Flat Plan EvaluationI drew my flat plans up free hand of graph paper so that I could get a more clear idea on thelayout, creating these flat plans allowed me to test different designs and get a glimpse intowhat my finishing magazine will look like.Front Cover
Masthead- The masthead represents the name of my title which is “volume” the name volumecame up after looking through hundreds of different musical words. I thought that “volume” wasstraight to the point and my target audience would know straight away that my magazine wasbased on music, my peers agreed that this was a good name for a music magazine. I then went onto creating the design for my title before drawing it I looked through a range of different style ondafont.com I eventually found one called disco deck which is had an urban edgy look to it Iinstantly liked it and thought it would be suited to my style of magazine. Main Image- I decided to situate my main image on the right hand side of the page to leave space for my cover lines and anchor text, this is a traditional layout and found on many different professional magazines. I decided to dress my actor in Ray Bans as I said in my organization, I thought the use of sun glasses was effective and gave a mysterious look to the actor and make the audience want to read more on the actor. I decided to also use a mid shot as when doing the preliminary task I thought a mid shot worked well and fitted on the page nicely. I also personally believe it draws the audience in more. Text- I’ve decided to place my cover lines on the left third of the page as this is a more natural for the audience to read it this way. Not only this but I have also used arrows underneath and between the text pointing towards the main image this will lead the audience to the main image but still allow them to read the headlines at the same time, I think this is an effective way of getting my audience to appreciate everything featured on the page. I would also like this text to be in a different font from my title to give more variation on the page I think that keeps the page looking interesting.
Masthead- I have decided to position my title just below the top of the page and slightly overlapping the main image as I feel this links the features all together. I have decided to use arrowsagain to place under the title like I did on the front cover I like the look of this and feel it just addsto the page and starts a theme throughout my magazine. Not only this I’m going to make surethat my text it large and bold so that people know that they are on the contents page and canthen navigate through the magazine from this point. Main Image- My main image take up the majority of the page and is going to be one of the main focuses of the magazine. Im going to use a different actor/actress in the image as I did on the front cover to show the audience what is available on other pages also not just the main article. This may attract a bigger audience as if they are not interested in the first article they maybe on the second. I would also like to add a hint of colour in this image however still keep some of the colour scheme of black and white which I may use as the background. Contents- The main part of information is going to place on the right side of the page and will be used to navigate round the magazine. I would like to use white writing as I feel I’m going to make my background black meaning the text will stand out on the page and be easily readable. I want the numbering to be quite big so people know exactly what is on each page and don’t get confused.
Double Page Spread
Masthead- This is where the title of the article will be positioned, I want it to be simple and link to the articleand the images so my target audience know what the article I about before reading it.I want the text to be in large lettering and bold so that it stands out on the page drawing my target audience in.Just below the title I will be placing a quote from the article these are usually comical or key points in the articleand make the reader want to read on. I want this to be in a different colour to the title and maybe a differentfont to add variation. Article- The start of my main article will be positioned on the left side of the page as I said on the analyze of my front cover I feel it’s easier for my target audience to read it that way. It will also but structured in columns which is a common structure for an article and sets a clear layout for text. Main Image- The maim image will be positioned manly on the left hand side of the page however slightly filter on to the right hand side also. I am going to use a long shot of my main character which will stretch from the top to the bottom of the page similar to one of the existing products that I researched. I feel this is a good design and one that shows the entire body of the person you are speaking about giving the audience and clearer image of the actor/actress.
Article- The main article will be on the right page and I will again structure it in columns starting from the left and ending in the right, I feel this is an easy structure enabling my audience to follow the article with ease. I will also be starting my article with a drop cap, I feel this is a fun way to start an article and allows you to add a different font to add to the design of the page.Again I would like to use a quote from the article to break up the large chunks of information. Not onlythis if there is too much text on the page it can sometimes discourage people from the page and leadthem to skip to another, I believe that with a quote from the article to split the information morepeople will want to read on. Page Number- My page number will be positioned in the corner of the page and not taking focus of the main content. I would like it to link to the contents page by using the same font and colour.