Main Task Evaluation – ParodyLand Music Magazine

March 26, 2010 at 3:32 pm (AS Media, Foundation Portfolio, Main Task)

The assignment brief that I chose to do was the print. I had to use a Desk Top Publishing and image manipulation software to produce a front page of a new music magazine, which had to feature a contents page and double-page spread. I would need to include appropriately laid out text and masthead. To start I looked at different magazine covers, contents pages and double-page spreads of various music magazines. This is so I could get a general idea of what magazines usually include on their pages. I then assembled three creative ideas of three different genres of music magazine which were rock, R&B and comical music. I created three mock-ups using internet images which correspond with my creative ideas. After presenting my ideas, the comical music magazine was the favourite.

I saved a few images of various comedy and music magazine covers, contents pages and double-page spreads. I analysed what elements which I thought were good and which I thought were bad about them. The reason that I researched both comedy and music magazines was because I could not find any other comical music magazine and I had found a niche in magazines. Therefore I decided to look at both music and comedy magazines so that I can combine the two together. Whist analysing the magazine pages, I discovered the main conventions of magazine construction such as the masthead at the top of the page and the splash images in front of them. They usually have secondary stories along with images and captions. The contents pages I looked at were all different but they did have elements in common such as the mastheads and the use of images even though with the comedy magazine, the images didn’t really have anything to do with the content of that issue. The double-page spreads consisted mainly of interviews and images. This influenced me to construct my magazine with the same conventions.

The target audience for this magazine is simply anyone who enjoys comical music, whether it is parodies or just funny lyrics. It also targets those who want to get into the comical music business such as setting up gigs, the best food to eat whilst on tour/ playing a gig.

After having an idea of what kind of stories I want to include in my magazine, I selected a few that I could get original images to feature in the stories. In the end, my original images were the inside of a fridge, a fruit bowl, money and people posing as AliCat and LHK.

When I had my original images figured out, I started to look at various fonts within Photoshop that would best represent the magazine. After knowing what images I wanted and what kind of stories I was going to include, I started to make templates of my magazine pages to visually see all the elements come together.

When I was happy with my original images, I started to make mock-ups of my pages to see how they will roughly look following the template. I created a mock-up for each page of the music magazine. The front cover mock-up I created had two images, which were both original. The problems with this mock-up was that the splash image was slightly blurred and not very clear. For the final design, the only elements of the mock-up that I kept the same were the barcode, colour scheme, layout and the lure of a free CD, other than that I changed quite a lot from the mock-up. I changed the splash text simply because I thought that the font Marker Felt is a lot easier to read and I wanted to keep it to just one font rather than two like on the mock-up. I gave the splash text a white outline so it stands out a lot more on the page, plus the text is on the white jacket of my image. The text used on the ticker at the bottom has two different fonts. The first font is the same as the splash text to keep consistency and the second font I used because I think it best represents the character of AliCat with the curliness of the font makes it look like cat’s tails. I changed the secondary image on the front cover because it is a clean and crisp image compared to the mock-up which was slightly out of focus. The outline that I have used on this image is in white compared to the orange used in the mock-up, this is because I think that the use of white makes the image stand out better. I also increased the size of the ticker at the bottom just so the magazine is in better proportion and that I filled the empty space of the splash image up more efficiently. My contents mock-up I constructed consisted of six images which were all original. I decided to invert the colour just to make the magazine a little different. This can also be seen in the music magazine Kerrang. I decided to add an advert for an album at the bottom of the page as it is a music magazine. For the final design, This page is almost exactly the same as the mock-up however the only element that I have changed is in fact the font used in the box out and the captions. The font used for the box out and captions is the same as the splash text on my final front cover. The use of this font in my opinion is a lot clearer and easier to read compared to the mock-up. I used the same font for the masthead. The reason that I used the same fonts is to keep consistency within the magazine. My double-page spread mock-up I constructed had five images on it which were all original. I decided to use the same style as the front cover and have the orange text on the blue background. For the main body of the text I used the font arial because it is a very simple and easily read font. I also made sure the answers were in white because it just makes them stand out more on the page. I also gave the text a black shadow just to emphasise the text and make sure that it is readable. I also used the same text fonts that were used on the front cover just to keep it consistent. For the final design, the double-page spread is almost exactly the same as the mock-up. The only elements that were changed was the mastheads as I inverted the colours just like the contents page. The reason for this is simply including randomness within the magazine to go along with the theme of comical music. I also changed three images on this page because these are a lot clearer and work better with the page than those used in the mock-up. Other than these changes, everything else remained the same.

