I have chosen these certain colours because each one can at least
be put again another colour to contrast it. On all magazines colours
are carefully chosen for each element so everything that need to
be seen by a reader is seen instantly. Each colour will either stand
again a black or white background.
Reds are a neutral colour, they can either be bright to draw in
attention or be darker so they do not take full focus off an image or
piece of text which has more importance.
It is the same again with the blue, although this can be seen as a
more masculine colour. But blue is a very basic colour which
women to tend to wear as well as men, therefore this colour is
Purple to me is mostly a female colour choice, so for this it would
be chosen to be featured on a page where a photo of a woman is
present. This is to not make the page seem to masculine to have a
woman featured on it. However it can not be too girly because my
target market are not the normal sort of girly women.
Bright yellow is seen on a large amount of rock magazines, this is
because it is gender neutral and stands out very strongly against a
Then we have black and white together, these are very basic
colours to make words and images stand out. Black is a typical
background colour and white is more used for text, or they could
be used alongside other colours to make them stand out. Also
these colours give a sense of professionalism and make them more
Apart from the bright yellow which is purely used to get the
attention of the reader. These colours have been chosen because
these are the type of colours I would expect my target market to
where. Therefore they are more likely to buy based on the fact that
the colour scheme appeals to them. Therefore they know that it
may contain something within it that also appeals to their taste and
The house style will carry through the cover and contents page, but beyond
that the scheme will change to better fit the style and gender of the artist.
For example a pop punk band would mean that I’d use more bright colours.
That would be bright blues, yellows, white and maybe even pinks. But for a
heavier style band it would include the use of black, white, dark reds, dark
purples and dark blues.
These fonts on the left have been taken from FontSpace online.
These are some ideas at what I could use for the masthead of the
cover page. I am following the ideas of Kerrang , which is to use
something very bold but which looks broken up. This gives the
impression of rebellion, which reflects the target audience, which
is that they are not people who conform to a social norm. Also
people who read magazines which I have associated with mine
tend to live within a urban environment. These types of fonts look
like urban street art, which means that they will associate this
magazine with where they live, so it appeals to them even more.
For the masthead of the inside pages I will probably use more
basic, bold fonts to draw attention but not make the page appear
too busy. Then for the text going alongside it will also be a basic
font. A font that you would normally find in any magazine, as it
will give a more professional look to the inside pages. I will then
break up the wording into paragraphs in order to make it look as
if there is not as much text. This is to keep the attention of the
reader, as they will think that there is not as much to read as
there actually is.
With magazines the quality of the actual paper
and how it is bound together influences the
price of it. For mine because I would use low
quality in order to make it as affordable as
possible. So it would cost £2.20 the same as a
Kerrang magazine, which is one that uses low
quality paper and bounds it together with
staples. The price must be low so my target
market can afford to buy
To me when I think of paper quality from lowest
to highest we have Enquirer, Kerrang,
RockSound and then Vogue. So me the price of
RockSound is way too high for my readers hence
why they are not as popular as the leader
Kerrang. So it ensure popularity I must keep my
price at an affordable rate. So the quality of its
paper and how it is bound must be the same of
Kerrang, so the price to be produced is the same
as Kerrang. But I do not want it to be as cheap
looking as the Enquirer because the paper
resembles a newspaper, which is not how a
music magazine should look.
For the size of the magazine to keep price down it
will be the same size as Kerrang and contain the
same amount of paper. Which each page will be
21cm X 29.5cm, with 32 pages.
The magazine I would like for it to be released on a
monthly basis. This is because having a weekly
magazine would mean a lot of people would have
to be behind the magazine, also it reduces the time
frame and the quality of the writing and stories are
of a less quality. As I have seen with Kerrang who
seem to repeat the same sorts of stories and
contain a small amount of different bands. I would
like my own to be more diverse, with a wide
variety of bands and different storylines. Also it is
difficult to keep up with a weekly magazine, as it is
a lot of money to spend and it can be hard to
obtain each issue. It means that its time on the
shelf is longer and it gives it more time to be
recognised and purchased.