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Magazine Front Cover Analysis.

  1. 1. Masthead The masthead is in a large font which attracts the attention of new and old readers. Also, the colouring, purple, is to show that this is a rock/metal magazine as we associate dark colours such as purples and blacks with the rock/metal genre. The masthead is slightly covered by the main image which shows that the magazine is well known and even without all of the masthead showing, will be recognised. Another thing about the masthead is that it has the iconic Rocksound symbol making it even more likely to be recognised by avid readers. The font is rounded and quite thick which fits with the genre as rock and heavy metal are seen as loud, screaming and this font gives off a vibe of being loud and destructive.
  2. 2. Main Image The main image is large and covers most of the magazine cover, this is to attract regular readers and also to attract those who are fans of the band but don’t read Rocksound. With it being a rock and heavy metal magazine the band are expected to be wearing dark or insane clothes, the other members of the band are wearing dark colours whilst the main member is wearing brightly coloured clothing, this shows that he is definitely the most known of the band. Also, the cover image slightly covers the masthead, this is to show that the band are well known and the main focus of the issue. Also, because of the size and the fact that it shows the band/cover stars pictured with comical expressions it may interest someone who is not a fan of the band, and they could try the magazine just to see if the band/cover stars will interest them.
  3. 3. Cover lines The cover lines are written in capital letters to show that the magazine has more interesting content besides the main cover line. Also, the are different colours to attract attention and also to make the magazine look well presented. The use of different fonts is to attract the reader, show that the magazine is well presented and also that there are certain articles in the magazine that would be even more interesting to individual readers. Some of the cover lines also have coloured backgrounds this is also to catch the readers attention and to present the magazine well.
  4. 4. Main Cover line The main cover line is presented inside a circle. The circle is reminiscent of a puff, this is so that it does not cover to much of the main image but also allows it to be big enough to gain attention. The big font of ‘PIERCE THE VEIL’ attracts fans of the band and also interests those who have not heard the band before because they will read the interview and that might interest them in the band. Also, the writing underneath has a coloured background that goes with the rest of the cover line.
  5. 5. Issue Information The issue information is in a smaller and less noticeable font as it is important but also would not attract readers. The issue information is purely there to inform a reader of the price, the issue number, the publication date and the web address. The price is often by the barcode because often readers like to know the price either to tell people of to get the right amount of money out before paying. Also, readers like to know the issue number and the publication date because it allows them to see how well the magazine is selling and to allow them to see how often it is published. The web address is there simply to allow them access to the webpage for the magazine.
  6. 6. House Style The house style for Rocksound consists of dark colours, white and also colours related to the genre of rock/metal. House style is always consistent as it means that the magazine is familiar and recognizable. This may also give readers a sense of comfort because the magazine stays in a similar colour scheme, the page is always set out the same and the masthead is always in the same font and is the same size.
  7. 7. Masthead The masthead is large, this attracts attention from regular readers and possible new readers. The Q is white on a red background, which is the iconic masthead to the Q readers. Also, this keeps with the house style which is mostly red and white with other dark colours. The masthead is also slightly covered by the main image, this shows that the magazine is well known to the public and people will recognise which magazine it is even without seeing all of the masthead. This also, shows us that the magazine is clearly a frequently bought magazine and this will attract potential readers to the magazine.
  8. 8. Main Image The main image takes up most of the page, this shows the band is well known as they are on the cover of a popular magazine and also regular readers and fans of the band will be interested in the magazine issue. The fact that only one member of the band is being shown as the main cover star shows that he is the most well known member of the band that will attract the attention of readers, however they also decided to include the rest of the band, but they are inside the main cover stars mouth showing that they are less known but still members of the band. Also, the use of the band in the mouth along with the flames shows they are a rock band as flames are associated with the rock genre and rock is a loud screaming, shouting genre. The main image also matches the main cover line.
