1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
My media product uses the basic front cover layout of a music magazine, the title at the top, picture in the middle and text dotted about the page, however the main article title have been changed for I have tilted it vertically so that it runs down the side of the magazine, this gave the cover a new and unique look but also left lots of space, adding to the simple look, set to emphasise the picture in the centre. I have kept this “minimalist” approach all the way through my work to keep the theme consistent, this is presented on my two page spread by the simple text on one side and the picture on the other, again this emphasises the picture of the band, this style of presentation is usually used in car magazines; having the article on one side, and a large picture advertising the car on the other. I decided to adapt this form to use in my music magazine. Also, on the contents page I’ve blended the image of the instrument into the colour of the page, making a smooth transition of the two, I used this idea from another magazine that I found while doing my research.
2. How does your media product represent particular social groups?
The social groups represented in my magazine are those of teenagers, generally male, making the target audience of male teenagers more interested as they have something in common with those stated in the magazine. Also the “fun loving” aspect of the characters makes readers want to become more involved with them and find out why that they are doing and why.
3. What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?
This magazine would probably be produced by a music company such as NME or Kerrang! Magazine, due to it being in the same market. In truth the magazine would not be as popular to start with, but with appropriate advertising it may become more recognised and more popular.
4. Who would be the audience for your media product?
The target audience of my magazine would be 14 – 30 years , and those with an interest in music. I have chosen this age group because generally audiences younger than this do not have a large incite into music and those of this group start to become more involved musically, up to a certain age. It is also targeted at this age group due to the people in the magazine being closer to the readers, if they are the same size the readers can emphasise with the characters in it.
5. How did you attract/address your audience?
The front cover of my magazine is a teaser to get people to want to know what is going on in the world of music. The line “the future of music?” entices the audience making them believe that a hugely important event is taking place in the music world, and that they can only find out about it by reading on, it also involves the audience by asking them a question. I have also given a mysterious aspect due to the silhouette on the cover.
6. What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing the product?
Which completing this project I have learnt how to use the website blogger to my advantage. How to upload picture text and videos to portray my ideas. I also learnt how to use fireworks to compose magazines and other graphical articles.
7. Looking back to your preliminary task, what do you feel that you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
I learnt to experiment with conventional and unconventional layouts, and to select and target an appropriate audience for my magazine that matched my interests and those of the people around me. Also to develop my existing ideas and improve them according to the advice given to me