Analysing double pages finally

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  • 1. Masthead/pull quote Main image This pull quote has been made to look like it has been taken out from a Newspaper. The oversized bold writing makes this quote stand out the most from the article. It gives the magazine a rock/indie vibe; the quotes font is all different sizes. This also gives us a brief idea of what is involved in the text. The style of the text is very arty and authentic. This pull quotes looks edge and messy like it has been done by hand. This gives the article a effortless feel. In this main image with Lilly Allen dressed very punk and rock chick like. We relate the pattern tartan to 1970 punk era. Her whole image and the way the magazine is set out is quite old fashioned. Her dark/bold eye make-up gives a gothic feel to the double page. Her clothing matches the colour scheme of NME house style. Lilly Allen is making direct eye contact with the camera, this highlights that she is confident. This pose will also catch the readers eyes more easily. By posing with her hands on her hips this highlights to the audience that she is in power. She is also showing off her tattoo with tells us she has a rebellious streak. Her black hair with bangs is very messy, it makes the audience feel the gothic/rock vibe to the magazine. The image also dominates half of the page. The reason Lilly Allen has been chosen is because she is a very famous well know British artist of the Indie genre. Drops caps A drops caps is to emphasize that this is the start of an article Colour This double page spread mainly uses the colours of black, white and red. The main colours of NME. This is so the main image stands out and draws the readers into the article. The background is in white and uncluttered so the readers attention is on the text and image. Article/text Use of rule of thirds The text used here is more formal and if you look at the story headline it could be one of the reasons it suggest that Lilly Allen wants people to read this article and listen to her, so the text used is more formal as a way of putting the point across to the readers. The style that it’s written in is more of a conventional type of music magazine as it makes it easy for the viewer to read it. The use of the rule of thirds on the image of the double page spread is successful as the artists face and body are in the centre of thirds. This means that it is the first part that the audience will look at there is nothing important in the bottom corner thirds this means it is a successfully designed image placement, the image is seen as unusual as the star is leaning towards the camera. Design Symmetry The symmetry of this page is that is it horizontally balance and there is the same space in-between the columns of the text. This makes the double page spread formal and appealing to an audience as the text is placed neatly and the image is very well positioned on the second page. The use of this design symmetry is used within most music magazines; it is easy for the reader to understand and communicate with.
  • 2. Main image The main image displays a really fun and quirky side of Rhianna. The dress she is wearing is very revealing and sexy; this help reinforce the sexualisation in this particular image. The luxurious red colour of her hair really brings on the sex appeal. However red connotes courage, passion, beauty and love. The denotations are power and fierce. She is posing extremely playfully the colour white emphasis this sense of purity. The smaller image of Rhianna and Nicki Minaj shows a very immature side to them are they are both posing very silly. It also can been seen as being slightly seductive Typeface as Niki has a lot of her The typeface used reinforces that cleavage on display. The this is a typical article/interview that caption ‘good girls gone you would usually see in a pop genre bad’ really suits the image magazine. The font used also runs as they use to be sweet throughout the magazine carries on and innocent now they’re this brands identity of it being aimed at young girls who inspire to be like seductive, powerful Rhianna celebrities. Colours The colours of baby pink and blue reinforce the target audience for this magazine at young female girls that could either be girl . The blue and white together give a cloud effect. White also gives us the feeling of purity and that Rihanna is very elegant and a pure character. She could also be looked up by her fans as being an ‘angel’ all dressed in white with silver sparkles. The use of the colour blue suggests this is a tom boyish character that is a bit rugged around the edges but this soft baby blue suggest this gentle side to Rihanna’s personality. The body The pink displays the The body copy is in a typical article form, in columns. Nothing has been done feminine side to the differently; this is a mainstream artist. It constantly consists of a normal plain Arial font but some of the words and phrases are highlighted pink and in a blue magazine and helps this text. There is a interview between the article. Between WE LOVE POP MAGAZINE magazine have more of a and Rhianna. The writing as been spaced out with a look of room in-between so wide audience. there actually isn’t much text. This has been done; the target audience are young girls who wouldn’t be wanting to read a 1000 worded article on there artist.