Whilst constructing the actual magazine I made various decisions on position of the images, the colours used, positioning of the text. I changed my original images on the mock-up for the final design because the previous image were slightly blurred and not very clear. I prefer this image because it follows traditional magazine conventions with the splash image positioned over the masthead. I decided to use blues, whites, blacks and oranges in my magazine because it symbolises the colours of a court jester. The reason that I wanted this is because it is a comedy music magazine and jesters were comical musicians to entertain the court. On the masthead, I used the font Blackmoor LET, this is because the letters look like they’re laughing. I used bold colours of blue and orange to add to the comedy theme. I also added this same theme to the other pages to keep to the house style of the magazine. For the contents page I decided to include several original images and captions to include as the content of the music magazine. Again I use the blue and orange theme however I inverted the colours to add to the randomness and comical elements of this music magazine.

The decisions that I made for the finished product had an impact on my audience as they reacted to the music magazine being comical. They appreciated the humour element of my magazine. This magazine enables the audience to realise it is a comedy music magazine because the name ‘ParodyLand’ implies fun and comical songs as this is what people associate with the word parody. The splash image portrays humour with the facial expressions expressed on the face. The lure of the magazine also portrays the music side of the magazine as it say a free CD for every reader. The contents, continues to portray the comical music with the images and captions all being related to something in music such as backstage on tours and upcoming events.  In addition the use of the album advert makes the page seem realistic as adverts are often seen within any magazine and music magazines tend to advertise various albums.

The lighting in some of the images such as the splash image are bright and vibrant implying that the genre is light-hearted comedy music. In other images such as one in the double-page spread, the lighting is darker than the rest of the images which represents dark humour as the pose within this image is quite intimidating looking up and leaning into the camera. This means that the various lighting on the images used show a combination of humours and showing that the magazine is general comedy music and not set to just one set type of humour i.e. parodies, dark humour, etc.

In the Mise-en-scene of the magazine, we see neutral colours which again suggest that the magazine is general comedy is not for just one type of humour.

Comparing my music magazine to other existing music magazines it is easy to see that they are very similar and follow the same conventions, for example the positioning of the masthead is at the top of the page and the splash image is in front of the masthead, this can be seen in all music magazines for example Kerrang and Q. In addition the pugs are located on the barcode where other music magazines have theirs for example Q and NME. The tags are generally located near the top of the page which is where I have positioned the free CD for every reader. I used a box-out at the bottom of the page which is where box-outs are put like Q. My contents page and double-page spread follow convention of music magazine as they include both images and text. The contents pages generally have images with captions and/ or page numbers with the rest of the content boxed out somewhere else on the page. The double-page spreads are usually interviews or reviews. My magazine is able to fit in with the wider context of media institutions and audiences by finding a niche in the market for comedy music and comedy music is a genre which has many fans worldwide. I have attracted my audience through using traditional magazine conventions along with a lure of the free CD. This will encourage readers because you get some people buying magazines for the free items they offer.

I have received feedback on my magazine front cover, contents page and double-page spread through a focus group. The overall judgement of my magazine is that it is a good idea and unique. My personal analysis of my pages in order to improve my magazine include, having a different colour scheme for the magazine so that it alternates in different issues to go along with the randomness and comedy of the magazine. To include more text on the magazine front cover. To include more stories in the ticker on the front cover. To add more to the contents page regarding songs and albums. To space out the magazine content in the box more. This is because my magazine will follow magazine conventions a lot better if I make these changes next time.

