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Researchsheet

  1. 1. MS2: Coursework Initial research task on magazines For AS coursework you have to create and design from scratch 2 lifestyle magazine front covers and a double page spread/contents page. You need to decide on the layout, photos, font designs and style of language. To help your research which will inform your production, work through the questions on this sheet. Remember to write detailed responses. 1. Pick 2 magazine titles from your chosen genre (type or category) of lifestyle magazines. A good starting point with links on the web to homepages is Wikipedia. Magazine 1: Magazine 2: 2. Look on the webpage and if you have them, printed versions for both of your chosen magazines. Make detailed notes on the following features of the magazines from the online version and hard copies: Magazine title: Magazine title: What age group(s) do you think the magazine is aimed at & why? How does the price reflect this? What age group(s) do you think the magazine is aimed at & why? How does the price reflect this? Look at the typography and colour of the masthead (title of the magazine). How does it sum up the genre and target its readers? Look at the typography and colour of the masthead (title of the magazine). How does it sum up the genre and target its readers?
  2. 2. MS2: Coursework Note down the dominant colours featured. What connotations do these colours have? Note down the dominant colours featured. What connotations do these colours have? What key features are on the front covers? What is the mode of address? (of both pictures and words) What key features are on the front covers? What is the mode of address? (of both pictures and words) Double page spread research: Read through an interview featured in the magazine. What style is the interview written in (is it formal? Using slang [colloquial] language? How is this appealing to the target audience? Note down examples. Double page spread research: Read through an interview featured in the magazine. What style is the interview written in (is it formal? Using slang [colloquial] language? How is this appealing to the target audience? Note down examples.
  3. 3. MS2: Coursework Photographs – how are these positioned on the double page? What sense of style do they add to the feature pages? Photographs – how are these positioned on the double page? What sense of style do they add to the feature pages? Layout features – What techniques are used that you might use in your designs? Layout features – What techniques are used that you might use in your designs? How are the columns placed? How are the columns placed? Size of the headlines/introductory paragraphs/pull-out quotes/crossheads (words in columns, centered) Size of the headlines/introductory paragraphs/pull-out quotes/crossheads (words in columns, centered)
  4. 4. MS2: Coursework Contents page(s) Contents page(s) Note down layout, size of fonts, use of bold and contrasting fonts. Note down layout, size of fonts, use of bold and contrasting fonts. How many pictures? What size? How is the contents page luring in the reader? How many pictures? What size? How is the contents page luring in the reader? How many articles inside are listed? How many articles inside are listed?

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