ImageI looked at Billboard magazine and Top of the Pops, as my examples of existing magazines. Ifollowed the typical conventions of them magazines by using a medium shot image on thefront cover. I chose to do a medium shot because it captures the readers attention, withoutrevealing to much. However, I challenged the typical conventions in the pose of the model, asnormally the image of the artist is looking directly at the character. My image shows the artistlooking down, as if she is looking at the headline of her name ‘Morgan’. I wanted the name ofthe artist to be bold, and eye catching, so the image helps draw attention to the headline.Similar to Billboard and Top of the Pops the image on my front cover is of a female, thisreinforces the male gaze theory as she has exposed a lot of skin, and is wearing make-up. Herhair looks wind swept, and is a light blonde which could represent innocence, and purity. Thisis then counteracted by her dark top, and her pose- as she isn’t connected with the audience.The women audience would also look at the image as see her as a role model and a icon.
MastheadMy cover page I have followed the typical conventions of music magazines by putting my masthead across the top of the page, like in magazines such as Billboard. I feel that this is the most successful place to put the masthead, as straight away it informs the audience what they are reading, in a bold and simplistic way. Unlike Billboard magazine, my masthead is over the image instead of behind, this suggests that it is a less known magazine. I chose to space the text over the top of the page, instead of putting the logo in the corner like Q magazine. I did this because I think that in the corner it looks less attractive and sophisticated. (See figure 1) A magazine like Vogue, which is a fashion magazine, also put their title across the top of the page. As Vogue is a high quality magazine, I copied their title layout because I wanted my magazine to look like a high end magazine, which is high in quality. (figure 2) The tag line under the mast head, makes my magazine look more attractive and seem more exclusive. Figure 1 Figure 2
Headline Figure 1 Figure 2I followed the typical conventions by stretching the headline across the image furtherdown the page,(fig 1) I think this is informative as it tells the reader what the mainarticle will be about. I also used capital, simplistic font, to keep the attention on themeaning of the text. I wanted the font to be easily understandable, to show that themagazine is about the music, even if it is a attractive glossy magazine.
Cover linesThe cover lines of my front cover follow the conventions of a real media product. But unlike most musicfront covers, I decided to write the cover lines image on the left side (figure 1), rather than both sides(figure 2). This is because the human eye reads left to right, so I want their attention to be on thecontents of the issue, and then to go on to the image which shows the main article of the magazine. Thisallows my cover image to be the main attraction, in comparison to what else is in the magazine. Like fig1,my text covers some of the image, I think this makes my magazine look more realistic, and it also appealsto my target audience- young adults, who aren’t always neat and structured. Figure 1 Figure 2
Banner Figure 1 Figure 2Unlike Billboard magazine, but similar to magazines such as NME (Fig1), I have chose to puta banner running along the bottom of the front cover. By using the buzz word ‘INSIDE’ onthe banner it summarises the main attractions of the magazine for the reader. I think this issuccessful as it grabs the readers attention, and influences them to buy the magazines.I also used words like ‘Free’ and ‘New’ to attract the readers attention and makes themmore likely to buy it so they can read what else is inside the magazine.
Colour Scheme Figure 2Billboard magazine uses more colour than I did on my front cover, my colour scheme is simplistic using 3main colours, which are repeated through the magazine. This is similar to Figure 2, as it ensures that themagazine doesn’t look too chaotic. I did this because I wanted my magazine to be simplistic and to focus more on the substance rather thanthe style. The maroon is also a gender neutral colour, so it is appropriate to my target audience-bothgenders. The colour could also connote passion and love for the music as it is a shade of red. The colourisn’t a fierce, overwhelming colour which makes it more appealing to read and purchase.My background is a very neutral, pale colour, which is typical for the genre of my magazine, as genre’ssuch as rock/ indie are associated with eye catching background. I want the focus to be on the image andthe text.
FontsI challenged the forms by using a calligraphic and a simplistic font instead of justusing a plain font, this makes my magazine more appealing and interesting. Thefont also reinforces the main image of the female, as the swirly font is more female.This is then paired with the more simple, plain font which could relate to the malesthat read the magazine.The font helps to make the magazine look more of a high quality magazine, as itshows variation to one font all the way through.The three fonts: Lobster/ Florensencas/ Arial were the three fonts uses on my coverpage, double page spread and contents page. This makes my magazine lookconsistent and sophisticated.