The good points illustrated from this group include; liking the overall layout of the pages because it is very clear and professional looking. The name and content of the magazine being unique and interesting to read. The magazine is very realistic and looks like it could be sold in a shop. Something that is new to the market and would attract a lot of readers. How the images used are capturing and interesting and how the audience likes the creativity of the magazine. The images used are funny and draw attention so it makes the audience read the heading to find out the relevance. These quotes from the group show that the audience receives the product rather well and like the uniqueness of the magazine as well as the fact that it is something new and interesting.

Overall, my magazine follows the same conventions as other existing music magazines, although I have developed some so that they are positioned slightly differently than the conventions and forms of existing music magazines. For example I only have two stories on the front cover. The social groups that are represented in my magazine are between the ages of 10 and 14 as the two artists I have included in my magazine are quite young, female with a middle class background. The target audience for this magazine is anyone who like comedy music because it includes both comical and musical elements such as backstage at comedy awards and upcoming music events, which is very different to who the magazine is representing. As this is a music magazine, any media institution that is involved in the publishing of magazines, such as BBC, may possibly be very interested in distributing my product because I have been able to identify a niche within the market and looking at Youtube comedy songs by Tim Minchin for example we see that one of his songs, Inflatable You has over 1,000,000 views which shows that there is an audience out their for this type of music.  I attracted the audience with interesting stories as well as a lure with a free CD within the magazine. I also included various images to accompany the comical theme of the music magazine. Whilst using Photoshop to create the magazine cover, contents page and double-page spread, I leant how to get the splash image in front of the masthead. I learnt various aspects such as how to create certain effects on shapes so I was able to create effective album adverts. I was also able to create a comical feel to the project through the use of  images and the colour scheme as it represents a court jester. Other technologies I used was my blog in order to pitch my creative ideas to the group to get feedback on which will be the best to pursue in. I also used my blog to upload my mock-ups and final designs as well as show my research and planning.

Looking back at the Preliminary task, I feel I have been able to learn a lot more about Photoshop to give me a better product for the this task. I have also learnt how to research a lot more into depth and the extent of thinking that is involved when it comes to taking original images. The main thing I have learnt is to critically evaluate your work so you are able to identify what you could have done to improve your product because this is very helpful when you do something similar in the future. It also allows you to expand your skills when it comes to evaluating your own work.

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Production Log – 19/03/2010

March 19, 2010 at 4:02 pm (AS Media, Foundation Portfolio, Main Task)

Today I started my evaluation. I have only written a small amount so far.

I will be continuing with my evaluation for the next few lessons.

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Production Log – 12/03/2010

March 12, 2010 at 4:08 pm (AS Media, Foundation Portfolio, Main Task)

Today I posted my mock-up designs of my magazine as well as my final magazines. I also described the changes that I made during the construction of my final magazine pages. It was mainly my front cover that I changed the most with the images and fonts. The other pages I didn’t really change at all except text and colours.

I have started to think about what I am going to include in my evaluation and think about questions to ask in a questionnaire to get feedback for my magazine pages. I think this is a good idea because it gives me an idea of what I will include within my evaluations and what I need to include in my questionnaire to get the best possible feedback.

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Magazine Mock Ups and Final Designs

March 12, 2010 at 4:06 pm (AS Media, Foundation Portfolio, Main Task)

These are my magazine mock-ups for my front cover, contents page and double page spread.

The reason that I used the housestyle of blue and orange is because it symbolises the colours of a court jester. The reason that I wanted this is because it is a comedy music magazine and jesters were comical musicians to entertain the court. The font used for the masthead is called Blackmoor LET and I decided to use this because to me it looks like the text is laughing and smiling. It also goes well with the jester theme. The text that I used for ‘interview’ and ‘plus’ is a sketchy, cartoon type text which goes along with the comedy aspect of the magazine.

