Introducing My Yearbook

Yearbook Innovation is pleased to announce a new partnership with Friesens Corporation. It is with great pleasure that we introduce...


Friesens is one of the premier book manufacturers in North America, specializing in yearbooks and coffee table books.
  • Here is what you can expect from this partnership:
  • Yearbook Innovation will continue to provide you with great personal hands-on service.
  • You will have access to ConnectMe - a suite of intuitive online design and yearbook management tools.
  • Your yearbooks will be produced with Friesens award-wining quality.

Yearbook Innovation is pleased to partner with Friesens. After visiting their production facilities, seeing the passion and expertise of the staff, and their continuous investment in technology and the latest equipment - we know we're partnered with one of the best in the business. - Ron Mannanice, Yearbook Innovation The employee-owners at Friesens were seeking a partner in New York that shared our values and goals. Yearbook Innovation was a perfect fit. Ron and his team provide exceptional service and value to their customers at competitive prices. By offering yearbooks, photography, and video, Yearbook Innovation is the complete memory product company. - Chad Friesen, Friesens Corporation.

  • Friesens has won over 80 Printing Industries of America (PIA) Premier Print Awards. PIA awarded Friesen Yearbooks the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award (the Benny) for highest school yearbook quality in the world.
  • Our Yearbooks have printed CMYK colour using 200 line screen for years, a quality practice Friesens continues. Some yearbook competitors claim to provide 200 line screen printing exclusively. This just isn't true.
  • You will also receive state-of-the-art yearbook encasing and "tightback" sewn binding.
  • We print on 100 lb. Sterling Premium Ultra Paper, the same quality art paper used when printing books for the world's most recognized museums and art galleries.
  • You decide which deadlines meet your school needs.
  • No worries about delivery.
  • You choose your proofing process
  • Online digital proofs are available within 24-48 hours after uploading. Review, correct, and resubmit your files easily.
  • Want a colour proof book? No problem, just ask.
  • Yearbook Innovation/Friesens also accepts native InDesign files and we do not require PDF submission. This means we can make simple corrections for you so you don't have to resubmit your files.
  • Friesens remains North America's most eco-friendly school yearbook manufacturer.
  • Friesens in a signatory and member of Book Industry Treatise on Responsible Paper Use.
  • Besides FSC certification, Friesens offers various book materials including post-consumer waste (PCW).
Join Yearbook Innovation/Friesens industry-renowned guest speakers, teaching yearbook workshops on everything from award winning design, photography, sales and marketing. Available each fall to increase advisor/student participation or ask for a workshop convenient for you
  • Theme development
  • Cover design
  • Page layout and design
  • Writing - captions & interviews
  • Photography tips & hints - done by Yearbook Innovation
  • A demo of our software to help new advisors & students
  • Stay on budget every time with Yearbook Innovation!
  • Yearbook Innovation guarantees your invoice will always match your quote.
  • All quotes include shipping. No extra fees!
  • Our extensive Yearbook Curriculum guide was developed by award winning yearbook advisors - for yearbook advisors.
  • Our Curriculum Guide includes chapters such as: What is Yearbook?, Theme, Content and Coverage, Design and much more!
  • You can also see all our resources, yearbook help videos and yearbook kit online.

Examples: Proofing Uploaded Pages on PageManagement, Basic Design Principles for Creating a Simple Layout in InDesign, Creating a Cover and Endsheets in Designer's Edge Online, how to design pages or work with your portrait images in either InDesign or our online program.

OPTIONS Yearbook Innovation/Friesens school yearbook options include:
  • Standard book sizes: 8.5 x 11 or 9 x 12
  • Custom book sizes: Landscape, Square or Other
  • Hard Cover
  • Soft Cover
  • Custom Cover Design
  • Stock Designs
  • Foil Stamping
  • Embossing (flat or 3D)
  • Metal Inlay
  • Die-Cutting
  • Slip Cases
  • Dust Jackets
  • Quarter Binding
  • Stock Cover Materials
  • Special Cover Materials
  • Memory Capsules
  • Personalization
  • Tip-ins
  • Fold Outs
  • Gate Folds
  • Autograph Supplements

And many more

Let us help you create a truly memorable, award-winning book!

  • Professional Graphic Artists available to give in-classroom training sessions, work with students and make your life easier; provide pre-production training and tech support as well as managing your yearbook.
  • Team Yearbook Innovation/Friesens' works diligently to ensure a smooth and successful year for yearbook advisors, school administrators and students.
New ConnectMe Logo - Online

  • Custom pages from scratch
  • Award-winning templates
  • Portrait upload and flowing
  • Indexing
  • Theme management tools
  • Photo manipulation
  • E-store
  • Project management controls
Save Time:
  • Find the tools you need quickly
  • Less time teaching technology and more time on photos, write-ups, and design
  • Encrypted to protect student content
Team Management:
  • Assign unique tasks and access to different team members
  • Access pages from anywhere
Sell More Yearbooks:
  • Sell yearbooks direct to parents
Exploding the Yearbook Myth
Ever stop to wonder just why school yearbooks have traditionally been so expensive?

Here are the reasons you won’t hear from a conventional yearbook company...

Only a Yearbook Company can print a yearbook. If only this were true! This is the mega-myth that underlies all the rest. Because the business model of conventional yearbook companies works by keeping schools in debt – always pushing, pushing, pushing to spiral the costs. They say they’ll make your life easier. But will they help you finish the yearbook without steep add-ons? Does every small service come with a big price tag? How often do reps visit your school? How often to they meet face-to-face with your yearbook staff and Yearbook Advisor? Twice a year? Once? Never? We thought so.

High Overhead - keeping their own printing plants humming 365 days a year is a costly proposition. Every yearbook printed by a conventional yearbook company has to absorb some portion of the company’s overhead. At Yearbook Innovation, we work directly with commercial printers – meaning lower costs for equal, or even superior quality.

Top-Heavy “Production Tools” - all that expensive marketing and all those salespeople cost money! And developing, updating, and maintaining the proprietary software the conventional companies use ramps up their costs – which get passed on to you. Those “tools” are an albatross – weighing down the process with a system that students will never use in the real world. Do you know anyone who has been hired as a ‘Book-Tech’ software specialist? We didn’t think so.

Selling the Myth. Other than their own representatives, who says that only conventional yearbook companies can print yearbooks? A lot of smoke and mirrors and marketing dollars go into convincing schools that the yearbook is a mystical, magical, mission-nearly-impossible. This kind of scare-tactic is simply not true. The yearbook you create is the real masterpiece, not the printing press process the conventional companies use to manufacture the books.

The Internet is the answer. “If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.” Ever heard that expression? Conventional companies, saddled with their proprietary software, use the Internet because they have to – it’s the only way to distribute their software and retain control. Instead, Yearbook Innovation opens up a new world – by bringing hands-on training for your students into your school in Adobe InDesign – the standard of the graphics industry. This sensible approach allows students and faculty to work on their yearbooks wherever they take their computers. At the same time, we use the Internet in all the right ways – not as a means to control schools, but as a means to communicate, learn, share files, and manage the yearbook production process. Kids finish up yearbook season with a real skill. Not a useless program they’ll never use again.

Experience, experience, experience. Conventional yearbook companies have a lot of experience – in selling yearbooks. Yearbook Innovation has a lot of experience – in working with schools, educators, administrators and students, meeting their goals, helping students grow, and delivering high-quality memory-making products. Our team has a collective 40+ years in the school market, and our yearbook management team has 14 years of yearbook experience.