I aimed to create a pop music magazine suitable for 14-17 year olds. It should include content that is informative and exciting for the reader. The colours need to be vibrant and stand out, but I also wanted to keep them gender neutral. I chose this genre as it appeals to myself and also was most popular in my survey. I researched existing magazines of this genre so I could understand what makes a magazine of this type successful, how the audience is addressed and the ratio of text to images.
My magazine uses similar forms and conventions of real magazines of the same type. I have included colours and fonts typical to magazines of my chosen genre. I have used a range of three fonts, and these are all sans serif, giving a modern, colloquial impression to the magazine - I noticed this was a key aspect in magazines of this type from my research. I have used colours that are gender neutral too, another factor evidently used in the magazines from my research. The layout of my magazine pages is also the same as existing products, with a large masthead at the top of my front cover, with headlines arranged appropriately to follow the line of sight. My content page is also arranged into categories, which is also used in existing magazines. My double page spread has the same layout as other real magazines, with one page taken up by a large image and the second page filled with text.
Though it is not stated on my magazine that it is specifically a ‘pop magazine’, it would appeal to people interested in this genre due to the style of music displayed, the approach to presenting it and the other content that is featured. I have deliberately made my magazine so that it doesn’t stereotype one particular social group or restrict it’s audience by having an appeal to only one social group. Despite this, however, the fresh colours and modern feel to the magazine mean that it would be suited to people with an interest in modern, mainstream music. The main artist I have featured is wearing modern, fashionable clothing, so again this would mean my magazine would appeal to a social group with an interest in image. My magazine, unlike a rock or heavy metal magazine, is quite clean and organised. It doesn’t use inappropriate slang or language, so wouldn’t appeal to rebellious social groups, but rather just people with an interest in the music and artists featured.
Music magazines are a highly popular type of print, so my magazine would be most likely distributed by a mainstream publisher such as IPC or Bauer. Both of these institutions publish music magazines already, so have knowledge of how it should be delivered. The use of a successful institution such as either of these would mean that my magazine will reach a larger audience. Another benefit is that the large companies will have the ability to use synergy to promote my magazine further, meaning higher revenue.
My magazine is aimed at 14-17 year olds of both genders. To make this appeal, I made my magazine’s mode of address colloquial and included content my audience would be most likely able to relate to. I also gave it a low price as this section of the population is not on high income. The people featured in my magazine are all of ages that my target audience would have interest in, using them as a role model. From my previous target audience research, I established that my potential readers most want to read information regarding a particular artist, especially ‘exclusive’ information, so that they feel involved and slightly personal with this artist. Because of this, I incorporated headlines that weren’t just about music, but also about an artist. The language is colloquial yet not entirely informal as I didn’t want to create a non-professional impression.
In making my magazine I learnt about different technologies. Firstly I learnt how different camera angles and effects affect the outcome of my image, enabling me to get the best results I could. I also developed my Photoshop knowledge – for example, my masking methods, which are evident on all pages my models appear on a blank background. I also learnt how to airbrush my models effectively, a technique which is frequently used in the media industry on photos of people to give them a clean look. Though not evident in my final pieces, I also learnt how guides can be useful in making my magazine, so that I can keep it neatly arranged and aligned correctly.
Looking back on my preliminary task I noticed that there are a few things I would like to change, based on what I learnt from completing my main task, and that there are things I have learnt through my main task completion. I can see that some of the fonts I have used in my preliminary piece are too similar to one another and look too decorative as opposed to being functional. I would like to change these so the page looks less cluttered. My preliminary task also helped to prepare me for my main task too, as I learnt how to use the space effectively and arrange things to follow the line of sight. This made my magazine look more professional and effective.