From my front cover analysis I analysised 10 different magazines, mostly music magazines but also a couple of varied other magazines to see how they were also set up. I could see that magazines such as ‘kerrang’and ‘NME’ set there covers to be fully with normally just 3 bright colours of the magazines choice to attract attention. The looks I liked most was the old fashioned version of NME, the simple yet effectiveness of ‘INDIE’ and No depression. As this was more the rock and roll edgy vintage look I want to create for my front cover. However ‘Q’ had clever front covers by having famous people professionally, but one photo was of the band ‘kings of Leon’ jumping through shattered glass this had a really cool effect and drew my eye to it instantly. This was a good idea and I would like to make my magazine have this same effect.
From My researched analysis to ten different contents pages. I Discovered that, Having a large photo as the basis really attracts the reader more, then having the written texts along the sides. This is how I want my contents pages to look with a large picture taking up most of the page then the details featured in my magazine postiontioned around it. I want my magazine to be about the look of it. I want it to have this rocky edgy look.
When researching into ten different double page spreads of various music magazines and some others, I learnt a lot from them, for instance I loved the NME double page spread of the artist Lilly Allen and how it was set up to look like a newspaper article. Another two articles I really liked and would like to base my double page spread on was the article titled ‘where is the love?’ this had a photo on the left page and writing on right, but some of the writing looked handwritten giving a more personal feel to the article which was clever. Also I liked the article featuring lady Gaga this was all black and white, apart from a large red L over the written text but it was transparent so we could still see the texts but because the whole two pages where in black and white it created a really cool effect.
Overall on my research, I managed to find my targeted audience and the basis of the look I want to create for my magazine. Using my audience research questionnaire I found out that my audience visited social networking sites like ‘Face book’ often and frequently visited YouTube to watch online videos and music videos as well watching it on TV on channels such as MTV this showed me the places I would advertise I publishing my magazine and also subjects I could mention in my magazine, I found my genre of my audiences tastes in music, with leant more towards the indie and rock artists. And I learnt what main features I need to add in my magazine to attract my audiences attention to reading it.
-Continued With my ‘find your tribe’ research I saw that you can easily be put into a category due to what your interests are, However I wouldn't want my audiences to really be in a category I would want them to be distinctive individuals who like music and fashion from low key places and even though many of my audiences said they shop at places like top-shop I also found they liked going to vintage shops. This is the ‘indie’ look I want to aim my magazines at. I don't want my magazine to look at all mainstream.