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Lesson Plans

doing a year book "in-house" through graphic design class

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Mon, 26 Aug 1996 17:29:02 -0400

Hello Everybody,

I found out that I'm the year book woman for a small Catholic High School....
and uh.. I don't know exactly how to do it!

I need some suggestions in many areas... I can buy a couple of pieces of
equipment and some software... I'm thinking of getting a fairly high
resolution (dpi) laser printer and a scanner... and yet I don't know how much
computer memory is reasonable to deal with in using a scanner. Could use
suggestions on printers and scanners and memory.

I would like to have suggestions on any year- book- producing companies that
are competative in their pricing. The idea of doing our year book "in-house"
has come as a reaction to some very high prices from our old year book
publisher. It looks like our only immediate solution is to produce lots of
camera ready pages... cut and paste... and hand them to a local printer. This
is all a bit daunting with the standard of years past being hard cover and
about 200 pages long. The principal says we need to save some money on this
production.... the school was paying 16,000 to the yearbook company to
produce 200 books.

Also... the computers available at my school are generally 486 IBM types (not
sure how much memory they have)... with windows 3.1 and Pagemaker. Only ONE
student knows how to use the program. There's one computer in the art room
and we have access to the computer room one period a day. Twenty kids are
enrolled in the graphic design class (in the art room or computer room when
we need to be) and there are a bunch of good kids in class, national honor
society and hard working for the most part.

I've heard that there's a year book site on line... if anyone knows the
address I'd like to have it.

I would like to know of pitfalls, sidetracks and so on to watch out for...
also what, if any, luck you might have had with using a local printer rather
than a "yearbook company"???