WRITING A YEARBOOK COLOPHON

WHAT IS A COLOPHON [KOL-UH-FON]

A colophon is a statement, placed at the end of the yearbook, recording the names of the staff and printer, book specifications, size of the edition and other information about the production of the yearbook.

It can be as elaborate or simple as your want. It’s important to include a colophon in your yearbook as a resource for future staffs.

Here are several examples you can use as guidelines for creating your own colophon. You do not have to follow them exactly as is. The words in blue should be changed to reflect your yearbook’s specifications.

EXAMPLE 1

The 70th edition of the 2013 El Lobo was printed by Herff Jones, Inc. in Logan, Utah. The theme for the yearbook was “70 years but who’s counting.” The theme represents Basic High School being not only the oldest high school in Henderson, Nevada, but one that is rich in tradition and history. From its original location in downtown Henderson to the Burkholder site to the current location on Palo Verde, students and staff are about community and pride.

Our sales representative was Carol Ryan (Basic alumna) and Landin Ryan (Basic alumnus.) Our plant representative was Robert Griffin. Senior portraits were taken by Mikel Conrad (Basic alumnus) from Mikel’s Fine Art Photography Portrait Studio located in Henderson. Underclass photographs were taken by Bernhard and Williams Photography Studio located in Las Vegas.

The cover is a custom embossed silkscreen with two applied paints and silver foil. Brush grain was added for effect. The cover was sketched by artist Russ Chancellor of the Logan, Utah creative services team at Herff Jones.

The book is a 9×12 format and is printed on 100# gloss paper. El Lobo used ten iMac computers and four Cannon cameras. The 240 page book was designed in the eDesign online program. The font families used were AHJ Garamond, AHJ Della Robia, AHJ Sans, AHJ Jessica and AHJ Verona. There were 650 copies of the book produced at the Logan yearbook plant.

The cost of the book was $70 for early bird special and then rose to $75 after November 1st and $80 after April 1st.

(Staff concluded colophon with thank you messages to a variety of people who helped them.)

EXAMPLE 2

The theme of the 49th volume of Sjköld, Your 24, is a concept exploring the 24 hours in our day—and what we choose to do with them. Everyone is given the same number of hours, but what we accomplish in that time is what both unifies us and sets us apart from each other. The idea originated from work done by eighteen Skjöld staff members at the Gettysburg Yearbook Experience in July 2010, where our staff spent five days developing the theme, designing layouts, and writing the opening copy.

The 52 members of our staff met 7th and 8th period, creating a 256-page book printed on 100# paper with a four-color lithograph cover. The 625 copies of Your 24 were printed at the Herff Jones plant located at 525 Boyds School Road, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 17325. Each book was sold for $70 through January 20 and $80 thereafter. Additional funding of the Skjöld came through business and senior ads.

The staff worked through six deadlines from October to May, with the final deadline comprising our third annual 40-page spring supplement. The staff used 25 Dell Optiplex 760 PCs running Windows XP and InDesign and Photoshop CS4 to produce spreads, which were uploaded via Herff Jones’ ePage file management system. Staff photographers used a variety of Canon DSLR cameras for their work, including the XTi, XSi, T1i, T2i and 5Dll models with 580EXll and 430EXll speedlites; they used lenses from Sigma and Canon both, including the 24-70 f/2.8 and 70-200 f/2.8, as well as 85 f/1.8 and 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 kit lenses.

(The adviser and staff names/positions were listed separately from the colophon, but on the same spread. The staff also included “shout outs” to people who supported and helped them with production of the book.)

EXAMPLE 3

Highlights, Volume 32, was produced by the yearbook staff at Hilltop High School in Matthews, NC and was printed by Herff Jones, Inc. in Charlotte, NC. The account was serviced by representative Terry Carson and customer service adviser Laurie Jones. The cover was designed by Molly Brown and Star Kendall and incorporated a three color design which was silkscreened and embossed onto the Vibra Tex Iridescent Wind color background. Applied colors/foil included 23 Silver, 29 Peach, 11 Purple and F-25 Galaxy foil. Applied grain was Galaxy. The endsheets are printed on Fibertext Parchment Series Sky FCP-2, 80# Cover weight paper stock using Purple ink. The book’s 220 pages are printed on Bordeaux 100 pound paper stock. The 2006 volume includes 80 pages in full color and 32 in spot color, which were printed in HJ8100 Metallic Amethyst. All body copy was set in 12 pt. AHJ Garamond, and captions were 10 pt. AHJ Garamond. Headline fonts included AHJ Algerian, AHJ Dustie and AHJ Modernart. Layouts were submitted to the plant on CD. Highlights was produced using Adobe® PageMaker® 6.5 and Adobe® InDesign® CS, on Apple® Macintosh® G4 computers with 512 MB RAM with 80 GB hard drives and a DuoScan scanner. Digital photos were taken with 4 megapixel digital cameras. Processing and printing of photos was done by Ziff Labs. Professional portraits were provided by Maddox Photography. The 1,200 copies of the book were sold for $65.

