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Deconstruction of music magazines

  1. 1. Deconstruction of music magazines<br />Anna Loyns<br />
  2. 2. Deconstruction of front covers<br />
  3. 3. ‘Q’ magazine<br />the main feature within the magazine is made obvious to the audience. As well as the anchoring image of the band, 'Take That', the large black text at the upper right hand side of the cover. Moreover, the play on words of a song from the band, 'back for good' is also an enticing factor, particularly towards the fans of the band. This allows the audience to instantly recognise the magazine's contents.<br />although the title of the magazine is partially covered by the main image, it is in no way undermined. In fact, the recognisable colours, and the logo'd title, allows the audience to immediately understand the magazine's title, by viewing the associated red colour and font of the magazine. The fact that the title is partially covered creates a sense of fluency within the cover, adding greatly to the overall presentation<br />A neat, crisp presentation is used within the cover, creating a more mature, sophisticated tone. The use of red, black and white as the common colour theme allows the presentation of the magazine to appear tidy and fresh. This also allows the other colours within the page to stand out, as they are also important parts of the magazine. This green colour is used to promote the inclusion of successful band, 'Green day', and 'Q awards'. The green colour is certainly deliberate in getting the attention of the audiences, thusly persuading them to buy the magazine. <br />The magazine possesses the typical conventions in which other co-existing magazines hold. This includes. This includes the barcode, which informs the audience with general information such as the price of the magazine, and issue release date<br />An important thing to recognise is the image which is placed central, covering nearly the entirety of the page. This allows the image to become the focal attention of the audience. The fact that they are each wearing back clothing allows them to contrast against the white background. Moreover, each member of the band, 'Take That' are engaging with the 'Gaze'. This is rather enticing to the audience, attracting them more to the image. Moreover, as the image partially covers the title of the magazine, is allows it again to appear one of the most important features within the magazine cover. <br />The magazine is successful in using extra features as a means of attracting the audience. It also allows the audience to be aware that although 'Take That' is the main focus of this issue, there is much more to the magazine.<br />
  4. 4. ‘NME’ magazine<br />The front cover has maintained a constant, recognisable colour scheme to the magazine. In using red, black and white, it allows the audience to familiarise themselves with the logo of the magazine, thus attracting them to it. Moreover, the colour scheme seems neat and crisp, creating a presentable, effective tone, in which will entice the target audience. The colours work effectively with one another, allowing each to stand out, again, attracting the reader. The cover is successful in using the limited range of colours, yet making them beneficial to the cover, and each are bold colours<br />The title of the magazine, though partially covered, is in no way undermined, and does not alienate the viewer. The recognisable colours and font is itself a clear logo to the magazine, and suggests that the title doesn't have to be completely clear for the audience to familiarise themselves with it. The fact that such colours are echoed throughout the products allows it to find some sort of symmetry, appearing very attractive and professionally. <br />The image used is large, covering almost the entirety of the page. This stresses its importance to the magazine, and giving the audience information on the contents of the magazine. The significance of the icon is further emphasised by it's positioning, half covering the title of the magazine. This allows the cover to flow well. again, bringing about neat presentation which will appeal to the audience. An important thing to recognise is that the editing of the image allows it to fit in with the background, <br />The text within the cover is used appropriately, particularly in illustrating the main image of the band, The last shadow puppets'. The use of bold white text announcing the artists involved with the band, attracts the audience. As they are well known figures within the music industry, already being in successful bands, it will persuade the audience to want to purchase the product. Moreover, the red bold text stating the name of the band is used as a means to anchor the topic. The article is, after all, on the formation, and merging of two great artists. <br />The cover contains the typical codes and conventions, including the positioning of the title and the image, both of which are significant elements of magazine front covers. Moreover, the inclusion of the bar code on the bottom right hand side of the cover, fives the audience additional information such as the issue release date, and the price<br />
  5. 5. ‘NME’ continued<br />Although the focal attention of the magazine is the article surrounding the new band, 'The last shadow puppets' the magazine is successful in further enticing the audience by releasing further information on what else is within  the magazine, advertising the special features to attract the reader<br />The additional information on the left hand side of the cover is successful in that it doesn't reveal too much of the contents so that the audience is already aware, in fact, quite the opposite. It uses subtle references to what  the topic is about, making people want to read on; attracting them. <br />
