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Conventions of a music magazine


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Conventions of a music magazine

  1. 1. Conventions of a Magazine <ul><li>Magazines covers generally follow standard conventions that identify </li></ul><ul><li>them as magazines: </li></ul><ul><li>Masthead – Large and uniform throughout most issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Photo – There is always a cover image, usually striking and of a celebrity to draw attention to the magazine. Smaller images are also used, but do not obstruct the cover image. </li></ul><ul><li>Colour – Strong and bright colours used, this draws attention to the magazine. </li></ul><ul><li>Sub Headings/Text – Short and coloured so it stands out from the cover image and is easily read, enticing people to buy and read the magazine. The text also does not obstruct parts of the image that are important (such as the faces of the models). The larger text is read first by the reader then the smaller text. </li></ul><ul><li>Banners – Not used in all layouts, they stretch across the page usually with text on them, often to advertise special offers or a slogan. </li></ul><ul><li>Bar Codes – These are on all magazines, usually out of the way in the corner of the magazine. This is so the magazine can be scanned and tracked. </li></ul><ul><li>Price – Small and out of the way, often with the bar code. This can be seen as a negative thing and isn’t made to stand out unless it’s reduced. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Conventions of a Magazine <ul><li>Magazine contents pages also follow general conventions: </li></ul><ul><li>Colours – Usually following the colour scheme used on the front cover. This helps the reader identify with the cover whilst reading the contents page. </li></ul><ul><li>Text – Brief descriptions and page numbers in the magazine sectioned off into categories with subheadings, this clearly groups the text making it easier to read so the layout flows better. </li></ul><ul><li>Photos – Various sizes usually accompanied with text explaining the image. Contents pages often have a small copy of the front cover so the reader can identify with it without having to flick back and forth. </li></ul><ul><li>Background – This is a plain colour (white in these cases) that is a very different colour to the text on the page. The background is sometimes a photo, as long as the text is not a similar colour or it will merge with the photo. </li></ul>