Yearbook section editors design pages ‘old school’

Continuing their focus on design and theme, the yearbook Section Editors class is developing pages using pen and paper, instructor Sandra Strall said on Tuesday, July 31.

To integrate some friendly competition, students posted their designs on the classroom wall and voted on which one was the best, Lauren Dehaan, Dexter High School student and member of the class, said.

A student in Sandra Strall's yearbook Section Editors class designs a page using "old school" dummy sheets. Strall said she is teaching the students to design in modular packages, or "mods," and handwritten designs help to solidfy that concept. ANDREW KEATING / PHOTO

A student in Sandra Strall’s yearbook Section Editors class designs a page using “old school” dummy sheets. Strall said she is teaching the students to design in modular packages, or “mods,” and handwritten designs help to solidfy that concept. ANDREW KEATING / PHOTO

Strall’s class is now focusing on “mods” (modular designs), the style of most modern yearbooks, Strall said. Modular design involves placing a large amount of photo packages on a page so that more students can be pictured.

Although most yearbooks are designed in programs like InDesign, Strall’s students continue to master the old school, handwritten design techniques to better learn the basics.

“I’ve learned a lot (from this design),” said Kylie Bouch, who designed her first page by hand the previous night.

The students will continue to work on mods through Tuesday afternoon and will meet with their schools’ respective staffs this evening, Strall said. For tomorrow, though, Strall said she plans to play it by ear.

Strall said, “I don’t know what we’ll be doing tomorrow, but we’ll be doing something.”




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