Main ImageThe main image of my music magazineis placed in the center of the page as it is the main feature of the page. Thesubject of the image is holding a guitar which will attract my target audience of musically-interested young-adults. My subject is wearing an off-the- shoulder top, messy hair and has eye- contact with the reader, which will, again, attract my target audience as youths stereo-typically go through a rebellious phase.
Selling LineThe selling line that I have used for my music magazine is a music-related quote from one of my featured bandsand will draw in my target audience. The word “lifestyle”is in capital letters and therefore stands out on the pageand attracts the eye of my potential consumers and also highlights how passionate my featured bands are about music.
Lead ArticleMy lead article ties-in with my main imageas it shows text-image cohesion and both are large and centered on the page, this will immediately attract my potentialbuyers as it provides a decent amount ofinformation about the lead article of the magazine.
Cover Lines The cover lines of my music magazine are in a variety of different colours and font sizes, this creates a fun and disorganised feel, which will be attractive to my rebellious target audience of young adults.
The Left ThirdThe left third of my front cover containsa lot of information about the magazineand it’s contents. I feel that my left thirddevelops usual magazine conventions asit includes an image as well as text. This is not a common factor of the left third yet I feel that it works well here as it attracts a potential buyers gaze via colour and shape.
House Style For the house style of my magazine, as well as using the more plain colours of black, gray and white, I decided to use navy blueand bright pink. This is not a usual convention of music magazines as they tend to use colours that are not gender-specific as not to favour a particular gender. I have chosen these colours as they appeal directly to both males and females rather than not directing a gender at all.
Price and Barcode I have followed the usual musicmagazine convention by placing my price and barcode at the bottomright corner of the front cover. Thisis done as it is most likely to be the last place on the page that a potential buyer will look at.
Masthead The masthead of my music magazine is centrally placed at the top of thepage as it is the first thing that I want my target audience to buy. The name ‘Bad Obsession’ would be attractive to my target audience as it has negative connotations, which teenagers/ young adults are stereotypically linked with; the word ‘Obsession’ suggests that my music magazine is so good that it is capable of becoming an obsession and I think that this would intrigue a potential buyer. My main image overlaps and covers part of my masthead and, much like popular music magazines such as theRolling Stone, this shows that the magazine is so well known that when thefull masthead is not shown, the target audience still knows which magazine it is.
Pull Quote I decide to incorporate the pull quote “This is going to kill me” as it shows one of my featured artists in crisis and the severity ofthe quote would interest my target audiencethus making them more inclined to purchase my magazine. My pull quote is typical of a music magazine as it is dramatic and interesting.
PlugI have followed media conventions by adding a plug to my music magazine. By advertising the fact that my magazine incorporates asection about the top 10 albums of 2011, my target audience willbecome instantaneously interested as the section is based on good quality music only.
Kicker My kicker shows one of my featured bands as they ‘take on the music awards’. This would be particularlyinteresting to my musically-interested target audience as it shows which oftheir favourite bands/artists have won awards for their music. This is an annual event therefore the article is not a regular occurrence thus making people more likely to purchase my magazine.
This is thecontents page of my music magazine.