EXAMPLE 4

Special Thanks: (The staff wrote a few paragraphs about the year and mentioned a variety of people who were instrumental in the success of their yearbook.)

Cover & Endsheets: The 2013 Pinnacle cover is a four-color lithograph. An iridescent foil covers a portion of the theme design. The endsheets are standard stock paper. The theme concept was created and expanded by the editorial team and members of the 2013 Pinnacle staff. Cover and endsheets were designed by Pinnacle co-editors-in-chief Regan Brown and Ellena Sullivan, with inspiration provided by an early design from co-reference editor Amanda Farrer.

Type & Color Treatment: Body copy throughout the book is set in Frutiger Light Condensed (8.5 pt.) Captions are set in Frutiger Light Condensed (7.5 pt.) Headline treatments are designed with variations of AHJ Nashville, Arno Pro and Frutiger. Photo credits and spread credits appear in Frutiger Italic (6 pt.)

For consistency, a color palette was chosen. In addition to the traditional black, the following colors appear throughout the publication: Pantone 151C, Pantone 3005C, Panton 2985C, Pantone 115C, Pantone 376C, Pantone 363C, Pantone 266C, Pantone 185C and Pantone Cool Grey 7C.

Publishing: Volume 107 of the Pinnacle was designed and produced by the 2013 Pinnacle staff. The 456-page, all-color Pinnacle is printed on 80 lb. gloss paper by Herff Jones Publishing Co. in Kansas City, MO. Approximately 3,000 copies were pre-ordered for $52. Any extra copies were sold for $60. A 48-page supplement was included in this price. The publication was created using Adobe CS5.5 software on 42 Macintosh desktop and laptop computers.

Photography: Pinnacle staff photographers shot digital photos using four Nikon D70s, two Nikon D80s and one Nikon D40. Sport group photos were shot by Prestige Portraits, and club and group photos were shot by both Prestige Portraits and Pinnacle yearbook staff photographers. Some submitted photos appear throughout the book as well.

Editors’ Note: (A special note from the co-editors-in-chief was included here. The yearbook staff photo with names and staff positions was included on the spread with the colophon.)

EXAMPLE 5

Panther Tracks 2012, Volume 22 was produced by the yearbook class at Pleasanton Middle School in Pleasanton, California. The book was printed by Herff Jones, Inc. in Logan, Utah. The account was serviced by representative Heidi Ash and customer service adviser Terri Schnell. The yearbook class of 24 students helped develop the theme, We’ve Barely Scratched the Surface, in July, 2011 at the California Yearbook Academy. 1,100 copies of the 144-page book were printed. The price of the book was $42, including nameplates. 1,002 students and staff members purchased the book. The yearbook adviser was Katie Forbes. The cover was designed by Jaclyn Holman and incorporated a full-color litho printed on standard white litho stock with matte-film, scuff resistant lamination and silkscreen varnish applied. The full-color endsheets were designed by Jaclyn Holman and printed front only and blind embossed. The pages were printed on 100# Bordeaux paper stock. All body copy was in 10 pt. AHJ Avalon. Captions were in 8 pt. AHJ Avalon. Names were bolded in either 8 or 10 pt. AHJ Avalon. Headline fonts were in 40 pt. AHJ Charisma and 29 pt. AHJ Avalon. Subtitles were written in lowercase 16 pt. AHJ Avalon font. All caption headings were in bolded 8 pt. AHJ Avalon. Layouts were submitted to the plant electronically using HJ ePage. We’ve Barely Scratched the Surface was produced using Adobe InDesign CS4 on 16 iMac computers. Photographs were taken using one Canon Rebel XTi digital camera, two Sony Mobile HD Snap Camera Bloggles, student and parent submissions and the yearbook staff’s personal digital cameras. Professional portraits and team photographs were taken by Creative Imaging in Pleasanton, California. Panther Tracks is a member of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the National Scholastic Press Association and the Journalism Education Association. The 2004 edition of Panther Tracks was awarded a Silver Crown by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Panther Tracks 2011 was a CSPA Gold Medalist with one All Columbian Honor. Panther Tracks 2005 was a CSPA Gold Medalist. The 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 editions of Panther Tracks were CSPA Silver Medalists. The 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions of Panther Tracks received the National Scholastic Press Association All American award with Four Marks of Distinction. Panther Tracks 2008 received the NSPA First Class award with Three Marks of Distinction. The 2006 edition of Panther Tracks received the NSPA First Class award with Two Marks of Distinction.