1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
1<br />The style of my magazine front cover is similar to the aesthetic design of Q magazine and NME aiming at young adults with a sophisticated multi-genre representation of music. The use of a three primary colour scheme: black, white, red makes it easy reading for the target consumer in their hectic lifestyles and more recognisable for the audience when thinking of the magazine and associating it to the colours.<br />The model I chose was perfect for the representation I wanted to create for my magazine, he was diverse in the sense that in my photo shoot I told him what I wanted by telling him about my magazines representation and he delivered with an attitude which suited the attractive image other existing magazines use. The Mise-en scene I used is neutral and does not specifically represent a certain genre of music or social group of a target audience like both of my style models featured below, so the audience appeal spreads out to a larger quantity.<br />I used a diverse range of font styles in order to nurture the tastes of different people I'm aiming for and to also use certain words as signposting & manipulating the readers way of looking at the page. Using large bold writing in order to grab the eye of the reader and make them focus directly of that feature first of all just like NME and Q have done in their front covers. The use of binary oppositions is conventionally used to direct the audience to looking at that certain headline first to engage them.<br />The layout of my magazine includes lots of sharp pointy geometric shapes that I used to create a sophisticated and professional look about my magazine. In some aspects, if overused can become un-inviting and can hinder on the friendly ‘feel’ that a music magazine should give off if they want the target consumer to buy it. I decided to make the font of my title curvy and all lower-case lettering with an iconic symbol cleverly replacing the ‘d’ which conveys the theme of the magazine, a binary opposite to the rest of the magazine by being informal compared to the more sophisticated layout of the rest of my magazine.<br />
1<br />The codes and conventions followed through existing products which attract and engage the target consumer effectively have helped me to draw inspiration and create my own version of a similar style as my target audience are Q and NME’s and therefore will be attracted to mine.<br />Title<br />I found the title font of the magazine on www.dafont.com as GrisSans. I felt the title gave the page sophistication and with curvy letters made it an informality and indicated the smart/casual aesthetic that my indie model also represented. As seen as a feature in existing magazines.<br />Background<br />I shot this background from a location around college. I captured a shot that is used lighting cleverly to draw you to the model and rural qualities to convey the grungy area. This is commonly seen in existing magazines to convey the same genre.<br />Model/ costume<br />I asked my model to wear specific clothing that will be neutral but indie to attract a larger group of people. From my initial target audience research i found that my audience wear coats like my model so i made the model dress in this coat in order to offer ideology to the target audience.<br />Colour<br />I used conventional black on light background as a binary opposite to make it easy for the consumer to read. Red is used to draw the attention of the audience to that section as it stands out: this also indicates the importance of the section. Existing products also do this.<br />Advertisement of other products.<br />The magazines with a similar audience to mine use extra advertisement like this picture I have similarly used with the example of NME these are used to make the audience intrigues on more things the provider can supply them with.<br />