My magazine speaks to the audience as it is quite eye catching, it has the main picture quite large across the page and because there are a lot of articles that are around the picture it draws in the attention of the audience
The picture works well to speak to the audience because the main character is facing the camera, similarly to my poster, this draws in the attention of the audience because the character is trying to get eye contact with the audience
As my magazine has a bright coloured title this also works well to speak to the audience because they are automatically drawn to the bright colour and bold, big text
I think my magazine uses the conventions and forms of real media products as I based my main idea around a magazine which is already in the media world, it is eye catching, through the colours and the information on the cover as well as the picture . The audience can associate themselves with the picture because it hasn’t been over edited and it looks like a normal person instead of looking as though it is someone or something fake.
For my magazine I decided to choose a minimal colour scheme, I went for a white background because I didn’t want all the attention to be on the background, I chose black font because I wanted the audience to look at it, but not be automatically drawn to it and I decided upon a bright red title because this is what I wanted to attract the audience with.
After doing some research by asking girls of my age about magazines, I found the majority of people will buy a magazine because they have previously bought the magazine and liked it, the other main reason behind buying a magazine is because of the picture of the people/person on the front, this is why I chose to have the picture quite big and looking towards the audience and the title to be large bright and eye catching.
I think the colours I have chosen for my magazine develop on forms and conventions of real media products because they aren’t normally used in magazines. I chose the pink colour scheme as I wanted to mainly draw attention to the idea of having a magazine that appealed to a younger teenage girl audience. I felt that by using pink this did this best as young girls, from what I know and have found out, like the colour pink and would be more interested in something with colour rather than a black and white and quite frankly, boring magazine.
Like I said in my evaluation of my poster, pink is a very girly colour and that is why I decided to chose it to tie in well with a girly magazine.
I chose to use the rule of thirds when designing my magazine because I wanted the viewer to easily interact with my poster. I wanted them to be able to glance at my poster and want to pick it up and read more, rather than get all the information from the front page.
To do this I decided to put my main character facing straight towards the camera/audience in the centre of the middle third, this is good because it means that the audience looks towards the main character before anything else
I decided to put the title across the top because it is then effectively spread across the three thirds, this is good because it means it is eye catching towards the audience and it is the main piece of ‘information’ on my magazine cover.
I decided to put a picture of the other two characters in my trailer in a sort of ‘photo frame’ picture on the left hand third. I wanted the audience to acknowledge that this picture was there and to read the information underneath but I didn’t want them to be the main focus of my magazine cover, hence why the picture is much smaller than the main character.
I believe my poster uses the forms and conventions of real media products because other media products also use the rule of thirds when thinking of the design of their product, like other magazines they tend to have the main character in the centre of the page, for example http://celeb.wohoo.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/akon-vibe-magazine.jpg .
They also tend to have text around the main picture and have other smaller pictures around the edge and the title big and bold across the top.
Magazine - Layout
When I decided upon the layout of my magazine I wanted to make sure the magazine wasn’t too cramped but at the same time I wanted to make sure that there wasn’t loads of spare ‘space’. You can see by the first entry on my blog when I attempted a magazine cover, it wasn’t very good, it had a lot of spare space, there wasn’t much on the actual magazine and it was very lacking in anything to make the audience want to actually pick the magazine up. http://rwilfordchs.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/2.jpg
I decided to have the picture in the middle as I wanted this to be the main focus, I wanted the title across the top so that people could easily read it and so that it was bright and outstanding and I chose to have the smaller picture on the left hand side at the bottom because I wanted the audience to view it, but not to be distracted by it.
Magazine :- Conventions common to both magazines Titles Colours Images Text
Titles :- The title of the magazine is quite similar between the two magazines, although my magazine has a drop shadow so that it stands out more, whereas the Empire magazine doesn’t have a drop shadow and therefore I feel it sort of blends into the background.
Colours :- The colours of my magazine are quite similar to the actual magazine, they use different colours, but neither magazine uses a wide range of colours. The actual magazine sticks to only 4 colours, as does my magazine. I decided to keep the range of colours quite similar as I didn’t want to confuse the cover and make it look as if there was too much going on on the cover.
Magazine :- Conventions common to both magazines
Images :- Both magazines have a large main picture, the empire magazine works better because of the fact that the picture is over to the right and has the text on the left. I think this works better because it’s sort of in front of the text, this gives a sense of recognition because the Empire magazine can decide to put a well known actress in front of the title of the magazine and the audience will still want to buy it.
Text :- The text on both magazines is quite varied, on the Empire magazine the text is all over to the left, this I think works better because it isn’t too detailed and it’s more casual, whereas on my magazine because I have placed the picture in the centre of the magazine I have decided to put the text going around the picture. I liked the idea of having the text around the picture however, I think that it doesn’t work as well because it looks as though the text is a bit too much in detail and there is too much of it
Font :- Both magazines use two types of font, they both use Capital letters which works well because it draws the attention of the audience. My magazine however doesn’t look as good because I have used italics, capital letters and normal font, but mainly kept the font size the same except for the actresses name. The Empire magazine however uses normal text and font for the smaller writing and uses capital letters for the bigger text. This makes it stand out even more than usual.