Figure 1 Billboard barcode Figure 2. My barcodeI included the bar code the date and the price on my front cover. This is a commonconvention of music magazines and is a necessary to have as it informs the readeron the price, and makes it accessible to buy. I wrote the price of £2.20 small, as Ibelieve that is an affordable price, but I would rather the cover page got theirattention so they wanted to buy it no matter how much it costs. Similarly, my barcode is located on the bottom left of my front cover, which reinforces the ‘Z’reading pattern. So, my intention is that the magazine would of persuade the readerto buy the magazine, and buy the time they see the price it wont matter.
I looked at Q magazine, for my example of a contents page
HeadlineMy contents page followed typical conventions of a music magazine contents page. Theexisting magazine I looked at was for Q magazine. Like Q magazine I put the title‘Contents’ at the top of the page, so that the reader was aware that that’s what the pageis for. Unlike Q, but similarly to NME magazine(figure 1), I added ‘This week’ this is toremind the reader that the magazine is released weekly, and that is what the magazinehas to offer this issue/week. It also suggests that every week the magazine hassomething special and exciting to offer, and ‘this week’ this is what we have. This willthen encourage people to buy the magazine, as they will feel like they don’t want tomiss out on the weeks special issue! Figure 1 Figure 2
Issue Number Figure 1I challenged typical contents page conventions, as I didn’t include the issue number on thecontents page, which Q magazine does (figure 1). This is because I had already had it on thefront cover, so the reader was already aware and could easily locate the number. I alsodidn’t include the logo/name of the magazine on the contents page . I did this because it isthe first official page of the magazine, so the reader will obviously know which magazine itis as it is on the page before. Billboard magazine also doesn’t put the issue number on thecontents page. As Billboard is more of a chart magazine than Q magazine, I followedBillboards conventions, as it is more similar to my genre of magazine and I wanted mycontents page to be as realistic as possible.
Images Figure 1Out of the three existing magazines I analysed they used 3 or 4 pictures, so I used 3pictures on my contents page. The larger image is a similar camera angle shot to thefront cover, and it features the same artist. This should automatically suggest to thereader that this is the main story of the issue, and the most important. The image is in ablack and white filter, which contrasts to the front cover image, and suggests the artistisn’t as innocent as first suggested. The images show males and females, which issimilar to figure 1.
ImagesIs a medium shot of two boys-New Law, underneath themagazine offers a inside article on how the ‘duo get ontogether’ The artists in the image are holding their pops-guitar and drum sticks, so that the reader knows whatrole they play in their music. The image of the two boyscould appeal to the female audience- the female gaze.As the picture is directly under the Features column, itsuggests that this is the second main article of the issue. The third image is of two girls, similar to the Q’s contents page the image is on a angle, this makes the contents page look less formal and more fun, making the reader feel more relaxed and more likely to buy the magazine. The girls are looking at each other in a friendly way, with one girls hand on the other girls shoulder. This suggests that the girls are close friends, which makes the reader feel more involved. They are against a white background which is simplistic and presents innocence, this is reinforced by the expressions they are pulling to each other- smiles.
I have used the same colour scheme on the contents page, which is what Q and Billboardmagazine. This makes the magazine look sophisticated and serious. The maroon colour isused for detailing, e.g. the underlines- which is the same for Q magazine with the red. Idecided to go against the typical forms and conventions of a contents page, by doing abanner across the bottom full of a summary of the number 1’s of the week. The banner issimilar to the one used in the front cover, so the use of repetition makes the magazine lookmature and sophisticated. Conventionally music magazines don’t use just block colours so Iadded a gradient to the maroon so it didn’t look boring, and so it was eye catching.By using the maroon strip across the bottom, I developed the idea from Billboard magazine,by having the number one’s summarised on the contents page. This reinforces that genre ofmy magazine- a chart magazine, and the name Stream40, as it is all about the chart andwhat is number 1.
Layout Following the Q magazine conventions, I have a underlined under each heading of what is in the magazine. This makes the contents page look sophisticated, and structured. I created the layout by adding a grid and drawing lines when I was on Photoshop, to ensure that everything was even and in line. This makes my contents page look similar to a existing real life music magazine, and makes it look mature and serious. The layout of my magazine follows typical conventions as it is in two main columns,. The images all follow a imaginary border around the edge, which looks neat and sophisticated. The ratio to picture to text is split just over half, which is effective and there is less to read, making it more likely to attract the audience.
