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Suzanne Vandenberg, Calgary Mountain Publishing

The Treasure

Les livres sont arrivés en bon état et sont magnifiques. Ils sont bien reçus et les gens me demandent qui est mon imprimeur. Je leur réponds que Friesens est une entreprise exceptionnelle et que c’était un plaisir de travailler avec vous tous.

Merci pour tout!


Lisa et Leslie Jones, Grant Morris Associates Ltd

Barbados Anniversary

Nous voulons simplement remercier Friesens de ses efforts en vue d’accommoder Grant Morris et l’équipe de rédaction responsable de la production du livre. L’équipe de rédaction a consacré énormément de temps et d’énergie à ce projet et, en tant que graphistes du projet, nous en sommes les témoins directs. Obtenir ces livres à temps pour le lancement était pour nous de la plus haute importance.

Votre entreprise nous avait déjà été fortement recommandée et comme nous participions aussi au processus de comparaison des imprimantes et des tarifs proposés, dès le premier entretien de Lisa avec vous, elle a pressenti que Friesens était l’entreprise qu’il nous fallait. Merci encore à votre équipe!
Nous voulons simplement remercier Friesens de ses efforts en vue d’accommoder Grant Morris et l’équipe de rédaction responsable de la production du livre. L’équipe de rédaction a consacré énormément de temps et d’énergie à ce projet et, en tant que graphistes du projet, nous en sommes les témoins directs.


Terry et Angelo Corrao, Colfax Press

Fatherdaughter


Merci infiniment à Friesens d’avoir fait de notre album de photos FATHER DAUGHTER une première expérience d’impression inoubliable. Nous avons été impressionnés par tant d’aspects que nous avons dû les énumérer :

  • l’excellente communication du début à la fin;
  • le respect de l’échéancier;
  • une équipe d’impression très talentueuse et compétente;
  • une usine extrêmement propre et respectueuse de l’environnement;
  • une grande attention aux clients, notamment en prévoyant tous leurs besoins, tant techniques
  • qu’artistiques;
  • un hébergement agréable offrant le confort d’un foyer.

Lila Strand, Luminescence Publishing

The Star Children

Je tiens à exprimer ma gratitude envers votre entreprise et les gens merveilleux qui offrent un service aussi fantastique. Merci de votre service à la clientèle exceptionnel : votre patience, votre courtoisie et votre serviabilité, sans oublier vos merveilleuses compétences techniques! Je vous remercie infiniment de votre volonté de redoubler d’efforts jusqu’à ce que tout soit parfait! En fait, je suis ravie du livre, de son apparence et de sa texture. Je ne pense pas que je pourrais en être plus heureuse. Je vous remercie tous du fond du cœur!


Milenda Lee, Columbia University Press

Man of Peace

Je viens d’avoir des nouvelles des personnes ayant reçu les exemplaires de prépublication. Steve Buccellato dit : « Noël est arrivé plus tôt que prévu, je viens de recevoir un exemplaire de Man of Peace! Je le trouve magnifique. » Une autre personne a dit : « Je pleurais littéralement de joie lorsque j’ai tenu le livre entre mes mains. »

Merci beaucoup, ce fut un plaisir pour nous aussi. Vous avez fait le bonheur de plusieurs personnes aujourd’hui.


Linda Hensellek, Winchester Galleries Ltd.

Abstracta Delecta


Nous venons de recevoir nos catalogues, merci beaucoup! Le catalogue est superbe! Encore une fois, nous vous remercions de votre aide et de votre attention. C’est un bonheur de travailler avec vous tous.


Elisa Gutierrez, Tradewind Books Ltd

Riddlemaster

Nous voulions vous faire savoir que nous sommes très satisfaits de la qualité du livre! Les couleurs, la garde (nous ADORONS le papier utilisé et la brillance des couleurs imprimées!), la finition, etc. Veuillez féliciter et remercier l’équipe de Friesens en notre nom pour ses efforts et son bon travail! Merci. Nous sommes impatients de collaborer de nouveau à d’autres projets.


Dan Johnson, High-Fishtrap-Rush Lake Association

Heaven on the Headwaters


Je voulais simplement vous dire que nous sommes ravis du produit final. Jusqu’à présent, pour ce qui est de la distribution limitée aux membres de l’Association, nous n’avons eu que des commentaires élogieux sur le contenu et la qualité du produit. Mon épouse, Jeffrey et moi-même recommandons Friesens sans hésitation à tout client éventuel. Nous avons tous beaucoup appris et si c’était à refaire, le processus serait beaucoup plus facile de notre côté. Scott était un excellent représentant à la clientèle, et il a été très serviable et réceptif.


Ben Bosah, Ben Boash Books

The Art of Nigerian Women


Je tiens à remercier chaleureusement la famille Friesens pour le travail qu’elle a fait pour mon dernier livre. Je suis très reconnaissant et je remercie les 500 employés de votre entreprise. Je suis amoureux de mon dernier bébé. J’ai le sourire aux lèvres. Merci à Glenda, à Paul, à Brad, à Scott, à Ralph et à tout le personnel chez Friesens. Je vous aime.

