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  1. 1. Music Magazine Evaluation James Bolton
  2. 2. FRONT COVER In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? I added the date and issue number as it is something My masthead is easily readable whilst essential to any magazine. This allows readers to remain keeping within the theme of the 1960s update and also look specifically at this magazine if required Mod and 1990s Britpop scenes. This in the future. Both of these are also added to the contents The border of my front allows readers to associate this font page. In addition to this I also added the magazines website cover adds a professional Firstly, my main image is in direct with the said genres and subcultures address, allowing for readers to stay up to date with the look, whilst adding an mode of address, appealing and in particular, uniquely with my latest news and information as well as the magazines history overall frame to the images directly to the reader and focusing magazine. and information. and texts. Secondly, the their attention solely to the image border is red as not only and then subsequently the does it link in with the surrounding text. This coincides masthead, main story and well with the fact the image is in other features, but will also the centre of the page, allowing appeal to any consumers for text and other images to be browsing the selection of placed accordingly. magazines. Incentives entice the consumer into buying the The strapline is a secondary line magazine. This can commonly underneath or above the be done in a variety masthead. This is a basic message or of ways, such as free motto of the magazine used as a posters (as included selling line to the consumer. Often on my front cover), relating directly to the ethos of the competitions genre or subculture, this further gives (included on my the reader something to associate contents page) and themselves and their subculture with. My cover lines discount vouchers. For example the strapline featured on are all based on my magazine focuses on the past the same text traditions of the subcultures of design and Britpop and Mod, whilst indicating colour, whilst that there is still and will be for a long adjusting the size time, people with a passion for this depending on its scene. It also indicates that readers appeal, giving my should take inspiration from previous front cover a years. professional look. Underneath the subtitles I added a brief appealing This adds to the description of the article featured, which gives the fact it allows for reader further incite prior to reading the article. These easy reading. must be appealing along with the cover lines as it is a major selling point.
  3. 3. CONTENTS The images on my contents page are centred in order to give a column affect, resulting in an appealing look and easy reading I added the date and issue number as it is something and navigation. This clearly sets essential to any magazine. This allows readers to remain the layout in a well organised update and also look specifically at this magazine if manner, allowing for other required in the future. Both of these are also added to information to be placed either the front cover. This logo adds consistent house side. style to the magazine and in particular this page. Again, this allows for easy viewing for the reader. I further added a band index which allows the reader to easily identify if and what Continuing with the page a particular band is organised theme , this mentioned on. This is column (detailing the page common in many music numbers articles are on) is magazines and further allows also structured and for easier navigation of the organised with the main magazine as a whole for the focus being on easy reader. Also, note the navigation and reading, consistent text style of the whilst also being main titles. aesthetically appealing (the very ethos of the mod subculture). This is addressed by a vertical line I added this self-made running down the side, symbol as it keeps the along with simple but house style from the effective titling. cover, as previously stated. This add consistency and a more professional look. This symbol is featured on Underneath the subtitles I the front cover, here and added a brief appealing at the top of the description of the article contents page featured, which gives the reader further incite prior to reading the article.
  4. 4. DOUBLE PAGE ARTICLE Imagery is crucial on a double page article as it can be used in many varieties. The main image must be appealing, This title is bold, straight to the point and quite dramatic, interesting or inspirational for example, whilst also being giving the reader almost no option but to look at the practical to place text around. Here I used the right hand article. This is decisive as the key to any good article and side of the page solely for a clear image of the artist and subsequently magazine, is to keep the reader interested. also the title. The image of the figure of the artist is framed Furthermore, I applied this font and text size to focus the within the wall in the background, and the wall to the right reader firstly onto this point, then the subsequent article is effectively used for a background to the text. and photography. I added this translucent frame to give the overall page a more professional look and allowing for easier reading. Furthermore, instead of the box being full colour I added a slight translucent effect to allow for the brickwork in the background to still partlyContinuing from the show through. This givescontents page, this quite an urban, industrialvertical line keeps feel, whilst still remainingthe consistency and easy to read. Lastly, thishouse style. This border and box clearlyallows for readers defines the text from the restto associate this of the image, somethinglayout specifically which may have been difficultwith this magazine, to distinguish if it hadnt haveeven at just a glance been added.of the article. This Pull Quote is use d to draw Here is the basic info of the The text itself related heavily to my genre/subculture I aimed attention to a dramatic, page – the page number and to appeal to. The article precisely talks about the bands past, interesting or important piece specific to this page, who the present and future, as well as other notable bands from the of text. While a reader is article is about. Again,. This genre, and lastly the bands fans and audience. Throughout skipping through the pages, is done in the same colours the article I retain the readers interest by asking questions they will see this quote even at as all titling throughout the the public wants to hear, as well as language followers would just a glance, as a result magazine, again adding be accustomed to. drawing them to the article and consistent house style. page, subsequently making them read the it.
  5. 5. HOUSE STYLE Throughout the magazine I aimed to keep a consistent house style associated with my subculture. In order to achieve I used many shapes, borders, images and symbols. Firstly, I chose a specific text for the name of my magazine; ‘My Generation’. This was used on both the front cover, and contents page. this will allow for the magazine and font to be recognised with the magazine and genre in particular, even at a glance. Secondly, I created a remake of the symbol which is commonly associated with the ‘Mod’ subculture. This was almost an addition to the text logo and again appeared on both the front cover and the contents page a number of times. Similar to the first point, this symbol will be associated with the scene and the magazine in particular. Furthermore, I predominantly used 3 set colours (red, white and blue) for the whole of the magazine. This gave a professional and appealing look, whilst also allowing for a recognisable theme, combining with the text and symbol. These colours were used on all pages in some form. On the contents and double page spread I used a blue vertical stripe which would appear on the vast majority of pages throughout the magazine. This combines well with the ‘Mod’ subculture as it has a keen association with stripes, circles and symbols. This stripe added an overall more ‘Mod’ look, whilst also adding a professional edge. This title text is repeatedly used to add a consistent feel and look to the pages, whilst also being a simple, easily readable font. Lastly, I used the appearance of a simple but effective red box to add titles and basic information to pages. This was done on the contents page and double page spread to further add a more professional yet still relating to my subculture’s look. It also linked in with the earlier said 3 main colours I used.