Cover and spine essentials

A yearbook cover combines visual and verbal elements to make a great first impression on students who can’t wait to get their hands on their book. The theme should be presented on the cover and then find its way throughout the pages, connecting concepts and events of the year.

Working on the yearbook cover is often one of the first things a staff will do after they have decided their theme. Making the cover is exciting, as it is the first thing the reader will see when the book arrives. Staffs want a cover that pops and reflects the school year. Make sure your cover is attractive and easy to understand as it presents the theme to the reader. Try to make it different than past covers so it stands out, though many staffs try to feature school colors at least once every four years.


Front Cover

  • Theme
  • Book name
  • Year
  • Spine

  • Theme
  • School Name
  • City and state
  • Book name
  • Year
  • Volume number

    There’s a lot you can do to your cover. Here are some of the major treatments you might consider as you design your cover:

  • Lithography
  • Silk screening
  • Embossing
  • Debossing
  • Graining
  • Lamination/ UV coating
  • Foil
  • Quarter-binding
  • Die cuts
  • Your adviser as well as yearbook representative will help you determine what will work best within your budget.


    See hundreds of cover examples in the online showcase.