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.

YouTube Playlist

  • How to learn GRAPHIC DESIGN by Karen Kavett
  • Beginning Graphic Design: Fundamentals by (to be discussed in Fundamentals section).
  • Beginning Graphic Design: Layout & Composition by (to be discussed in Layout & Composition section.
  • 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.