In what ways does your front cover use forms and conventions of real media products?
The title I have used is bold and thick, hence making it stand out against the background. I have made it so that it is partially covered by the main image, yet you can still read it and get the idea of what the magazine is called. The background I have used is plain and contrasts well with the red I have used. This also follows the codes and conventions of a magazine and connotes formality. I have used a positioning statement that is short and snappy, and placed it just below the title in order to follow the codes and conventions of a magazine. I have used headings to advertise the stories in my magazine, they are then followed by a sub line which is in italics. This is also a code and convention of a music magazine. The Paramore heading stands out as it is larger and separated from the others. This is the story out of the four I felt would be more appealing to my target due to popular bands in my audience feedback. I have used an image of a person that is similar and will relate to my target audience. It is a medium close up shot. He also links to the main story on my page, which is the largest text besides the title in order to stand out against the other stories. This all follows the codes and conventions of a music magazine front cover. I have used a basic colour scheme of black, white and red. This is a code and convention of a front cover, and I have kept to it on my contents page. However, I have also used yellow text along the bottom, this emphasises the text and draws the attention of the reader to this specific piece of content. My magazine offers a number of free posters, this is a good way to persuade somebody to purchase the magazine as they will not only get a magazine, but posters too. This follows the conventions of a magazine.
In what ways does your contents page use forms and conventions of real media products?
The title has been placed at the top, in the middle. It is followed by the issue date and before it is an image of my front cover. It is also in a unique font to follow the codes and conventions of a music magazine contents page. The font I have used is consistent for my index; it also follows the colour scheme that I used for my front cover. This follows the codes and conventions of a music magazine contents page. I have used a variation of images, which cover two of my three columns. These all relate to the listed articles and have the correct page number on them making it easier for the reader to go to the desired page. To ensure that the codes and conventions are followed these numbers are in yellow, a different colour font to the rest of my contents page. I have used 24 feature and regular articles, as this follows the codes and conventions of a music magazine contents page. I have also followed the codes and conventions by using a font size of 13 for the page number and the main section which is followed by text in a smaller font. There are a range of different stories covering a lot of areas of the pop rock genre, providing lots of entertainment for the reader.
In what ways does your double page spread use forms and conventions of real media products?
The image I have used takes up two whole pages, this follows the codes and conventions of a double page spread. The colours I have used also relate to the picture used, as the majority of the text is maroon. This also links to the band used in the story. Just as any other music magazine, the stand first I have used is just below the headline, and is in a unique font. My stand first is in the same colour as the rest of my text besides the quote, which I changed to a darker shade of maroon, so it stands out against the background image and is readable yet still easy on the eye The article I have written uses a friendly and informal tone to appeal to the target audience. This is another code and convention of a music magazine double page spread. I used three columns and placed my main quote, which is considerably larger then the rest of the text and in bold, I have also used a drop capital at the beginning. I did all of this to draw attention to the text , entice the reader and also to follow the codes and conventions. I have used a font size that is smaller than 11pt, this flouts the codes and conventions. However, I used a smaller size because on paper the font looked a lot larger than it does on screen. This allowed me to give more detail to the reader. At the bottom of each page, in a very small font is the page number and the name of the magazine. This is another code and convention of a music magazine double page spread.