  9. 9. Cover Lines The cover lines are all in the same font to show that the magazine has a specific style (house style) and it also makes the magazine look professional. The use of different fonts however shows what the difference between the articles is, the ones that are more likely to be popular are in brighter more attention grabbing colours whilst the ones less likely to be popular are not such bright colours. Also, the different size of the cover lines attracts readers attention as the can see the more popular ones as that font is bigger but they will have to actually pick up the magazine to see the smaller text.
  10. 10. Main Cover Lines The large white text shows that ‘FOO FIGHTERS’ is the main cover line that matches the main image. The font size attracts readers and fans of the foo fighters, whilst also keeping with the house style of Q. It is Presented in the same text as the other cover lines to keep with the well presented and professional look of the magazine.
  11. 11. Issue Information The issue information is available next to the barcode to make it easy to find, also the information is a smaller text to show it is not part of the issue and cover lines but part of the actual magazine. Another reason the information is easy to find is because some readers like to know the price before buying and some like to know what the issue number is because they like to know if they are up to date and have the last issue.
  12. 12. House Style The house style of Q is red and white although they do also include other dark colours. Another, part of the house style is the use of the same font and also the fact that they stick to a specific size of text. The mast head is also part of the house style due to being red and white. Whilst Q is not a magazine that is specific to genre it does cater to those who like the rock genre.
  13. 13. Puff The background for the puff is red and the text is two different colours, the ‘FREE’ is black and large to show importance and also to attract the readers attention so they might buy the magazine for the incentive. The white writing goes into more detail and is smaller to make the reader continue reading and read the rest of the cover. The puff also keeps with the house style because it is red with dark colours, this also keeps with the professional and well presented image of the magazine.
  14. 14. Masthead The mast head is positioned to the left, this is because the style of the magazine consists of different sections, the white section has the mast head and a cover line. The mast head is red with a white background and a black outline, the colours draw attention. Also, the mast head is smaller than on most magazine which may interest readers as this also shows that just the text colours and fonts can be recognised. Another attraction technique is the way they have styled the mast head as if it’s a banner, the letters are kept the same size and neatly outlined, this make the magazine look professional.
  15. 15. Main Image The main image takes up most of the magazine cover, this shows the magazine is popular as they get the biggest bands/artists. Also, the regular readers and fans of the band will find interest in the magazine issue. Only one member of the band is on the front cover showing that they are the most well known and likely to be recognised, this will attract attention from readers, although they did include instruments such as the guitar and drums which represent other members of the band. The main image matches the main cover line.
  16. 16. Cover Lines The cover lines are all the same font to represent the house style and specifics of the magazine, also keeping to the professionalism of the mast head. They used different text colours to show what is expected to be popular and also what information is the most important whilst the rest is in a colour that is not seen as bright and exciting. Another change in the font is the size they use, the most popular/important are the ones with the bigger font whilst the others are smaller indicating the fact that they are not as important as the bigger text, but are simply more information based.
  17. 17. Main Cover Lines The main cover line is large and mostly black, however to show how the magazine is popular they have made ‘GREEN DAY’ green which also associates with the bands name. Also, the size of green day attracts fans of the band and regular readers. The band name green day is the same colour as the skyline which keeps with the professional presentation of the magazine.
  18. 18. Issue Information The issue information is near the barcode because it makes it easy to find and also helps those who want it in finding out the date the magazine went on sale and also the issue number keeping them up to date with how many issues have been released and if they have missed any. Another, thing the issue information does is give you the website so that you can access more interesting things and even have an online version of the magazine.
  19. 19. House Style The house style for NME consists of colours such as red, white and other darker colours, although they do not have a particular colour scheme they do not go for brilliantly bright colours. Also, the house style includes the fonts that are used, they have specific fonts for the mast head, the adverts on the sky line and the cover lines. The mast head keeps with the house style which is professional and smart looking. Even though NME is not a genre specified magazine it does have many aspects of a rock magazine whilst including articles for other genres.