In what ways does your media
product use, develop or challenge
forms and conventions of real
Main Cover Image
Overall House Style
Rule of Thirds
Typical Codes and
House Style – having a consistent
house style for my front cover as well
as through other pages in my
magazine makes the it seem more
professional and pleasing to the
Red, White and Black Colour Scheme –
links to house style and shows consistency in the
magazine in terms of colour and content.
Straplines and Sell Lines – these
Issue Information –
help show some of the other key parts
of the magazines content and are
coloured and tall to remain separate
from the rest of the text on the front
this informs the target
audience of the issue
number and price of the
Secondary Images –
Coverline and Anchorage Text –
these images will help
show additional content
that is in the magazine
and will also draw in the
this shows the main article included in
the magazine and tends to be located
in the centre of the magazine to show
the audience that is the part of the
cover they should mostly be paying
attention to and that they remember it
when they going through the
Puff – this single stand
out graphic draws the
attention of the reader to
this point to show that
there is something of
importance within the
magazine when looking
at the cover.
Masthead and Tagline – the name of
my magazine is located in the conventional
place at the top of the magazine which is
where the audience will tend to look first
and is also accompanied with the tagline
which is the case has some rhyme to it with
“scene” and “magazine”.
Main Cover Image – the cover is in
Banner – a banner again makes pieces of text
stand out and inform the reader of extra content
within the magazine that perhaps isn't of much
importance but is there to be seen.
Rule Of Thirds – splits the magazine into to separate parts for
the audience and makes it easier to follow the information
a centralised position to accompany the
coverline and links to its purpose and
also to advertise the content of the
Pug – the idea of the pug is much like a
puff where a single graphic makes
something stand out on the cover of the
magazine and highlights the importance of
• I chose a simple colour of red, black and white to
make my page seem less congested and more
approachable compared to having a large number of
colours, the colours also make the features of my
front cover stand out more.
• I decided to use a large front cover image with one
person rather than an image with numerous people
as again I wanted to keep it simplistic.
• I wanted to try and use up as much space as possible
on my front cover as I felt it would offer more to my
target audience and gain their attention more rather
than just having one or two front cover conventions.
• I’ve specifically used this layout/text style to make
the magazine seem as if it had some attitude but also
seem as it was going to be a magazine that would be
informative at the same time, I used “Kerrang” and
“Rock Sound” magazine as inspiration.
• Masthead located at top of the page
• Secondary Images
• Large coverline stretching across the
middle of the page
• Puff located on the left hand side of the
• Banner with additional content located at
the bottom on the page
• Poster special advertised on the front cover
• Barcode positions in bottom corner of the
Comparison – Front Cover
Red, White and Black Colour Scheme –
links to house style and shows consistency in the
magazine in terms of colour and content. This
then links to the front cover.
Issue Information – again
informs the audience of the issue etc.
Menu Bar – this bar shows all the
contents and the page numbers
where they can be found with a brief
description under each piece to
inform the reader of its purpose.
Article Quotes – the quotes come from the
article themselves and help give an idea what the
article is about and could link to the image that
they have been accompanied with.
Headings –this breaks down the contents
in the magazine to give help the audience
what certain piece of contents they want to
find and in interests them.
Images – the images link to the contents of
the magazine and help give a visual
representations which could make the reader
more interested in certain parts of the
House Style – this continues to
follow the house of the magazine that
I’ve set out to use in all the pages of
Magazine Name– my magazine name is
located at both the top of my page
Editors Comments – this comes from the
editor of the magazine who talks about what's in
this particular issue of this magazine and what
they hope the reader gets from the magazine, this
is also sometimes accompanied by a signature
and an image of the editor
• I felt that having a more visual based contents page
with minimal text would be more appealing to my
target audience rather than one filled with loads of
text that they’d have to read, I used “NME” as an
outline in creating this layout.
• I also wanted my edited photos to immediately stand
out from the rest of the page so creating a montage
of images, it allowed me to create a layout where I
was able to include more photos.
