What characterizes the rock genre on this magazine front
cover is the dark background and text with a colour that
makes a strong contrast from dark to bright. Black and
red are also very typical when it comes to rock.
The picture of the man is placed in the middle and
because it is a medium longshot we can see his style and
how he is dressed and can easily recognize the rock
The fonts that is used is also very remarkable, especially
the main headline `Guns N` Roses` because of the small
details on each letter.
Each headline is written in a bigger size than the text
under. They give you the main info of what the articles in
the magazine are about and the text under makes you
very curious and makes you want to read about it. Small
buzz words such as “exclusive” is also used on the front
cover. This is to make the audience feel like it is
something special, something you don’t find in every
magazine and makes people feel more involved.
Up in the left corner you can see a note where it says
“FREE CD”. The note stands out cause of its yellow colour
and that its lapping the masthead. This is to attract
people to buy the magazine and is quite a good sales trick.
The sunglasses, the leather west, with his head tiltet to
the side and the chiarosairo lightning gives the man a
`bad boy` look.
The main target for this magazine is clearly
people who likes rock, especially classic rock.
That you can tell both because of the Title of
the magazine and the text of what`s in it. The
layout is also important to show what the
magazine is about. Also here you have strong
contrasts between bright and dark colours.
Unlike maybe a pop magazine, rock
magazines often has very few colours, in this
case its only black, white and red that are
used. The black is often taken from the rock
The black is often taken from the rock image and style
which a rockabilly person would wear. The red colour is
often used to attract the audiences attention.
These colours also makes the layout look very simple, but
at the same time a bit tough, stylish and cool.
The picture of Jimmy Page is centred in the middle of the
page and his head is placed over the masthead.
In addition to that it is placed a text what says “Led
Zeppelin” with big letters right over the picture of
Jimmy, in the middle of the magazine. This show that it is
two big articles in this issue of the magazine. One about
Jimmy and one about Led Zeppelin.
The picture of Jimmy is also edited in a certain way where
his face is half black and half white with a strong
contrast. This may be to represent his music, since rock
music is a mix between soft and rough.
The fonts are repeated and along with the font size it
creates a nice layout and it manages to drag the audiences
sight right where they want it to be. First the most
important and exciting stuff with a big font size and then
the rest written under each headline with a slightly
smaller size. The “FREE CD” note in the left top corner
attracts the audiences attention and is a good way to
make people buy the magazine.
This magazines main target is first of all people that are into
rock music, maybe a bit rougher than normal. It is a clear
contrast between the colours but there are still a good match
and the green colour doesn`t stand out that much.
The picture is in a medium long shot and the person is placed
in the middle with many details such as insects around him.
Everything in the picture is kind of mysterious and the colour
are dark. Because of his long hair and a angry face expression
he gives a impression of darkness and rock. The masthead, title
of the magazine, is written in a big fat font in black with white
letters in the O. This doesn’t make it stand that much out and
the audience will give their attention to what the articles is
The text doesn't really say much and the magazine seem to try
to catch the ones who already are interested in the different
bands they are writing about, rather then to write long and
interesting sentences to make other people read the magazine.
A bit down on the right side there is some text written in black
on a white background, that attracts more attention because of
the contrasts between the colours.
Again, the dominate colour are red, white and black.
The layout give us a retro feeling. This in most
because of the picture of Bruce Springsteen's back,
wearing jeans and a leather jacket and has a guitar
hanging on his back, that are chosen to be in black
and white. All this and because of that he has his
hands in his pockets and his legs from each other this
also represents Bruce Springsteen in a very cool,
slightly bad way.
Many content pages has many small different pictures and
numbers written different places all over the page.
This content page has a very tidy and nice layout. The text
colours are matching the background and the mans clothes.
Everything is black, white and red, and that is colours that are
very known in the rock world. The side numbers and the main
headline are written in red, the headlines are written in a bold
white font and the under text is written in a smaller and thinner
font size than the rest. This keep the layout organized and
makes it easy to read.
The picture is of a man standing bent towards the camera and
the shot is taken a bit above eye level so the person's face and
hand stands in focus. His clothes, the tattoos and the way he act
in front of the camera, with the face expression and the way he
stands, also represents the rock genre.
Even though this content page looks a bit messy you can see
a clear structure. The text is in the first column and in the
second and third there are pictures. The colours goes well
together, as in many other magazines the colours consists of
black, white and one specific colour that is often repeated in
both images and text. This makes the page look more tidy
There are three smaller pictures, two slightly bigger
pictures and one big picture. The size of the pictures is
based on how important the article is. The biggest picture is
placed in the middle of the page and has ` EXCLUSIVE`
written on it. This makes the readers think that this article
is special and are really worth to read.
The main headline in bold letters and in a big font size, so
its easy to see what magazine it is and what it is about.
Down to the left it is an orange rectangle with a green plus
sign on it. Because the background of the box is orange it
attracts the readers sight.
DOUBLE PAGE SPREADS
This double page attracts the viewers attention
immediately because of the big headline and the strong
colours. With the rough layout the magazine seems to
aim more at people who are into rock, especially men,
because of the masculine colours and shapes.
The main headline is in a very big font size and `BACK`
is written in green and is bold.
This highlights what the article is about and the readers
may find it more interesting because it seems more
exclusive when it is added extra effects on some parts of
the headline. Under the main headline you find the
introduction to the text. The band name is written in a
bigger font size at the top in green and are used as a
headline, but is still a part of the text. When you read
the introduction you get a feeling of what the main
article is about and because it ends with `…` it gives a
hint that it is more interesting stuff to read in the
article and that it is a continuation of what we just read.
The band members are covering a whole page and a
small piece of the second one. This could have been done
to make it look like its lesser text. Maybe their target
doesn’t like to read that much, and then a big picture is
a good way to make the text look small. The four band
members are also placed so they form a triangle shape
and are kind of including the audience more.
DOUBLE PAGE SPREADS
Typical rock layout. Black, white and a colour that
stands out. This double page also has a noticeable
sidebar to the right. There you can read about new
MCR tracks, a teaser of what's coming.
In the left upper corner it is placed a textbox with
`NEWS` and `WORLD EXCLUSIVE`. This is to
attract readers and let them know that this is
important and exciting news.
The headline is written in a big, more special font
and attracts the viewers attention quick. It is a pull
quote from the text
Also here it is used a lot of pictures of the band so
we know what the article is about without reading
DOUBLE PAGE SPREADS
This double page spread has a typical layout. Each
page has three columns and a sidebar with background
The main headline is written in a big font size and in a
very retro font. The black background and the black
and white picture, the pink details and the word `
teenage head` makes references to drugs and this
appeal to a young male audience.
The introduction is written in yellow and with a bigger
font size than the actual article and introduces us to
what we are going to read about.
The whole layout is a very retro and old fashioned and
the text is about looking back to music in the 70`s.
In the middle of the two first columns on the second
page there is a picture of a poster of Jefferson Airplane
who was very big back in the old days.