30th May 2019, 10 am – 2.30 pm
ACG Parnell Senior Campus

If you are in charge of your school yearbook – then this is the conference for you!

Offering practical advice, covering every stage of producing a yearbook, including design, layout, photography, project management and editing/proofreading. We also have an expert panel who will share advice on how they manage those tricky areas such as obtaining articles from fellow colleagues who are ignoring the deadline.

Due to limited space, we can only guarantee a maximum of two attendees per school. However, we will be filming all the talks and making these available to all those who attend.  You can then choose to share these with colleagues and/or students.

We look forward to seeing you in May!

Team YOLO/Spacific

Conference Schedule

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10.00: Conference Opening – Ed Coup, ACG Parnell College

Welcome to the Yearbook Conference! Introduction and house keeping

Ed Coup is an Associate Principal of ACG Parnell and is also in charge of the ACG Parnell Yearbook. He kindly volunteered not only the venue but also to be our Master of Ceremonies.

10.15: Design Masterclass – Camille Lowe, YOLO

How do you design and where do you start? How do you choose fonts and colours? Where do you get inspiration? What are the trends of 2019? Find out the answers to these questions plus more.

Camille Lowe is a studio manager at YOLO. Her 19-year career includes designing for leading publishing companies both in New Zealand and in the UK, such as Bauer Media, Penguin and New Holland Publishers. Camille has a Diploma in Fine Arts from Otago Polytechnic School of Art as well as a Diploma in Computer Graphics from Media Design School.

10.50: How to layout your yearbook – Kristen Kelly, Entourage Yearbooks

A step by step demonstration on creating a few pages of a yearbook utilising Entourage yearbook software. This will include layout information such as bleed, margins, image resolution and layout.

Kristen Kelly is a web developer at Entourage Yearbooks with a background in graphic design and web technology. She has a BFA in Fine Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has 5 years of experience working in the yearbook industry.

11.25: How to handle your camera like a Pro – Nigel King, White Door

Practical advice about photography such as where the subject should be in the view finder, checking your background, how to use available lighting to best effect as well as tips and tricks

Nigel King is the founder and lead photographer for White Door. A professional photographer for over 20 years, he has a diverse portfolio including advertising, fashion, sports and editorial. Nigel’s work has been featured in some of New Zealand’s top magazines including Fashion Quarterly, Metro, M2 and Trends.

12.40: Project Management: From stress to stress free! – Janet Morgans-Lea, YOLO

What content should I include? How do I know what articles are going on what page? How do I keep track of everything? Utilising YOLO’s project management software, find out the answers to these questions and more.

Janet Morgans-Lea is the general manager at YOLO. Her 15+ year career has spanned advertising and publishing companies including Fairfax Media, Publicis Mojo, MacMillan and Oxford University Press. A self-proclaimed ‘organisational junkie’, Janet is at her happiest when designing ways to streamline systems.

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13.15: Dotting the i’s and crossing the t's – Colin Kennedy, Iron Road

Practical advice about writing and editing articles including how to write engaging copy, how long should an article be, how to edit an article and various tips and tricks to help you become a writer/editor aficionado and save you time.

Colin Kennedy is a director of Iron Road Communications, a content marketing and public relations agency. A former news editor and journalist, Colin has worked as a strategist and writer in media, public relations and digital online marketing for more than 20 years. Clients have included Microsoft, Spicers, Signature Homes, Bayleys and AMP.

13.50: Expert panel and Q&A

Our expert panel will share how they produce their yearbooks, including those tricky areas such as how to get content on time from co-workers and/or students. There will also be a short Q/A session where audience members can ask the experts their own questions.

Joan Bennett is the Librarian for ACG Strathallan. This is Joan’s 5th year of producing their yearbook.
Angela Little is the Communications Manager at Sacred Heart College, Auckland. This is Angela’s 8th year of creating their yearbook.
Kevin Saunders, now semi-retired, taught RE at Sancta Maria College. The 2018 yearbook was Kevin’s 12th yearbook.
Dawn Wilson is the Office Administrator for Mt Carmel School, Meadowbank. This is Dawn’s 8th year of producing their yearbook.

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14.30: Conference Close

That concludes the yearbook conference – thank you for attending!

Conference Information


All tickets are completely free – simply click on the ‘get your ticket now’ button to secure your seat. Due to limited space, we can only guarantee a maximum of two attendees per school. However, we will be filming all the talks and making these available to all those who attend.

Additional Information

Will there be any refreshments?
Light refreshments will be provided at noon. This will consist of a range of small food items with various dietary options as well as tea, coffee and water.

Do you have to attend every talk?
No – you may choose to attend only those sessions that are relevant to you.

Will the conference content be available after the conference?
Yes – all those who attend on the day will receive a link to videos of each talk.

Can students attend?
Yes – however, due to the maximum of two tickets per school – you may wish to attend without your students and share the videos.


There are plenty of paid parking solutions near the campus with Carton Gore Road and Davis Crescent Carpark being the closest.

Within close walking distance, both free and paid street parking is available within and around the Domain. Both these options will have restrictions on parking time.

The campus is an 8-minute walk from Newmarket train station and also accessible by a variety of buses, including the Inner Link.


ACG Parnell – Senior Campus, 9 Davis Cres, Newmarket, Auckland 1023