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  • 1. Lydia PlattsContents Page Analysis Navigation: The page numbers of each article have been placed in the bottom right corner of each picture that corresponds with the article. I like the idea of the because it shortens down the amount of text on the page would could be seen as off putting to a reader also if a reader likes the look of this picture they are given the page number straight away rather than them having to search the page to find the text corresponding to the image. This is something I may consider when creating my magazine. As well as there being images with the page numbers on, at the bottom of the page there is a list which contains the rest of the page articles and numbers, I really like the idea and layout of that particular feature and will consider it when creating my own magazine.House styles: In some ways I believe that there is a certain house style in relation to the font stylehowever not in colours, this is because the colours used on the front cover of the magazine have notbeen used on the contents page. However the same formal text has been used which is found on thefront cover. Also the front cover star is Florence from Florence and the machine because she is thefront cover star you would expect the main image on the contents page to also be Florence howeverit is not, it has been placed in a corner of the magazine. This is something I will not consider using inmy magazine as I wish to follow a certain house style as it gives the magazine consistency.Promotion: This is an advertisement to subscribe to the magazine, this has been used to attract andensure that the reader buys the magazine again. This has been placed cleverly as it follows theGutternburg Design Principle as it has been placed in one of the optical areas, in fact the last opticalarea. By placing it here means that it more than likely to be seen by the reader. However to makesure that the advertisement gets seen it doesn’t follow the house style and stands out hugely on thispage as the advertisement it inside a bright red box, where as other information on the page hasbeen placed in plain white boxes.Text: The font styles used are quite formal, this is due to the target audience of this particularmagazine as this magazine targets mainly ages 20-35 therefore it is appropriate to use formal text.When creating my own magazine I will take into consideration whether to use a formal or informal
  • 2. Lydia Plattsfont type. The use of bold and italics have been used for the article titles, these font styles have beenused to attract and grab the attention of the reader and encourage them to read this particulararticle. The article titles are either pull quotes from the full article, or the columnists view, thesequotes could be said to be quite extreme as some of language used could be offensive to somepeople. However the use of the language does attract peoples attentions and therefore meeting theaim of its purpose. I will not personally use this language in my magazine as I do not see it asnecessary however I will use pull quotes from the article to attract the reader attention. Navigation: Unlike the NME magazine, the MixMag magazine contents page only contains one image which has the page number in the bottom corner and then the rest of the magazines contents are listed down the right hand side of the page. By having only one image on the contents page it indicates that this is the main article in the magazine, whereas in the NME magazine it is not clear which is the main article. I like the layout of this page as it isn’t over crowded making it look contemporary and modern which is appropriate to my target audience as the younger generation are modern and like modern things. This navigation layout is really appealing to me and I will consider this layout when creating my own website.House Styles: The Mixmag magazine has followed the house styles from the front cover unlike theNME magazine as the same colours of black, yellow and white that were on the front cover havebeen used on the contents page. Similar to the NME, Mixmag have also used the same font stylethat is found on the front cover, on the contents page, following the house styles of the magazine,this gives the magazine consistency. As I want my magazine to have consistency I will too like theMixmag magazine will follow a certain house style within my magazine.Promotion: This is a promotion offering the reader of the magazine a free CD, this advertisementhas been used to attract the reader and also to gain a rapport with the reader so that they purchasethe magazine again. In comparison the NME magazine this promotion has been places in the bottomleft corner and is the same colour and style of the rest of text on the page. When following theGutternburgh Design Principle the bottom left corner is seen as a dead corner meaning that the
  • 3. Lydia Plattspromotion may not be seen and also because the colours and fonts used for this promotion are thesame as everything else the promotion may not also be seen. If I was to add this feature to mywebsite I would follow the style used in the NME magazine and make sure it stands out and is in aplace where it can be seen.Text: The use of informal text has been used on the contents page, the reasons that informal texthas been used is because of the magazines target audience, which is from ages 16-25, thereforeusing and informal text would be appropriate. As my target audience is similar to the targetaudience of Mixmag magazine using informal text would be appropriate for my magazine as well.Similar to the NME magazine the use of different font styles such as bold and italics have been usedto make information stand out, and in relation to the use of font styles in this magazine, bold hasbeen used to indicate each article. Underneath the initial article title the use of pull quotes havebeen used to attract and draw the reader in. As I have seen the use of bold and italics used in bothmagazines this is something I too will incorporate into my magazine, my reason being is that Ibelieve they are successful in the job that they do. I will also incorporate pull quotes benefit thearticle title as these too have been used in both magazines and are successful.