Interviewing tips and questions

Filling the yearbook with your school’s stories can feel like an overwhelming task; in order to unearth great stories, you must have strategic planning in place. I always tell my students to “look at the planning process the same as you would if you were to bake chocolate chip cookies, you need a recipe and without it, you wouldn’t know where to begin or what ingredients to add.” A similar process must go into collecting your school’s unique stories for the year. So let’s look at one of the most important ingredients to the recipe of a successful yearbook, the Interview stage. We will also review some great interview questions that will get you and your students the results you need for a tasty hot unique yearbook that your whole school community will devour.

 

So let’s get started;

  1. Be prepared, make sure you have all the tools you need in order to conduct a proper interview. Have extra pens or pencils at hand, make sure camera setting are correct, card reader is clear and batteries are charged, oh and don’t forget your Friesens reporter notepad. (ask your friesens consultant how to get your reporter pads) Select a time and a quiet place to hold the interview.
  2. Questions must have a purpose; great questions can unearth great stories from seemingly boring places, gives a fresh perspective on old tired subjects and quickly highlights for you the biggest trends amongst the student body. You certainly will not get that from boring questions without any purpose.
  3. You will need to ask open-ended questions. Your goal is to force people to explain their answers and avoid one worded answers. One worded answers will lack the personality needed to make the yearbook come to life.
  4. Know your subject before going into the interview; if your story is about the chess club and you are interviewing a student who is from the Football team chances are they are not going to be able to give you the correct information. Doing a little investigating before the interview on your subject and the interviewee will save you both time and frustration.
  5. Compile 3 types of interview questions; surveys, anecdotes and quotes.
  • Surveys; can be the lifeblood of the yearbook. Great questions to ask are “what are the songs of the year”, “what are students wearing”, ect. These are fun, easy questions and great for building trust before asking them to share more personal opinions.
  • Anecdotes; here lays the stories you are seeking. Now that the subject is comfortable after answering the fun survey questions, time to ask questions that will provide more elaborate responses. Let them talk, you can always edit after.
  • Quotes; great for capturing moments and can be hilarious. Quotes add human emotion, truth and possibly connectedness amongst the school community

 

You want the yearbook to be diverse, offering many different personalities. If you can remember to keep your questions open-ended and purposeful and avoid yes or no questions at all costs you’re already two steps ahead. Use some of these interview questions listed below or as inspiration to write your own. In any regard, following a simple recipe with the right ingredients will definitely lead to stories, quotes, and trends that will give your yearbook context and make everything, including all those great pictures, “memories crafted in print” worth devouring for years to come.

 

Yearbook Interview Question Samples;

Academics

  1. What project or assignment challenged you the most as a student? Why?
  2. Most useful math equation or theory you learned this year?
  3. What was the longest paper you wrote this year? Who was it for? What was it about?
  4. If you could conduct any science experiment in a class, what would it be?
  5. What was the most enjoyable book you had to read for school this year?
  6. Which subject do you think prepares you most for life after high school? Why?
  7. Which school tradition are you most proud of?
  8. Would students be more productive if cell phones were banned during school hours?
  9. Which event did you most look forward to this year? Did it live up to expectations?
  10. How do you avoid participating in gossip? What do you do if there’s gossip about you?

 

Sports

  1. Which team’s games are the most fun to attend? Why?
  2. If you could have the pep band play one song at games, what would it be?
  3. Describe your crosstown rivalry in one (appropriate) word…
  4. Which sport does the school need to add next year?
  5. What was the most memorable school sporting event of the year?
  6. How does playing X impact your academic performance?
  7. What life-lesson(s) did you learn playing X?
  8. Will you try to play X in college?

 

Clubs

  1. Do you think participation in extracurricular activities should be required by the school?
  2. If your club was given an unlimited budget to throw an event for the school, what would you plan?
  3. If you could create one new club for next year, what would it be?
  4. Where does your club meet? Do you use any school resources other than space? How could the school provide more support for your club?
  5. Which plays should the school produce next year? Would you audition if it was something you liked?

 

Student Life

  1. Which TV show is most talked about in the hallways?
  2. What would you be SO embarrassed to be seen wearing (but secretly love)?
  3. Which meme did you use most frequently this year?
  4. Which movie that came out this year would you be most embarrassed to watch with your family?
  5. Which professional sports team were you most excited about this year?
  6. If you were in charge of planning a concert for the school, which three artists would you bring?
  7. If you applied, when did you start your college applications?
  8. What made you decide not to go to college next year?
  9. Describe your senior year in three words.
  10. If you could create one mandatory course for future seniors, what would it be?
  11. “I will always remember…”
  12. What community service components were you involved  (X number of hours, a project, etc.)?
  13. Who was your favorite teacher throughout all of high school?
  14. If you could change one school rule, what would it be?
  15. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

 

Coreen Lychak
Friesens Yearbook Consultant

Design Tips

Being responsible for the design of a book that will become a lifelong keepsake can be an overwhelming process. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Settle on a theme and carry this from the cover, to the endsheets and through the content of your book.
  2. Choose a maximum of 3-5 fonts. Any more can be distracting.
  3. Decide on a column plan and use this consistently throughout your book.
  4. Create templates for Divider Pages, Portrait Pages, and Candid Pages so you have consistency throughout your book. (Especially with so many people potentially building spreads.)
  5. Consider having an editor to check specifically for consistency. Are all headline fonts the same, caption fonts, margins, etc.

