Challenging forms and conventions… As you can see on the left I have challenged forms and conventions by intertwining the main cover image with the swirls. This is unusual as the cover shots for magazines are not classically cut up and layered behind other images. If this is ever done it is simply layering mastheads or strap lines over the image, not making an outside image become part of the main sell. The swirls themselves are challenging conventions as backgrounds on magazines are not usually superimposed and if they are it is more often to forge the actual placement of the subjects (e.g. place the subject over a shot of a beach to make you think they were actually there). In my case I have just made it look like the subjects are standing within a hand drawn swirl. Yet another way in which the hand drawn elements of the cover challenge forms and conventions are by having the masthead included within them. The name “IN-D” is shown in the drawing. On reflection this may have been a mistake as it is not noticeable enough for a masthead. Overall I think my use of hand drawn images to challenge conventions worked as it connotes ruggedness and armature qualities which is what I was aiming for.
My contents also challenged forms and conventions by yet again using the swirl and intertwining it with other images. Other than this it also shows very little order connoting unorganisation. The contents also breaks conventions in its overall theme. It is not set out like a page in a magazine, it is set out like a notice board or desk with printed text placed on top. The use of the script font on the piece of paper also breaks convention as traditionally in magazines everything is set out to look how it is and that is a print document. However I have chosen to make mine look handmade connoting authenticity and individuality as well as armature qualities.
My double page spread conforms well to general standards in most aspects e.g. the article is written in the recognised format of four columns and it starts with a larger letter. The only part of my double page spread that slightly challenges forms and conventions is the large picture on the right. This goes against the norm as it has had an effect added to the back ground. I put the picture in Photoshop and added a radial blur to the backdrop. This is unusual for a magazine image and more related with poster images however I feel it has worked well and people have commented on how it connotes professionalism and although I was going for an grubby, indie mise en scene it is good that the magazine would be recognised as a reputable publication.