House Style Consistent house style with front cover, also uses the same colours as the cover and logo. Professional and effective look. <br />Image A live long shot of a band performance, however the lighting and composition is effective, due to the spotlights and dark background.. It is small framed making it not the main feature of the page.The musical instruments and costume fit in with the genre of the magazine and reinforce the different genres covered in NME. The text underneath explains the photograph in simple review-type language.<br />Headline A different take on typical text ‘contents page’ is effective. Including the logo in the headline enforces the magazine title. The black background attracts attention there first and the huge text contrasts with the other text on the page which is much smaller.<br />Subscription box The first page of the magazine advertises a subscription which could be effectively profitable. It stands out with a bold black background and bright yellow, bold text. The persuasive language is typical of advertisements (‘just £5.57’) and the image adds to the overall effect of the page.<br />Index On the left hand side is a list of every music act included in the magazine, and their page number. The text is very small, as it doesn’t need to attract attention – this will be used for a reader looking for a particular page.<br />NME<br />Red arrow A small graphic, simply states another piece of content in the magazine but adds to the appearance of the page, bringing the red colours into attention, which is effective for a music magazine as red can connotate anger and has a ‘loud effect’.<br />Contents The bold headings outlining what the articles are about are well organised and look effective with black background for the heading and white writing.<br />
Headline Q uses a conventional headline with the magazine logo and ‘contents’ written across the top of the page, and the bold text in different colours make this effective. The date of the edition in a smaller, lighter font and aligned higher works well.<br />Image This posed mid shot was most likely taken in a studio environment and the plain dark background is effective for a contents page. It makes the background of the page making it a bigger focus of attention than the NME photograph. The musician’s outfit and body language is appropriate for a music magazine and it creates a dark, but edgy atmosphere.<br />Index On the left hand side is a list of every music act included in the magazine, and their page number. The text is very small, as it doesn’t need to attract attention – this will be used for a reader looking for a particular page. As this is a special ‘best albums’ edition, the features are split into two; the articles in the special category and the monthly regular features. The magazine expects the reader to look through more thoroughly. The red background makes this text easier to read therefore suggesting its higher importance, and the white list of contents is less easy to read and not very effective. The list of contents is generally conventional.<br />House Style This contents page is much simpler than the NME page. The main background is also the only image on the page, making this the focal point. The list of contents is very basic, yet still underlines what is in the magazine and the use of colours is consistent; red, black and white.<br />Text box at the bottom This white text box with red and black writing attracts attention and the language itself is shocking and blunt. This reinforces the informal, young and careless language used in Q. The sentence is very odd to read therefore making the reader curious of its content and want to read the article.<br />Q<br />
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