And there it is!! I’ve never worked so hard on or been more proud of anything in my life. Myself and 23-24 other dedicated staff members (pictured on the back endsheet/the third photo in this photoset) spent two semesters (and a good chunk of the summer…) creating the 67th volume of The Dragon, titled ‘Glimpse’. Throughout the book we take a glimpse into the life of the students including academics, athletics, organizations and even life outside the walls of JHS. Although Glimpse was the 67th volume of our yearbook, 2014 also marked the 100th year anniversary of the Johnston Community School District. To commemorate this we included various photos from the oldest Johnston yearbooks we could find in our archives.
Anyways I am super super happy with how the book came out. Throughout the year I considered dropping yearbook many times, I thought I bit off more than I could chew and wasn’t sure if the end result would be worth it but I’m so glad that I stuck with it. I’m sure some of you know that this year I was the design editor of the yearbook, and I took it upon myself to design every page of the book differently. Of course everything is still cohesive, the athletic pages all have the same general look, same with academic, organizations, etc. but instead of making one template for each kind of page, I designed each specifically for its content. Throughout my time in yearbook I went to various national journalism conventions and one thing I heard multiple times was ‘Design based on your content, don’t make the content fit the design’ and I wanted to implement this in our book which had not been done before. It was a ton of work but flipping through the pages now is so satisfying. It makes every page more refreshing rather than seeing the same template with different words/pictures over and over again. It was hard to keep up with and I spent most of my life in the J-lab working but I am so so so proud of this book.
Now even though I am proud of having designed most of the book myself, I couldn’t have done it without the rest of the staff providing interesting stories, great pictures and loads of other fun content in the form of infographs and mods. Without them this book would be lifeless and boring, and I am so proud of what we have created as a team. I don’t know if any of them will read this as I’m posting it on tumblr but I’ll link it on other sites and hopefully you will all get around to this post (don’t look at the rest of my garbage blog).
Also a special thanks to my co-editor/editor in chief, Kelsey. Without her this book probably wouldn’t even exist honestly, the whole building would have set on fire and the whole world would be thrown into chaos so thank you Kelsey for always keeping us on track and finishing anything and everything that fell through the cracks. Couldn’t have done it without you. :)