Companions are areas of side-information which offer additional interest points, while not detracting from primary page features.
A kicker is a smaller sized headline used directly below the main heading of an article. Offering an inviting introductory lead is an effective method to quickly frame the angle that the article approaches the topic.
Quick reads are side stories which offer secondary information about the main article featured on the page. These devices often feature direct quotes and interesting stories which are related to the main article. They serve as ideal companions for exploring in-depth topics about the schooling year.
Collect a series of lesser known facts about the history of your school, teachers, grades, and buildings. For an extra dimension, sprinkle these facts throughout the yearbook as a continuing theme.
Fads, Fashions, Events
Frame the year in a wider perspective by recognising the fads, fashions, pop-culture, news and events that made it big this year. Arrange a series of text snippets and pictures through the yearbook to achieve this purpose.
A refreshing design theme is to use small portions of a map of the school to accompany articles and reports they related to. For example, an article about the Science Faculty would feature a small map fo the science block buildings.
Showcasing areas of student artwork is effective in providing visual relief to long sections of copy. This method works especially well at primary school levels.