Flat planThis is a detailed flat plan that I havehand drawn, then scanned onto thecomputer. It shows where a bouts Iinitially planned to place my mainimage, my mast head and the othervarious of features that I have chosento place on my magazine cover,including other smaller images, whichare placed along with another smallarticle. I have also placed a strip acrossthe page that states ‘ExclusiveInterview’, this is a rather large feature,dominating most of the page But Ibelieve it is necessary because itattracts the audience encouraging themto read the magazine. I have alsoplaced a circle in the centre of the pagewhich quotes the artist I haveinterviewed, again this attracts theaudiences attention.I believe this plan follows most of theconventions of a real music magazine,hopefully helping to create a successful,fitting magazine cover.
1st DraftThis is the first draft of my music magazine cover.I believe it is quite successful as a first draftfollowing all the conventions of a real musicmagazine. I have placed the photo of the artist Ihave chosen to interview in the centre of mymagazine to highlight that it is the main feature ofmy magazine, although I think it is an appropriatephoto that gives of the correct image and willattract the correct audience, it is very dark sotherefore must be made brighter, so it appearsmore professional.From the flat plan I have changed the long banneracross the screen that states ‘Exclusive Interview’and have instead placed it in a circle, whichappears like a stamp. I have done this because itfollows the conventions of a real music magazinemore precisely than the banner did, plus itappears clearer. I have also added text along theright side of the page, in many colours, which willattract the audience. Including puff words andvarious ‘Pop’ artist names.I believe this page is clear and well laid out,however It does require a few more photos toappear on the page and there needs to be abarcode, so they follow the conventions of a musicmagazine.
This is a screen shot of theediting programme Photoshop.This is the programme in which Iproduced my magazine. Here Ihave taken a screen shot as I amplacing a Star shape which states‘Inside’, inside it. This I believe isa valid part of the front cover,because it again attracts theaudience, therefore encouragingthem to read the magazine. It isoften seen on these musicmagazines with a similar targetaudience to mine, thereforeadding these features allows mymagazine to follow theconventions of a regular musicmagazine. Here we can also seethe text that I have chosen touse and the artists I have chosento feature. These all reflect thecontent of the magazine,therefore attracting the targetaudience (young females)because they would beinterested in these artists, sothese features would engage theaudience.
Final versionThis is my final magazine cover, as you can see herethat it has developed a lot from my initial flat planand first draft. I have added a great detail to mycover, including more photos, not only of artists butalso of beauty products. There is also a wider rangeof articles being featured.In contrast to my flat plan the mast head hasbecome smaller than the main title which states‘Abbie S’, this is purely because I feel the magazinewould be recognisable, so the you would want theaudience to be attracted to the main article ratherthan the mast head. Plus if it was recognisable theywould know what magazine it was just by thelayout. Still, the mast head has been presentedwith bright, bold colours therefore will stand out,attracting the audience.I have added a barcode and issue number to themagazine to the follow the conventions of a realmusic magazine, however I have placed it in adifferent place to what a magazine would normallydo. They would normally placed in the right,bottom corner so it is out of the way, but I haveplaced it to the left near the centre, which I believelooks more organised on my magazine cover.Over all I like my front cover, it is ordered and easyto understand. While it has it’s own style, it stillfollows the conventions of a regular musicmagazine.