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Deconstructing three double page spreads

  1. 1.  General layout- There is only one main image featured in on this double page spread- it takes up one page entirely to emphasize the importance of the artist Lana Del Rey and to indicate she is the main focus of the article. The size of this image suggests that this is probably the most significant article within the magazine. On the double page spread there are three relatively small columns, with the main image being the centerfold of the article. By separating the text format into three different columns it allows the reader to navigate the page easier and makes the information within easier for them to digest and absorb. The first column is largest in font sizing and the ‘eye puller’ to first gain the attention of the reader. The way Lana Del Rey is described in it as ‘looking demonic’ and ‘blood running down her forehead’ is a shock factor used to engage the audience, drawing them to read the rest of the columns. Because the font sizing is large on the primary column it makes it impossible to avoid or miss being an instant attention grabber. The text columns take up ¾ of the image less page with the drop cap ‘S’ taking up the remaining ¼ on the left side of that page, with the main column being placed directly underneath it. The overall color scheme of the page consists of pale tones such as whiteand blue with black used on darker elements like the text. Text Elements- The body of the text columns all incorporate the same font style, this indicates to the reader that they are visually connected to one another and are related to the same theme. There is no feature headline nor kicker used in this specific article yet a drop cap has been employed, overly emphasized to be the main focus to attract the readers attention to this article, the prominent ‘S’ stands out so much to the extent that it is impossible for the audience to ignore it. Having a single letter by itself portrays a mysterious element, the identity of this letter is unknown and this may encourage the reader to view the article to find out the meaning of it. The drop cap has used the same font as the body of text which immediately creates a direct link between that and the writers of the article. This has been used by the writers to subconsciously create a connection between the text elements, without the readers realizing. All of the text remains in black, this relates nicely to the dark, gothic style that has been chosen for this particular article. Having it in black may also keep a sophisticated sense, showing that this has been produced at a professional standard and it looks good when printed on the page. The way the text has been positioned on the spread indicates its level of importance, therefore the drop cap is highest as it is the first thing the reader will notice, with the main body of text lower as that will be what they will progress on to view. The color of the text is black, this is used to relate to the artist chosen area of music, if a more brighter palate was used then this wouldn’t communicate very well with Lana Del Rey’s focus on indie/alternative scene. It also gives a serious tone to the article relating that the main focus is on the artist, their interview and the music they produce- nothing else will be included. There are no pull quotes, headers, further images or side bars that may disrupt the text in any way, this reminds the reader that they will be able to navigate their way through the article without having to break or pause to glance at something else. Graphical Furniture- The only image that relates to this article in any form is the main image, this provides clear meaning about what the main focus is as the readers can clearly distinguish upon whom this article is revolving around. The feature relates how Lana rose to power in the music scene and how she has defied critics to get the position and achievements as a top music artist in the industry. The writers have placed ‘Lana Del Rey’ in the top right hand corner of the second page of the double spread, this will make it easier for the reader to locate the article when browsing through the magazine to find it. The masthead magazine logo is used on the bottom right hand corner besides the page number on the spread which coveys the idea that the reader is being reminded about the infamouity of the magazine which emphasizes its popularity, it may also give a sense that they are copywriting the article as it wont be present in any other music magazine. There is a page number located at the bottom right hand corner of the magazine to help the reader navigate, however there are no more unique logos, graphical points etc. Tone – The magazine’s register is presented in a very formal tone, as it takes the reader through some of Lana’s tough experiences claiming to fame in music, its almost written in a biographical sense as if the writer is telling her story rather than herself. The first paragraph substitutes for the lack of a kicker and really sets the scene for what the article is about, the mysterious quality of it will be explained once the audience begins to read the feature fully.