Page NumbersI followed the typical conventions of a music magazine contentspage when it comes to page numbers. I did them in bold, clear fontson the image. This is informative, and attractive. It also makes iteasier for the reader to locate the page they want to find. The otherpage numbers were in bold and black so were also easy to locate.They were also next to the information of what was on thepage, e.g. Rihanna page 12.
Double Page spreads I got inspiration fromFigure 1 Figure 2 My double page spread. Figure 4Figure 3
Image layout: My image on my double page spread is on the left side. Even thoughtypically the human eye reads left to right, and the text should capture the attentionfirst, I decided to develop this convention and put the text on the right instead. I did thisbecause I wanted the image of my artist to stand out first, and then to read to find outthat “She never expected it to happen to her”Magazines such as Billboard, We love Pop, Top of the Pops and Q mainly put images onthe right side ( figure 3), but NME puts the image on the left (Figure 1 /2 ) so I decidedto base my magazine on this.
Image My image is a long shot. The image provides the male gaze theory as the artist is showing a lot of flesh and she is looking directly in to the camera- connecting with the reader. She is sat on a amplifier which represents her music, which is what she is famous for. I have used a long shot, so the focus is just on the artist, this is similar to figure 1 & figure 2. The image is in black and white, but the artist stands out from the page. It is simple and effective, and a lot similar to other media magazines such as Q with their Lady GaGa double page spread. I also have a second image which is also in black and white- carrying on the theme. Figure 1 Figure 2
I have followed the same colour scheme again on my double page spread of maroon/ white/black and now grey. This shows it is a sophisticated magazine, and as it is the main article thecolour match. Other magazines such as Q and NME also do this, so I followed their typicalconventions. E.g. NME and Q’s colour scheme is red, so they incorporate snips of redthroughout.(Figure 2)I used small amounts of the maroon, where it was effective and bold, like the interviewee’squestions, and the beginning letter. (Figure 1) As I didn’t over use the colour, it is attractiveand not overwhelming. The use of the maroon also adds a splash of colour to the all overgrey effect. Figure 1 Figure 2
The fonts I used on the double page spread, match the contents page and front cover. Thisshows thorough consistency, and adds to effect. As this double page spread is the mainattraction of this issue, I followed the conventions by making the font the same. I used aplain font with the heading “Morgan” to draw attention that that’s who the picture is of, andthat’s who we are interviewing (figure 1). The font I used was effective and eye catching. Ithen used a more calligraphic font for the pull quote and subheading, this adds change andfemininity. As it is a quote from the female artist, the font matches what she is saying; whichis more understandable and relatable. I wanted my heading and subheading to take up a large proportion of the page of text (figure 1). I did this as it looks attractive, and it tells the audience that it is a interview and who of, which is the main purpose. We love Pop magazine also did this, so I followed their style of layout. (figure 2)Figure 1 The quote gives the reader a insight to what the article will be about and what the artist’s personality is like. I used similar language to that of Q and Billboard, as they are aimed at a similar age group as mine. The language I used was relatable and easy to understand. (Figure 1-Pull quote)Figure 2
NME double page spreadI did a big letter to introduce the article. Ithink this is effective and eye catching. Italso shows the reader where the startingpoint of the magazine is. This is aconvention of a music magazine, asBillboard, Q, NME all do it.As my ‘S’ is a swirly font, it could suggestfeminism which is what the article isabout- a female. My double page spread Q magazine
The layout of my double page spread is 50/50 proportioned. On the right side I have ainterview. The interview is divided in to three even columns, this looks neat and tidy(Figure 1). It also follows typical conventions, as most interview spreads I looked at werethe same(figure 2).Figure 1 Figure 2The double page spread is easy to read, and it is obvious who is asking a question andwho is replying.
I put the magazine’s website and contactinformation on the bottom of the article, whichother music magazines do. This makes thedouble page spread look official. It also suggeststhat there is more information to see on themagazines website. I also put the music magazines logo on the double page spread. This is a typical convention of a music magazine, as it constantly reminds the reader what magazine they are reading so they remember it and buy it more often. I put my logo on the image, so it stands out as there is no other text on the image.