The main colour scheme is used widely across
different brands of magazine, the colours used
on this cover are red white, black and yellow.
For this cover these colours may represent
On this cover the audience feel they get
more than they actually get for instance
other than the four free “GIANT” posters
the reader also gets Paramore’s private
photo album and the chance to win a trip to
The main image is of Hayley Williams, lead singer of
Paramore, the image is a medium shot however most
of the image is covered up by cover lines, she is
engaging with the audience with her head tilted and a
large simile she is also winking at the reader,
engaging with the audience, her clothes are fairly dark
and in a way goes against the male gaze, she is
covered up but also supports it with the wink.
The Masthead on this magazine uses a sans
serif font with cracks in, this probably
suggests that the writing has been shattered
by loud music, the colour of the masthead is
a neutral colour, black, this means it is
aimed at either gender, Kerrang can be
associated to the sound of heavy metal
therefore suggesting the genre of music the
magazine is talking about.
The sub heading in this magazine uses a popular band in
order to engage either fans of the band or people willing to
read about them, the magazine uses language like,
“successful”, this is to make the reader curious as to why,
the bands name is highlighted in red and has a slightly
damaged font, this is so that it makes the band seem bigger
than they maybe are and make fans excited to read.
This magazine uses Buzz words in order
to draw the magazine readers in, and make
them feel important to the magazine, this
magazine includes buzz words such as,
“EXCLUSIVE”, “FREE!”, “WIN”.
The sub images on the front cover are related directly to the
sub heading, it is again advertising the band
“Paramore”, and under them “private” again engaging the
readers for content that is almost secretive the sub images
show pictures of Paramore having a good time, and showing
a life of fame they use cultural hegemony in order to
advertise the life of glam and party’s.
The plug on this cover is drawing the
audience to all the bands they should listen
The barcode is a common feature on a front cover in
order for the purchaser to buy the product.
The date and price are shown here in the
bottom right hand corner, this is to be
expected of a magazine cover, Kerrang is
priced at £2.20 per issue and an issue is
released weekly, if a price is generally
smaller it is because they do not want it to
stand out amongst the other cover lines,
Kerrang due to its music magazine status is
generally spread out when it comes to the
social status of the audiences, the price
although it does not stand out is in a
normal sized font rather than a minimal
The masthead of this magazine is fairly plain, it is a
white Q in a red box it sits in the upper left hand corner,
the red colour is likely used to attract both genders, the
name Q, derives from the word cue as in cue the music
the plain and neutral colours are used so that the
magazine does not advertise itself to one gender more
than the other. The font is coherent throughout the
magazine, the Q magazine is likely aimed at the upper
class due to the price also the covers of the magazine
have a slightly glossy effect.
The colour scheme for this magazine is
Red as the main colour this is supported by
black, white and gold. The replacement of
yellow by gold compared to other
magazines shows its upper class status.
The sub heading on this cover reads “
TAKE THAT, Back for good!” this tells
the reader that the magazine is going to be
mainly about the regrouping of Take That,
it also uses a pun “ back for good!” this is
also the title of one of Take That’s well
known songs. The large bold black text
draws attention to the reader and makes the
readers main focus on this piece of text.
The cover uses some buzz words to attract the
audience to buy the magazine, they use “exclusive”
and “live”, this makes the reader feel as if this
magazine has something inside that only they can
offer, the word “live” may also allow the audience to
clarify the genre of the magazine.
Here we see the date and the price of the
magazine, the price is in a small print, the
magazine will want the price to be less
noticeable compared to the cover lines, this
is the because the price is £3.99 which is
relatively high compared to some magazine
prices. Q magazine is a monthly magazine
this is why the price may be higher.
The front cover of this magazine does not use
a sub image, it only uses the main image, The
main image is of all the band mates bundling
on top of each and having a good time, this
purveys to the reader that any former tension
between band mates is no longer there, all band
mates are looking directly at the audience this
makes them feel part of the fun.
The barcode is a common feature on the front
cover of a magazine, it is there to enable the
audience to purchase the item of media.
This magazines layout is far less cramped as the
Kerrang magazine, there are less cover lines and
less offers such as free giveaways and
competitions, the cover lines seem to be more
randomly spread out on this magazine compared
This magazine does not have any plugs this is
because it is seen to be a mature magazine for the
This magazine uses cultural hegemony to tell the readers
which bands they should be listening to.
The masthead on this cover is NME in red block
capitals, it is placed in the top right hand corner, it
is fairly bold and does stand out compared some
other text on the magazine, due to its regularity, it
is behind the main image, NME stands for New
Musical Express, this suggests that it is aimed at
possibly teenagers to late twenties people, it seems
to cover all genres of music this could be why the
cover is not really themed and is fairly blank.
The main heading is short an d snappy it, reads “50
coolest people in music”, it is in a smaller font to the
sub heading and tells the reader what the magazine is
going to be mainly about.
This magazine does not have a sub image this is so
all concentration goes towards the main image of
the possible participants of the “cool list”.
The sub heading is in a plug, this is so that the it
stands out more.
On this magazine the sub heading reads “ cool list
2010, Who’s in? ,Who’s out?” This uses the
repation of a question and a list made up by NME
to hook the audience it advertises cultural
hegemony as to which celebrity the audience
should follow it also stands out more than the main
The lack of buzz words could suggest tat the magazine
is more aimed at young adults rather than teenagers, if
the magazine was to have buzz words it would make it
look more childish.
The main image on this cover, is of multiple images
which have been collaborated to make a super image,
each person in the image, is pulling a pose and are
interacting with the audience through eye contact., each
picture connotes the celebrity and there genre of music
each person presents.