For my final design I will be using the same layout and house style, the only elements I will be changing are the images as these are slightly blurred and I need a nice crisp image for a magazine.

For this mock-up, I decided to invert the colour just to make the magazine a little different. This can also be seen in the music magazine Kerrang. I decided to add an advert for an album at the bottom of the page as it is a music magazine. Again I’m sticking to the whole jester theme with the colours and the text. Bradley Hand is the font that is used for the contents list because it gives a handwritten feel to the page.

For my final design, it will be almost exactly the same however I may change a couple of images and the positioning of the text in the list of contents.

For this double-page spread, I decided to use the same style as the front cover and have the orange text on the blue background. For the main body of the text I used the font arial because it is a very simple and easily read font. I also made sure the answers were white text because it just makes them stand out more on the page. I also gave the text a black shadow just to emphasise the text and make sure that it is readable. I also used the same text fonts that were used on the front cover just to keep it consistent.

For my final design I will be using the same layout but I might change the images and their positions as well as the housestyle of the page.

These are my final designs for my magazine.

This is my front cover. I decided to change the splash image because the previous image was slightly blurred and not very clear. I prefer this image because it follows traditional magazine conventions with the splash image positioned over the masthead. The only elements of the mock-up that I have kept the same are the barcode, colour scheme, layout and the lure of a free CD, other than that I have changed quite a lot from the mock-up. I changed the splash text simply because I think that this font is a lot easier to read and I wanted to keep it to just one font rather than two like on the mock-up. I decided to give the splash text a white outline so it stands out a lot more on the page, plus the text is on the white jacket of my image. The text used on the ticker at the bottom has two different fonts as you can see. The first font is the same as the splash text to keep consistency and the second font I used because I think it best represents the character of AliCat with the curliness of the font makes it look like cat’s tails. I also changed the second image on the front cover because it is a clean and crisp image compared to the mock-up which was slightly out of focus and just not as good as the image I have used here. The outline that I have used on this image is in a white compared to the orange used in the mock-up, this is because I think that the use of white here makes the image stand out better. I have also increased the size of the ticker at the bottom just so the magazine is in better proportion and that I have filled the empty space of the splash image up more efficiently.

This is my final contents page. This page is almost exactly the same as the mock-up however the only element that I have changed is in fact the font used in the box out and the captions. The font used for the box out and captions is the same as the splash text on my final front cover. The use of this font is in my opinion is a lot clearer and easier to read compared to the mock-up. I used the same font for the masthead. The reason that I used the same fonts is to keep consistency within the magazine.

This is my final double-page spread. Like my contents page, this double-page spread is almost exactly the same as the mock-up. The only elements that I changed was the mastheads as I inverted the colours just like the contents page. The reason for this is simply including randomness within the magazine to go along with the theme of comical music. I also changed three images on this page because these are a lot clearer and work better with the page than those used in the mock-up. Other than these changes, everything else is the same.

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Production Log – 05/03/2010

March 5, 2010 at 3:58 pm (AS Media, Foundation Portfolio, Main Task)

Today I have finished construction of the layouts of my mock-up pages. I have also written some interview questions which will feature in my double-page spread. I think this is a good idea because I can ask another person these questions and just write down their answers. This also means that a new insight can be taken on these questions just by having another person listen and respond to them. It also makes the double-page spread more genuine.

I have finished my mock-ups of my front cover. I still need to obtain my original images which I will have before the next lesson. This means that I will be able to finish both the mock-ups and final designs within the next two lessons and hopefully start my evaluation.

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Production Log 26/02/2010

February 26, 2010 at 4:01 pm (AS Media, Foundation Portfolio, Main Task)

Today I have typed up the content of my double page spread which is an interview. I asked the interview questions to another person and wrote down the answers that they said. There is a total of 14 questions. The text is going down in columns just like a real article.

I also completed my mock up of my double page spread. I inserted all of the typed up interview and placed it within the mock up. I also inserted some of my original images and I created an advert to put at the side of the last page so that it makes it look more authentic. I think that this is a good idea because that is what you generally expect in a magazine.

