Music magazine cover analysis Masthead - The masthead is the title of the magazine ‘Q’. The title has been put in a red box so that it stands out from the background and doesn’t get lost behind the main image. The title of the magazine must stand out and in this case, as it is very short, it required extra boldness so that it is noticeable and so the red enables the title to contrast and stand out. Selling Line - The selling line is at the very top of the magazine in a black bar with white text. The selling line reads ‘THE UK’S BIGGEST MUSIC MAGAZINE’ the text is in all capitals which makes it stand out even more from the black bar and the text is also extremely confident and convincing to the readers. Having a statement like that would catch anyone’s attention. Main Image - The main image is of the tree band members with the lead singer in front and centred. This highlights the main band member, making the lead singer the main focus. All the band members are wearing complimentary clothes so that they belong and do not clash. The lead singer is however wearing a t-shirt with some extra detail so that he is made to be slightly more bold. The image is a mid shot; this allows all three figures to be apparent and clear in the shot and is close enough to show detail in the image. The lighting of the image not extremely bright as this may not be appropriate for a rock band but has the right balance of highlighting the main areas; face and neck, but also has the right amount of shadow to create a dynamic shot and to give the image an edge.
Music magazine cover analysis Colour scheme - The colour scheme of the magazine is red, green, black and white. The band members are all dressed in monochrome; making them stand out from the coloured background. The colour green is the main background colour and also compliments the band name ‘Green day’. Naturally, seeing the word ‘GREED’ in bold capital letters at the bottom compliments the colour green and makes you drawn instantly. The masthead ‘Q’ is in red making it stand out and red is also the complimentary colour of green on the colour wheel making the colour scheme balanced and pleasing to the eye. All the main text is in red and white, keeping to the colour theme and complimenting the masthead being red and white as well.
Music magazine cover analysis Kicker - Being a music magazine, all the kickers are of band names. This will attract readers as they are informed of all the bands that will be featured in the magazine. The famous bands and names that will be featured in a music magazine is the most competitive field in terms of marketing against other music magazines and so this is usually what magazine readers are interested in and is the first information that the readers would like to know. The main kicker is centred at the bottom and is in large font making it stand out from the rest. The kicker is the band name and this is important as they are the main feature of the issue and so has been highlighted to stand out. Explanatory - The explanatory text consists of quotes from interviews and catchy phrases. Quotes will allow the reader to instantly know that there are interviews inside the magazine and also allows the reader to feel connected to the interviewee. There are also many direct pieces of text such as ‘ THEY’RE BACK.LET’S ROCK’ ; this allows the readers to become engaged and draws more attention as the audience is made to feel exclusive and personal. There is also a button on the front cover showing an album review to let the readers know of a newly released album and so that it stands out as the text is placed in a framed square. Font - There are no more than three types of fonts used, following the rule of front covers and ensuring that the cover does not become over cluttered as this will appear to be messy and unprofessional. All the formal text is in a serif font making the text look formal and the rest is in a sans serif font giving a more informal feel to the text.