In what ways do my product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? My magazine has a similar title to that of NME. Both names are just initials, in a bold sans serif font. They are both large fonts, and are both in the top left corner of the font cover . Underneath the title is the full name of the magazine. Similarly to NME, my magazines cover bands name is in a large bold font. They are both in bright colours, different to other cover on the magazine. Underneath the name is a brief summary of the story inside written in white. At the bottom of my magazine, I have features of what else will appear in my magazine, just like NME. I placed a bar code at the bottom of my magazine, with a date and price, the price matching that of NME. At the top of both the magazine are features of what is inside. The photos on each magazines have white outlines around them, making them similar. My design work was created to reflect that on the indie music magazine NME. My magazine was also created for that audience, so I created my magazine to have many similarities to NME. Here is my front cover compared to that of NME's front cover. My front cover.
Contents page. I found the closest font possible to NME's font used in the 'Inside This Week' as placed it at the top of my contents page. I then placed the date in the most similar font I could find underneath. I mimicked the red box on the NME's contents page with a similar red box placed on mine. I placed the box in the same place as NME's box is placed. I like this look as every photo frames it. The writing in the box is also written in a sans serif font. My contents page. NME's contents page. In NME, the descriptions under the photos are written in either a sans serif or serif font. I copied this look to attract the same audience with a similar layout. The page number in NME is placed always in the bottom right cover of a photo which I copied on my magazine There is a plus feature is the NME contents page, and I added my own in a different place. I used some of the same bands used in the NME one.
Double page spread My double page. I used the same idea of a white box with black writing containing a comment about the band. I used the same style of page number, date and magazine name at the bottom of the page. In contrast to the chosen magazine double page spread, I had text all along the bottom of my page. Similarly, the background to my text was white, and the writing in black. Another factor which made my magazine similar was the fact my photos were spread along both pages, instead of just one, just like the photo in NME.
How does your media product represent particular social groups? <ul><li>As my music magazine is based on that of indie music, that genre of music also contains a social group, also named 'indie'. To show this similarity, the photos of the people within my magazine are wearing clothing to represent the indie style, for example, the jumper worn by Joanna, pictured in my double page spread. The poses within all my photos contained in my magazines, show quirky poses, reflecting the quirky dress sense of the indie culture. </li></ul><ul><li>The mise-en-scene within my magazine communicates with the indie social group as it is all very similar to that within NME. As NME also has an indie audience, this will show a similarity with my magazine and attract the indie social group. </li></ul><ul><li>My product represents my target audience as it contains bands, gigs and festivals that all intertwine within the indie social group. My product would give information to gatherings within the social group, such as gigs, therefore making my magazine an aid for the group. As people within the indie social group dress like that of the bands they listen too, information provided about certain band members they may idolise within my magazine can represent there style. </li></ul><ul><li>My magazines representation supports the dominant ideas of the social group, as it contains a lot about there culture. In a way, my magazine could fuel some of the dominant ideas, as music is one of the main factors of the indie culture. </li></ul>
What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? <ul><li>A media institution that may distribute my magazine would be IPC Media. They may distribute my magazine because: </li></ul><ul><li> They are the distributors of NME magazine, and as mine is similar, and because of the success of NME, do the same with mine. </li></ul><ul><li>NME is the only magazine of that genre produced by IPC, who produces women’s magazines 'Look', 'Now' and 'MarieClare'. </li></ul><ul><li>As IPC Media attract more women than men, attracting two thirds of UK woman and 42% of men, my magazine could bring in a larger amount of men, boosting that number up, creating more success for the media insititution. </li></ul>
Who would be the audience for your media product? How did you attract/address your audience? <ul><li>My audience for my magazine would be that of the indie social group. This would be both genders, yet mostly male late teens ranging to people in there early, mid and late 20's. However, since Indie Rock has been around since 1980's, this covers that in early 30's who have been hearing this music most of their lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Other types of media that my audience could consume would be that of radio stations that specialise in indie rock, TV music channels dedicated to indie rock, and other magazines such as Q. </li></ul><ul><li>Seeing as the indie social group are mainly focused around music, they spend there time at gigs and festivals, as well as starting their own bands. That is why within my magazine, it shows features of gig guides, new tour dates, new single and album releases, and information on bands in the indie culture. </li></ul><ul><li>To attract this chosen audience, I had to advertise things that would be appealing to them. My mode of address was informal, yet striking. As the indie culture is quite laid back, yet creative and arty, I tried to add this feel to my magazine. I used taboo language, such as 'bloody' in my contents page, showing a laid back, care free attitude. For the creative and arty feel, I used attractive fonts, all ranging in style to avoid being boring. I also used different colours to avoid being boring, yet not so bright, as to make it cheesy and pop like. </li></ul><ul><li>Another way to attract my audience was to have an attractive looking front cover, similar to other magazines of that genre. My cover contains band names of the indie rock genre, to attract their fan base. My cover models are wearing clothes in the style my audience wears. </li></ul>
What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? <ul><li>Technology is very important within the magazine industry, as that is how an individual magazines style is created, with its own flair and feel. Technology helps create slogans and text styles specific to a magazine, making it identifiable. </li></ul><ul><li>Through creating my own magazine, I have learnt how to use such programmes as: </li></ul><ul><li>Indesign, where I created my actual magazines. I have learnt to use features such as adding text and colour, to help with my title and writing. I have learnt how to add photos, to edit them, give them outlines, rotate them, change the size and angle, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Photoshop, which I used to edit some photos I used. </li></ul><ul><li>As use websites such as: </li></ul><ul><li>dafont.com, to choose fonts. </li></ul><ul><li>blogger.com, to make a blog about the progress of my magazine. </li></ul><ul><li>tumblr.com, to display my photos. </li></ul>
Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product? <ul><li>I believe I have progressed very well since producing my college magazine to making my music magazine. I believe I have mastered certain technological skills which I was quite confused about when I started off. The improvements I can see between my first works to my music magazine are dramatic, as they are much more sophisticated within my music magazine, with more details on the front cover, and a range of font and font colours used. </li></ul>