I have started on my contents mock up and have currently inserted all of the images I am going to use. Now I just need to apply the text and create another advert to place at the bottom of the page.

Today I have learnt that It’s good to experiment with the positioning of images like I did today with the double page spread because sometimes it is better for an image to brake up some text so that the reader isn’t overloaded with information.

Next lesson I will continue with my contents mock up and then start on my final designs.

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Production Log – 19/02/2010

February 19, 2010 at 3:56 pm (AS Media, Foundation Portfolio, Main Task)

Today I finished my research on magazines. I researched both music magazines and comedy magazines so that I could find the common magazine conventions and combine them to make a comedy music magazine.  I analysed the magazine pages and explained the good and bad elements of the pages. I think this is a good idea because it gives me a sense of what I should include within my magazine and what I shouldn’t. The most challenging part of this was actually finding various comedy magazines and their contents pages and double-page spreads as I didn’t personally possess any of these magazines. Through the internet I managed to find a few comedy magazines and one or two that are not actually running anymore such as Punch.

I also began the construction of my mock-up magazine pages.

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Comedy Magazine & Music Magazine Research

February 19, 2010 at 2:36 pm (AS Media, Foundation Portfolio, Main Task)

As my creative idea is a magazine for parody/comical music I believe that this is a niche in the market as I am only able to find comedy magazines that involve stand up comedians and comedy shows. Therefore I will be researching comedy magazines as well as music magazines so that I can mix the two together to make a brand new magazine.

Looking at comedy magazines I have come across Mustard, Punch, MAD and Viz. As only Mustard and The Fix allows you to read their magazines online, they are the only front cover, contents page and double-page spreads I have at the moment unless I purchase a copy of the other magazines except Punch as it stopped publishing in 2002.

As you can see this is the Viz magazine and at first glance you can tell it belongs to the comedy genre due to the cartoon image displayed on the front cover. I like the way that this front cover isn’t very busy due to there being two images. Also the splash headline is very large and bold which really stands out. There is a lure with the free CD which will give the readers a good incentive to buy the magazine. I would like to use a lure for my magazine such as a free parody CD.

The colour use for this magazine is bold with the green, red and black. As the background is red and black, the green used on the cartoon character and the grass makes the image stand out so readers are able to see it clearly. The colour yellow has been used to make the keywords in the text stand out, for example the lure “Free Prince CD” as well as underneath the splash headline “Plus:” where a list of various characters specific to Viz are mentioned to let the reader know what else is available inside the magazine.

The only change I might make to this magazine is to have the website in larger text so you can see it easier.

This magazine, Punch has stopped publishing in 2002 and this is their final issue, but you are able to tell that this is a comedy magazine because of the way the cartoon is illustrated. I like the way the front cover is simple. However I don’t like the way that the front cover doesn’t mention anything inside the magazine and only has the masthead and splash. If a consumer saw this they would not necessarily know what the magazine is about.

The colours used are vibrant and eye-catching which means that people will definitely see this magazine on the shelves. By only having the splash and masthead on the front cover could interest people into picking it up to see what the magazine contains. So in a way this could be a positive tactic.

This magazine MAD you can tell it is comical at a first glance as the splash image is a parody of a well known film character. The splash headline is also “20 dumbest people, events and things 2008” suggesting that this magazine is of the comedy genre. I like the way they have imitated a well known film and have the image at an obscure angle which suggests madness and chaos. They have also used the catchphrase of the Joker “Why so serious?” and changed it to “Why so stupid?” and have shown this text in a very siilar style to how the Joker’s catchphrase was advertised for the Batman film The Dark Knight.

I like the way that the front cover only has the splash and what the magazine features with minimal description and only the splash image present on the front cover. This makes it a simple design with minimal images so the cover doesn’t look overloaded with information. This is the type of layout that I would like to incorporate in my magazine.

