Contents Page: Analysis

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Analysis of XXL, Record Collector and Rock Sound's contents pages.

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Contents Page: Analysis

  1. 1. Colour scheme – From the front cover, the colour scheme stays the same. The masthead and some other text features are red on the cover but only the dash on the masthead is highlighted in red on contents page. Black is also carried over from the theme of the front cover. Even though only very little of the text on the front is black the whole photo is shot in black and white and it has flowed to the contents are borders and font colour.
  2. 2. Text – The text on the contents page is very simple and quite small, in size and quantity this is appropriate to the target audience and then contents page focuses on the photos rather than the writing, which appeals to the audience.
  3. 3. Images – The images on this contents page do not stay within social conventions. The focus of the photo comes out of the borders in two of the photos. However, the photos are very vibrant which would appeal to the target audience. Layout – The overall layout is quite neat and everything is in boxes. The captions to the photos are next to the photos that they correspond to showing an organised style.
  4. 4. Colour scheme – From the front cover, the colour scheme stays the same. The writing and main text boxes are red on the cover and the headers, page number and the cover story are also highlighted in red on contents page, this is to keep the flow between the front and contents pages. Black is also carried over from the front cover, and used as the alley in between the text and the photos.
  5. 5. Text - The text on the magazine contents page is simple and smart appealing to the target audience as 40+ people wouldn’t want to read a magazine that has large, handwriting like font in bright colours.
  6. 6. Images – The images on the contents page are neat and organised, to appeal more to the older generations (40+). Also, because it is for older generations the photos used are also old photos so they are in black and white. Coloured photos are also used to bring together old classic music and the artists now that they are older. Also the photos are mainly medium close-ups, some medium shots. This follows conventions of normal contents pages.
  7. 7. Layout – The layout is neat and organised, the images are down the right side while the text is down the left giving it an even split. It is a formal layout that will appeal to the target audience. The simplicity of the layout is ideal for older people as they wouldn’t want a messy, confusing layout. Pug – The promotion of a new ‘vinyl’ is fitting to the target audience as the magazine is called ‘Record Collector’ so a CD wouldn’t appeal to this audience.
  8. 8. Colour scheme – From the front cover, the majority of the colour scheme stays the same. The red of the masthead is also used for the page numbers, main headers and the background to the main body of writing. Yellow is also carried over from the front cover; it is used for text boxes on the contents page, and as borders for some images.
  9. 9. Images – The images on the contents page are spaced out and in a not organised manner, this appeals to the target audience (pre-teens and teens) as they would find a more hectic layout more appealing to them. The photos vary between medium close-ups, action shots and full shots. This variation may have been used as younger teens tend to like differences rather than things always staying the same so these different shots would be interesting and more appealing.
  10. 10. Text - The text on the magazine contents page is simple and doesn’t take away from the photos that are the main focus of the pages. Layout – The overall layout of the contents page is hectic and seems to not have much of a organisation, but this may have been used draw attention to the many different features of the page and the magazine.
  11. 11. Pug – The pug is used to promote new bands, this would appeal to the teens that read this magazine as the ‘new bands’ would probably be similar to the other bands that the magazine promotes.

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