Thursday, 30 April 2009

Front cover

Building my front cover

I have already chosen the title i would like on my cover, and also the main image which will be used.

I am now going to put this together onto a canvas using photo shop.

I am going to make it 20.5cm , 28.5cm with a resolution of 72. This will be suitable for my magazine.

Here i can now see the basis of my front cover and i will now be able to continue filling up the page with smaller text and images.

I have then made the heading slightly smaller and in place added a subheading. This is catchy and in my opinion will be something that becomes well known with the product if it was on the market.
'Bodacious..Bootylicious...& better than before!'
It has a very 'chick' clique to it which will appeal to my female audience.
i have linked the colours of it in with the heading so that the magazine doesn't become too over the top with a lot of colours.

I have then added a bar along the bottom of the page, again a usual convention of existing products.
I have then added 'Win VIP Josie Tickets inside!' which will draw the readers attention as it is something benefiting them, and a offer.

I have carried out the colour scheme still, as the rest of the page and made the text bold and a suitable size to stand out.

Then i have added another strip to the side of the page, this again is the same colour scheme, and stands out from the rest of the page. It is quite large and bold, it is in my opinion eye catching.
This text 'Exclusive: Josie's First ever interview' is bold and is about the main image, it will draw the reader in to want to purchase it as it is exclusive! which will make it better than any other story, and people will want to purchase it.

Here you can see that i have added a date, price, bar code and issue number

I have placed these out of the way of the main body of the page so that it doesn't distract you, they are smaller enough to be seen & not to large to take up excess space.

It is a normal convention to have these features just below the heading as it is something which will appear on every issue.

Here i have begun to add the rest of the text onto the page. I have started with the sub story, you can see that i have a smaller image, i have put this in a auto shape to make it stand out from the page and then added an extra glow for a bright affect to make it fit with the colour theme through out the page.

I have then put the heading of this story underneath the image: i have made the main heading of it a large white font with pink glow, and then added a little quote underneath which is slightly smaller still in the same font and colours.

This is my final product for my front cover of my magazine.
you can see that after the above images that i have filled up the space with the rest of the stories. I have made the text a suitable size, big enough to stand out but not too over crowding.
i have kept with the same theme once again of white writing with a pink glow, and i feel it fits on my page with a good layout.


I have then begun to take photos which will be suitable for my front cover; here are a selection which are in my opinion the best to choose from:

This first image i feel is a good image to select as i have used a attractive female for the model, a common convention used within the already existing products on the market.

She is looking directly at the camera which draws the reader towards the image.

She has a suitable pose to represent that of a music model.

She has a good quality hair and makeup style, which the young audience will focus on to be like the model, and want to aspire to be like her and find out more, therefore want to purchase the magazine.

I especially like this image, with the whistle in her mouth as i feel it has a similar style to a cover which i have analysed in my portfolio, it has a catchy unique style to it

Again the model is looking directly into the camera, and is standing with a good pose.

This is my favourite image which i would choose to use for my front cover: again it is the same attractive model, and she has the whistle for extra effect.

She is looking direct at the audience, but with this one she is also leaning towards the camera which i feel brings the audience even more caught up on the photo as she is drawing you in.

I have decided to use this image for my front cover as my main photo, i am going to however edit the image slightly on photo shop to reach the highest possible standard i can.

Here is the edited version of the above image.

I have adjusted the levels of the photo, so that she doesn't look pale. This has also darkened out the background of the image which means that there is nothing of excess in the picture, and therefore no distractions from the model herself.

I think these effects are very successful, and also look a lot more professional than that of my preliminary work.

As you can see there is a blacked out background. This is what i will be using for the final background of my front cover.


I have then begun to think about the different styles of titles i could have for my front cover.

I have started to experiment with different fonts, sizes and colours to get a variation of options. this will ensure i have a range of choice so that i can successfully choose an appropriate one.

From the examples to the left you can see that i have first started to play around with a single block of colour for the full title.

i decided to put these sample pieces onto a black background and feel that this will be a suitable colour for the base colour of my cover. I think this is good because it means that any bright colour will stand out nice and clearly, and will be bold and eye catching.

From my questionnaire my results suggested that i used either black green or pink, i have therefore started to try out these onto the black background.

I think that with the ones where i have multi colours in the title that there is too much, and it distracts you from the actual text.

I also do not think this is a very professional approach as the usual conventions would be to have one bold colour which stood out. If i am wanting my product to appeal to the market going against these conventions will not make my product a success.

I particularly like this image to the left, with pink text. The font is big, bold and unique. I have also added a white glow to this text which i feel adds an extra effect and makes it more eye catching.

I think it will be suitable for my cover as it meets many of my specifications from my analysis, such as standing out, meeting the correct colours and appealing to a audience.

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

flat plan

Here are my initial plans for my four pages.

analysis & questionnaire

I have been given the task of creating a music magazine for my school media project. In this i will have to create a front cover, contents page, and article.

In order for my magazine to be a success i have to aim it at a certain audience so that it appeals to people. To achieve this i am going to first look at the existing products on the market, to see what sorts of things are a popular success.

I have began by looking at the following music magazines front covers and analysed them, so i can focus on what areas i will use to inspire me for my design.

