Inspired by XXL Magazine Evaluation Part1 the age of 17I have chosen three young male artist aroundrepresent each page my magazine wearing urban clothes (jacket ,necklace/chains ,hats). This is because the magazine’s target audience mainly young teenagers and adults between the age of 1 to 25.
In what ways does your magazine use, develop and challenge forms and conventions real• media product As you can see from below, I followed the conventions of a magazine and made my mast head huge, red and fiery so that it stands out (its in your face) consequently you can easily remember it just from seeing it once.• I developed the convention by adding a fiery texture to it to make it more attractive• Unlike XXL my masthead dominates the whole upper section • I tried challenging the• My colour usage convention by having three immediately indicates that artist instead of 1-2 artist so it is a hip-hop based that people would get magazine.(Red, black, white attracted to at least one of and grey). the artist even if they do not• I include a bar code on my like the other two. front page because it makes • I followed convention by my magazine look more including the artist name on realistic and professional. I the page. placed it on the bottom left of the magazine like real magazine would to make scanning easier.• Price and issue number are at the top.
contents• On the content page I followed the conventional layout of XXL magazine by having a picture on the left writing on the right and title/mast head on the upper section.• The picture and title gives the content page colour and makes it look less dull and boring whilst the subheading and text below it maintain the content page informative.• I challenged the convention by allowing my artist to pose instead of just looking at the front all the time making it look like a modern day trend.
DPS• Like conventional • I used the phrase magazines I maintained “behind the killa” to the colour scheme from drag the reader in than previous pages so that it having long quote like builds up a reputation of XXL’s. It also supports being this particular ( my usage of writing too. “The silver coloured • My choice of image is magazine” e.g.) one of my artist putting therefore it keeps up his hands on his head popularity, in addition facing away from the to this on a different audience. This gives issue if I make a sudden “police catching change to the colour criminal” type situation. scheme it would make it Consequently this helps the centre of attention. anchor the phrase• I created a banner to “behind the killa” and summarize quickly what rest of the interview. the interview’s about. • Like XXL I used• Floating quotes to hook colloquial language to the reader in. help the audience relate to text and real life.I wrote the main body of text in the form of an interview to get the exact quotes from the “killa” himself and how he feels.I tried challenging the convention by writing my main body of text as a paragraph like a few other magazines I’ve seeninstead of writing it in the conventional column form because personally as an audience to other magazines I have foundto be quite boring to read and too long so I ended up skipping the entire page. Furthermore I used more than one colourfor the font, as a result it look more eye-catching unlike XXL who used just one colour.
How does your media product represent particular social groups?• To represent my particular target social group I have chosen three young male artists around the age of 17. My artist are wearing urban clothing (jacket , necklace/chains and hats). Doing so helps portray and represent this particular social group well because it shows that young adults at the present time dress in this certain way.• I also used colloquial/slang language “hip-hop is on new levelz” to shows that the majority of young adults do not speak formally most of the time. Furthermore in my DPS I used “A* S**T” to also show that they quite often use swear words.• My colour scheme was mainly black and grey instead of it been rainbow colored to show that hip-hop is serious and hard rather than friendly and soft.
What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?• The media institution that will distribute my magazine are video game shops or music shops like HMV, iTunes, Game, corner shops or blockbuster, this is because the majority of my targeted audience regularly visit these kind of shops making it easy and perfect for distribution.• I also found Vibe and XXL to be good distributers of music magazines(80000 magazines a year) but using such institutes would leave me facing a great deal of competition from similar genre magazines.
Who would be the audience for your media product?• My target audience would mainly be young adults especially young males around the age 15-25. This is because I made my language, colour and layout simple and not too sophisticated but kept a serious “hard hip-hop” tone. In addition to this if had made it any more complicated the audience would simple get bored and would not read it.
How did you attract/address your audience?• I looked at numerous magazines and then researched conventions so that I knew what type of things would make a particular magazine popular and attractive.• As you can see from below, I followed the conventions of a magazine and made my mast head huge, red and fiery so that it stands out (its in your face) consequently you can easily remember it just from seeing it once. .Male artist attract some of the female audience.
What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?• From the process of constructing this product I’ve learnt how to use Photoshop effectively to my advantage e.g. (background, font size and colour and general effects like shading and lightening).
Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?• From the preliminary task leading to the real task I have learnt a great deal. This includes thing such as:• Adding colours to my pages• Cropping images• Laying them out so they look better.• In addition to this, I generally learnt how to maintain your magazine and keeping it looking proffesional.
Areas of improves.• I think that I could have improved on colour usage (used more )to show Enovation and originality instead of using the same old black, red and white.• I could have improved a bit on cropping the images.• I could have used a little more camera shots instead of just using medium and close up shots.• I should have maybe used 1 female artist to try to reach out to wider audience like RNB and Pop