Your yearbook theme sets the tone for the entire yearbook. The theme should be appealing to a wide audience, the cover should be eye-catching, and the content should be relatable. In years to come, a yearbook theme can elicit fond memories. In some cases, it can even be a sort of time-capsule.

It’s fair to say, choosing the right theme is important. We’ve put together this checklist to help you choose your school’s yearbook theme.

School Yearbook Theme Checklist

Albert Einstein famously said: “Creativity is seeing what others see and thinking what no one else ever thought.” Could there be a better description for the process of creating a yearbook? Creativity is a key element to a successful theme, but it’s not the only thing to consider.

Work your way through this checklist to help you choose your school yearbook theme.

Ask: Is Your Yearbook Theme Unique?

We’ve all been there. A great idea comes to you out of the blue. You’re convinced that nobody else has ever had the same idea, only to find out that isn’t the case.

Check your old school yearbooks, go back at least 10 years. See what themes they have used, and make sure yours is unique.

Ask: Is It Clear and Relatable?

Interpretation matters. What you think a theme represents may differ from what someone else thinks. While you may believe your theme idea to be witty and clever, it may not relate in the same way to everyone.

Ask your yearbook class if they understand the concept for the yearbook theme. If it takes people more than a couple of seconds to get it, your theme may not be clear or relatable enough.

Ask: Is It Sustainable?

It can be tempting to pick your theme around an awesome cover. But you want to make sure your idea has legs. That is, you can carry it all the way through your yearbook. Can it be integrated into your headlines? Your articles? Your photo spreads? Make sure that your yearbook theme is one that can carry all the way through the book.

Ask: Is It Approved?

When you have a few potential ideas, make sure to run your proposed yearbook theme past your school’s administration. They can offer great feedback, and help highlight if there are elements of the theme that they may not wish to promote.

It’s important to remember – the administration may not be picking the theme, but getting their approval early on makes the yearbook creation process much easier.

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