FRONT COVER – SIMILARITIES TO CODES ANDCONVENTIONS The front cover I created is similar to real media products in terms of codes and conventions. Firstly the layout is the same; the title, date and positioning statement are at the top, it contains a mid shot of a posed person using direct address and this image is surrounded by sub lines and text. Also similar to a magazine the price, date, issue number, barcode and price are all pictured bottom right, the barcode is vertical which is similar to real life magazines as it allows more room for images and text. Real life magazines also follow rules such as using buzzwords, I included one in my front cover to create a more realistic look. I followed the colour scheme convention, (3-4 colours, generally primary), and I used blue, yellow and red, as I noticed red is used a lot on magazine covers.
FRONT COVER – CHALLENGED FORMS ANDCONVENTIONS In terms of the codes and conventions of a magazine front cover I followed the majority of them, however I broke a few conventions. I didn‟t follow the convention of having a unique font on my title that is different than other text aspects. I realise this is quite an important convention as it creates a brand identity, however I tried to keep the text simple. The title I created also slightly covers the facial aspect of the main picture and the person pictured is not a “well known” person, which would be used in a music magazine. The actual stories I created are also not very ambiguous e.g. “A-levels and GCSE‟s”, this may not attract the reader to that particular story.
FRONT COVER – CHANGED ASPECTS FROMPLAN We produced the finished product on Photoshop, which meant we had to learn how to use this new form of media and a few things on my original plan had to be changed e.g. the clocks in each of the T‟s in the title „Timetable‟. I had originally done this to create a unique look for the title like on real magazines, which would be repeated on the contents page. The photograph I took for the main image also had to fit to the size of the canvas, however I couldn‟t fill all the canvas without there being room for text without it completely overlapping the facial aspect of the image, this is different to the codes and conventions of real life magazines as their main image fills the entire background of the cover.