How to create an Academic Theme for your yearbook


Designing your yearbook to a professional standard doesn’t have to be difficult. In this blog we’ve defined a few tips on how you can achieve an academic theme that is clear, corporate and a yearbook you will want to keep forever.

The steps below will help you in creating an academic yearbook.


Step One: Style

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‘Less is more’ is a fundamental point to remember when designing to an academic design theme. Keep your yearbook page layouts consistent and make sure they aren’t cluttered with images and loads of text. To help you achieve style we’ve outlined a few design techniques.

1. Using fewer images

When designing an academic photo or article page, often the pages containing fewer images at larger sizes have real visual impact. For our photo page we clicked layout> choose a layout and the number of images.

2. Images that go to the edge of the page

Use your images in a way that makes your yearbook unique to your school or college. Images that run to the edge of the page will set your yearbook apart. Once you upload your image, drag it into the image box. With the fusion freedom tool this will allow you to drag the corners of the image to the edge of the page.

3. Wide Margins and two column layouts

Clearing space on your page and avoiding cluttering your page is important with this theme. Wider margins and a two column grid will reinforce the academic style you have chosen. To design an article page choose your layout then to modify your design, click on the Fusion Freedom tool. This will allow you to drag the text box away from the page-edge creating a spacious margin. Clone your page so that you can use that design throughout your yearbook.


Step Two: Backgrounds

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The Fusion Online System has a variety of academic backgrounds for you to pick from. We have decided to go for a sleek-looking background (which comes in a variety of colours). For this example we’ve chosen the blue colour graphic as it is a conservative colour that complements the academic theme. This background keeps the style consistent across a double page spread.


Step Three: Fonts

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This is an elegant design theme so you will want to choose fonts that reflect this. Sorts Mill Goudy in capital letters is a classic font. For your subtitle and body text go with Quando or Sanchez – it will give your yearbook a neat and refined appearance. Make sure you have at least two columns to make your text easier to read.


Step Four: Profiles

Step 4

These pages should reflect your academic design theme. Try to keep to a minimum number of profiles per page, use the academic background and fonts. You can add titles to students and teachers (e.g. school captain, prefect, Head Teacher) by inserting a blank question into your profile set. The answers will appear underneath the names.

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