Analysis of Existing RockMagazine Contents Pages
Kerrang!Images: Multiple images are used on the contents page to grabyour attention and make the contents page more appealing andinteresting. The main image is quite striking as it covers half of thepage. The main image is action shot of a singer crowd surfing at a gig,which gives the audience a sense of the energetic passionateatmosphere. It also makes the audience feel involved with the musicand how their favourite artist make the music they listen to andenhances the audiences own passion/feeling for the songs. Smallerimages are also used to show what is featured in the magazine, whichare ranked by size (articles that are thought to be more interesting getbigger images ect). Furthermore images of two pages featured in themagazine are used to make it easier for the reader to locate articleswith ease. Lastly a picture of the editor is used above the editorssection to make the section more personal which is .Text: The text is split up into 6 different categories to make findingspecific articles easier for the reader. The main information usually theband name is in capitals to make them standout as well as being in adarker colour which stands out against the light background. All ofwhich are making it easier for the reader to find articles and to seeinstantly which bands are featured. Similar to the images the size ofthe text is ranked by importance. There are two headings to the page,the main one being ‘kerrang! this week’ which unlike the other moreconventional heading of contents reminds the audience of whichmagazine they are reading as well as being more informal andconnecting better with the intended audience. Furthermore the entiretyof the text is written in the same informal style so that it appeals to theintended younger audience. Differnert fonts are also used to capturethe audiences attention to certain bits of text ie ‘brit pack posterspecial’. As well as blocks of colour behind some parts to make themstand out more or to show it as a separate section ie the subscriptionoffer.Layout: The page is divided into two halves. One halfbeing completely dominated by a image taken at a gig,and the other side being a mix of images and textshowing what is in the magazine as well as a section fromthe editor. Inbetween is a banner with the heading on. Itcould be suggested that this shows that kerrang is abridge between the music and life of the artists it featuresand its readers.
QLayout: The layout is in a grid style which is very simple buteffective. All the articles are listed down the left in a column anddivided into two sections. This makes the page easy you use andthe articles easy to find. This section takes up only 1/3 of thepage with the majority of the page taken up with one main imageand a smaller section showing what reviews are featured.Images: The main image takes up a vast portion of the page andis defiantly the most striking thing. The denotation of the image isthe band in similar posses all looking directly at the camera. Thishas connotations of unity and the natural background suggests thatthis is who they are them naturally and they are showing themselves to you (their looking at the camera). There is also aannotation showing the page number and heading as well as asmall summary which makes it easy for reader to identify whicharticle the picture refers too.Colour scheme: red is the main colour used on the contents page, the red is the same used on themasthead/logo. This creates a strong house style and brand image so that the reader will instantlyrecognise the contents page as a Q contents page. The only other colour used is a gold which hasconnotations of power and importants so grabs the readers attention. It also compliments the redwithout clashing with any of the colours on the images. The whole colour scheme is simple and is usedto highlight important pieces of text and enforcing a strong house style but used effectively so that itdoesn’t clash with any of the images or overpower the page. However this unusual for a rock magazineto have a simplistic look.
NMEText: The language is very informal ‘Diddy’s down the fronthaving a bit of a mosh’ and ‘we visit the legends In their nativeSeattle to chat about grunge, Kurt and long careers’ beingexamples. This helps the reader connect with the magazine asit is written in a way that is familiar to them and similar to theway they speak. It also uses words that are specific to the rockgenera ‘mosh’ ‘grunge’ which immediately tells the reader whattype of music the magazine is featuring as well as making thetext relate more to its audience.Layout: a grid layout is used which gives the page structureand makes it easy to use for the consumer. A band index is aunique feature of a NME contents page and features down theleft hand side of all NME contents pages. The band index is alist of all bands featured in that issue of the magazine making iteasy for the reader to see all the artists that are featured as wellas which pages those specific artists are on. This is useful on amusic magazine as the audience will only be interested in bandsthey listen to this gives them a way to easily find the sections ofthe magazine that are about the bands they want to know about.In the centre of the page is information about the main article.With a column showing what els is in the magazine runningdown the right-hand side, and is divided into 5 section.Images: there is really only one image on the page which goes against the genera conventions for a rockmagazine. The image is located in the centre of the page so that it immediately grabs your attention making youautomatically aware of the main article. The image itself is of the artic monkeys playing live makes the audiencefeel involved with the music and how their favourite artist make the music they listen to. Meaning they feel moreinvolved and therefore are more likely to read the article.