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  • 1. This is the front cover for NME , it’s leadimage is a picture of a band that is popularamong the target audience which wouldinstantly draw their attention to the cover.There is a house font that is used on everypiece of text on the front cover, although itvaries in size and colour. The colours usedare red, white and blue – perhaps toindicate the heavy coverage of Britishmusic. The pull quote is something thatmay interest the reader and encouragethem to want to read further.
  • 2. The contents page is set out in a fairlyunusual way, the title is written in acompletely different font to the front cover.Only the main articles are shown, and eachone includes a picture and pull quote relatedto it. There is a small section at the bottomwhich includes regular features, howeverthis is just written in small black and whitefont.
  • 3. This double page spread includes several design features such as a pull quote from amember of the band. This is written in bright blue, showing that it is separate fromthe rest of the text and to draw attention to it. The use of drop caps is featured hereand there is a standfirst, which introduces the band in a very positive light.
  • 4. The front cover of Q magazine has abold and distinctive masthead. It is alarge capital ‘Q’ in white text on a redbackground. This is a simple design butlooks effective and ties in with thetraditional tone of the magazine. Thereis a banner of text above the mastheadwhich reads “The UK’s biggest musicmagazine”. This may encourage thereader to buy it as it is a very positivestatement. The lead image is of severalpopular music artists. The reader maybe familiar with many of them andwant to read about them.
  • 5. This contents page is split into twomain sections – ‘artists of thecentury’, a special feature andregulars of the magazine. They areboth set out very clearly with ahouse style of red, white and greywith the same font usedthroughout, although it varies fromcapital to lower case letters. Thetone of the magazine is quite“sensible” and would probablyappeal to middle class adults. Thename of the artist is shown with thepage number so that if the readerwishes to read about a particularartist, they can turn straight to theright page.
  • 6. This double page spread is setout in a way that would appealto the target audience. Thetitle is quite noticeable and theword “noughties” is written ina different colour to make itstand out as it is the mainfocus of the article. The dropcaps are very big in order todefine the start of eachcolumn. The standfirst isdesigned to be witty so itappeals to the reader. The nextpage has a range of imagesthat people would associatewith “noughties” trends inbright colours so they standout.
  • 7. The front cover of Kerrang! makes it obvious thatthe magazine is designed for a specific type ofreader – someone who is into rock music. Thelead image is of a rockstar in an aggressivelooking pose. Several fonts are used, which alllook quite heavy and everything is written incapitals. The masthead is obscured by images,which shows that the magazine is well known byit’s readers – they would not necessarily need tolook closely to see what the magazine is. It givesthe reader an idea as to what is inside themagazine, such as interviews, posters and a gigguide. Overall, the front cover of Kerrang! isquite busy, using a range of colours and styles.
  • 8. The contents page is set out veryclearly. It has a house style withfeatures about different bands storedunder organised headings. This makesit easy for readers if they wish to readabout a particular band, they can justturn to the page that applies. There isa main image which relates to one ofthe main stories and two otherpreviews of main features. The top ofthe page displays the magazines issuenumber and the date it was released.At the bottom of the page there is aletter from the editor and an advert toencourage people to subscribe.
  • 9. This double page spread is slightlyunusual as the pull quote iswritten aside the lead image,whereas it is normally placed inthe text. The second word of thetitle “Hero” is written in a blurryfont, which relates well to theblurred image. In the standfirst,the name of the band and it’s leadsinger are written in red to standout from the rest, so the readerknows who it is about. This is thesame with the drop caps in themain article.