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Deconstruction of music magazines finished

  1. 1. Deconstruction of music magazines Anna Loyns
  2. 2. Deconstruction of front covers
  3. 3. although the title of the magazine the main feature within the magazine isis partially covered by the main made obvious to the audience. As wellimage, it is in no way undermined.In fact, the recognisable colours, ‘Q’ magazine as the anchoring image of the band, Take That, the large black text at theand the logod title, allows the upper right hand side of the cover.audience to immediately Moreover, the play on words of a songunderstand the magazines title, by from the band, back for good is alsoviewing the associated red colour an enticing factor, particularly towardsand font of the magazine. The fact the fans of the band. This allows thethat the title is partially covered audience to instantly recognise thecreates a sense of fluency within magazines contents.the cover, adding greatly to theoverall presentation A neat, crisp presentation is usedThe magazine possesses the within the cover, creating a moretypical conventions in which mature, sophisticated tone. Theother co-existing magazines use of red, black and white as thehold. This includes. This includes common colour theme allows thethe barcode, which informs the presentation of the magazine toaudience with general An important thing to recognise is the image appear tidy and fresh. This alsoinformation such as the price of which is placed central, covering nearly the allows the other colours withinthe magazine, and issue release entirety of the page. This allows the image to the page to stand out, as they aredate become the focal attention of the audience. The also important parts of the fact that they are each wearing back clothing magazine. This green colour isThe magazine is successful in allows them to contrast against the white used to promote the inclusion ofusing extra features as a means background. Moreover, each member of the successful band, Green day, andof attracting the audience. It also band, Take That are engaging with the Gaze. Q awards. The green colour isallows the audience to be aware This is rather enticing to the audience, attracting certainly deliberate in getting thethat although Take That is the them more to the image. Moreover, as the image attention of the audiences, thuslymain focus of this issue, there is partially covers the title of the magazine, is allows persuading them to buy themuch more to the magazine. it again to appear one of the most important magazine. features within the magazine cover.
  4. 4. The front cover has maintained aconstant, recognisable colour scheme tothe magazine. In using red, black and white, ‘NME’ magazineit allows the audience to familiarise The title of the magazine, though partiallythemselves with the logo of the magazine, covered, is in no way undermined, and doesthus attracting them to it. Moreover, the not alienate the viewer. The recognisablecolour scheme seems neat and crisp, colours and font is itself a clear logo to thecreating a presentable, effective tone, in magazine, and suggests that the title doesntwhich will entice the target audience. The have to be completely clear for the audiencecolours work effectively with one another, to familiarise themselves with it. The factallowing each to stand out, again, attracting that such colours are echoed throughout thethe reader. The cover is successful products allows it to find some sort ofin using the limited range of colours, yet symmetry, appearing very attractivemaking them beneficial to the cover, and and professionally.each are bold coloursThe image used is large, covering almost The text within the cover is usedthe entirety of the page. This stresses appropriately, particularly in illustrating theits importance to the magazine, and giving The cover contains the typical main image of the band, Thethe audience information on codes and conventions, last shadow puppets. The use of bold whitthe contents of the magazine. including the positioning of the text announcing the artists involved with tThe significance of the icon is further title and the image, both of band, attracts the audience. As they are weemphasised by its positioning, half which are significant elements known figures within the music industry,covering the title of the magazine. This of magazine front covers. already being in successful bands, it willallows the cover to flow well. again, Moreover, the inclusion of persuade the audience to want to purchasbringing about neat presentation which the bar code on the bottom the product. Moreover, the red bold textwill appeal to the audience. An important right hand side of the cover, stating the name of the band is used as athing to recognise is that the editing of the fives the audience additional means to anchor the topic. The article is,image allows it to fit in with the information such as the issue after all, on the formation, and merging ofbackground, release date, and the price two great artists.
  5. 5. ‘NME’ continuedAlthough the focal attention of themagazine is the article surroundingthe new band, The last shadowpuppets the magazine is successfulin further enticing the audience byreleasing further information onwhat else is within the magazine,advertising the special features toattract the reader The additional information on the left hand side of the cover is successful in that it doesnt reveal too much of the contents so that the audience is already aware, in fact, quite the opposite. It uses subtle references to what the topic is about, making people want to read on; attracting them.