  6. 6. ‘KERRANG’ magazine<br />The presentation this magazine cover seems chaotic, and deliberate in being so. This is relative to the target audience, teenagers. It is fitted to its audience enormously, because it's not tidy, and it's not neat. However, in saying this, the cover still remains organised in that it is divided in sections; very efficient for the audience. <br />The second largest piece of text is the heading reading, "Rocks new hotshots you me at six doing it their way" The use of two colours, yellow and white, each contrasting the black background, is certainly an attracting factor. The largest of the text, of course being the title of the band 'You me at six'. This instantly allows the audience to recognise the main feature of the contents. The brief description is enough to entice the audience without giving too much of the article away. <br />The title of the magazine, though partially covered, is instantly recognisable. The iconic cracked font of the text, and the black and white theme allows the audience to familiarise themselves with the magazine. It almost seems modest, in that the title doesn't have to be entirely on show for the audience to understand what magazine it is. <br />An added feature in which 'KERRANG' magazine features is the 'free posters'. This is a persuasive factor, making the audience want to purchase the magazine because of its freebees; something magazines such as 'NME' and 'Q' rarely offer. This allows the magazine to stand out form it's competition. The use of the images, advertising the free posters are placed again, chaotically, yet, fittingly. <br />The main image on the page, is indeed the largest. This allows it to become to focal attention of the page, and for the audience to be enticed by it. Moreover, the fact that it partly covers the title highlights the significance of the image. The image is central and covers nearly the entirety of the page, again, echoing it's important role within the product. The icons within the image are very fitting to the magazine itself, maintaining this black colour scheme. This seems presentable and organised, allowing it to fit greatly. <br />Moreover, the advertisement of further inclusions within the magazine will entice the audience, with the names of certain bands the magazine will contain.<br />
  7. 7. ‘KERRANG’ continued<br />The magazine is successful in using images as a means of enticing the audience, particularly whilst advertising a 'free poster special' This is very efficient. When audiences browse through the magazines, it will be the images that attract them, and the freebees that the magazine offers, thus making ‘KERRANG’ a very appealing magazine. <br />'KERRANG' magazine uses the typical codes and convention of co-existing music magazines. This includes the barcode at the bottom right hand side of the magazine cover. This barcode includes general information for the audience, such as the price, and the date of the issue release. <br />
  8. 8. Deconstruction of contents pages<br />
  9. 9. ‘Q’ contents page<br />The main image takes up a large amount of space within the contents. This is very attractive to the audience, and will draw their attention.<br />The background is white. This allows the contents page to seem fresh, and far from complicated. It work well with the large image, managing not to clash.<br />The contents page is split into sections, making it very much presentable and neat. This is very efficient for the reader if they want to quickly find an article.<br />Clear headings indicate to the reader what the magazine contains. It is very simplistic.<br />Typically, the contents page includes information on each article, briefly describing the topic, and the page to find it on. This again is very efficient<br />The contents finds symmetry with itself and he front cover. Particularly in terms of the colour scheme, using the same red, white and black colours as it did in the front cover. This creates fluency within the product.<br />The contents page is far from chaotic, using just one large image, and a small image, placed at the bottom of the page.<br />
  10. 10. ‘NME’ contents page<br />A colour scheme of black, white and yellow is clearly demonstrated. This allows the contents age to seem exciting, as well as presentable.<br />The contents page is very much appealing. And certainly entices the audience’s attention.<br />The information is split by sub-headings. This, again is beneficial for the reader if they are searching for a particular topic. <br />The use of the large image is attractive, and draws the attention of the reader. The image is anchored by the bold, black text in which illustrates the article.<br />The colour-scheme and presentation seems rather mature, yet far from bland. The colour used are bold and attractive, and the presentation is efficient to read. <br />The contents page finds symmetry with the front cover, using the same colour scheme. This is both recognisable to the audience, and very much presentable. Far from chaotic, yet from boring. <br />The use of advertisement for subscription is also very clever. Though it is placed at the bottom, the bold colours and contrasting text allows it to attract the attention of the reader.<br />
  11. 11. ‘KERRANG’ contents page<br />A colour scheme of black, white and yellow is clearly demonstrated. This allows the contents age to seem exciting, as well as presentable.<br />The large image clearly indicates the more important article within the issue, allowing the audience to instantly recognise this.<br />The use of many images within this contents page is a feature the other two magazines lack. The images, here, are certainly attractive, and are placed in a way that doesn’t over-clutter the page. It appears very presentable. These images are also anchored by text, illustrating what the article is about, the page number it is on. <br />Much like, ‘NME’, ‘KERRANG’ uses sub-headings to further clarify where each article is placed. This saves time for the reader to search. <br />The contents page is split into sections, making it much easier for the audience to read.<br />The use of the white background seems fresh and crisp, particularly behind the colourful images used.<br />