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Contents process

  1. 1. The Making Of<br />Contents Page<br />
  2. 2. Contents Analysis<br />The page has pictures of live performances<br />The sections that are included give an indication to the nature of the magazine in this issue. <br />It has a band index which shows the bands that are going to be listed in the issue.<br />The colour scheme is consistent throughout.<br />The page is clearly split into three columns.<br />I analysed the contents pages of NME and I can use this information to influence my own contents page<br />
  3. 3. I started out with the basic NME layout and decided to keep a similar structure in order to maintain a professional look.<br />NME Layout<br />My Ideal Layout<br />Step One – Research <br />
  4. 4. I copied the masthead from my front cover and gave it a black ground.<br />I stretched the black box across the top of the page and made it clear that it is the contents page<br />I also put the date in the same format<br />Step Two - Title<br />
  5. 5. To create the band index I started with a black box on the left hand side.<br />Then I put the layer of text over the top, in white.<br />Next, I put the strips of colour underneath the letters.<br />Then inverted the colours and the strips so that the words were red and the strips were white.<br />Step Three – Band Index<br />
  6. 6. I added two boxes of short articles to give an example of what can be expected in the rest of the magazine<br />I used some quotes to make them stand out. <br />Step Four – Festival News<br />
  7. 7. I took the photo of shelved glory in the studio, The photos of Gentlemen’s club and Ben Sayah (The Poppies) I had taken myself previously, the first at a friends house whilst recording and the other at a local gig that I organised.<br />It was important to me to capture the live aspects of music as well as studio shots.<br />Step Five - Pictures<br />
  8. 8. For the right hand side I decided to stick with the subheadings<br />Although I changed them to suit my magazine.<br />I put the editors note in red to make it stand out from the rest<br />Step Six - Subheadings<br />
  9. 9. I looked at many past issues and tried to capture the general tone and voice of the text<br />Using elements of humour and short sentences<br />I also added page numbers in red <br />Step Seven - Content<br />
  10. 10. To finish I added my editors note<br />I included a handwriting font for the editors name<br />I also added a photo of one of my classmates to act as my editor<br />Step Eight – Editors Note<br />
  11. 11. Throughout the making of my magazine I had been debating whether to go against my instinct of keeping my colour scheme Red, White and Black.<br />So at every stage I would substitute the colours and see which looked better. As I was struggling to decide, I opted to put it on Facebook and take the opinions of my audience <br />Step Nine – Decisions<br />In order to get some feedback on my work I posted a picture of my work on Facebook. First I uploaded my unfinished version of my contents page, the colour scheme of which was blue, white and black. It was clear that the reception for my page was great, which I was very happy with, although, the one, repeated, criticism was that the blue parts of the page would look better in red.<br />I decided to take this criticism on board. After all if these are the types of people who would be interested in my magazine then their opinion is very valid. <br />So I finished off the page and converted the blue to red and reposted it. The same people commented on my picture and decided that It looked much better in red. And I agreed, I felt that it was more true to my original research, which I should have stuck by in the first place.<br />
  12. 12. Complications<br />The live picture of mike was more difficult to get, as his band is under management, in order to get live shots of them performing. <br />I had to ask for permission from his management. Here is a picture of the email I sent with the reply.<br />Fortunately, I was able to get a live shot of Mike performing and I feel that it works very well and make the page look even more professional.<br />‘Yes you are welcome to use some of the shots from our gigs...I recommend the Haigh Hall shots and maybe some from Club Nirvana/Lux’<br />