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Magazines analysis

  1. 1. William Lee Johnson Magazine Front Cover Analysis
  2. 2. ‘Rolling Stone’Magazine. This front cover has a very basic colour scheme. The whole page is black and white except for the writing in yellow of the magazines name – ‘Rolling Stone’ and the main artist feature of the magazine – ‘Bob Marley’. This yellow Along the top of the immediately stands out from the black and front cover, there are white, therefore, the readers attention is drawn to the other bands and writing. artists names, which suggest to the reader that they will also be included somewhere in the magazine. If the reader see a band they like, they will want to purchase the magazine to read the article. The barcode is in a slightly unconventional place for a magazine as it is generally normally put in one of the far corners of the front cover. The image of Bob Marley has a shallow depth of field which puts his face in focus an the background out of focus. This makes the reader associate with the artist as he is in focus. He is also looking directly at the audience which appeals to the target audience.
  3. 3. ‘NME’ Magazine.This magazine front cover has a verycolourful appearance. This reflects thegenre of music the artist on the front The artist on the front cover is centralcover is associated with which appeals and is looking directly at the camerato the specific target audience. The which directly addresses the reader.colours will also make this magazine He is also standing in a position thatstand out on the shelf. suggests that he is respected. Puff that informs the reader about an article of the ‘greatest guitarists alive today’. This article could be a sub-article to the main article as Jimi Hendrix is considered by many music fans as the greatest guitarist of his time. The reader can be involved in the magazine by entering a competition to win festival tickets. The reader will also be intrigued by this as it states that they are the ‘last pair’ of tickets.Writing around the main image of Jimi There are only several puffs on the frontHendrix. The writing is in a style which cover, therefore the readers attention isreflects his genre of music even further. not taken away from the main image.
  4. 4. ‘UNCUT’ Magazine. The band are not wearing There is a ‘Free CD’ The name of the colours that greatly contrast inside the magazine magazine is tucked with the colour scheme of the which will influence behind the bands heads. magazine. the target audience to This makes the band buy the magazine. appear much more in the foreground and closer to the reader, leaving the word ‘Uncut’ in the background, but still clearly visible to the reader. Main image of the band ‘Fleet Foxes’ looking directly at the reader. This is common for most magazines to have the people on the front cover looking directly at the reader as it establishes contact between them and the artists. There are many other artists names on different places on the cover. When the reader sees a band that they like and follow on the front cover, they will be drawn to read the article on that specific artist.There is a much more loose colour scheme on this magazine front cover. There areseveral different colours that generally are not expected to be put together. The maincolours however are red, blue and mustard yellow. These colours suggest a slightlytraditional feeling which gives the front cover the appearance as if it is from a previousera.
  5. 5. ‘Q’ Magazine. The name of the magazine is This front cover has a simplistic colour scheme very clear and stands out to consisting of black, white and red. There is also the reader. The ‘Q’ logo is very some text in blue in the bottom right corner of recognizable as it is a popular the cover which the audiences attention will be magazine among music fans. drawn to as it breaks the colour scheme Puff saying ‘50 Best Videos Ever’. Articles that contain lists and ‘Top 10s’ etc are usually very popular among music magazines as they are very easy to read and are also enjoyable and entertaining. Name of the featured band is directly in the middle of the magazine front cover. This is most probably the first thing the reader will see after the name of the magazine. The readers attention will be drawn to the uppercase words such as ‘NEW’, ‘UNSEEN’ and ‘THE STORY’ as these are intriguing words that make theAs with other music magazine front covers, there are target audienceother artists names on the front cover which if the reader wonder what they dosees a band/artist that they like, they will be intrigued not already know andand be influence to purchase the magazine. want to read the article.
  6. 6. ‘Classic Rock’ Magazine. The image of Jimmy Page has him central on the front cover and is looking directly at the reader. This creates a connectionBold colour scheme of between him and the reader Half of his face is in shadow whichblack, red and white. makes him almost blend into the background of the front cover.These colours mayreflect Led Zeppelin’sMothership album asthat also has the samecolour scheme. On thefront cover of other‘Classic Rock’magazines, the colourscheme is not usuallydetermined.The letters ‘O’ and ‘C’of ‘ROCK’ areobscured, however thereader can still tell thatit is the ‘Classic Rock’magazine due to itsstyle and layout. Following regular conventions of magazine front covers, there are also several bands and artists of the same classic rock Barcode in a conventional bottom genre features on corner of the front cover. The the front cover. barcode rarely is in much of a different place but turned sideways on the edge of the cover.
  7. 7. William Lee Johnson Magazine Contents Page Analysis
  8. 8. ‘Q’ Magazine. Date of issueMain image draws the readers attention to it as it takes up a large lets readerportion of the contents page. The people in the image are also looking know whendirectly at the reader which I have established is a regular convention in the magazinemusic magazines. was published. Page numbers clearly indicated next to the headline of the articles. This directs the readers to their chosen articles that they would like to read. The articles have a bolder headline and a brief summary of what they are about. This gives the reader an insight to what they can expect from the article. The colour scheme of the contents page matches the rest of the magazine. This magazine has a very simple colour scheme consisting of red, black and white.
