House Colours <ul><li>From doing a survey on a site called survey monkey to further analyse my “ideal reader” I decided that my house colours would be Black, White and Purple. Originally the most popular answer to the question “ What are your favourite colours?” was pink, blue and purple. So I decided to use Blue and Purple however when designing my features page, those colours together didn’t look right, I then had to further analyze the answers to my quiz and found that black and white had also been very popular, and when putting Black, white and purple together the magazine looked very effective. My group partner and I decided that although our magazine was meant to be “ fun and frisky” it was aimed at older teenagers and therefore needed to look slightly more sophisticated. This helped us in addition to the survey to change the house colours. </li></ul>Style and Layout <ul><li>When researching other music magazine for example “mojo” I found that most of the features pages were split into three sections featuring three different articles. However when I did further research with another magazine “Q” I found that their feature pages had collages of photos and then the article. I found this very visually interesting and therefore decided to use this layout for my own features page. I decided that using pull quotes would not only let the reader know what they are about to read but also what the artist themselves are about. This gives them an insight into whether this could be a popular artist for them or not. I tried to make my features page look slightly sophisticated but at the same time fun so that it would appeal to my “ideal reader”. I made the images into black and white, to switch things up on the page and make it more visually interesting for my reader. I also decided to make the headings in a larger and different font, and use a double page spread so that the reader could identify what they are reading and how important the feature is. </li></ul>
Typography and Style <ul><li>Throughout our magazine, me and my partner decided to a variety of serif and sans-serif fonts. Our general convention is that we have used a sans-serif font for our headings and a serif font for our subheadings. This was because a sans-serif font creates a bold and stand out effect which we felt was beneficial for our headings, as it catches the readers attention. With the right wording it makes the reader want to read on. As our target audience is a teenage girl, we did not want to use serif fonts for our headings, as this could be slightly too traditional, therefore the articles could be over looked . </li></ul>
Mise en Scene of Images <ul><li>For the front cover of our magazine we decided to use one main image of a male on ours so as to further develop the interests of our “ideal reader”. In order to do this, we researched images of the male figures that we find attractive and looked at various photo shoots that they were in, in order to gain inspiration for our male model. </li></ul><ul><li>For our contents page we decided to re-create a contents page we had found on the internet when researching music magazine contents pages. We were inspired by a photo shoot in “vibe” magazine, where a similar artist to the one we were trying to represent posed very effectively. We decided to take the image from a high angled shot so that she looked vulnerable to the reader. The image is also taken at an angle, with the model looking in a different direction to the camera. We decided to do this because, when we researched other contents pages, the eye line of the model is often looking at an area of the page which is of interest for example, an exclusive. We thought carefully about the lighting in this shot because it needed to have the same effect as the image on “vibe”. Therefore, we used the school drama studio that enabled us the use of various spotlights and scenery to create a professional and believable look. The model in the inspirational shot is wearing minimal clothing but with lilac heels. The shoes were very significant in helping us establish a brand identity for our images. A decision we chose to make was to have our model In more clothing, in order to appeal to our audience but keep the heels to make it sophisticated fun, and someone for the teenage girls to look up to. </li></ul>
Mise en Scene of Images <ul><li>I used a variety of different images for my features page because I wanted it to look visually interesting. My features page is entitled “OLLIE HOLT- this is me” so I wanted every image to show a different side to Ollie's personality. My inspiration for the layout of my features page I came across when flicking through “Q” in order to establish what a features page is meant to look like, what works and what doesn’t work. I decided that the idea of a collage of photos showing Ollie in a relaxed and chatty state would appeal to teenage girls because he becomes an icon that the girls can feed their “school crushes” on. I made sure that throughout the article his love life and general life were talked about frequently because that’s what features in many magazine today. I decided to take pictures of Ollie playing the keyboard and edit them into black and white which is a theme decided by my partner and I that would run through each photo; the main image had to be perfect in order for the audience not to by pass the article. I wanted my model to be wearing headphones to create my mise en scene, in addition I got my model to play the guitar and keyboard in various different shots. He is dressed in normal clothes to show that “once upon a time” he was a normal guy. By doing this I made it clear what the ideology and the genre of my magazine was. </li></ul>
Written Content : mode of address and register <ul><li>As the target audience of my magazine is teenage girls, I first of all thought that if the language was too formal, then my audience would not be interested. Speaking from experience, words I do not understand bore me. I used some slang in order to appeal to my audience, in addition to this I wrote in a colloquial tone in order for my audience to relate to the magazine. In research into my magazines genre, there were many questions that inquire into the celebrities personal life, giving the teenagers an insight into the world of a celebrity- which appears to intrigue them. </li></ul>
Music genre and how your magazine suggests it My partner and I wanted our magazine to be original and meet everyone’s needs. Our inspiration for our magazine was “Q” which is how our magazine came to cater for teenage girls and also has the same genre music style. It follows what’s big at the time. The most obvious way that we have shown this is by the artists featured. Although the models in our magazine are fictional, on the front cover there are references to three of the most talked about artists in the music industry today; Rhianna, Drake and JLS, it is pure coincidence that they are RnB artists. Another way that I have done this is the mise en scene in each photograph. For example, on my features page the “celebrity” featured has props of guitars and amps which suggest that his music genre is indie.