The date and the price of the magazine are shown on the
barcode area in the bottom left of the magazine,
unfortunately some of this area has been cropped, this is
fairly common on the magazine and is usually found in
the barcode area or underneath the masthead, when the
price is in a smaller font this usually insinuates that the
magazine does not want the readers to see the price
standing out. The price can also reflect the socioeconomic
status of the readers.
The barcode is common on a magazine cover it
allows the magazine to be purchased by the
The colour scheme for this cover may not
follow other magazines however it still uses
the colours used in others these colours being
Red and White.
This page also shows previews of pages in the
magazine, it shows a previews of a single page and
double page spread.
The layout of the contents page is fairly straight
forward, the important things (mainly page
previews) are in the top half of the page, this is to
prioritise, the contents for the viewers, there is
more colour on the top due to the main image
being at the top and any page contents are
overlapping the main image, making sure the
main focus of the image is still in full show. At
the bottom of the page there tends to be the lesser
important stuff such as the editor review and silly
page fillers such as quizzes and reviews of albums
The contents show another plug advertising the
magazine subscription it makes, the reader feel
like they should dedicate their time to the
magazine it will also show the most interesting
covers just to make it look better.
The page uses plugs to advertise the free posters it
makes them look more interesting and desirable ,
another plug shows the number for weekly
The Main image on the page shows Marilyn
Manson's stage image, a dark and shadowy man
and to people who are not into this stuff, frankly
quite disturbing, he is in a way looking at the
audience but the lack of pupils prevents this, he is
holding tarot cards which may show that he has a
superstitious personality. The picture corresponds
with the colour scheme. The tarot cards show that
he is unpredictable, you don’t know what your
going to get with him.
The colour scheme rightfully corresponds with
the cover of the magazine using the colours
Red, Yellow, White and Black.. These colours
may represent danger or warning.
The contents page uses buzz words as titles in
order to make the audience more engaged.
“News”, “Win!” and “Live”, these make the
audience want to read the magazine, making us
feel more interacted with the magazine.
Sub images are used to advertise the main focuses
of pages within the magazine, this magazine uses a
woman and an album cover.
The layout is neat, and is set up in columns,
until it comes to the sub images which are,
spread out quite randomly , the page
numbers on the sub images are bold on the
page as they are white text in a black
background apart from the top image, of the
group of men where it is just black text this
could be to single out the top image on the
page to concentrate more focus on this page
or could simply be because, the background
of the image is white as well.
The Q magazine shows the issue number (293)
and a picture of the front cover the colour
scheme again has less variety compared to
other magazine using only red and white and
occasionally black, the most dominant colour
being red, this could show that the magazine is
aimed at both genders as red is a fairly unisex
These pictures show images taken from a
scene or a recording, they are likely to be
reviews of something likely a music video or
concert, they have shown an image of this so
that the reader gets a sense of continuity
throughout the magazine, also so they know
what genre of music they are reviewing this
can be judged by the way the music artists are
At the bottom of the page there is the month
and year, the page number and the magazine
logo, the date and year is in small black text,
the page number is white text on a black
background, and the logo in its usual red logo.
The main heading of the page is the issue number
and not the word contents like the other two
magazines, its possible that there is no reason for
this however it could be because the issue number
on the front cover is in small print so it could just
show this is for people who didn’t see it on the
Q magazines contents page shows a small image of
the front cover next to the issue number this could
just remind people of the contents of the magazine is
also shown on the front cover.
The sub images on this contents page are not interacting
with the audience apart from the image on the top all the
men are stood in, a posing position side by side and
using eye contact to interact with the readers, and on the
other side they are messing about having fun whilst
someone in the middle is also using eye contact for
interaction, this image uses hegemonic masculinity, to
advertise a life of having fun and being well dressed, this
is an image of masculinity.
The magazine also uses buzz words on the
contents in order to attract audiences they are
using words such as “Live” and “Now” this
makes the reader feel like they are getting more
than they played for.
This contents page is more traditional, and has
the same layout as a television magazine, it
has significantly lesser colour towards the
Kerrang! magazine contents page. It has a
neater layout and does not have a particular
focus to the page the attention of the reader
/audience will be spread out between images
and texts, any colour on the magazine is on
images, except the advert in the bottom right
hand corner, both NME and Kerrang magazine
advertise subscriptions on their contents page
this could be that Q magazine is less desperate
for money than the others. Kerrang magazines
advert is much more appealing due to its use
of images. The layout of the magazine seems
significantly more neater than the other two,
and splits the page up with lines.
This particular sub image supports the male
gaze it shows an attractive woman bending over
and showing her cleavage to the audience this
may be to make her article the main focus on the
page especially to the male readers.
The magazine consists of sub images and no
main images, it shows, each artist or band
posing for the camera advertising their
article in the magazine.
This page uses a large bold text and
in some case large italic text for each
sub heading on each piece of
content, the page numbers are also
larger than the actual text.
The contents of NME also reiterates the date
of release of the magazine, although usually
found only on the cover, this is just for people
to know the release date of the magazine.
The main text is in a much smaller
font compared to the sub headings, in
each case the main text is giving a
sentence preview of the page.
The Kerrang magazine is more methodical with
their subscription price, Kerrang’s price is £6 a
month which makes £72 a year, whilst still cheaper
than NME it seems, a lot cheaper and affordable
compared to NME’s straight up approach £74.99 a
The large image, shows Angela
Gossow holding her fists up at the
reader, this shows a sense of
power over the reader, it as if
she's about to start a fight and
looking at the heading and sub
heading, it is likely to be some
sort of comeback/recovery. On
her chest she has the words “pure
fucking metal”, this show the
informality of the magazine and
makes it seem more of a
conversation rather than an