  6. 6. The presentation this magazinecover seems chaotic, anddeliberate in being so. This is ‘KERRANG’ magazine The second largest piece of text is the headingrelative to the target audience, reading, "Rocks new hotshots you me at six doing itteenagers. It is fitted to its their way" The use of two colours, yellow and white,audience enormously, because its each contrasting the black background, is certainly annot tidy, and its not neat. However, attracting factor. The largest of the text, of coursein saying this, the cover still being the title of the band You me at six. Thisremains organised in that it is instantly allows the audience to recognise the maindivided in sections; very efficient feature of the contents. The brief description isfor the audience. enough to entice the audience without giving tooThe title of the magazine, much of the article away.though partially covered, isinstantly recognisable. The An added feature in which KERRANGiconic cracked font of the text, magazine features is the free posters.and the black and white theme This is a persuasive factor, making theallows the audience to audience want to purchase thefamiliarise themselves with themagazine. It almost seems The main image on the page, is indeed the magazine because of its freebees; largest. This allows it to become to focal something magazines such as NMEmodest, in that the title doesnthave to be entirely on show for attention of the page, and for the audience and Q rarely offer. This allows thethe audience to understand to be enticed by it. Moreover, the fact that magazine to stand out form its it partly covers the title highlights the competition. The use of the images,what magazine it is. advertising the free posters are placed significance of the image. The image is central and covers nearly the entirety of again, chaotically, yet, fittingly.Moreover, theadvertisement of further the page, again, echoing its important roleinclusions within the within the product. The icons within themagazine will entice the image are very fitting to the magazineaudience, with the names of itself, maintaining this black colourcertain bands the magazine scheme. This seems presentable andwill contain. organised, allowing it to fit greatly.
  7. 7. ‘KERRANG’ continuedThe magazine is successful in usingimages as a means of enticing theaudience, particularly whilstadvertising a free poster special Thisis very efficient. When audiencesbrowse through the magazines, it willbe the images that attract them, andthe freebees that the magazine offers,thus making ‘KERRANG’ a veryappealing magazine. KERRANG magazine uses the typical codes and convention of co-existing music magazines. This includes the barcode at the bottom right hand side of the magazine cover. This barcode includes general information for the audience, such as the price, and the date of the issue release.
  8. 8. Deconstruction of contents pages
  9. 9. The main image takes up a largeamount of space within thecontents. This is very attractiveto the audience, and will draw ‘Q’ contents page The background is white. This allowstheir attention. the contents page to seem fresh, and far from complicated. It work well with the large image, managing not to clash.The contents page is split into sections,making it very much presentable andneat. This is very efficient for the readerif they want to quickly find an article. Clear headings indicate to the reader what the magazine contains. It is very simplistic.Typically, the contents page includesinformation on each article, brieflydescribing the topic, and the page to findit on. This again is very efficient The contents finds symmetry with itself and he front cover. Particularly in terms of the colour scheme, The contents page is far from chaotic, using the same red, white using just one large image, and a small and black colours as it did in image, placed at the bottom of the the front cover. This creates page. fluency within the product.
  10. 10. ‘NME’ contents page A colour scheme of black, white and The contents page is very much yellow is clearly demonstrated. This allows appealing. And certainly entices the contents age to seem exciting, as well the audience’s attention. as presentable.The use of the large image is attractive, The information is split by sub-and draws the attention of the reader. headings. This, again is beneficial forThe image is anchored by the bold, the reader if they are searching for ablack text in which illustrates the particular topic.article. The colour-scheme and presentation seems rather mature, yet far fromThe contents page finds symmetry with the front bland. The colour used are bold andcover, using the same colour scheme. This is both attractive, and the presentation isrecognisable to the audience, and very much efficient to read.presentable. Far from chaotic, yet from boring. The use of advertisement for subscription is also very clever. Though it is placed at the bottom, the bold colours and contrasting text allows it to attract the attention of the reader.
  11. 11. ‘KERRANG’ contents pageA colour scheme of black, white and yellow is clearly demonstrated. This allows the contents age to seem exciting, as well as p The large image clearly indicates the more important article within the issue, The use of many images within this allowing the audience to instantly contents page is a feature the other recognise this. two magazines lack. The images, here, are certainly attractive, and are placed in a way that doesn’t over-clutter the page. It appears very presentable. These images are also anchored by Much like, ‘NME’, ‘KERRANG’ uses sub- text, illustrating what the article is headings to further clarify where each about, the page number it is on. article is placed. This saves time for the reader to search. The contents page is split into sections, making it much easier for the audience to read. The use of the white background seems fresh and crisp, particularly behind the colourful images used.

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