How to write a good evaluation
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Q1: forms and conventions in relation
Indie Magazine Conventions and Findings
• After choosing my magazine genre and completing research I have learnt about the following:
Masthead takes up normally around 1/6th of the front page - often in red, blue or green I did not completely
adhere to this convention: my masthead is 1/6th however, it is in black. I decided to do this as it stood out
more on a shelf. To maintain my TA’s chosen colour scheme I used blue in the features text and red as a
background colour. I believe this worked well to a certain extent. The masthead certainly stands out
however, I am still not 100% happy with the back ground. In A2 or at degree level, I would spend more
time on this convention.
• Colours used are pink and blue - appeals to both genders Again , I did not fully adhere to this. I used blue but
failed to use pink. It could be argued that this was not completely the right decision, the blue certainly
appealed to the male gender however, there seems to be less representation for females. However, it
could be argued that “stereotypes are not simple” [Perkins] and use of these colours would have bee too
stereotypical. The images certainly provide a female gaze as I created a start image for the boy band.
• Font colours are usually white, blue, black or pink – I adhered to this convention and am pleased with the
• Cover stories - main article is always about a specific singer or band. – I adhered to this convention and
featured SFNH. Ironically I used blue for Sapphire although she is a female singer. This developed
synergy with the colour scheme, challenged traditional female representation but also symbolically
represented the colour of the gemstone sapphire. Overall I am pleased with this decision.
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Q 4 & 5 appealing to the TA and who is
• TA Research Results – evaluation of how I used this research to appeal to
• Following the survey I analyzed the results and they were:
87% of people preferred the masthead to be at the top of the cover.
• 64% of people said that there should not be a black banner behind the
89% of people agreed that there should be a photograph of the band on
100% of people agreed that there should be advertisements.
91% of people said that there should be exclusives.
53% of people said that the background should be a dark blue/black.
I used all of these to appeal to my TA. I think this was the right decision, the
style suits the genre and I was able to add additional social media links
and logos “Ticket Master” that would be familiar to my TA.
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Q4 Evaluating the TA Profile
Initially I identified my TA as a range of boys and girls, all aged between 16-19.
I did not fully meet this planning and the creative choices I made resulted in a more
male gendered magazine. Upon reflection I would change this to ensure an appeal
to both genders and therefore widen my audience.
I had planned to reflect their own individual indie style, they would maybe wear
clothing such as beanies, oversized shirts and skinny jeans. I believe I successfully
I think a typical indie person would eat out at a take away, Mc Donalds or at a
restaurant. Andindie teen would most likely be found at festivals such as 'Y not' or
'Leeds festival' Although I didn’t include lifestyle products such as Subway or
MacDonalds I did include festivals and still therefore believe this to be a defining
feature of my TA.
During research and planning I found words related to an Indie Person;
• Bullying , groups , high school, independent, indie girl, indie guy, indie music, indie
• Music, peer pressure, poser, secondary school, stereotype, style
I included some of these but not all. I made this decision as I didn’t believe that all of
them would actually represent positively my TA profile .
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