2014 – A year in review.
So, that’s it. Another yearbook season done and dusted, give or take. The summer holidays are drawing to a close (sob), and the TV is full of back to school adverts. Before the cycle begins anew, there’s just enough time a Yearbook Machine HQ to take a quick breather and think about the year that was.
This year, we produced a little over 230 different yearbooks – a new record for us! Of course, this meant lots of long days, longer nights, and far too much googling of the question “How much coffee is too much?”. We’ve had some tricky moments and the occasional low point, but these all pale in comparison to the good times we’ve enjoyed.
You guys have sent us so much incredible feedback via email, twitter, phone, snail mail, carrier pigeon and semaphore that it makes all the hard work so worthwhile.
With so many awesome books to look through and arrange in Alphabetical order (no mean feat, I should add!), it was even trickier this year to pick our favourites. But we sat up straight, poured ourselves another coffee, and set about choosing this year’s Yearbook Awards.
There were lots of great custom designs and photos this year – Millfield School’s bold stripes and Albyn’s excellent fancy dress got approving nods. RGS Guildford, last year’s runaway favourite, played a strong hand with their take on the famous Lunch atop a Skyscraper photo. Unable to pick a winner, we put it to a vote, and after two rounds of tense, politically charged polling, we determined that the winner was…
A tie! The Manor Academy and Cotham School share this year’s cover crown. We simply couldn’t choose between the Google-esque floral swirls of Cotham, and The Manor Academy’s clever collage of photos. Take a bow, guys!
Best use of Profile Pages:
With this award, there was definitely one school whose profiles stood out from all the rest. To borrow directly from their style; Hockerill Anglo-European College, you have been convicted for Having Awesome Profile Pages.
Best Custom Pages:
Featuring parodies of BBC News, Google Play, Hot Wheels and even a UK Border Agency Terror Alert (don’t ask), there was one clear choice this year. For the second year running: Hasmonean School, come on down!
Best Overall Book:
Okay, this is it. The big kahuna. Le grand fromage. Just like Highlander, the Premier League (sorry Liverpool) and the X Factor, there can only be one. Happily, this year the decision was a simple one. With their enthusiasm for the online system, their love of all things technological, and superbly international student base, we’re pleased to announce that this year’s winner of the Best Book Award is the Halcyon London International School!
Thanks to all our customers for a great year of Yearbooking. We’ve been spending the summer working on some great new things for the system, and next year promises to be our best yet. We look forward to seeing you all again!