  2. 2. Images – This particular article only uses one main image which entirely fills the left page of the double page spread, the sizing of itis ridiculously large, clearly referencing to its immediate importance and of the artist it is showing. It displays the alternative artist LanaDel Rey engulfed in a very gothic background of black and deep blue mist, her body is not identifiable with the camera focusingsolely on her face and neckline, capturing the emotions and expression they were after. Three of her fingers are alsoviewable, giving the impression she is clawing at her neck or is postured in an erotic, promiscuous manner. The style of photographyused is entirely for a very personal close up shot of the artist, for expression only, with the contrast on the image itself being altered asif she is dissolving or being consumed by the darkness that surrounds her. Although this has easily been done as a studio shoot, theway the photographer has altered the original image suggests a location shoot would not have satisfied the look they were aimingfor so careful editing on the computer has gained this (the supernatural feel of the picture would have been hard to replicate in arealistic environment) The lighting is extremely dark and murky yet Lana’s identity is identifiable, although readers unfamiliar with herwork may be unable to relate to who she is. The makeup on her skin is a very natural tone yet the heavy black around her eye lineperceives the darkened tone of the article, there is no costume/clothes available to view on the artist, adding to the mysteriousoutlook to this spread. The image minuses any other additional props further referencing that the writer wants the audience to focuson the artist entirely and nothing else. With it being a studio orientated shot with unusual qualities it relates to the theme of the musicmagazine, Lana Del Rey may not be as heavy in the industry as other artists featured in rival magazines like NME and Kerrang, but Qtend to focus on upcoming or rising artists, she still has a large fan base and the writers may want to honor that by making her thefeature article, whilst also introducing others to her line of music which is a line of their publishing to feature those who arent as wellknown. There are no captions accompanying this photograph.
  3. 3. General layout- The double page spread is dominated by the large blown up image of the rap artist Nicki Minaj which occupies literally a fullpage and overflows onto the remaining one. She’s looking directly at the reader and because of her size on the page it is clear to assume she isthe most important figure of the article and who it is focused upon. The large image is eye catching and appeals to the readers whom might takeinterest in reading the feature. On the double page the text itself is separated into a controlled numbered format, the first column is anintroductory paragraph about the article with the remainder of the columns being composed of questions and the answers Nicki has gave tothem. The text format moves around the image of the artist and occupies the areas it cannot fill, this provides the sense that this is the mostsignificant article and that the writers have attempted to get as much information about the artist they can to fulfill the interest of their audiences.The color scheme has been portrayed as a girly theme with black and pink being the major, whilst the image conveys zebra prints which furtheremphasizes ghetto female glamour indicating the article will appeal to more the female audiences although males may be interested as thepage focuses on a sexual female stereotype.Text Elements-The feature headline to the article and the body of text beneath each incorporate the same style of font, with large pink boldletters used for the beginnings of the more important sentences and to highlight the numbers of her ‘Gospel’, which relates to the name of thefeature which the artist Nicki believes is her point to plan for a better life, the use of stand out colors easily identifies to the audience which are themain areas of the spread they want to focus upon as it has the most interesting information within and so naturally attracts them to view theseparts first over the rest of the feature. This is a sell technique as if the readers are viewing the important areas first they are twice as more likely toenjoy the article as they are observing the relevant parts of the interview over the introductory paragraphs so may be more prompted topurchase the product. Combining the same style of font in the main headline and text relates to the idea they are visually connected to oneanother and the readers will identify the texts are related to one another. The kicker has the same style of font as what is used within the text, thisinforms the reader of what will be focused upon in the feature but also allows them to identify the writer of the article and the photographer whotook the images which are presented in it, creating a direct but fairly personal link between the audiences and the creators of the interview theyare reading. Although un -doubly the reader will fail to recognize this, the writer used this connecting method so although the reader isn’tnecessarily aware and consciously thinking over it, there is a subtle connection between the elements in the texts. The text is a combination of abright, in your face candy floss pink for the headline and for major letters on important elements within the article and the remainder is black togive a sophisticated feel to the feature. Pink and black easily demonstrates what will be focused upon is in relation to the female rap music Nickicreates, as this is a popular color choice within that industry and is nearly always incorporated onto her album/single covers. Yet the blacksuggests she is taking a mature approach to the feature and that her answers will be truthful and honest as if she wants the public to know thereal her and not the aggressive rapper she sometimes portrays herself to be in her line of music. This can help the reader to relate to her more as anormal, genuine down to earth woman. Black