outcome of your yearbook. Consider the following questions:

  • Will the event encourage student yearbook participation?
  • Does your idea promote the yearbook theme?
  • Is the event accessible for all students to join?
  • How will the event be eco-friendly and support sustainability?

To help you answer the above questions and guide you towards planning a successful event, the FutureBook team has compiled six ideas yearbook staff can use to promote sustainability.

Challenge Yearbook Classmates To Go Fossil Free

Yearbook team sustainability challenge

Promote sustainability by challenging students to avoid using petroleum-powered transportation options for a week. Ask students to ditch the fossil fuels and then send the yearbook committee snapshots of their emission-free excursions. Encourage students to ride their bikes, walk, rely on emission-free vehicles, or select other modes of eco-friendly transportation to get around town. 

For an enticing incentive, consider offering challenge participants the opportunity to win a free yearbook! For every picture submitted to the yearbook team of a student engaging in a renewably-resourced transport option, add their name to a ballot for the draw prize. 

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Use A Sustainability Themed Poll For Image Free Yearbook Pages 

While a yearbook’s strength is telling a schoolyear’s story through pictures, it’s a good idea to include image-free options to include camera-shy students in a meaningful way. Creating a poll is a good way to learn what your classmates think and feel about sustainability issues. While it may not capture student’s faces, it does represent the values and opinions shared among the year’s pupils.

What does the FutureBook team think and feel about sustainability? To find out, read our sustainability policy.

Participate in a Local Tree-Planting Initiative

Get your school involved in the community and help the environment by arranging a tree-planting event. Connect with your local government officials, like the town mayor or recreation department, to learn about available tree planting opportunities. Other community connections to consider for a tree planting event are local business owners, community centers, or seniors residences.

During the event, be sure a yearbook staff member is available to take photographs to be used for sustainability-themed yearbook pages. If tree planting isn’t an option for your school, consider working with a company that can yield similar results. For example, at FutureBook Yearbooks, we partner with Trees For The Future. This non-profit organization plants trees on our behalf. For every yearbook sold, a new tree is planted!

Have Your Yearbook Teams Host A Swap Meet

yearbook staff hosted swap meet

Incorporate the three “R’s” of sustainability, -Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, with a school-wide swap-meet hosted by the yearbook team. Free swap events are useful for turning your yearbook committee’s sustainability ideals into results that your classmates will likely appreciate. It also provides another option for all classes to get involved and participate.

Reusing everyday things, like clothing, electronics, or board games, will lengthen the life of the items and prevent them from ending up in a landfill. Other donation ideas could include fiction books, gaming accessories, sports equipment, and collectibles. Additionally, items that aren’t collected by the end of the event can be delivered to a local charity.

Commit to Producing an Eco-Friendly Yearbook 

While it is easier than ever in 2020 to use sustainable products and eco-conscious resources for the yearbook production process, it still requires commitment. Yearbook advisors and staff need to focus on their environmentally-friendly yearbook goal to produce a book that is as stunning as it is sustainable.