In What ways does you product use
, develop or challenge forms and
conventions of real media products?
• Such as, the colours used, I used the colours red white and black like NME as
they are really simple yet effect I’ve they are also the typical colours used on
indie magazines making my magazine seem more realistic.
• Other similarities are the mid shot picture covering some of the title and the
details next to the bar code, I felt that this made the magazine classier as they
are very subtle ways the make the magazine look professional.
• Although my magazine and the existing magazine had many similarities I chose
to have a less cluttered magazine cover, I feel that this makes my cover seem a
lot more elegant and much easier to read.
• .I also chose to have a competition on my cover, so that a young audience
would be more attracted to the magazine. The competition is for Reading and
Leeds festival which is one of the biggest indie festivals in the U.K, so it would
be really appealing for young fans of indie music, which is my audience.
There are several similarities between my indie magazine and the existing indie
As you can see like NME I chose to carry on the same colour scheme and
fonts from the front cover so that my magazine was consistent.
•Although these elements of my contents page are like NME my layout is very different to
the one which is used in NME. I decided to use photograph of the artist featured on my
front cover and my double page spread, I did this to show that it was the main story in this
issue of the magazine.
•I also chose to include an editors letter, which is written in a very relaxed way so that the
young readers can relate to the magazine.
•I also listed the different article by page not in alphabetical order as I found that it was
much easier for the reader to read when it was written clearly and in more detail. Another
similarity is the advertisement to subscribe to the magazine.
•When doing my research I found that almost every magazine regardless of genre had a
subscription advertisement, I felt that this need to be included purely to make it realistic.
My magazine does have similarities between it and existing magazines.
•These similarities are the large picture as the background and the article written in black
with a white border.
•I did this because I felt that this was a very good simple layout, therefore making it easy to
•I chose not to make my photograph full bleed because I found that the border was a great
place to put the small print information. This was another way to make the text on the page
look easy to read.
•When choosing my photograph I chose to do it on location instead of in a studio like most
magazines to create more effect.
•My picture was taken in Brighton, which is a town closely related to the underground indie
music scene which is the theme of my magazine.
How does your product represent particular social
•My magazine uses the colours red and blue which make the
magazine more fun and playful which would appeal to my young
audience of 16 - 24 year olds.
•I also use a scribble effect on the front cover which is associated
with doodling, most of my target audience would be in full time
education. The doodle like font is often related to school, this
therefore relates to my audience of 16 - 24 year olds.
•The artist that I chose to use is a university student. Most of my
readers would be at university or hope to go on to university. This
makes them able to connect to the artist more, as in the interview
she talks about her university experience.
What kind of media
institution might distribute
your magazine and why?
I would have IPS media distribute my magazine. I’d use the
company as they already distribute NME and UNCUT magazine
which are similar magazine to mine and have a similar audience.
This company how and where to distribute my magazine as they
have experience in the genre that my magazine is.
Who would be the audience for
My audience would be:
•People ranging from the ages of 16 - 24.
•People that listen to indie or alternative music.
•Also people who like lots of unsigned artists as undiscovered
music is my magazines theme.
How did you attract this audience?
• I used a competition on my front cover which entices the reader as
there maybe a chance to get something free.
• It also is for Reading and Leeds festival tickets which one of the
biggest indie music festivals in the U.K which would clearly be of
interest for my audience.
• I chose to put bands that my readers would like, these are mostly up
and coming indie bands.
• My magazine also has a website which they can keep up to date on
music news when readers visit it. Young people use the internet a
lot so this would be good advertising for the reader.
Looking back at the preliminary
task, what do feel you have learnt
about the progression from it to the
• I found that doing the preliminary task helped me learn about what
looked good and what didn’t. It showed me what kind of layouts are
appropriate foe magazines.
• As I hadn’t done the full research into magazines I was unable to
conduct a realistic magazine, after I had done my research into
existing magazines I found ways in which I could achieve this.
• I certainly found that using Photoshop gave the magazine a much
more professional finish compared to using publisher.
What have you learnt about the
• When using professional digital cameras I found that the image
quality was a lot higher than the quality on ordinary cameras.
• When making my magazine I used Photoshop, I learnt a lot about
the different uses of Photoshop.
• One of these was the way in which you can change or enhance
images, by changing the background, colours, size or the shape of
• I also learnt about the general use of Photoshop, for example how
to reposition objects, change the order in which things are shown,
change colours and fonts etc.
In my magazine I did find a way to incorporate new
media as this is a large part of the magazine business
now. I used a website in which people can visit to view
the latest in indie news. My website can also be used for
magazine subscription which is shown on my contents
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