Graphic design is crucial for any type of publication, whether that publication is posted on the web or printed. Simply inserting a few photos and captions on a page does not make a quality yearbook.

One reason to stay with an expensive yearbook company is to use their graphic design team of adults. One reason to move to #SlidesYearbook is to empower students to learn graphic design principles that they apply to other subject areas projects and future careers.

The above photos are examples of graphic design in Google Slides. All three examples were created or modified in Google Slides by Darren Maltais.  These lessons are posted on Darrren's website and used here with permission. Another incredible graphic designer/educator Ryan O'Donnell. Check out Ryan's template page here.

Graphic Design Platforms

Google Slides is not a graphic design platform like Adobe Creative Cloud, which requires a desktop computer, or Pixlr Online Photo Editor, which requires Flash. However, the simplicity of the Slides app may make it easier to design as we can focus on graphic design fundamentals and principles.

Using Google Slides or Drawings as a Graphic Design Platform

According to Beginning Graphic Design: Fundamentals by, the most basic elements are line, shape, form, texture, and balance. Each of these elements can be used to create visual media in Google Slides. Open this Google Slides fundamentals practice and follow the directions on each slide.

Yearbook Graphic Design

Now that we have established that Google Slides can be used for graphic design, it is time to create yearbook layouts with a professional look.

Already Taught Earlier in SlidesYearbook

Will be Taught in the Graphic Design section of SlidesYearbook

Graphic Design Practice

The Magazine cover and Film Review graphics are examples of what your students can create in Google Slides. In the following activity, you will create both layouts using the knowledge you gained in the Basics section of SlidesYearbook.

Skills Required

  • Recenter image (if necessary)
  • Add Background color
  • Insert - Text boxes, Lines, Shapes, and Callouts
  • Change - Fill color, Font type, Font size, and Font color
  • Copy/paste Lorem Ipsum

YouTube Playlist

  • How to learn GRAPHIC DESIGN by Karen Kavett
  • Beginning Graphic Design: Fundamentals by
  • Beginning Graphic Design: Layout & Composition by
  • Yearbook Design Basics by Tyler Melton
  • Google Slides for Desktop Publishing by Joshua Pomeroy




While pre-made templates are wonderful, we want students to know how to create from scratch. To do this, we start with the fundamentals.