In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?.
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My magazine also challenged conventions of other magazines, my barcode, price and date are all placed in the top right corner of my media product, I have done so to go against the typical forms of other music magazines and to challenge these expectations. I believe the price of my magazine is hugely important as it was chosen in accordance to my readers wishes and the research I found in accordance to my Questionnaires and Ideal Reader.
I have used conventions of real media products in reference to the strap line from Q-Magazine, it influenced my own strap-line, I felt it looked professional therefore getting my magazine more sales Like the strap line from Q-Magazine I also decided to use cap locks in order to catch buyers eyes, I used the colour white as I felt it looked good in contrast to the dark background. My intention was to entice my readers and to create a house style for my magazine, this would become an expectation from my readers and they would expect this convention.
I feel that my magazine layout and style is appealing and representative of other real media products such as Q-Magazine and NME, the colours used were purple, black and white, I felt these contrasted well together and helped to create the rock chic image I was portraying and would appeal to a teenage female audience.
As you can see from the images NME frequently uses buttons on their cover pages, the use of buttons allows for certain information to stand out, they are often used to promote a certain feature within the magazine or to advertise a particular band/artist. I have decided to use a button in my own cover page as I think they are appealing to my readers and it will also promote the band featured in my cover page. The button I have used promotes a pair of tickets to The Lonely Hearts Gig, the colours purple and white contrast well together to allow the feature to stand out against the black background.
I also took inspiration for my magazines title from Kerrang magazine, I believe the font used in the title ‘Toxic’ is edgy, fresh and represents a Rock Chic look, it fits in well with the layout of the magazine, It is the same colour as the cover lines, the button and the guitar and in my opinion. Kerrang give me this inspiration as it also has a very edgy, sharp look which works well with the Heavy Metal/Rock genre it exemplifies.
I took the idea to place my barcode on the top right hand corner from Q-Magazine, I felt it challenged the forms and conventions of other magazines within the music industry and proved that a magazine could still look professional and be successful without following the rules.
My decision to place the cover lines in the style that I did also was inspired from Q- Magazine, by placing cover lines onboth sides of the image it gave the reader plenty of information on the content of the magazine while also enticing them to find out more.
I decided to place my main image in the centre of my magazine with cover lines surrounding it. I thought this would be the best look for my magazine as it made the band the centre of attention.
The purple arrow shows how both magazines, Kerrang and Toxic have a small scale image of the Frontcover on the top left hand corner, this allows the reader to remember what firstly appealed them to the magazine, and reinforces the main band in which the magazine is promoting and initially attracted the readers attention.
The white arrows highlight the ‘Each Week’ section on my magazine and the influence I took off Q-Magazines ‘Every Month’ section, i done so to show a feature in the magazine which is expected by the reader and has become a house style for the magazine. I chose to have this section in an orange and pale pink font instead of the conventional pink/purple, white and black theme on the rest of the contents page. I done so to allow this section to stand out from the rest of the magazine and to show how it never changes.
The caption is placed on the right third, its easily spotted when flicking through the magazine and offers a brief outline to what the article is about.
The title is in large font which attracts attention, the cap lock font reinforces this and it stands out to the reader, demanding attention.
The introduction is conventional of Nme, Q-Magazine and Kerrang, it also gives a synopsis of the article which appeals to the reader and allows them to read on.
The main image takes up the right half of the DP’s, it attracts attention to anyone flicking through the magazine.
The pull quote is conventional of other music magazines, it is an interesting quote which entices the reader into reading the article.
The layout is in 3 columns,
this gives the article a professional look,
and follows the conventions of other music
Magazines which follow this format.
The lexis used is sophisticated to promote the bands
stylish and successful lifestyle.
I therefore decided to base my magazines music genre with a mix of both Rock and Chart Music which would appeal to them.
The colours throughout are Pink/Purple, Black and White, I feel these colours depict a strong Rock Chic theme which my target audience will be heavily attracted by.
I also feel these colours are young, appealing to teenage girls but are snazzy and slick. I felt that teenage girls would be appealed to these colours as they are obviously chosen to draw them towards the magazine and they give a clue of the content which is going to be inside.
The images used on the front cover are of two attractive teenage girls, they look confident, independent and demand attention from their admirers.
