Lead Article Flash
The artist is represented on the front as quite serious possibly suggesting that the artist is quite serious
about their music. Colour is used quite sparingly and only based on the artist’s face, highlighting facial
features. The fonts used are very clear and bold, they are similar to the colours used on the artist’s face.
This magazine appears to think of it’s music quite seriously and the title may suggest that real DJs
interested in the technical aspect of the music would read this. Also what's quite unusual is that in the
bottom left the barcode, which is if fact a sticker is covering up some of the cover lines.
Here we see the artist portrayed in a serious way, we can see that he is wearing
quite baggy unfitting clothes showing his general attitude. The colours used are
mainly orange and white which contrast nicely with the quite plain main image. The
fonts used are still quite bold and clear but for the lead article they have used a very
large are extravagant. Again this is DJ magazine so the readers probably take their
music seriously so the artist in a serious pose and nothing too unusual is
happening, or being said. The left third has been used quite effectively with this
magazine, with the mast head, lead article, pull quote and some of the main sells all
Now this is mixmag and the band here is
still looking quite serious but the front man
has a sinister grin on his face. The style is a
bit more cluttered than that of DJ, the fonts
are big and bold in either blue, white or
yellow. The magazine has a free CD
included which would attract many people
to buy the magazine, if only for the free CD.
On this magazine the left third is used quite
effectively again, with the mast head, lead
image, flash and freebie all visible.
This magazine does seem to take a much more
light hearted approach to it’s music, as most of the
readers would. This is much more about clubbing
and having a great time as opposed to the more
technical aspect of music.
Here is the contents page of DJ, as you can see it Is a very image heavy contents page
with the main articles having pictures like a little preview. The editors letter is quite clear
and obscures some of the images, encouraging people to read it. Editors are when the
editor addresses the readers and gives them a vague overview of what is inside that issue.
As I said about the DJ magazine covers, DJ is more about the technical aspect of the
music this can be seen by the partial picture of a DJ’s mixer
Here is the contents page of Mixmag, as you can see it’s a double page
spread and there are quite a lot of images dotted around. This again has
images to give a little preview of the articles. The bright and vibrant
colours of the pictures contrast well with the darkness of the background.
They have used quite a complex and unusual font for the page numbers
on the pictures and the word contents itself. The language used is quite
colloquial with words such as; “regulars”, “tech” and “tunes”.
This is another Mixmag contents page and as before it’s a double page spread and the layout is exactly
the same as the previous contents page just the information is different. This shows a very prominent
house style within the magazine and it’s is probably layed out like this every month, they have used the
same dark background and only the colour of the pictures are left to brighten up the page. Again what I
suspect are the lead articles are big and obvious whereas the not so important articles have smaller
pictures. There are still the same colloquial language splitting the contents page into sections.
Here is a double page spread from mixmag, I chose this double page spread because I liked the quite dark
style and theme, it’s quite artistic. As I have labelled there is a Stand First on the right hand side. Stand
firsts are paragraphs that introduce and give a brief idea of what’s in the coming article, they are usually in
quite large font, that differs from the usual text. This double page spread is predominantly taken up by the
main Image, which is Calvin Harris with a burning keyboard. The intense colour of the flames is shown as
the only light source in the picture, and the font on the page fits with orange and yellow used. The artist has
been shown in quite a dark way, and careless of the fire nearby. The could show us the artist in a way we
haven’t seen before so readers will be compelled to find out why.
Here is another double page spread from an issue of mixmag, this article is actually about fashion and what
clothes to buy. This is quite a strange article to find in a magazine predominately about dance music and
clubbing. I chose this article because like the Calvin Harris article, it is quite artistic and the people in the
photo appear to be models and in a pose, to show off the new clothes. The colours in this article are very
limited only black, white and blue are used. This is quite strange photo to use when talking about clothes as
there is no colour and the clothes aren’t fully visible, which is usually quite a key factor when trying to sell
Here is quite an interesting double page spread from mixmag again, this isn’t as artistic as the others and
doesn’t seem very planned. The man in the picture is the artist called Toddla T and as the stand first says he is
“a one-man Sheffield bass explosion” which shows that it is just him on his own. This picture has been taken to
show where he makes all his music, this is to show how impressive it is that this one man, in his bed room can
make such amazing music. They have used the same colour and font for this article as the Calvin Harris article,
this helps bring colour to the picture as it has been taken in quite a dark bedroom. The text is encroaching onto
the bottom of the picture so as we are looking at the picture it’s enticing the readers to read it.