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Question 1

  1. 1. Forms and Conventions QUESTION 1 In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  2. 2. Masthead Secondary Lead Selling Line Banner Feature Article Photo Headline Graphic feature with Plug Menu Strip Bar Code Date Line with price Anchorage (quote) Mise-en-scene Direct mode of address Kickers FRONT COVER
  3. 3. The masthead is in the top left of the magazine which is an important convention on front covers. I used the rule of thirds so that my eyes were positioned in the top middle section of the front cover. This is a common convention seen in many magazines. I made sure their was a flow of text around the head, but left the middle section text free. This emphasises the rose, and balances the colours. The colours are also balanced because there is the use of red in each section of the front cover. The anchorage links to the feature article photo because it was based on a Pop artist. This refers to breaking “the label: Indie Rock”.
  4. 4. My magazine challenges the forms and conventions of real media products. One of them being that my bar code is placed in the top left third of the front cover. This is an unusual place for a bar code on a front cover, they are usually placed in the bottom left or right, however it works well with my overall page layout. My bar code, however, contains the month and year that the magazine was released, along with the price, which is seen on most bar codes. As you can see from these bar codes, they are usually placed in the bottom left or right of the front cover.
  5. 5. My magazine uses some forms and conventions of real media products. One of the being that the masthead is placed in the top left of the front cover; it is also the biggest font on the page. This is seen in almost ALL magazine front covers. I made sure there was a balance of text on both sides. This is because the majority magazines are balanced when it comes to the front cover. I also tried to make the text flow around the face so that the feature article photo was not disrupted by any text; almost all magazines never put text over a models face. Emphasis of Imagine Dragons band merchandise because of the silver grey plug.
  6. 6. I also had colour influence on my front cover. I used the red colour, from the rose, throughout my magazine. This is because red is a colour widely associated with Indie Rock. The repetition of this colour helps maintain the house-style. The contrast between the red and the black creates interest. There is use of alignment the rose and name ‘Heather Rose’. I also took the grey/blue colour for the plug, from the whites of my eyes.
  7. 7. I also used the repetition of the fonts ‘Minion Pro’ and ‘Monotype Corsiva’ to help maintain the house style. I made use of space by making sure their was no dead space on my front cover. It is typical for Indie Magazines such as NME to have a very busy and cluttered front cover.
  8. 8. Leading Text Background Photo (I made it black and white so that it suited the genre: Indie Rock) Dropped Capital Section Header (Same text as masthead) Columns (With the body text) Borders / Dividers (I made the top divider thinner to show that the leading text is relevant to the article, and the bottom divider thicker to show a definite end to the article) DOUBLE PAGE SPREAD Pop of Colour (Same colour as Rose on front cover) Text flows around image
  9. 9. My double page spread uses some forms and conventions of real media products. One being that the article text flows around the background image. This is seen on all magazines where the picture is placed over the article. I also cut out the model from the background so that the text was written on black paper, but my guitar could still overlap to the next age. As you can see from the magazine on the right, they have made the next flow around the model. Comparing my text flow to theirs, there is definitely room for me to improve. The text is too close to the image, I needed to increase the gap.
  10. 10. Another convention I used were boarders and dividers. As you can see from the images above, I made my top divider smaller and the bottom one thicker. This is a common thing in Q magazine. It shows a connection from the leading text and the article, but also balances the page. The thick line at the bottom balances the big text at the top. Then thin line at the top balances the lack of text at the bottom. I also used a dropped capital which is seen on 99% of all articles. It emphasises the beginning of the article, and creates a contrast from the rest of the text.
  11. 11. Signed Editorial with photograph Border / Divider Main Feature (I used Photoshop to edit me in the doorway and window of the abandoned house) Pictorial insets (I made them black and white to suit the genre: Indie Rock, but also to maintain the house style and link to the double page spread background photo) Page numbers Section Header Issue and Dateline Section Headers Numbered itemised list (In chronological order) There is a clear split between the main features/reviews and the regular features/editor and win. This helps the page look more organised. CONTENTS PAGE Web address
  12. 12. The most common convention of a magazines contents page is of course the pictorial insets. Therefore I had to include at least 3. They are almost always numbered, and sometimes named. Therefore, I decided to number and name all of my pictorial insets. It makes it easier for the reader to find the page they are looking for. As you can see from the image on the right, Q magazine like to overlap their pictorial insets. This is something I could do in the future to add flow to the contents page and make it look more professional.
  13. 13. I also made it easier for the reader to find what page they are looking for by putting the page numbers in chronological order underneath each section header. This is a key convention found on contents pages in all magazines. The images on the left are from my contents page, and the images of the right are from a Q magazines contents page. As you can see, I took inspiration from this contents page when creating my own. I also used the same grey/blue colour from my eye to colour the background of this box to help the magazine flow and maintain the house style.

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