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  1. 1. There is a significant amount of ‘white space’ within this article, but it is rather NME Magazine effective, as it makes the main, focal image stand out, as well as the black text. It (double spread) has a good balance of content and white space, which makes it professional looking and effective overall in holding the attention of the audience (teenage females predominantly). The page also has a margin, which makes it appear more Despite the fact that organised and clean-cut, so to speak. It adds a sense of dimension onto the article the pull quote has as well. been disguised as a header; the ‘header’ itself looks as though it has been composed through a collage of tabloid text, in a sense, as it is bold and large and catches the attention of the audience. It almost has a haphazard layout, which is appropriate, due to the fact that some of the lettering of all different sizes, colours and shapes, which makes it appear more unique, as well as suiting the ‘edgy’, punk-rock theme of NME itself. The pull quote is effective as it attracts in the attention of the viewer and convinces them to view the article in full. The audience for this specific article would be teenage girls, as it features the singer Lilly Allen, who appeal to a young, predominantly female The strapline is used to add a small narration to the story and is effective as it draws in the attention of the viewer. It is commonly found within magazine articles that are classified as the ‘feature’ story. This article is of a portrait orientation, as opposed to being in a landscape form, which is not commonly used within a typical magazine, as the orientation of one is traditionally portrait. The font is a fairly standard typeface (only on the main body of text), much like one that would be featured within a newspaper or another existing magazine publication. The pull quote is in capital letters to make it appear more emphasised in general. The main body of text sits on a baseline, much like other existing publications. There are two lines features that break up the text columns and they could class as the ‘borders’ of the article. Also, the questions for the interview have been put into bold, which is useful, as it separates it from the answer from the interviewee. A page number is included, which is useful, as it links to the contents page, so the audience can use this as a reference. The photograph has been cut-out to fit in with the background and is rather posed and professional, also known to be a symmetrical image. It adds a sense of professionalism into the article. The style of the subject is also rather ‘punky’, which is appropriate, as it links to the overall theme of NME magazine.
  2. 2. Q Magazine (double spread) The headline is also rather similar to that of the NME article, as it is very eye-catching and will draw in the attention of the viewer, using a standard san-serif typeface that appeals to all ages. It is different in the sense that is uses a reverse effect, where the text is white and the background is dark, which is effective as it makes the article appear more unique and interesting. Drop capitals are used in this article, which compares to that of the NME story, which is effective, as it draws in the attention of the viewer and they will feel more obliged to view the story in full, as opposed to skipping to another section in the magazine. Much like the NME Magazine, this article includes page numbers, which is useful, as the audience can utilise it as a reference. There is an imaginary baseline for this article too, much like the NME one, which shows that there is an apparent pattern of this type of layout within a range of different periodicals. This magazine features a pull quote form the story itself, which is effective, as it gives the reader an insight into the main story, similar to that of the NME article. The main, focal photograph is different to that of the NME image, as in this periodical, the image is set as the background, whilst in the NME magazine story, the photograph is a part of the background, which is surrounded by white space, which is not featured within this specific article, which is effective, as it makes the article apparent more eye-catching in general. In comparison to the NME article, this doublepage spread also has a narrative image caption that compliments the main, focal photograph.