Research on existing magazines I used VIBE, RAP- UP and Billboard magazines to help me create my music magazine. I followed the codes and conventions of VIBE because both our magazines are designed to attracted the same audience. I used VIBE’s layout because it is eye catching and attractive, I thought this was most appropriate for my intended audience. I have not copied to layout completely but I used most features, the Mast head for example ,the position of the model and the matching color scheme.
In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? The genre of music for my music Is R&B/ Hip- Hop to create my music magazine front cover looked at R&B, Hip- Hop and which gave me a good idea of how to design a magazine using an appropriate colour scheme, layout etc, I didn’t duplicate the VIBE front cover completely for example I didnt use text on the right side of the magazine because I wanted to keep it original and not too over crowded. I looked into different magazines but VIBE appealed to me the most.I used the idea of the model being placed over the top of my Masthead to show that my readers areexpected to immediately know what the magazine is called although you can not see the whole word. Ithought this was very effective at showing that my magazine is very audience intended, I used a bold Impactfont with a drop shadow affect similar to vibe to make it stand out as well as giving it a sophisticated look.
I laid out my main headline similarly to VIBE. I chose the musty yellow colour for my headline because itstands out against the light pink background I chose a different font for my main article because mostmagazines have a number of different fonts as their house style but I kept it the same colour as themast head to make the layout look consistent. I used and intriguing cover line similar to VIBE to makethe reader want to read the article. The font for my cover line is Oynx because it matches my othercover lines on my magazine and looks interested something that my audience would be immediatelyattracted to.I have put a barcode at the bottom left of my front cover to follow conventions ofR&B/ Hip- Hop magazines. I placed it at the bottom so it doesn’t detract from thedesign of the magazine but it is visible for the people that will purchase mymagazine. Most magazines such as VIBE and Billboard also do this. I noticed thatthe barcodes on those magazines have the price which is what I did with mybarcode to make it look more realistic and professional.
On my front cover I have placed my articles on the left side likeVIBE because people read from left to right so it is important toplace my text like this so immediately my readers will read thearticles that are in my magazine. This is following conventions ofa music magazine because VIBE and RAP- UP uses The coverlines are a different font to make them clear and make my frontcover look organized and sophisticated. I used a banner the same as VIBE to add something else to my magazine and make the reader want to buy it. I kept the font white and ariel so it wouldnt look too over crowed and detract from the main information on the front. I just put names there because my magazine is genre specific and the readers are supposed to know who the artists are.
I have followed codes and conventions on my contents page by using the same layout design asVIBE Magazine use on their contents page. I decided to use this because it appealed to me themost for the genre of music I was doing my magazine for. I purposely didn’t use too much textbecause my survey showed that my intended audience wanted to see more images rather thantext. I have used one image (the same model on my front page) because VIBE uses the sameartist on the front cover, contents page and double page spread, because it is such a largeimage and it is placed on the right side of the page it is the first thing you look at, I did this onpurpose. I placed the article number at the bottom of the image because it is the main article Iwant my readers to know exactly what page to go to.
I used the same layout as VIBE because i thought it was interested anddifferent, it is a good way of attracting my intended audience. I just Oynxto match the font on the rest of the contents page to keep it consistent. Ipressed enter and aligned it to the right. I outlined the main sections in black to make it look more sophisticated and organised. I used 2 fonts and added italic and bold to some sections to make certain parts stand out. I also matched the yellow to the front cover to make keep the house style consistent. I did not duplicate VIBE’s layout because i wanted my magazine to look somewhat original. I’ve kept the background white and pink faded out so that the text is clear to read and the page looks professional. The artists names are in bold so they are easy to locate. I have included the page numbers next to the articles names so that the readers can find the article they want to read. keep the house style consistent.
The double page spreads I looked at havea quote so I included this in my doublepage spread to intrigue the reader. I alsofound that a lot of the double pagespreads use one whole page for a mid-shot image of the featured artist andwrite the article on the other page I likedthis idea and thought it would beappropriate for my magazine because myquestionnaire results showed me that myintended audience wanted to see moreimages rather than text so they couldpossibly use this image as a poster. I usedthe same colours and fonts I also matchedmy models dress to the writing to keepthe house style consistent the codes andconventions are to have columns a bigheadline and subheading a pull quote alarge image.
What kind of media institution might distribute yourmedia product and why? Original Choice. www.ipcmedia.com Final choice www.bauermedia.com I would choose Bauer to publish my magazine because they already publish my genre of music and I created a magazine that is already on the market. Bauer would be able to do that best because it has a readership of over 19 million people in the UK alone it is also well established in the TV and Radio industry, it is a huge international company.
Who would be the audience for your media product? My magazine is £3.99 because my survey results show that my target audience would prefer to pay under £5.00. I also gave my magazine this price because most R&B magazines that I looked at were nearly always over £2.00 The target audience for my magazine is 16-25 year old males and females, who are interested in Hip- Hop/ R&B music, film, fashion etc... I have made a reader profile about the target audience for my magazine, showing images of what sort of things would be advertised/featured in my magazine because they represent my target audience’s interests. My target audience would be interested in fashion, partying, drinking, cars, technology etc. My target audience’s occupation be mostly students at school or college/university, working part-time.
How did you attract/address your audience? I created a questionnaire to find out what people thought of existingmagazines and what they would like to see more of in magazines . I used abig mid shot on the front of my magazine to attract my audience, I didntinclude too much text because I am trying to attract my age range and Ithought they would rather see more images to text. I used yellow, pink andblack colours, these light bright colours are associated with R&B magazinesso I felt that it was appropriate. I styled my model in dresses and heels to appeal to a male audience as well as female. My audience would be able to relate to the clothing because they would be interested in partying and modelling, i also asked my model to pose in a “seductive” way because “sex sells” and I wanted her to stand out so the reader is immediately drawn to her outfits and makeup.
What have you learnt about technologies from theprocess of constructing this product? I used Photoshop CS5 to create my magazine and from this, I learnt how to create an effective, attractive magazine cover, contents page and double page spread. I learnt how to use layers effectively to place text and images in the correct places. I also played around with the programme and learned how to import photos and edit them, making them brighter, cropping etc. I used the shift key while resizing photographs which was very helpful. I had most difficulty cutting out the images from, the background but i asked a peer and this problem was quickly resolved. I used the ‘fx’ tool on Photoshop to make my text stand out against the background images and clearer to read. I used effects such as drop shadow, bevel and emboss and stroke on mostly my images , text and mast header to make it bolder and more attractive on my magazine.
For example here i brightened and lightened the picture although it is a subtledifference it makes the picture look more clear and therefore appear moreattractive in my magazine making it look sophisticated.
Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel youhave learnt in the progression from it to the full product? I named my preliminary task magazine ‘Negus News’ and used the house style of blue, black and red. I have learnt that the house style is important when following conventions because a consistent house style makes the magazine look professional. However, the house style has to look attractive too, the house style on my preliminary task is boring and un attractive. I also learnt that the layout is a very important part of creating a successful magazine as well as the images and text used. On my preliminary task front cover, I used an mid-shot image of students holding results. The image is stretched and blurry i quickly learned that the quality of the image is also very important when making a magazine.
• I think my music magazine is successful and it has turned out better than I expected considering the problems I encountered, I think to make it better I could have added text on the right side as well like “VIBE”• On the contents page, I think if I managed my time better I could have taken different images and include them however having one image worked to my advantage because i was following the layout of the “VIBE” magazine.• I am happy with my double page spread I think it looks professional and attractive.