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Your Yearbook Index Needs Love, Too!

Surprisingly, the most frequently read/viewed section of your yearbook is typically the one that gets the least amount of design attention. Students will flip through a yearbook numerous times, but will study an index to find their own picture, friends' pictures, and, in the future, to find the answer to important questions like, "who was that blonde, crazy guy in marching band and show choir with us?".

It's easy, after working so diligently for so long on the actual pages of your masterpiece to let the index be a black and white list of names. While this serves its purpose, wouldn't it be better if it was as pleasing to look at as the rest of your yearbook?

So why not continue the look of your yearbook into the final section? Or use the index pages to add info, like school-specific trends, current events and milestones that didn't find a home anywhere else in the yearbook.

Take a look at these different yearbook index examples:

Example 1: The usual. Black. White. Columns.

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Example 2: Adding a font, background and some clipart that matches with the theme of your yearbook to continue the "flow" of your yearbook through the end. 

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Example 3: Adding a font and design elements used in your yearbook and candids to add more student coverage and a unique look.

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Example 4: Adding a font used in your yearbook, a background and candids to create an index that's completely unique to your school and your yearbook!

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A few things to consider when laying out your yearbook index:

  • Assign the task of "proofing" the entire index to one staff member. This should be their only job for a period of time. Be sure to allow them enough time to do a good job. This person should be detail-oriented and a perfectionist! 
     
  • Decide early on in your book layout process if you want only students listed or if you'd like staff, clubs, and organizations included as well. Adding clubs and organizations will give people more than one option when navigating the yearbook.
     
  • If your yearbook publisher provides you with software that will help flow an index, especially automatically, USE IT! Manually putting together an index can be a daunting and time consuming task - and put you at a higher risk for errors. The examples above were created in software marketed specifically for yearbook publishing and made it easy to flow, change and customize the indexes we used as examples!

There is no question as to whether or not your yearbook needs an index. How creative you want to be with the task at hand is entirely up to you!

Happy Indexing!

The Idea Garden Team

 

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Artistic Collection - B3725S

