Amped Music Magazine In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
• Masthead • Text • Standfront• Menu • Layout • Captions• Pugs • Overall House Style • Page Numbers• Sidebar • Rule of Thirds • Drop Capitals• Strapline • Tags • Headings• Main Cover Image • Coverlines • Menu Bar• Issue Information • Secondary Images • Pull Quotes Typical Codes and Conventions
House Style – having a consistent Red, White and Black Colour Scheme – Masthead and Tagline – the name of house style for my front cover as well my magazine is located in the conventional links to house style and shows consistency in the as through other pages in my place at the top of the magazine which is magazine in terms of colour and content. magazine makes the it seem more where the audience will tend to look first professional and pleasing to the and is also accompanied with the tagline readers eye. which is the case has some rhyme to it with “scene” and “magazine”.Issue Information – Straplines and Sell Lines – these this informs the target help show some of the other key parts audience of the issue of the magazines content and arenumber and price of the coloured and tall to remain separate magazine. from the rest of the text on the front cover Secondary Images – Coverline and Anchorage Text – these images will help this shows the main article included in show additional content the magazine and tends to be located that is in the magazine in the centre of the magazine to show and will also draw in the the audience that is the part of the reader more. cover they should mostly be paying attention to and that they remember itPuff – this single stand when they going through the out graphic draws the magazine.attention of the reader to this point to show that Main Cover Image – the cover is in there is something of a centralised position to accompany the importance within the coverline and links to its purpose andmagazine when looking Barcode – also to advertise the content of the at the cover. accompanies issue magazine. information Rule Of Thirds – splits the magazine into to separate parts for the audience and makes it easier to follow the information Pug – the idea of the pug is much like a Front Cover Banner – a banner again makes pieces of text puff where a single graphic makes stand out and inform the reader of extra content something stand out on the cover of the within the magazine that perhaps isnt of much magazine and highlights the importance of importance but is there to be seen. it.
• I chose a simple colour of red, black and white to make my page seem less congested and more approachable compared to having a large number of colours, the colours also make the features of my front cover stand out more. • I decided to use a large front cover image with one person rather than an image with numerous people as again I wanted to keep it simplistic. • I wanted to try and use up as much space as possible on my front cover as I felt it would offer more to my target audience and gain their attention more rather than just having one or two front cover conventions. • I’ve specifically used this layout/text style to make the magazine seem as if it had some attitude but also seem as it was going to be a magazine that would be informative at the same time, I used “Kerrang” magazine as inspiration.Explanation
• Masthead located at top of the page • Secondary Images • Large coverline stretching across the middle of the page • Puff located on the left hand side of the page • Banner with additional content located at the bottom on the page • Poster special advertised on the front cover • Barcode positions in bottom corner of the pageComparison – Front Cover
Red, White and Black Colour Scheme – Issue Information – again links to house style and shows consistency in the informs the audience of the issue etc. magazine in terms of colour and content. This then links to the front cover. Menu Bar – this bar shows all the contents and the page numbers where they can be found with a brief Article Quotes – the quotes come from the description under each piece toarticle themselves and help give an idea what the inform the reader of its purpose. article is about and could link to the image that they have been accompanied with. Headings –this breaks down the contents in the magazine to give help the audience what certain piece of contents they want to find and in interests them.Images – the images link to the contents of the magazine and help give a visualrepresentations which could make the reader more interested in certain parts of the magazine. Editors Comments – this comes from the editor of the magazine who talks about whats in this particular issue of this magazine and what House Style – this continues to they hope the reader gets from the magazine, this follow the house of the magazine that is also sometimes accompanied by a signature I’ve set out to use in all the pages of Magazine Name– my magazine name is and an image of the editor my magazine. located at both the top and bottom of my page Contents Page
• I felt that having a more visual based contents page with minimal text would be more appealing to my target audience rather than one filled with loads of text that they’d have to read, I used “NME” as an outline in creating this layout. • I also wanted my edited photos to immediately stand out from the rest of the page so creating a montage of images, it allowed me to create a layout where I was able to include more photos. • I continued with the house style that I used on my front page to make my magazine more consistent rather than having a mix match of varied colours on both pages. • I used the most typical conventions you’d find on a contents page such as a menu bar and an editors comment box to still create some originality whilst still trying to keep my magazine unique.Explanation