Like Viz magazine, MAD also has the word”featuring” a different colour so it stands out and following “featuring” is a list of celebrities that have made the list of “20 dumbest people, events and things 2008”. However unlike Viz magazine this is part of the splash.

This magazine The Fix seems to have characatures of various comedians for the splash image. It also has one feature mentioned on the front cover which is the guide to the Edinburgh Festival 2009. This festival is a big event in the comedy circuit as it is an event where a variety of comedians perform in front of a very large audience. Again the layout of the front cover is simple and basic with only have the splash image on the cover. This means that the front cover is not busy and overloaded.

This contents page is different to most as it only lists the top ten stories of the issue as well as have images and page numbers corresponding to the story, however these are not mentioned in the contents. For my contents page I would like to include all the stories and features that can be found in the magazine.

There is quite a basic colour scheme used which means that the page isn’t overloaded with various colours that probably will not go together.

The double-page spread for The Fix shows a “survival guide” for Edinburgh. These pages include the four main elements that people generally want to know about Edinburgh (when attending a festival) which are Accommodation, City Life, Food and Alcohol. This tells me that the magazine The Fix is generally aimed at adults. This double-page spread has a nice spacious layout where you can easily read the information and see the images. The text boxes are a good way to keep the information tidy and readable. This is an idea I could incorporate in my magazine, although I will not have a survival guide for my double-page spread.

This comedy magazine Mustard is different from the previous comedy magazines above as it has more than one image on the front cover. Although these images are all part of the splash which is an interview with the comedy writer Graham Linehan. There is a good use of white space on this front cover with the white being the background of the magazine so that all the information and images stand out more.

Just like Viz and MAD, the “Plus” is in a different colour for it to stand out and just like Viz magazine, the text that follows is that of stories included within this Mustard magazine issue.

This is the contents page for Mustard, but this contents page is very different to other contents pages as the actual contents is the “To Do List: Mustard #01” and as the image shows, it doesn’t take up the whole of the page like other contents pages do. Instead there is a list of writers and artists to the left hand side. Underneath the contents you have “Evil Corporate Sponsor:” and “Obligatory Move Quote:” which are clearly not to be taken seriously. Next to these is an advertisement to say that you are able to join Mustard on social networking sites. This is a good layout as you are able to give more information on the page such as next issue and where else the magazine is available. I like it because it is different to the contents page conventions that most magazines follow.

However, the only thing I ould change about this page is to include some more images.

This is the double-page spread for Mustard and is an interview which is generally what double-page spreads consist of in magazines. This particular interview is with Graham Linehan who is a comedy writer who created The IT Crowd, co-wrote Father Ted amongst others. This interview is laid out in columns with the questions in a different colour and style text to the answers. This makes the content of this interview clear and easy to read. There is also an image of the characters in The IT Crowd which promotes the show within the interview. There is also a quote from the interview in bold text on the second page, this enables the reader to sample a section of the interview before reading it due to most people skimming through magazine content before choosing a section to read.

I like the layout of this double-page spread because it is very neat and tidy which is what you need for any magazine. I also like the way the image is integrated within the text because the text is shaped around the top of the image. As I’m thinking about doing an interview for my double-page spread, I would like to use a similar layout to this double-page with the use of the image and the lines down the columns which I personally think makes the page look neater.

The following magazines are all music magazines. The reason for this is so that I am able to merge the two types of magazine together with comical music.

This magazine is clearly for music with the bands on the cover. This first thing that draws my eye is the splash “100 Greatest Gigs Ever” as it has a big, bold headline and large image on the front cover. This is following traditional magazine conventions. The masthead is also large and easily seen so you immediately know which magazine it is. There are images on the side of the magazine with just the band names as it’s part of the splash. Another traditional magazine convention that this magazine follows is the splash image being in front of the masthead.

I like the colour scheme as the colours used are quite vibrant and stand out from the page. The use of the yellow borders draws your eye to the images inside them. The same goes for the red borders used on the second story.

