Looking back at my front cover, I can see that I have significantly
improved on design ideas and technologies, such as Photoshop and
iPhoto, which were editing software's I found difficult to use initially.
The fonts and information on this page are very plain and not
particularly eye catching, as I have only used one font, and have kept
the same colour. Due to this, my masthead seems to blend in with
the rest of the magazine, and not particularly stand out to catch the
readers eye. This lack of aesthetics would damage the success of
my magazine if it were to be published.
I feel that the puffs of information are very suitable to the genre of the
magazine, appealing to the readers and their interests, although they
do all look the same, so they do not particularly stand out amongst
My main image, I feel is the most successful part of the magazine, as
it directly relates to the genre of the magazine, providing a good
representation of a student in sixth form. The model is directly facing
the reader, encouraging them to read the magazine. It also shows a
happy student, enjoying her studies, which is not always a
stereotypical idea of a teenage student, promoting the school further.
The whole design of the front cover is very basic, and not particularly
enticing, as my Photoshop skills during the preliminary task were
pretty weak. I had had little editing experience, so there was little
effects/ graphics on the front cover, just basic puffs of information.
Music magazine- FrontPage
•My music magazine has a very professional and sophisticated
magazine style that relates strongly to the magazine genre and it’s
audience. This was present in my preliminary task, however, since my
Photoshop and editing skills have improved, the whole design and
layout of my magazine has too.
•The puffs of information on my FrontPage are presented in a much more
creative way, making the magazine more aesthetically appealing and
interesting, by using a range of different fonts and colours, as these stand
out more to the audience/reader.
•These kinds of changes show that I have learned more about typical
magazine codes and conventions according to their genre, in order to
make the magazine more appealing to their audience. Factors like direct
mode of address were present in my preliminary task, however, I have
improved upon these foundations to present a more professional looking
main image that is more colourful and enticing to the reader.
•This magazine cover also shows the editing skills I have learned, as
there is a big improvement of both design and layout, especially with the
different graphics and effects that make the magazine look more
effective, like putting information in a ‘sticker’, which makes it stand out
more, or highlighting certain words, such as ‘YOU ME
AT SIX’. These were ideas that I hadn’t really
considered in my preliminary task.
Preliminary - Contents page
My preliminary contents page was a lot more successful in terms of editing, after
my FrontPage, as I was a little more confident with using Photoshop. However,
compared to my current music magazine contents page, there is, again, significant
I was pleased with the layout of this page initially, as it was the first magazine I had
edited, however, as I have progressed with my music magazine, and analyzed the
layouts of current music magazines, I have conformed to more professional codes
and conventions to produce a more sophisticated, well layered page.
Both my contents pages were suitable to the codes and conventions of their genre
of magazine, however, the improvements are down to my improved editing skills
and design skills. I have had to consider elements such as continuous colour
schemes, house styles and suitable fonts, all to produce a more professional
magazine, which I feel my contents page shows. With the help of my better editing
skills on Photoshop, I was able to precisely create the magazine I was hoping for.
Alongside this, my photography skills have also improved, so my magazine
contains a lot more professional looking images that add a higher level of
sophistication to both my contents and front page.