also incorporates a professional approach to the article and looks good when presented on thepage. The text elements have been placed in an ascending order with the most important placed highest assuring it will the first the reader willlook at. The kicker has been place directly underneath the main headline of the feature, as it will be viewed by the audience before they readthe article itself. Kickers encourage the reader to keep reading on, they usually include interesting information or directly address then in a chattystyle, so therefore it is normally placed high up on the page ensuring it will not be overlooked and is visible to read, with the main body of textplaced lower as this is generally the last element which will attract the readers attention. The way text is ordered on a double page spreaddetermines the way in which it will be intended to be read, in this case the way I have described it above – Headline, kicker, main body of text.The font is fairly average, most of it is presented in a bold lettering, this may emphasize the changes Nicki has went through and that she wantsher words to stick with the audience so they won’t make the mistakes she has. Bold can indicate how passionate she is about what she does (i.e.her music), it means a lot to her and she wants everyone to know how strong that feeling is within her. Unlike most hip hop related articles theblack may suggest how mature she is as a female solo artist compared to others on the scene who may be more naïve, Nicki wants people totake her seriously. Although the pink indicates she still wants the register of her music to be identified (pink is used frequently amongst femalerappers) and also provides a girly, welcoming feel to the article.
  4. 4. In the main body of text, it displays many other graphical furniture such as numbers relating to Nicki’s ‘Gospel’ and a kicker whichhighlights a major part of her interview, breaking down the text. This separates the articles points away from each other, allowing thereader to view it in sections, with main points (such as what is used in the kicker) as an attempt to interest them even more as it is giving apreview of what they expect to read.Graphical Furniture - There is only one image included on the double page spread that relates to the article in anyway, which is theone of the rapper Nicki Minaj, this emphasizes the meaning of the feature as the readers can clearly identify which artist it is focusedupon. It details the hardships Nicki has endured to get to the position she holds in this current day, and her words are presented in anumbered format as she explains the do’s and don’ts people should follow for a ‘perfect’ life on this earth. In the bottom right of themagazine the page number is printed beside the name of the music magazine, this helps the reader easily navigate the pages to findwhat they are looking for (i.e. this article from the contents page) and the recurring theme of placing the cover masthead on the articlereinforces the idea they are copywriting this interview and that it will be present in no other rival companies product.Tone and Register - The tone of the article is done in a very casual sense, although we get the impression the writer isn’t addressingthe reader directly, the layout its placed in with Nicki answering NME it feels as if the audience is in the room with them whilst itsconducted so does include them in a sense. The kicker refers to Nicki Minaj as a deity or god as if what she says is commandments of thelaw, this may please some of her more mainstream followers who look up to her as an inspiration of her genre and time. The articlefocuses on how Nicki believes we should all live our lives, following a set of rules that will guarantee we avoid trouble and leaves ushappy, incorporating some of her real life experiences she wants us to avoid. Basically describing how these helped her develop hermusic career and how anything is possible if we believe. She also describes how she wants to be an inspiration to the generation wholistens to her musicImages – This double page spread feature only includes one main image (of the rap artist Nicki Minaj) which has been blown up tolarge proportions, covering half of the right hand page and overflowing onto the adjoining page. The size indicates its overall importanceand how relevant the music artist is to the article, it conveys the sense they are what it is focused upon therefore they deserve therecognition and for the audience to immediately be able to identify who the feature is revolving around. The shot is of Nicki Minaj aworldwide famous female rap artist, dressed in a typical ghetto costume (zebra prints, large, bold colorful jewelry) which is typicallyassociated with her line of music, staring directly at the camera and therefore the reader to instantly gain their attention. The style ofimage selected is a close up shot of the facial expression and posture of the model, this signifies the photographer wanted to gainaudience attraction through the way they have placed them. Nicki’ body language and emotions have a demanding, authorative lookand this may be what appeals the reader to the feature, as if she is commanding them to look at her and therefore the interview. There isa constant pink and white color theme running throughout the spread, this relates heavily towards the artwork colors Nicki significantlychooses for her albums as many of them work with a recurring pink and black palette, the scheme used here relates directly to her andher music, identifying with her fans and other familiar with her line of work. The lighting of the image is under the normal expectations ofwhat one would relate to as a studio shoot, you can clearly see who the artist is and the reader will be able to recognize who they aremore easily. The makeup palette used on the artist Nicki is very heavy with much emphasis on her lips and eyes to give her a madeup, dolled look. There are no additional props used in this article as everything is focused upon the artist. The images were clearlyprepped and take in a studio based shoot with no added captions to the photo.