Danielle Abrams
Friesens Customer Service Manager

Organization

The way you organize the order in which your content will appear in the yearbook is one of the first decisions you need to make. It may even have an impact on what theme you choose for a given year.

Section Approach

The first is the sectional approach where you divide your book into sections that fit your school culture. Some popular sections include;

  • Student Life – anything that affects the lives of the students at your school
  • People – portrait of everyone in the school community including students, administrators, faculty, and staff
  • Sports – all athletic teams which represent the school
  • Organizations – student groups in the school
  • Academics – student involvement in learning activities and anything which gives you academic credit
  • Graduates – devoted to the students that are graduating and their activities

Chronological Approach

The second way to organize your pages is in chronological order. Where you look at the yearbook in terms of periods of time, starting at the beginning of the year and adding activities and events as they happen. Many schools that are considering this approach are often at a loss by what to include in the summer section. Some ideas include summer jobs, vacations, camps, summer school, summer reading, summer enrichment, school trips, workshops, etc.

Theme Driven Approach

Another approach would be to follow your theme. For example, if you used the themes “Inside and Out” or “Work or Play” your book could be divided into two sections.

Something to consider: If you have organized your book in sections for the past couple of years, switch things up by trying chronological order. It provides a fresh new look and gives your yearbook group an opportunity to explore their creativity.

Catherine Holland
Friesens Yearbook Consultant

Sell it Tips!

Why Advertise your Yearbook? Because it provides information!

Why Market your Yearbook?  You work hard to create it – Highlight it!  Promote it!  Be Proud!

Whether your school provides your yearbook to each student or you Sell It, promote it!

 

Top Sell It Suggestions & *Friesens Tools:

  1. Provide the option to purchase your yearbook at school registration (This is #1 Point of Purchase success rate)
  2. Online Store via ConnectMe: Share the link – Your Website, Social Media, Accounts Newsletter, School App push notifications, Grad Committee, Student Services/Council
  3. Have Friesens create an HTML for mass distribution (social media, e-mail) (place sample of HTML here)
  4. Parent Letter (found in your Yearbook Kit) – “Kicking it old school” Send home with the report cards, grad packages, etc. – this is very effective 
  5. Friesens Posters (found in your Yearbook kit) – place in Common Areas, Lunch Rooms, The Office, etc.
  6. Have Friesens create a custom video  – this is great to show at Spirit Week, Grade Wars, Prep Rallies, Assemblies, Gym Riots, Grad Meetings, etc.
  7. Have Friesens create a Screen Saver for Libraries, Labs, Hallways, etc.
  8. Booths – Sell your yearbook at Parent Teacher Nights, Band & Theatre Productions, School BBQ, etc. 

*Contact your Print Consultant or click here to order your custom Friesens Sell It Tools!

 

Tips:

  • Sales Blitz work best (2 week period – option to buy)

  • Ensure you accommodate the entire community – provide an option for cash in the office

  • Always provide details of where to purchase your yearbook and a hard deadline!

  • It is okay to Sell Out (“Limited quantities”) – creates hype for the following year!

  • The more yearbooks you sell, the less cost per book

  • Send communication home

  • Know your community and give them the option to buy their Memories in Print

 

Fun Fact:

 

Steve Jobs’ Yearbook sold for $12,322.00 on ebay

 

…many lasting impacts found in a yearbook

 

Leslie Perring
Friesens Yearbook Consultant

Organizational Tips

Calendar of events:

  • Make sure this is constantly updated
  • Contact office staff, administration, teachers and student council for updates.

 

Page ladder:

  • Set your page ladder early in the year once you have selected your theme
  • Decide what will be on each page, who will be designing the page, who will be the photographer and what deadline this page will be submitted under.
  • Consider also any teachers or anyone else in the school who may be able to provide content, write-ups, stats, and photos.

 

Deadlines:

  • Plant deadlines are those set between the advisor and the print consultant to keep the project on track.
  • Set mini deadlines – have the yearbook team have deadlines for submissions of write-ups, photos, and content for a page, and have these due well in advance of when the completed page is due.

 

Templates and pre-designed layouts:

  • Friesens has many templates for you to choose from, but you can also create your own templates and save them.  For example, if you want a consistent design for the sports section, consider having someone design a template for this section.  If there are multiple team members working on one section, this can help with keeping consistency in the design, while also making the actual designing of the page or spread be much easier to handle.

 

Melissa Woodward
Friesens Yearbook Consultant