Music Magazine Double Page Progression By Muhammad Zeeshan I will be using the following programs: Adobe In Design CS3 and Adobe Photoshop CS3. I will create my magazine within indesign and will edit images within photoshop.
I have started to make the double page article by first making a double page. I have done this so the spread is much more easily manipulated to minimise the errors that may result from using two single pages. I also did this so I could have pictures crossing from one page to another. This will portray the skill of the editor and allow the meaning and images to fill the spread. Moreover a nicely laid out magazine is more likely to attract audience than one that is not.
The heading has a simple font. It is also large with contrasting colours catching the eyes of the reader easily. I used the colours of red and black, part of my palette and easily recognisable now as my house style and mise en scene of coolness and wealth - Black for the fill and Red for the outline. This will make my Black writing stand out as red will separate the heading from the page which illustrates the unique nature of the heading and the title.
I enlarged the title to take a large section of the magazine making it stand out and demand attention due to the sheer size. Moreover the research I undertook emphasized the importance of a clear, large and well placed heading to a magazine article. This will then catch the eyes of the reader, giving them with the urge to read the article.
I believe that the introductory comment is important as it summarises what the article will contain and acts as a lure into the main body of the text. Thus a linguistically snappy mode of address and colourful, in terms of the text and font introductory comment is needed. I used the colours red and white as it contrasts with the heading while still demanding attention in its small size. Also my palette and house style are now well established and recognisable to the reader and target audience.
Moreover as you can see I have changed the layout of the introductory comment from a strict column to a more stair like layout. This further enforces the title. As we see the Cholos Rise to power, creating synchronicity of design with my contents page.
I have added credits to their respected receivers. This is to appreciate the creators of the magazines while allowing the reader to communicate with their favourite editor or designer. The colour and placement are crucial to keep the integrity of the layout of the article. I am striving to achieve a formal layout as the portrayal of the artist’s are formal with some informalities as befits an urban music genre.
The credits were placed on the left third to maximise to make them easily viewable while keeping the layout simple. This will help the reader easily contact the editors or designer for feedback. Feedback which is crucial for the magazines survival as the feedback is our eyes into the world of the readers which allows us to advertise and market more successfully.
I have written the article in this form to keep the reader interested while leaving a space for the dominant image. the dominant picture will hold a much stronger message in terms of visual impact than the article yet I still believe that the layout of the article is crucial in keeping the interest of the magazine live in the reader’s mind. There will be run around placed around the images of artists. This will illustrate the skill and ease of my product in terms of design which will increase the cool and urban feel and mise en scene of the magazine.
I have used the layout of columns to efficiently fix a production mistake. I have also decreased the size of the font without making it unreadable for the reader. This will make the article simple and tidy having a positive effect. This allows the reader to concentrate on the message and content of my article and not be distracted by unnecessary details and ‘fussiness’ of design.
I placed my picture on the right side of the double article, I did this as I had thought of creating a run around the picture. However I made sure the artist was wearing a black costume with an expensive leather jacket to illustrate his urbanity and status within the band. I chose the colour black as it signifies danger, sexiness, coolness and contrasts with the background while the leather jacket reflects the studio lights which creates a very effective rich sheen that makes the image very attractive and sophisticated.
i placed a picture which I thought would easily spread onto the two pages. I those this picture as it defines the relationship these two individuals share. I purposely did this to emphasis the importance of the closeness between them and highlight the trust the band members share with each other. This will further mould their ideals and personalities within the minds of the readers and create an image of brotherhood and solidarity that others would aspire to have.
The main image was enlarged to symbolise power and enforce that power in the minds of the audience through the use of layout of the magazine. The imposing image is of a slight low angle which portrays the rise of the artist while illustrating that he is firmly rooted within the grounded urban culture he represents. This will make the target audience relate to him and recognise that they too could become him and share in his fame and celebrity status..
As I mentioned before I did a run around of text around the image so both integrated and blended to form a cohesive piece..
I moved the image on the left page, moreover the box out makes the image stand out, this in turn does both catch the eye of the audience while impose the previously mentioned status & relationship of the band members
I placed a dull background with a gradient of grey and light grey. I did this because the dull colour allows the typography and images to stand out and hook the readers in the magazine. The grey also represents urban life and colours. It is the colour of inner city life and living.
The better, brighter gradient helps the typography of page 4 (left page) to be more readable, it also represents cool, silver rather than dreary urban, establishing urban culture as cool and something to aspire to.
I also changed my secondary image, I did this as this image portrays a more strong status and relationship between the artists compared the last image.
In my research for magazines, traditionally quotes follow images. I first placed a box out and used plain text for my quote. This didn’t look impressive compared to the rest of the magazine, while the plain text did not stand out from the article.
I than moved to having no box out for my quotes and changed the fonts to Stencil STD, I did this as it stood out from the main text while the black colour stood out from the background removing the need of a box out. It also emulated my front page and contents text and maintained the house style.
I then progressed to removing the images box out and enlarging the image. I did this as it blended the image into the background. While the colourful text conveys the message of the image in quotation.
I placed a second quote with the main image to give meaning to the main image. I kept the colour schemes for the quotes the same on this article which makes it easier for the reader to differentiate the quotes from article.
Moreover I did a run around text around the image. This makes the quotes look interesting due to the layout of the quote. This improves the layout and quality of the magazine successfully attracting audiences who recognise a professional and appropriate integration of image and text.