For my magazine front cover I don’t think I will have as many images on it as this cover does, simply because otherwise I think it will look too busy and overloaded with information.

This is the contents page for Kerrang. I like the use of images and text because it makes the page look more dynamic with a mixture of text and image. This is something I would like to incorporate in my magazine contents page. he images used are fairly large which means they are easily seen and the captions below them are easily read so you know the page number and the content. I also like the way that the content which doesn’t have an image on this page is located to the right-hand side. Although there is limited space, it is still easy to read as the titles of the content is only listed. There are also two advertisements for Kerrang magazine located at the top and bottom corners of the page.

The colour scheme used for this page is the same as the front cover which shows consistancy and a house-style. The yellow and red enable the text to stand out on the page. Also I like the use of the inverted colours (yellow and black) for the “Contents” because it is different but at the same time, it is still consistent with the house-style.

The images used for the splash on this magazine also follow traditional magazine conventions with the image being in front of the masthead. The splash headline is also the first thing my eye is drawn to due to it being big and bold. Other stories are also featured on the front cover so it gives the audience an incentive to read on.

The colour scheme used corresponds with the masthead colours which are black, red and white. This is the housestyle for the magazine.

I would like to use a different layout for my magazine front cover rather than this layout.

The splash “Madonna” as is a big, bold headline and there is a large image of Madonna on the front cover. This is following traditional magazine conventions as the image is infront of the masthead. The masthead is also large and easily seen so you immediately know which magazine it is. There is an image on the bottom left-hand side of the magazine which is a lure as it says “free inside”. The image is off a free magazine inside this magazine.

The colour scheme is mainly red, white and black which are the colours used in the masthead. As the background is black, the use of the red and white for the text means that the words stand out from the page and can easily be read.

This is a similar layout that I would like to use for my magazine because it is simple and not too busy.

This is the contents page for Q. I like the layout for this page as it is simple and easy to read. This is something I would like to incorporate in my magazine contents page. The images used are large enough to see clearly and the captions are easily read so you know the page number and the content. I also like the way that the list of contents is located to the left-hand side. Although there is limited space, it is still easy to read as the titles of the content is only listed.

The colour scheme used for this page is the same as the front cover which shows consistancy and a house-style. The white text on a black background enable the text to stand out on the page. This is a simplar layout to what I want on my contents page.

This is the double-page spread for a music magazine and is an interview which is generally what double-page spreads consist of in magazines. This particular interview is with the band Black Eyed Peas. The layout of this interview consists of a large image of the band which takes up most of the double page and the start of the interview to the right-hand side of the page. The questions are in bold compared to the answers. This makes the content of this interview clear and easy to read.

I like the layout of this double-page spread because it mainly consists of an image with a small amount of writing on one page which means that the interview questions and answers will be spread out more across the pages.

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Production Log – 05/02/2010

February 5, 2010 at 3:47 pm (AS Media, Foundation Portfolio, Main Task)

Today I constructed templates of the layout of my magazine pages. I think this is a good idea because it allows me to see roughly where element of my magazine are positioned. I am also able to see if the layout is following traditional magazine conventions. I have created a template for the front cover, contents and double-page spread.

I have also looked at various comedians on the internet and had a look at the different images they had. I have included images on the blog of the position I would like my models to pose for my original images. There is also the salt advert I obtained from Youtube because the way the woman in this advert leans right into the camera is the style I would like some of my images to be like I my magazine. This is because the magazine is comical music and is full of randomness and comedy. These are good positions to be in because it is as if the images are lookng straight at the reader in a sinister way.

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Magazine Layout Template & Image Ideas

February 5, 2010 at 2:32 pm (AS Media, Foundation Portfolio, Main Task)

I have created some templates of how I want my layout to look like.

Here is the Front Cover layout

Here is the Contents layout

Here is the Double-Page spread layout

For my splash image, I would like my model to lean into the camera like this woman in the salt advert, simply to create a crazy look.

And like Frankie Boyle is doing in this image.

And Tim Minchin is doing in this image.

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