• Contents title at the top of the page • Images that link to the content located to the left hand side of the menu with varied sizes • Headings to separate the different types of content in the magazine • Editors comments included on the contents page • Page numbers • Consistent house style used • Brief descriptions along with the contentsComparison – Contents Page
Pull Quote – this is a quote fromHouse Style – although the colours the article itself and helps highlight Article Title– the title shows the Standfirst – this introduces the audience what to expect from the article and informs the audience are different for this page, its does the actual purpose of the articlefollow the same text and layout style rest of page and it could also hint what it’s about. what the article itself is about. with the rest of my magazine. Secondary Images– relevant can be placed all over the spread to give the audience ideas about what theyre reading. Large Main Image and Secondary Images – the images Layout and Design – by creating a unique spread for the main article in the link to the purpose of the article magazine, it will instantly draw the reader in and grab their attention from the rest of the contents Interactive Information– thisDropcapital – shows the reader gives the audience other methods of where the main text of the getting information about what article begins they’ve just read. Page Numbers – shows the Image Captions– this informs theaudience what page they’re on. reader about what the image is showing and how its relevance to the rest of the article.Blue, White and Black Colour Interactive Barcode–the barcode Live Review – this adds moreScheme – differs from the rest of allows the audience to get instant information to the article and is also access to a certain website that’s the house style on the other pages a separate element to the article itself relevant to the article. but links to the article information Double-Page Spread
• I wanted to position numerous images all around my pages so that my audience wasn’t just reading text and then the images would break up the article. • I decided to have a page structure that had some sort of flow for when the audience was reading it so by having an angled upward article, the reader would easily know where to begin and end. • I included some additional features on my double- page spread such as a live review which you may find typically in a music magazine but also an interactive barcode which differs from most music magazines of this type. • My colour scheme is different from the rest of my pages as I wanted to make it more fitting to the band I was writing about and would therefore have much more of a theme to the pages.Explanation
• Large title at the top part of the page • Consistent style across both pages • There is one large main image on one side of the page • There is standfirst underneath the main title • The main article text has been divided into three separate columns • The style of text for the title is different from the main article text • There is a drop capital at the beginning of the articleComparison – Double-Page Spread
• The overall style and approach for my magazine was to create a local music scene magazine that had some form of attitude much like that of “Kerrang” whilst also making it informative and interesting in the process.• The audience are able to read the text easily as it has a continuous flow to it. Also, the text style and the way that the main article for example has been worded, I wanted to make it into an informal and approachable style.• I wanted my magazine to follow the typical conventions of any magazine on all my pages but I also wanted to create a unique style and layout that was appealing. An example would be my double-page spread where I’ve created an angled sort of style that flows from one corner to the other and is still easy to read without it being to crowded.• Additionally, I wanted to make the front cover pretty much similar to that of existing rock magazines that are currently available via the use of my text positioning such as my masthead and also the way I have used images.• I also wanted my contents page to highlight the main features of my magazine through the use of my images and text style so by having images along with quotes from the articles themselves, it make it much more easier on the eye.• For the name of my magazine, I wanted to make it clear when my audience first saw it that it is clearly a music magazine and by having a title such as “Amped” which immediately suggests music, it is much more likely my audience will take notice.• By having a large centralised cover image that was in the same style of “Kerrang”, this will again make my magazine more in the style of current music magazines.• Finally, I wanted my magazine to have a consistent house style on all the pages to make it seem more professional and less congested with multiple images and pieces of text although the colours and style of text would change in accordance with whatever the article was on about. For example, the blue colour linked to the band name “Across All Oceans”. Magazine Style
Despite my magazine using the typical codes andconventions you will find in popular rock/metal musicmagazine currently on sale, it still has a unique approach byjust focusing on the local music scene in a particular area ofthe country. So overall, I fell my magazine is much differentwith the way it uses the original conventions and how itmakes the most of them throughout my pages. A consistentand simplistic style may not usually be associated with themusic genre my magazine focuses on, however it’s still ableto deliver some attitude that offers my target audience allthe information they would expect from a music magazine. Conclusion