  5. 5.  General Layout- There are several images included in this particular double paged spread, one blown up large central one that occupies most of the right hand page with three additional snap shots separated from the main attraction by a single column. The size of the center photo indicates its importance on the page and suggests this is probably the most significant article within this magazine. On the left hand page of the spread there are four text columns, spaced from each other by pull quotes and other major information to the audience (i.e. a table predicting how much the movie will gross in the box office), with the vast majority of the feature focusing upon the images taken directly from the movie. The text columns are placed halfway down the page to give room to the title and kicker. The overall color scheme revolves around basic shades of black and white. Text Elements - The feature headline and the main body of text each incorporate the same bold, direct font style as one another, this connects them visually, identifying to the audience they are related and coincide so they will be able to see the idea they are related in context. The kicker has the same font as the text, although slightly less bolder in color, this may be because although it is important in gaining audience interest it still isn’t as attractive as the feature headline, however it does not contain the essential information of who wrote the article or who provided the images (in this case they were direct shots from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie and distributed by) All of the text is in the same black font, keeping with a very professional and sophisticated look to the article, as this is a review it should come across direct in nature and extremely formal, this way the writer get there opinions across more easily as they are meaning what they say and want that took on board before the audience sees this film. This movie article is very similar to a music as the way the text has been positioned indicates its relevant levels of importance, the higher it is the more major. The kicker is directly located underneath the feature headline as this is what the audience will be reading before the diverge into the article as a whole. Kicker’s are distributed to engage and attract the reader to continue looking at the spread by containing often witty information, therefore it is placed highest enough to enable it clearly visible to view. The font is very direct and mature, this is due to it being a movie review therefore the writer has deemed a professional mannerism so the audience will take the opinions disclosed seriously rather then mockingly. The color of the text is black adding a sleek established effect to the spread, as if a bright color palette had been incorporated then the reader may not take the nature of this review seriously and wouldn’t relate to the topic being discussed. This in turn conveys meaning as the audience will be able to immeditally relate to the serious tone and know the spread is about nothing but the movie review. Tone and Register- The tone to the magazine is very formal, the writer addresses the reader more like a business partner, as if they are reverberating vital details that need to be taken seriously (in this case the opinions regarding the Pirates of the Carriibean movie) The kicker ‘Talk, lots of talk’ references to the chatty personality and his gossipy persona of the titular character Captain Jack Sparrow, fans of the other two films may find this funny.
  6. 6.  Graphical Furniture-There is one main image that references to the article with three smaller less significant shots accompnying it, this further adds to the meaning of the double page spread as the reader can easily identify what movie is being reviewed within the article. The article relates to one of the more recent Pirates of The Carribean movie franchise sequels ‘At Worlds End’, which the film critic is focusing upon. This article lacks in a magazine logo and at the bottom corner there is a page number so the reader can easily navigate their way throughout the magazine.