August 25, 2021
Whether you want your yearbook to be on the cutting edge of design, or if you prefer to keep the pages looking like the classic layouts of years past, paying attention to current design trends can help a great deal when creating your yearbook. However, tracking what’s in vogue can be time consuming. Below are some of the trends we’re seeing in print right now, both in graphic design, and in photography.
With the trademark use of empty space, minimalism design has in some ways been the perfect style to encapsulate the COVID-19 experience. In many ways our lives became less busy with events and activities shut down, and the designs have begun to reflect this.
Digitally created art is here to stay. From icons and clipart to incredible renderings; if you can imagine it, you can create it! Use it sparingly and to great effect – while it can’t replace photography in a yearbook, it can absolutely enhance and augment the images you were able to capture.
Monochrome & Duochrome
Lots of colours can look chaotic and break eyeline. Keeping designs to minimal colour palettes can ensure a consistent, homogenous overall yearbook. Try creating designs using only one or two colours, you’ll be amazed at what you can do. Remember, monochrome doesn’t necessarily mean just black and white!
A yearbook is a multi-sensory experience. Kick your project up a notch by utilizing textures to your advantage. Whether it’s embossing, or a unique cover material, or even just the feel of the high-gloss paper, how the book feels can be just as important as how it looks.
While a muted colour palette can be useful and effective, sometimes you just want to go crazy! Most often seen in fashion, this effect is best visualized in art by Piet Mondrian, and can work incredibly well with the grid style layout of a yearbook spread.
Undoubtedly there are many more trends out there that we haven’t mentioned that could be utilized to great advantage in your yearbook. What trends are you hoping to use in your yearbook?