•NME has become a truly unique multi-platform media proposition. Across the magazine, nme.com, NMETV, NME Radio and the brand's live events and awards.
• NME reaches over one million music fans every week and is the longest published and most respected music weekly in the world.
• Every week it gives its readers the most exciting, most authoritative coverage of the very best in contemporary music.
•It also includes award winning features such as the latest releases, live reviews, the definitive guide to the best new bands in its Radar section, as well as a regular look back through the magazine's incredible 58 year heritage.
The Rock Chic theme I have portrayed throughout my magazine is heavily geared towards teenage girls with a strong interest within the female music industry.
Artists such as Beyonce and Lady Gaga are unique, independent female artists who have a massive teenage fan base. I believe my own Audience will be majorly teenage girls who want to read and learn more about these particular singers.
The Strap line on my Cover page ‘THE MONTHLY MAG FOR GIRLS WHO LOVE TO DANCE’ instantly makes it aware that this particular magazine is geared towards teenage girls, whereas the colour scheme of the magazine and the images depicted all reinforce this idea.
I felt that the clothes I chose for my models to wear are young, stylish and would be something teenage girls would be interested in wearing.
I conducted a range of Questionnaires to discover what exactly is it that attracts readers to particular magazines.
I discovered that NME and Kerrang were the most popular music magazines that my readers read, this heavily influenced the design of my magazines cover page, contents and double page spread in order to attract my target audience.
The white rings highlight the influence I got from both NME and Kerrang in order of the position and structure of my cover lines, I felt by positioning them on the left side of the cover, they did not distract the reader from the main image or other features.
The purple arrows show the use of strap lines in Kerrang and NME, on a shelf full of magazines it is important that yours sticks out, strap lines can help achieve this to attract your particular audience.
The blue arrows show how the use of buttons in NME influenced my own design decision to use them. It is important for a magazine cover to look attractive and interesting in order to entice potential buyers.
In order to construct my portfolio, I had to use a range of technology products to help me maximise its full potential.
Pb Works was the main site that was used, it was our online blog that allowed us to post all our work onto, I could also contact both my class mates and my teacher using this site whenever I was in difficulty, however it was a very frustrating site to use, I had problems uploading my files and we could not enter YouTube in school which contained important information on how to use Photoshop.
YouTube was very important as it had a large number of tutorials needed when it came to using Photoshop. Photoshop was by far the most difficult of the technologies I needed to use, and YouTube definitely helped me when it came to editing my images.
This shows the before and after image created by Photoshop. To do so I used the Magic want tool to eliminate the background and to create a pink guitar. I then darkened the image and increased the contrast so the image stood out compared to the background. Other tools I used in photoshop were; the paintbucket tool, red eye tool, spot healing brush, text tool, and feathering tool were also used.
Microsoft Publisher allowed me to create a series of flat plans for the construction of my Cover page, Contents and Double Page Spread, these were important as it helped to save time and when I using Photoshop and finding difficulty I could always refer back to my flat plans to keep things running smoothly.
Microsoft excel was important when researching my Questionnaire and analysing the results. It allowed me to see clearly what the most popular choices were within my target audience and this was very essential in the construction of my magazine the design decisions that I had to make.
I can also see that I quite clearly didn’t follow many of the conventions of real media products, there is no sign of a barcode, date or price on the cover page, or is there any sign of variety for example the use of a button or a strap line.
The cover page is also very basic and it is quite obvious that there is little use of editing done to the photos.
However I did make good use of cover lines, however if would not use the colours red and yellow if I was going to do this again.
Blogging on PB works and keeping up to date with my peers work helped motivate me into creating a product to my full ability, without the help of my class mates and teacher I do not think I would have produced a product half as well as I feel I have.
I am now comfortable with using different forms of technology and equipment without feeling under pressure or confused, the experimentation I done with my Preliminary Task definitely helped me develop the skills I needed.
My knowledge of how the media works has also deeply improved, I learnt how to analyse magazines, realising exactly why certain conventions were used and the positive effects they had for both producers and buyers of the media product. I have also learnt more about certain media institutions, IPC Media and BRAUR Media which helped me with some of my more difficult design decisions.