AS MEDIA EVALUATION. SONUS Magazine Robert Gough. Foundation P ortfolio R eview. Front Cover Contents Double Page Spread (DPS). Forms and conventions.
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Front Cover Contents Double Page Spread (DPS)
I have used quite formal language whilst writing this piece so that it acceptable for most people read although it may exclude less educated audience. But I think that this type of music does not generally attract this audience. I have not used many quotes in the piece and just described it in my own words
Because my magazine is aimed at teenagers and young adult that is the age group that have featured in the areas of the music magazine. Again to go with the mainstream feel the people I have used are wearing popular clothes such as jeans, hoodies and body warmer. I have tried to include both genders although the sway is towards male. I did fear that I may alienate ethnic groups because all of the people featured are white British. I have tried to entice a wide audience by difference emotions and settings for instance the picture on the double page spread is quite refined and thoughtful whereas the picture to represent page 81 in the contents is set in a skate park the character looks quite shady and dangerous.
I believe as I have pointed out in many of the slides, Sonus is quite similar to Q magazine. Q is a monthly music magazine, sold to the Bauer media group in 2008 and so I would be looking for my magazine to produced by Bauer media group or similar. I would aim to sell my magazine through the high street, supermarkets and convenience stores, also I would be looking to produce a app based version because it is forecasted that over 75% of the UK will own a smartphone in 2013. producing a free edition would help gain publicity but is not workable from a business prospective and I do not want my magazine to have to many adverts
My target audience is a mainstream audience of 16-25 year olds, in established middle class and emergent service workers. I would like to say that it is a unisex magazine but I think it would be more popular with men rather than women due to the type of music. Fairly well educated people would also be drawn to this due to the more formal writing and design.
My preliminary sketches were done by hand so I could express my ideas more easily, then we took pictures with a Fujifilm bridge camera similar to the one pictured, the other computer programs I have used are Photoshop to do the front cover, this has been a huge learning curve for me as I entered this course struggling to use the program now I am quite experienced, this the same story for InDesign this is a program that I was unaware of before I started. Surprisingly I have also used Microsoft paint, this was used to join the two pages of the DPS into one Jpeg document. Finally I have also used Wordpressblogging site for the first time which I soon learned how to use.
There are some distinct progressions between my two pieces of works, firstly and quite noticeable is the cropping on my sticker image on the ‘Workload magazine it is roughly cut out and on ‘Sonus’ is a even circle. The fonts have much more impact now, they are thicker and more contrasting to the background. And finally the page has much better organisationand have features of a magazine like price date and barcode. Also the colour of the image is much better have better with the contrast being reduced.