Codes And Conventions Of Music Magazines


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Codes And Conventions Of Music Magazines

  1. 1. BIG clear title which dominates the magazine. Headline of the magazine. The anchoring image is of a popular A list hip-hop/ rap artist and can be clearly seen and there is a direct mode of address. The background goes with the clothing of the artist on the page. Dark colour scheme. This is the magazines kicker, its another main story inside the magazine which either uses a different font or layout. UNSTOPPABLE is a lure to get you to read the magazine and backs up the story which will be inside the magazine. Names of all the artists inside the magazine which will increase the chance you will read this issue. Its sort of a teaser. Promotion or sponsor. Social networking links so you can follow the magazine online The Mise-en- scene of the magazine relates to the Rap genre with the clothing and the colour scheme of the magazine. The artist is a Dominant male and there are bright Vibrant colours which support him along with a strong stature. The way that DRAKE is posing shows that he is a bit cocky and is in control with the black background really making him stand out on the page. The way that the Snapback is forward on his head also makes him seem cocky and sure of himself.
  2. 2. Large anchoring font in front of all the image. This illustrates that the person is dominant and powerful, also she is a female so the stereotype backs up the image. She is smartly dressed and is in a formal dress so this also makes her powerful. Highlighted words which stand out and relate to the image on the page or words which would make you want to read the magazine more. Cover-lines to show a topic which is talked about inside the magazine The Pug of the magazine can be seen behind the person on the page. Black tone to compliment the main colours of the image. The logo has is on display so that we get a clear view of what we are buying.
  3. 3. Page title top left Anchoring image of the artist, the article is about. Plus smaller images of the same artist but in different poses. Background images in B&W and the foreground, larger image is in colour. Larger Font for an interesting sentence to get you drawn into the magazine. Also the artists name is singled out in a different font but relates back to the colour of the title, creatin g continuity. Direct quote from the artist themselves placed in a bolder font and stands out from the rest of the article. Black lines to break up the page and keep the images and article separate. Direct mode of address Bold, Large Font. Easy to read
  4. 4. Large Bold title Top left hand page throughout all magazines Large anchoring images of same artist across the page. Article about the artist inside the magazine Coverlines relate to big image and its article. Pictures related to articles on page. Price and barcode. Title is in the same place creating continuity throughout the brand also has a Big Bold title in roughly the same area
  5. 5. ‘Q’ reminds you what you are reading and creates continuity throughout the whole magazine Large anchoring image to show the artist/group who’s article ‘s in the magazine. Big font to attract your attention to The specific article or main story. Features of the magazine In the normal style down the left hand page. Clear for anyone to read. Familiarity for readers Section which is there every month. Getting something extra from the magazine. Bold font. Pug of the magazine. Reviews of current subjects related to genres of music.
  6. 6. Title of the magazine to keep you reminded of what your reading The name of the artist in the biggest font. To establish who the article is about. Keep you reminded of the band. ‘Everyone' s talking about’ - use of these words makes the reader want to know what informatio n there so they can keep up to date with what's current in music at the moment. Usual article about the band. Main words about the band and other interesting words are highlighted in bold or different coloured font. Additional features – Facts about the band which you NEED TO KNOW draws the readers attention to the facts Anchoring image – Large image to attract the attention of the reader and get an idea of who the band are and what they look like. Direct mode of address is used in this picture.
  7. 7. These front covers follow the C&C of magazines covers. It is structured around the natural eye flow of the C shape. It is done by crowding the sides of the magazines with Cover lines and covering either the top or the bottom of the magazine. Above I have example of magazines which use the C motion and what I have explained above links to the magazines pages. This theory is only used on the front cover, its soul purpose is to attract the eye of the reader or possible buyer. This is also a good example of how these magazines uses the rule of thirds to create their own front covers. C Cover Theory
  8. 8. The eye flow of this magazine cover is slightly Unnatural, as naturally the eye is drawn from the top right hand corner to the top left hand corner. Then finally the eye is drawn down the page to the bottom. However this magazine breaks the codes and conventions by following the T shape. The T shape consists of leaving majority of the covers space, which are filled with black and white images which are similar to each other. Meanwhile the text within the T zone uses Bold colours and eye catching fonts.