  9. 9. ‘Rolling Stone’ Magazine. Simple colour scheme does The brown colour breaks away not draw the readers from simple colour scheme of attention away from the black and white so the purpose of the contents audiences attention is drawn to page. it. Large grey scale image has a classical effect making the page appear sharp and sophisticated. The main article of the magazine takes up a large proportion of the contents page. The audience will be intrigued and want to read the rest of the article after reading the brief summary of it. The audience are then directed to the page of the article. This contents page has the usual style of the page number being in a certain colour, then the article name in bold writing and a description of the article in a smaller font.
  10. 10. ‘Q’ Magazine. Very organized and simply laid out contents page. With the main text on the left and the images on the right, the lay out is not complex and does not confuse the reader. Large heading of the magazine name, ‘Q’, and the word ‘contents ’. The issue number of the magazine is also incorporated into this picture. This created an organized and tidy feel for the audience when reading the contents page. There is an image that overlaps two other pictures. This links all of the pictures together for the audience. Heading of article with the page The contents page follows a simple colour scheme of number directly white, red, black and grey. When the colour scheme is next to it. There is broken, for example the mans green sleeve, the readers also a brief attention is immediately drawn to it. summary of each article.
  11. 11. ‘Uncut’ Magazine. Very colourful ‘contents’ heading. The colours are repeated a couple of times A long appeal from the throughout the rest of the contents editor of the magazine. page. Otherwise, the colours This connects the reader to the publication as they know who is making the decisions on the magazine that they are reading. As with most other magazines, there is the article headings, their page number next to them, and a brief summary of the article. Three articles are grouped in a yellow box. This will draw the readers attention to it as it is in a different colour Quite cluttered contents page as it has a to the rest of very large amount of writing on. The the headings. reader could be disheartened when seeing this contents page as it seems to be very long winded.
  12. 12. ‘Metal Hammer’ Magazine. The heading of the page consists of the name of the magazine, the word ‘contents’, and the issue date of the Similar to the ‘Uncut’ magazine. I have seen this also in ‘Q’ magazine. magazine contents page, there is a word from the editors of ‘Metal Hammer’ magazine. This connects the readers to the developers of the magazine. The colour scheme of this contents page reflects the target audience. heavy metal fans can relate to the colours black and red. The white in the page is to break up the darkness of the page. The images on the contents page are overlapping and there are many of them. This appeals to the target audience of the The magazine does follow the regular magazine as they do convention of having the page number, the not want a article name in bold, and then a brief summary magazine that looks of the article. However, in this magazine the exactly like the font is very gothic which reflects the target other magazines on audience. the market
  13. 13. William Lee Johnson Magazine Double Page Spread Analysis
  14. 14. For my first double page spread, I have an article on Jimi Hendrix. Thisarticle has a large image of Jimi Hendrix taking up the whole left pageand it is overlapped slightly onto the right page. As a result of theimage overlapping the two pages, the pages are tied together for thereader. The colour scheme largely consists of purple which has a fadefrom being darker at the top right side of the pages to being lighter atthe bottom left side. This also seems to link the two pagestogether, making this double page spread appear as if it is an enlargedsingle paged article. The large image leaves a smaller space for thewriting of the article. However, the layout of the text boxes preventsthe writing from appearing cluttered and too much.
  15. 15. This is a double page spread on the anniversary of the murder JohnLennon. Similar to the double page spread on Jimi Hendrix, the mainimage of the artist is on the left side of the pages, whilst the writing isfound on the right side. The colour scheme of this article is mainlyblack and whiten with some sparks of red which highlights the fact thatthe article is for the anniversary of John Lennon being murdered inNew York. This is a very simplistic layout for the double page spreadwhich I believe is very effective. I believe this because if there weremultiple images in several different colours, the article would appearcluttered and tacky.
  16. 16. This is another double page spread that has a simple layout of the mainimage being on one page, and the writing of the article being on theother. This article is on The Notorious B.I.G and is also promoting thefilm based on his life, ‘Notorious’. Similar to the other double pagespreads I have analysed, the article has a very basic colour scheme. Theorange of the article heading stands out strongly and ensures that thedouble page spread keeps to the simplistic style of the article. Their is aplay on words with the article heading as ‘The B.I.G Picture’ is referringto the artists name, The Notorious B.I.G.
  17. 17. This is another example of a double page spread with its classic layout.With the main image on the right and the writing on the left, thereader can easily read the article without having too many distractingimages on the page to sidetrack them. This article also does not have acomplex colour scheme, as it only consists of white, black and green. Ihave decided that my double page spread in my magazine will have asimilar layout to this article, with the image mainly being on one side ofthe double page, and the writing on the opposite side. My double pagespread will also have a simple colour scheme, consisting of only two orthree colours. If I choose to include any more colours than this, thearticle will begin to appear untidy and unprofessional.
  18. 18. This double page spread is slightly different to the other articles that Ihave analysed. This is because this double page spread has multipleimages that are purposefully scattered across the pages. The style ofthis article is made to make it appear as if someone has laid severalphotographs on top of each other, almost as if it was in a notebook.This style reflects the articles genre of heavy metal.The colour scheme of this article is black and white, which with theimages on top of it, they are emphasised and the readers attention aredrawn to them.