On this magazine the thing which stands out to me the most is the large Q in the corner. I particularly like the red background of this as the white writing then stands out. It looks like there i a shadow around the Q which again makes it stand out, the bold colours are very eye catching.

I can see that there i one large image as the main story, i especially like the way in which the head slightly over laps the title of the magazine, as it gives a sense of importance, that the story is the main part. The image is using the convention of putting an attractive woman on the front cover, which will appeal to the audience. The main heading on the front cover links into this large image, and again by using a bold colour it stands out from the rest of the page.

The theme of red and white text seems to be the theme for the colours of the magazine and i feel this is used to its potential against the black background as it stands out and is clearly visible.

I think the text size is of a suitable size and it spaced out adequately, as there isn't a over crowding of stories on the page.

At the bottom of the page i like how there is a large bar advertising something FREE as it will make the reader want to purchase it. This light grey bar contrasts against the darker background and stands out from the page.

The bar code is small and situated out of the way of the important text so that it doesn't distract from the contents of the page.

On this second magazine cover there are lighter colours being used compared to the 1st which i analysed. I still think everything stands out, as the contrast in the text is much darker than the background.

The image again uses the convention of having a attractive woman as the main pose. It is a large image again which shows that it is the main story of the magazine. Her head partially covers the title, however you are still able to read what it says.

The title is bold and large compared to the other text on the page, and uses a bright colour to stand out from the rest.

The sub stories are spread out around the outside of the page to a suitable place, and are not over crowding. The text is all at a reasonable size for you to be able to read but not to large that there is hardly any writing.

I particularly like the way in which there is a larger bold comment 'how will it end' after one of the stories as i think this draws your attention.

Again the bar code is placed out of the way of the rest of the layout so it doesn't distract the reader.

This magazine in my opinion appeals to a different audience to the first two. There is much more Gothic genre to the theme of it, this is achieved by using dark colours. I think it would appeal to a male audience, the image on the front is this time on a group of male models. There is a much more rougher feel to the theme of the cover, than the 'girlieness' of the others. There is again a large heading which stands out, and wit the effect of almost a smash in it gives it again the Gothic appeal.

I think the writing and images are all of a size which doesn't over crowd the cover, and again in contrast to this doesn't look to sparse.

The dark makeup on the models show there controversial style which would once again only appeal to the Gothic audience. This will draw the attention of the reader and make them look up to the models and want to be like them.

This Q contents page follows the same conventions as the front cover. There is the same logo in the top left corner and the colour scheme is continued throughout. The large image is in a natural environment, the four male models contrast to that of Madonna on the front cover. There is one large column which suggests they are the main stories throughout, i feel the layout is very well thought of in here, as the text is a suitable size, so it is clear to read but there is enough space to present the reasonable amount of text. The page number are nice and bold and big enough to stand out, and the text writing is again red and black which contrasts with the white background.

From my analysis on the above covers and contents page i now have an idea of what aspects are essential to achieve a product like that of ones on the existing market which people are going to want to purchase.
  • I will ensure i have a bold heading which will stand out from the magazine and be eye catching for viewers.

  • I am going to use contrasting covers between the background and text so that the text doesn't blend in to the rest of the page.

  • I realise that the text needs to be a suitable size, font and colour so that it is clearly readable and doesn't overcrowd the page.

  • I will ensure i have a good quality image in the middle of my front cover, preferably a large image which will attract you to want to read it.

  • I may make my magazine contain a slogan, in a footer bar along the bottom of my page which will make it unique from others.

For my contents page i will have:

  • a suitable spread out page, containing images & text.

  • i will continue the colour scheme and any themes from the front cover to the contents page

  • i will then ensure that the text is a suitable size for the amount which needs to be added.

These are just a few aspects which i have picked up on from existing market products, however i feel that i need to do more research into what the market is looking for from a brand new product.

I have decided to create a questionnaire for 20 people to fill out, this will consist of a series of multiple choice questions, i will then gather the information from this and start to think about what feature will be suitable for my product.

Below you can see the questions and results of my questionnaire.

Do you buy music magazines?

Yes --- 14
No --- 6

Which kind of music do you prefer?

Pop-rock --- 9
Hip Hop --- 4
Indie --- 2
Country --- 0
Dance --- 5

Which colours would you like to see in the magazine?

Green --- 8

Black --- 7
Yellow --- 1
Pink --- 4
Orange --- 0

Which of the following titles would you prefer?

Beat --- 15
Baseline --- 2
Electric --- 3
Rhythm --- 0

What would you like the magazine to contain?

Gossip columns --- 1
Beauty tips --- 4
Celeb interviews --- 15

6 . How much would you be willing to pay for this magazine?

£1.50 - £2.50 --- 12
£2.50 - £3.50 --- 4
£3.50+ --- 4

Would you prefer a male or female on the front cover?

Male --- 5
Female --- 15

It is clear from the highlighted values which were there highest. I will therefore aim to create my product so that it is aimed at a 'pop/rock' audience, i then chose the highest three values for the colour scheme so that i have a selection of pink green and black to choose from. I will have the title of my magazine as 'Beat', have celeb interviews in the contents, aim for the price to be no more than £2.50, and aim it at a female audience, all of the people i asked where between 14 & 18, this therefore makes me suggest that it will be suitable for a teenage audience.

Now that i have the basis of my product i will be able to start thinking about building it.