Research task 3A:
Front cover analysis
The masthead is positioned in the
top left hand corner specifically
because this is the hotspot.
Meaning readers will instantly be
attracted and drawn in.
Furthermore, the masthead is
coloured in bright red as this will
further capture attention.
Additionally, the masthead is
covering part of the main image.
This is to portray its dominance
The main image displays a close up shot. This is effective because it is large and
attractive to the readers. Also, the model is Cheryl Cole meaning ‘Q’ have used
celebrity endorsement. This further encourages readers to purchase the magazine
because they would more than likely be interested in a celebrities lifestyle etc.
Furthermore, she is making direct
address with the reader. This is so
the front cover appears more
personal towards readers.
The colour scheme is of white,
black and red. The connotations of
these colours portray a sense of
seriousness which can perhaps
imply the magazine is factual and
targeted at older people.
The layout of this front cover is very
stereotypical as it is a common set
up in regards to where features are
positioned. Meaning this magazine
supports codes and conventions of
front covers of music magazine. For
example, the cover lines are located
along either side with the main one
in much larger font. Even though the
layout is predictable it is still
effective because the front cover is
appealing. This is because it is not
too busy or crowded.
The skyline is also very attractive
and enticing for readers because
it describes this magazine to be
‘UK’s biggest’. This encourages
readers to purchase the
magazine because they believe
they are receiving and exclusive