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Magazine Cover Analysis

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  • 1. Magazine Cover AnalysisBy Kimberley Bray
  • 2. The strapline across the top is the first eye catching image that the buyer will see when looking at magazines in the store, so the statement or image must be eye catching and appealing to the magazines target group.The masthead gives the initial colour Suggesting that the magazine is the UK’s biggest music magazine mayscheme for the rest of the magazine appeal to the reader as it’s suggesting that the magazine is worth buyingcover. It matches the models lips and and will contain interesting, useful information. The strapline stands out bytongue as well as cover lines. The colour using the classic black strip and white writing as well as having a bright red mastheadred is a bold, bright colour which is eye underneath.catching for the costumer. The capitalletter makes it stand out and carry’s thecapital ‘theme’ onto other cover lines. The fonts changing in theThe master head is positioned in the top paragraph to the rightleft hand corner because it is what you because it is showing differentsee when looking at magazines on a cover lines within the group ofstand. them. The bright colours work well together and abide by theThe barcode is underneath the colour scheme that wasmasthead, it’s not in the chosen originally. The coverconventional place for an everyday lines might entice the readermagazine, and it is usually place in by asking rhetorical questionsthe right hand bottom corner for or giving away interesting andconvenience as well as being very gripping information.small so not to distract from the Using shapes can attract thecover image and the cover line. The reader’s eye to an important keybarcode contains all information piece of information. This is alsoneeded to sell the product. In the done by having a bold font at thesmall white box where the barcode start. As well as the colouris located it tells you the price and changing when the writing getsdate of the product. small, gives contrast and excites the page more.The image abides by the colour scheme of bright red,black and white. The image covers the whole front of The main cover line stands out from all thethe cover of the magazine so it gains most of the other cover lines, the image also matchesreader’s attention. The red lips also draw’s the what the cover line is about. The choice ofreaders font changes as well as size to make theeye due to it being luxurious and sexually attractive, cover line stand out and catch the reader’sthe magazine doesn’t just appeal to music lovers but eye by changing the colour as well. Thealso Cheryl Cole fans due to her clearly featuring in statement is also very strong but choosingthe something that is short, snappy and ismagazine. Cheryl is also staring straight into the biased. Choosing something biased to putcamera, which makes the reader feel connected. on the cover is may draw readers into the magazine to know why Cheryl Cole rocks
  • 3. The strapline across the top is the first eye catching image that the buyer will see when looking at magazines in the store, so theThe masthead gives the initial colour statement or image must be eye catching and appealing to thescheme for the rest of the magazine magazines target group. The strapline is eye catching butcover, it gives an eye catching spark to having a black background and white bold lettering over the top.the magazine cover. The colour red is a The magazine would appeal to the target market that likes Blocbold, bright colour which is eye catching Party, Snow Patrol and The Killers due to them being advertised on the top.for the costumer. The outlined font givesthe magazine another colour whichbecomes the theme; grey, as well asbold to look at. The master head ispositioned behind the picture but across This bold yellow, red and blackthe top because it is what you see when square is bright than the rest of thelooking at magazines on a stand. The writing due to the designerswhole title doesn’t need to be shown wanting the reader to find thisdue to the magazine already being cover line eye catching. It alsoincredibly popular and well known. makes the cover line look urgentThe cover line is bold and in and important. It’s got capitals andcapitals to draw the attention to it, a bold font for it to stand out fromit’s also the main cover lien which the yellow bright background.links to the image. It also givesaway the key information thatmight interest the reader and The cover image is of thedraw them into buying the main music artist that ismagazine. featured in the magazine. The image abides by the colour scheme of bright red, black and white and grey. The image covers the whole front of the cover of theThe cover lines are smaller which magazine so it gains mostis suggesting that its less of the reader’s attention.important or interesting The magazine doesn’t justcompared to other advertised The barcode is in the left hand bottom corner, it’s appeal to music lovers butinformation on the cover. It has a not in the conventional place for an everyday also Pink fans due to herred line above, which draws the magazine, and it is usually place in the right hand clearly featuring in the magazine.eye to the area for the reader. bottom corner for convenience as well as being veryThe colour grey is kept within the small so not to distract from the cover image andcolour scheme which also the cover line. The barcode contains all informationmatches the artist’s hair and outfit. needed to sell the product. In the small white box where the barcode is located it tells you the price and the date of the product.
  • 4. The masthead is placed in The strapline across the top is the first eye catching image that the buyer willthe top left hand corner with see when looking at magazines in the store, so the statement or image must bea bold white border. The eye catching and appealing to the magazines target group. The strapline is eyemasthead colours are catching but having a black background and yellow bold lettering over the topstriking and go with the as well as a relevant image to go with the cover line. Having whit writingimage as well as capturing underneath the initial bright bold yellow writing is to expand on the subject andthe reader’s attention on the interesting subject.shelf of the store, this is This cover line is accompaniedimportant as that’s all they with an image that is relevantcould see when glancing at to the information that is beingthe magazines. The capital written in the magazine. It’s inletters make it stand out as a an eye catching bright yellowtitle. Underneath the border box which draws yourmasthead it tells the reader attention to the image in thethe price and date/issue, this yellow box. As well as justwould traditionally be with having key works in the coverthe barcode, I’m guessing line highlighted for quick briefthat the barcode is on the reading.back due to it not beingpresented on the front. The image is of a famous singer who is known around the world, The cover line is bold, having her on the cover would stands out and draws the not only appeal to general music attention to the cover lien fans but also Lily Allen fans. and the cover image. It She’s wearing the colours that suggests attitude due to its are relevant to the magazine font and layout on the colour scheme. She’s staring page. The black and white straight into the camera which colour scheme is bold and draws the attention and makes goes with the rest of the contrasting colours on the the reader feel involved in the magazine cover. The magazine; her look also gives Lettering being in capitals attitude to the magazine. The also makes the cover line image is over the whole cover of stand out bigger and makes the magazine which gains the it clear that’s it’s the main cover line. The circled Cover lines draw the attention by the The strapline at the bottom makes the magazine seem packed bright yellow background as well as the bold font of with fun interesting information that their target market would be black writing. Using a different shape from square interested in. The bold colours attract the audience to read. It’s makes the over have a wider range of interesting simply naming the artist’s that are included in the magazine in things to look at and attract the reader to buy the some way, This might appeal to more people as their favourite magazine. artist may have a article in which would broaden the target range.