Step 1 Drawing DraftsBefore I started to develop my magazine and taking any images, I did 2 layouts in which I would like mycontents page to have. I drew these layouts, considering my target audience because I wanted it to beclear enough to read as well a looking appealing to the audience. However, I wanted the contents to befull of information as this is the next page the consumers look at.I also looked at similar music magazines who have the same target audience as my magazine does, e.g. Q.From looking at other magazine layouts I saw that the full they are and wanted to make mine fuller tomake it stand out more to the audience. Therefore, at this point I was trying to decide if one page wasenough as none of the magazines I looked at had 2 pages for their contents.
Step 2 Computer BasedDraftsAfter I designed my hand-drawn layout, I produced the layout on thecomputer of my preferred layout that I will be using for my magazine,so it becomes more clearer and I can use this as a guide for when Istart producing my magazine contents page.I decided to use this one, because I wanted to make the contentsappealing but informative, so that it attracts the target audienceenough so that they want to buy the magazine.The fonts I have chosen to use are basic and easy to read. They alsofollow on from the front cover so there isn’t to much variation thatthe audience get confused. I used the same text from the front covertitle “Rock On!” for the contents title. This is so the magazine has aflow and the consumer can compare them.The colours are simple and don’t clash with the background or witheach other. The colour scheme is continued within the contents pageso the magazine can be noticed from any page within. Also, I createda small logo for the title “Rock On!” and just used- “R!” I thought thiswould be more effective than using bullet points.The sizes are in order of importance, starting from the title being thebiggest so it stands out the most. After that, the text will be nearenough all the same size, besides the page number as this will beslightly smaller.I have had the writing on either side and then images down themiddle because I thought this would look different and effective.
Step 3 – First Draft After collecting some images, creating the title and deciding on a layout for my magazine, I produced a quick draft to see if all the fonts, colours, images and the layout all work out. However, as I was producing the contents page I saw that just like the front cover, the original colour scheme I had chosen wasn’t working out very well, therefore I changed the colour scheme to match the front cover. However, as you can see it didn’t work as well as I expected as many factors on the draft are out of proportion and the colours don’t match.. Therefore myself and fellow classmates come up with things I needed to change; • Images were to small • Not all the text would fit on, as well as the images • The editor’s section needs to be more creative • To much information on the page, the consumer may get bored • Lacks creativity • The cover artist isn’t in the contents (no images etc.) After collecting the negatives, I decided to do a second draft and change what needed to be changed.
Step 4 – SecondDraftAfter producing my second draft as shown, I still wasn’tsatisfied. After looking at the bullet points on what needed tobe changed, I planned out what needed to be done.I decided to put less information on the page and make theimages a little bit bigger, even though everything would still notfit on the page properly. I added another image of the coverartist and placed it on the contents page. I took out the editorssection, but after looking in other magazines I realised thatmost magazines have an editors section. To be a little morecreative I highlighted the red on the cover band to make themstand out more and be a little more creative,For my next draft magazine I will be changing;• The amount of information on the page• Have a double page contents to fit everything I require on thepage• Make the images of the other bands a lot bigger so they standout more and possibly edit the images to look more creativeand appealing• Add more images to the page• Put the editors section back in, just make it more appealing• Possibly have a red border line at the top to make it morecolourful and bring out the red in the magazine
Step 5 – Final DraftFor this draft I made all thechanges I said I would from theprevious draft (2) and also someother minor changes, i.e. Havingan issue number.As you can see from theprevious draft there are anumber of changes that havemade me extremely pleasedwith this one, that no moredrafts will be needed. I haveadded the red border line, so itcan bring out the red in themagazine. I have altered thecover bands name and made itso it matched the contents pagetitle and also moved their imageso it slightly overlaps thecontents title- therefore it’s notas ‘neat’. I have made the otherbands images bigger and alsoedited them to make them moreappealing. I have spaced out theinformation across 2 pages andput the editors section back in The images on the page also contain the number page that they are on within the magazine, which makeswith a few minor changes, such it a lot quicker for the target audience to read, if they don’t feel like looking through the contents. I haveas adding my image there and also added some other images of the cover band which vary, to show that a photo shoot took place andmy name. they did different things. I prefer this contents page to the drafts as its more clearer, simple but informative at the same time.
ConclusionIn conclusion, it took me 3 attempts to get the right contents page that I was 100% pleased with. I used Macromedia Fireworks,Quark Express and Photoshop to produce this magazine. I feel it helped that I come up with a favourite layout even though my finalmagazine cover didn’t quite match, however working from the layout guide helped me see where everything could go and where itmay look better. I think I have progressed excessively from the first draft and that is down to researching other magazine and gettingsome more ideas for my magazine and simply finding ways in which it helped the magazine looked more appealing to my targetaudience.The colours in the end became more of a red, black and white theme and I feel this is because the magazine looks better when it hasa colour theme, rather than loads of different colours as it makes the magazine more recognisable to the audience as well showingthe type of magazine by using the colour red.The sizes were a lot bigger than I anticipated at the start, but after seeing the sizes on the magazine I realised that my predictionswere wrong and the title, band name and slogan need to be bigger, as well as different colours.The images I used were better in the second and final draft as I didn’t costume the actors in the right ‘rock’ way for the magazine.However, after I spent the night taking new ones they became a lot better and I colour coded it by getting them to wear red so theyblend in with the magazine. Making them black and white and just having their red piece of clothing in colour, I feel made an effectthat I couldn’t find any other magazine doing, therefore I thought it was diverse and unique.Finally, I feel the last draft was the best and therefore I didn’t make any more as I was fully satisfied and overall, I was very happy withmy final contents page and I feel I have satisfied all my target audiences needs and the magazine front cover is appealing enough toattract the target market.