Otke says goodbye with best school annual

It’s June -again. Yearbooks, facebooks…traditions..the new by Garry Otke and students is simply the best annual I’ve seen- and that’s 20 years of high school. Mr.Otke must have published 30…KSS Now I’m not being gratuitous, sentimental or patronizing. This edition rocks! ROCKS! Only decades of polishing design, desktop publishing, photography, typography, bookkeeping, printing and Internet, could produce such a stellar annual. Least of which might be the skills required to harness teenage talent without losing quality craftsmanship or graduation value.

The 2009-2010 yearbook completely digitally designed on site and printed by Futura pleasantly shocks you immediately just by picking it up! The weight alone boggles my mind. The multi-coloured and textured cover is so rich without just being more eye candy. The embossed photo with the personalized name plate is superb!

The dynamic but highly readable design is brilliant fluidity within a static printed page. Amazing rhythmn and flow with stunning shots of kids! The Yearbook team utilized pullquotes, and overlapping spaces like I have never seen. Great job!

As written in AmericanPhoto March issue, THEANO NIKITAS’s article below, kids want pictures and why not! The new KSS annual uses candid photos so well they pop off the page and stop your breath. Our grads never looked so alive. The traditional collection of 1800 mugshot faces is almost obligatory fir reason but Otke and his team of students embed those little posed rectangles so well they give your eye and rest from the expressive glow of youth found throughout.

Congratulations team! All the best Mr. Otke! You’ve set the standard so high you outdid yourself. I’ll never see a yearbook surpass you.

-Al Smith

cover“…Coming of Age
Senior portraits take on an edgy, editorial, very personal look
High school seniors no longer want to graduate with only a cookie-cutter yearbook picture as their legacy. Instead, they’re flocking to photographers for portraits that represent who they are — or who they’d like to be. Case in point: For the photo shown here, Scott Hayne let Chelsea’s windblown hair partially obscure her face, observing, “It’s not your classic senior shot, but kids are looking for images that show their depth.” During a time when people are cautious about money, senior-portrait work now comprises between 20 percent and 45 percent of some wedding and portrait photographers’ business, a dramatic increase from just a year or two ago — and it’s still growing. Hayne, Senior Portrait Artists Artist of the Year in 2009, started his photography business in 2007. In the second year, his senior work went up tenfold, and in the third year nearly doubled that….(Zinio, Mar 2010)
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