Artistic Collection - B3725S

Assorted Colors - B1052S

Assorted Colors - B1052S

Athletics - B1060S

Athletics - B1060S

Back to School - B1114S

Back to School - B1114S

Back to School - B1110S

Back to School - B1110S

Back to School - B1106S

Back to School - B1106S

Blossoms - B11335

Blossoms - B11335

Bubbles - B4888S

Bubbles - B4888S

Burst and Swirls - B3490S

Burst and Swirls - B3490S

Bugs - B1147S

Bugs - B1147S

Chalkboard - B4904S

Chalkboard - B4904S

Checkmate Color - B1168S

Checkmate Color - B1168S

Citrus Blue - B3315S

Citrus Blue - B3315S

Collegiate - B1174S

Collegiate - B1174S

Color Spectrum - B1188S

Color Spectrum - B1188S

Daydreams - B4938S

Daydreams - B4938S

Design Elements - B1408S

Design Elements - B1408S

Design Elements - B1205S

Design Elements - B1205S

Directional - B4949S

Directional - B4949S

Doodles - B1373S

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Friendship - B1222S

Friendship - B1222S

Fuchsia Vines - B3325S

Fuchsia Vines - B3325S

Geometric - B4969S

Geometric - B4969S

Groovy - B1246S

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Grunge - B1266S

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Halftone - B2948S

Halftone - B2948S

Hoot - B4986S

Hoot - B4986S

Imagine - B4995S

Imagine - B4995S

Imagine - B2563S

Imagine - B2563S

Inspirations - B1280S

Inspirations - B1280S

Jammin' B5021S

Jammin' B5021S

Jewel Tones - B1295S

Jewel Tones - B1295S

Journey - B2619S

Journey - B2619S

Kaleidoscope - B5038S

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Nature - B2579S

Nature - B2579S

Organic Textures - B3006S

Organic Textures - B3006S

Paw Prints - B3187S

Paw Prints - B3187S

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Paw Prints - B3191S

Rock On - C3233N

Rock On - C3233N

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Rustic Flair - B1441S

Seaside - B3357N

Seaside - B3357N

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Seaside - B3355N

Snapshot - B1449S

Snapshot - B1449S

Sole - B2649S

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Sparkle - B2900S

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Splatter - B3772S

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Starshine - B1465S

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Stitched - B1476S

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Tropical - B1512S

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Tubular - B5073S

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Varsity - B2671S

Varsity - B2671S

Whispered Hues - B3391S

Whispered Hues - B3391S

Wild - B3754S

Wild - B3754S

Wild - B37585

Wild - B37585

Zigzag - B5087S

Zigzag - B5087S

Artistic Collection - B3728S

Artistic Collection - B3728S

Assorted Colors - B1056S

Assorted Colors - B1056S

Athletics - B1075S

Athletics - B1075S

Back to School - B1114S_1

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Back to School - B1110S_1

Back to School - B1110S_1

Back to School - B1106S_1

Back to School - B1106S_1

Blossoms - B1134S

Blossoms - B1134S

Bursts and Swirls - B2739S

Bursts and Swirls - B2739S

Bursts & Swirls - B3493S

Bursts & Swirls - B3493S

Bugs - B3400S

Bugs - B3400S

Classified - B4916S

Classified - B4916S

Checkmate Color - B1156S

Checkmate Color - B1156S

Citrus Blue - B3310S

Citrus Blue - B3310S

Collegiate - B1176S

Collegiate - B1176S

Color Spectrum - B1191S

Color Spectrum - B1191S

Daydreams - B4934S

Daydreams - B4934S

Design Elements - B1354S

Design Elements - B1354S

Design Elements - B1202S

Design Elements - B1202S

Directional - B4948S

Directional - B4948S

Doodles - B2602S

Doodles - B2602S

Friendship - B12165

Friendship - B12165

Fuchsia Vines - B3324S

Fuchsia Vines - B3324S

Geometric - B1228S

Geometric - B1228S

Groovy - B1245S

Groovy - B1245S

Grunge - B1257S

Grunge - B1257S

Grunge - B1254S

Grunge - B1254S

Handmade - B3331S

Handmade - B3331S

Hoot - B4979S

Hoot - B4979S

Imagine - B1274S

Imagine - B1274S

Imagine - B2564S

Imagine - B2564S

Inspirations - B1279S

Inspirations - B1279S

Jammin' B5022S

Jammin' B5022S

Jewel Tones - B1296S

Jewel Tones - B1296S

Just Dandy - B1316S

Just Dandy - B1316S

Music and Drama - B1344S

Music and Drama - B1344S

Nature - B1365S

Nature - B1365S

Organic Textures - B3000S

Organic Textures - B3000S

Paw Prints - B3183S

Paw Prints - B3183S

Road Tour - B367S

Road Tour - B367S

Rock On - B5061S

Rock On - B5061S

Scribble Kids - B3458S

Scribble Kids - B3458S

Seaside - B3359N

Seaside - B3359N

Sketchy - B3675S

Sketchy - B3675S

Snapshot - B1435S

Snapshot - B1435S

Sole - B2648S

Sole - B2648S

Sparkle - B3711S

Sparkle - B3711S

Sparkle - B2899S

Sparkle - B2899S

Splatter - B3778S

Splatter - B3778S

Starshine - B1471S

Starshine - B1471S

Textured Hues - B1500S

Textured Hues - B1500S

Tropical - B1511S

Tropical - B1511S

Tubular - B5075S

Tubular - B5075S

Varsity - B2672S

Varsity - B2672S

Whispered Hues - B3388S

Whispered Hues - B3388S

Wild - B3766S

Wild - B3766S

Zigzag - B5084S

Zigzag - B5084S

Zigzag - B3594S

Zigzag - B3594S

Happy year booking! We're out to look for that pot of gold and enjoy a shamrock shake, maybe even a little green eggs and ham. 

- The Idea Garden Team.