• I continued with the house style that I used on my
front page to make my magazine more consistent
rather than having a mix match of varied colours on
• I used the most typical conventions you’d find on a
contents page such as a menu bar and an editors
comment box to still create some originality whilst
still trying to keep my magazine unique.
• Contents title at the top of the page
• Images that link to the content located to
the left hand side of the menu with varied
• Headings to separate the different types of
content in the magazine
• Editors comments included on the contents
• Page numbers
• Consistent house style used
• Brief descriptions along with the contents
Comparison – Contents Page
Article Title– the title shows the
Page Numbers – shows the
audience what page they’re on.
Standfirst – this introduces the
audience what to expect from the
rest of page and it could also hint
what the article itself is about.
article and informs the audience
what it’s about.
Secondary Images– relevant can be
placed all over the spread to give the
audience ideas about what they're
Large Main Image and
Secondary Images – the images
Layout and Design – by creating a
unique spread for the main article in the
magazine, it will instantly draw the reader
in and grab their attention from the rest of
link to the purpose of the article
Dropcapital – shows the reader
where the main text of the
Image Captions– this informs the
reader about what the image is
showing and how its relevance to the
rest of the article.
Pull Quote – this is a quote from
the article itself and helps highlight
the actual purpose of the article
Column Titles – this shows the
different parts to the article in
relation to the title
House Style – although the colours
are different for this page, its does
follow the same text and layout style
with the rest of my magazine.
Blue, White and Black Colour
Scheme – differs from the rest of
the house style on the other pages
but links to the article information
• I wanted to position numerous images all around my
pages so that my audience wasn’t just reading text
and then the images would break up the article.
• I decided to have a page structure that had some sort
of flow for when the audience was reading it so by
having an angled upward article, the reader would
easily know where to begin and end.
• I included some additional features on my doublepage spread such as a live review which you may
find typically in a music magazine but also an
interactive barcode which differs from most music
magazines of this type.
• My colour scheme is different from the rest of my
pages as I wanted to make it more fitting to the band
I was writing about and would therefore have much
more of a theme to the pages.
• Large title at the top part of the page
• Consistent style across both pages
• There is one large main image on one side
of the page
• There is standfirst underneath the main
• The main article text has been divided into
three separate columns
• The style of text for the title is different
from the main article text
• There is a drop capital at the beginning of
Comparison – Double-Page Spread
The overall style and approach for my magazine was to create a local music scene magazine that had some
form of attitude much like that of “Kerrang” whilst also making it informative and interesting in the process.
The audience are able to read the text easily as it has a continuous flow to it. Also, the text style and the way
that the main article for example has been worded, I wanted to make it into an informal and approachable
I wanted my magazine to follow the typical conventions of any magazine on all my pages but I also wanted to
create a unique style and layout that was appealing. An example would be my double-page spread where I’ve
created an angled sort of style that flows from one corner to the other and is still easy to read without it being
Additionally, I wanted to make the front cover pretty much similar to that of existing rock magazines that are
currently available via the use of my text positioning such as my masthead and also the way I have used
I also wanted my contents page to highlight the main features of my magazine through the use of my images
and text style so by having images along with quotes from the articles themselves, it make it much more easier
on the eye.
For the name of my magazine, I wanted to make it clear when my audience first saw it that it is clearly a
music magazine and by having a title such as “Breakdown” which immediately suggests music, it is much
more likely my audience will take notice.
By having a large centralised cover image that was in the same style of “Kerrang”, this will again make my
magazine more in the style of current music magazines.
Finally, I wanted my magazine to have a consistent house style on all the pages to make it seem more
professional and less congested with multiple images and pieces of text although the colours and style of text
would change in accordance with whatever the article was on about.
Despite my magazine using the typical codes and
conventions you will find in popular rock/metal music
magazine currently on sale, it still has a unique approach by
just focusing on the local music scene in a particular area of
the country. So overall, I fell my magazine is much different
with the way it uses the original conventions and how it
makes the most of them throughout my pages. A consistent
and simplistic style may not usually be associated with the
music genre my magazine focuses on, however it’s still able
to deliver some attitude that offers my target audience all
the information they would expect from a music magazine.