Current Music Magazines• NME• Q• Kerrang• Uncut• Mojo• The Music Magazine (TMM)• Future Music
Q Magazine Covers
Q Magazine cover analysis Logo of Q easily identifiable. Smashed/Cracked affect represents Matt Bellamy as wild and crazy. Big Headline on left third of cover, so it stands out on the shelf of a shop. Largetst text on the page, impying that Muse are the featured article in the magazine. Being on the left third the text will be the stand out selling point of the magazine whilst on the stores shelf. Conventional of a magazine to feature a barcode, however you would not expect it usually to feature on the cover. Use of copy running alongside the feature article can persuade fans of certain artists to buy the magazine. Off-centre image of The Beatles connotes that they are unusual and go against the trend, representative of the mystery that surrounds them, and the things you didn’t know about them
Uncut Magazine cover analysisConventional colour scheme of red, yellow and black.Reinforced by the black and white image. Creates aprofessional, yet stylish cover. Backed up by theexpressions of the Gallagher brothers theconnotations of sibling rivalry and bitterness prevails.The use of a pun is evident, the target audience willrecognise this and be influenced to purchasing themagazine.Copy along the right third of the cover gives anidea of who the target audience is, by listing bandswho will appeal to them.
Cover House Styles and Examples
Maximum Photo Impact
Neat, Clean and Controlled
Busy House Style
Special Graphical Effects
NME Magazine Cover
ContentsHouse Styles and Examples
Multiple picture reference
Double PageFront Page Reference
Use of split Page effect in Kerrangmagazine is used effectively.The page features all of the conventionsof a magazine contents page. Differentsections are highlighted by titles as thepage is split into more manageablesections. With page numbers to help theaudience locate articles.The colour scheme continuity provides aprofessional design to the contentspage.The presence of an editors notes sectionallows the reader to relate to themagazine, the use of an imagine of theeditor adds personality to the text, asynthetic relationship is createdbetween editor and audience is created.Especially the signature, which createsthe illusion that the editor hand signedthe magazine herself. The text in hernotes uses a direct mode of address totalk personally with the reader.
Q Contents page is very clean cut with asimple layout that is very effective.The use of a central image diverts theaudience’s eye, attracting their attention toan article about The Courteeners. Thetarget audience will know of the band, thisis why they have been used to be thefeatured artists. They use of a pullquotefrom the article implies that the interviewwith the band is humorous. The image haspositive connotations of the band. They arestood on top of a rural hill, with a townbeneath them. Implying that they “theworld at their feet” The band are wearingcasual attire, mimicking the way in whichtheir fanbase dresses to create a personalbond with Q readers.Colour Continuity is used to create aprofessional contents, with only 3 coloursfeaturing on the page. Red, Black, White.
This contents page is taken from NMEmagazine and it takes a picture referenceapproach. Very little typography featureson this page, instead the audience is leadby the images and pullquotes.The variety of images used creates aquirky contents page. Juxtaposition ofthe Klaxons bassist playing a gig, withcamera effects of black and white tonealong with backlighting creates a stylishpresence on stage. This image is placednext to one of a man who appears to bea farmer stood in a boggy field, wearinga gaudy red sweatshirt.More traditional elements of a contentspage can be seen with the use of a listformat to display other features of themagazine. However there are nocaptions to partner the text.
New Sub-Genre• British Indievasion• Adapted from the genre British invasion from the 1960’s.• A genre that is based on all Indie Bands that are Brtish such as: The Enemy, The Arctic Monkeys and The Wombats• This could be the Unique Selling point of a new magazine but introducing a new sub- genre