Case Study – MSB Yearbook
Mount St Benedict's College is an independent, Catholic school for girls based in West Pennant Hills who came to us for the design of their yearbook. It's a delightful task for us, as we embrace the College's vision of “inspiring young women, transforming...
the future”, and every edition that we work on is an exploration of these ideas. The 2012 edition we designed tapped into the vibrant curiosity of youth, presenting a layout that had a sense of teenage DIY, but with a colour palette and typography that held true to the College's brand identity.
Yearbooks such as MSB's are keepsakes for the students, staff and community alike, and it's important that these publications feel like a celebration of the year's achievements rather than as a report summary of the year past. The front and back covers of the 2012 edition are bold, with the title “Ignite Your Light” in a script reminiscent of long-exposure light writing that carries through to the back. This simple effect combines ideas of ingenuity, craft and play, and clearly sets the mood for the rest of the publication.
When designing yearbooks for schools, we develop a layout that is going to carry a large volume of photos without feeling like a static grid. To achieve this, we drew on the original (and best!) example of collecting photos: the scrapbook. Our resulting layout for the MSB 2012 yearbook featured torn out pages from a school notebook, pull quotes in a handwritten script and marginalia similar to the doodles we've all drawn back in the day (and in some cases still do).