  • 3. A sans serif font is used in the title with the addition of making it bold in order for it to stand out from the rest of the magazine. It is the same type of font and style as other articles in NME showing consistency within the magazine. The fact that it is made to stand out shows that the article is about them and connotes that it is a big and important band. The purpose of a headline is to outline what the article is going to be about, as used here as it is showing that the article is going to be about the band. In the Kerrang article a sans serif font is used again in the title. Unlike the NME magazine which uses a plain font with a colour that stands out from the background (following the rule of less is more) to draw attention, Kerrang used red and white writing to draw attention to the title with the addition of it being bigger than the rest of the writing. “The Best MCR” is the biggest writing of the title a sans serif font is used in the title with a white font which stands out more than the red which immediately draws our eyes to it. Also like NME it uses the same type of font and style as the other articles which are comforting to the reader as it shows consistency and makes the magazine easier to follow. The use of an abbreviation (“MCR”) connotes that it is a well known band as the audience wouldn’t understand the abbreviation if they weren’t. The title is important as it highlights what the article is going to be about, as shown here the article is about how MCR are improving them. The purpose of a stand first/slug/subheading is to draw you in to read the article. The stand first in this article has used the same font as the rest of the article but in a bigger size in order to make it stand out to the reader, it is also placed at the top of the article above the beginning of it in order to, again, bring attention as the attention will be brought to the beginning of the article. The words used in the stand first are important as one that was plain and boring wouldn’t make someone want to read the article. For example, strong words are used like “hate” and “shot” to make it more enticing. They also use phrases like “nothing will stop” to bring attention to the reader as it connotes that the band is going further and further in their success. The purpose of a stand first/slug/subheading is to draw you in to read the article. Where the stand first in the NME article has used the same font as the rest of the article but in a bigger size in order to make it stand out to the reader and also placed it above the article away from the title, Kerrang have chose it to also be placed above the article but below the title, this brings attention as we are drawn to the medium between the two and the use of the bold writing of “my chemical romance” draws attention also. bring attention as the attention will be brought to the beginning of the article. The words used in the stand first are important as one that was plain and boring wouldn’t make someone want to read the article. For example, in NME they used words such as “shot” whereas in Kerrang words like “invite” and “their” are used which makes it sound like a privilege for Kerrang to be there. A drop cap is where the beginning letter of a sentence is made bigger than the rest of the words. Here, the drop cap is used exactly like that with a highlighted background in order to make the article look more significant on the page. The way that the drop capital is highlighted brings our eye towards it, enticing us to read the article. A drop cap is where the beginning letter of a sentence is made bigger than the rest of the words. Like NME, the drop cap in Kerrang is used exactly like that although whereas NME use a highlighted background in order to make the article look more significant on the page, Kerrang uses just a red bold M which shows consistency with the house theme and isn’t too distracting from the article while still drawing attention.
  • 4. The reason behind columns and grid systems is to make the page easier to read and more organised rather than having it all laid out without any order. They are encouraged to read the article as it looks easy to read and each text used in the article is left aligned which shows a house system which is used continually in the article. It's easy to follow the article as only one pull quote is used which doesn't distract too much attention from the article yet it adds attention to the article in general. The reason behind columns and grid systems is to make the page easier to read and more organised rather than having it all laid out without any order. Like the NME article the text is left aligned which is comforting to the eye. The article is in two columns and is smaller in comparison to the rest of the text. The third column on the right hand page is music the band has done which is more information about the band so the reader can find out more about them. Pull quotes show a quote used in the article but with the font size bigger to make it stand out. It’s a typical convention used in magazines, if the reader reads the pull quote first and the quote interests them they are more likely to read the article so the text used has to be picked cautiously so that it looks interesting, for example words like “shot” are used to gain attention, with the following “it’s no big thing for me” which makes the reader think „why is it no big thing‟ and will make them want to read it. The pull quote in this magazine has been strategically placed in order to break up the article and make it easier for the audience to read. Pull quotes show a quote used in the article but with the font size bigger to make it stand out. It’s a typical convention used in magazines, although unlike NME, Kerrang have used a more clever way of introducing the pull quote as the quote is both a pull quote and the title. If the reader reads the pull quote/title then they will gain more information about the article and will come to a decision of whether or not they read it so the text used has to be picked cautiously so that it looks interesting, for example words like “best” are used to gain attention, and different words are of different sizes which draws your eye to it. The pull quote in this magazine has been strategically placed in order to not make the article look too full. A caption has been used in NME to give credit to the photographer and explain who was in the image which adds anchorage as it gives meaning to the image. They are important so that the audience know that the images are relevant to the magazine. Whereas NME uses one photo and one caption, Kerrang uses four photos with four captions. The captions add anchorage to the images as they show what they mean and who is in the image. They are important so that the audience know that the images are relevant to the magazine. NME uses one image in their article in order to draw attention. The image is in full colour and the image in articles usually display the band and who is in the band or who will feature in the interview as done here. Music magazines usually make the main image take up a whole page which is what has been done here.
  • 5. LAYLA KEEGAN