By Autumn Jones
Being yerds, or yearbook nerds, is what drove all yearbook students as they began their journey at KEMPA. In a fairly intimate setting of only 11 students, yearbook class guided campers through elements of theme and design to bring back to their staff. Instructors Brenda Field and Ava Butzu gave class time to showcase examples, share ideas and work with each school’s team.
“I’ve learned that your first design is not your best,” said Taylor Such from Rockford East High School.
Such came to camp as the only member from her staff, but is excited to bring what she learned back to teach her staff.
No yearbook is ever perfect and every volume is better than the last. All campers agreed their books and staffs could use help in some way, shape or form.
“It’s just a hot mess,” laughed Samantha Lindberg of Richmond Burton Community High School. “We’re going to use Trello so people can see which pages are behind and it’ll hopefully be a motivator,” Lindberg said of the organization app brought up by Renee Burke, design instructor. Trello is used for publication staffs to work together in one space to see what needs to be accomplished.
Lindberg’s co-Editor-in-Chief, Emily Burke, is extremely eager to share her passion for yearbook and encourage her staff back home.
“Here you’re with people that are as dedicated to yearbook as I am. I enjoy every single second of being here,” she gushed. “It’s cool to see advisers that I aspire to be. I want to bring the excitement back to our staff and show them how exciting and memorable this all really is!”
While the yearbook class mostly had work time on the 4th floor of Johnston Hall, they did sneak away for a bit to find inspiration at the Milwaukee Public Library. In the magazine section, students rifled through pages of various issues to find design elements, color schemes and other ideas.
“Great design is very quiet. It doesn’t say 'Hey, look! I’m a design!'” explained instructor Brenda Field.
“We’ve taken inspiration from a lot of magazines and I think that when we take it back to our staff we’ll have a newer, fresher look,” said Keelin Ricciardi, an Editor-in-Chief from Harborside Academy.
With camp coming to a close, each staff’s group presented their themes to the class for a critique. Feedback from both instructors and classmates alike ensured that campers were ready to go and make amazing books in the year to come.
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