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1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? My title ‘Domino’ I believe is quite original, and I have yet to have seen another magazine with a title like it. I think it gives the masthead a good effect because of the colour contrast between the blue and the green, which makes it stand out more. This isn’t a typical music magazine title, because it is an unusual font, and normally magazines have big and bold fonts which stand out. This is a serif font, and has a contrast of dark blues and light blues which gives it a shadowy kind of effect.

This banner is catchy and the colours yellow and black, which connotes danger, and warning which gives it a good effect and gets reader’s attention. This is quite frequent on music magazines, as they are all trying to catch the public’s eye, and trying to tell them that this is the magazine to get the best information and latest music news from. Although, this colour scheme seems to quite unique as I haven’t seen it on any published magazines as of yet. It instantly tells the public to buy this magazine if they are interested in new releases and gig reviews, as it sums up what is in the magazine just by this short snappy border.

This cover line is the boldest and biggest writing on my front cover. This is because it attracts the audience as the person’s name stands out, and my target audience would be fans of his, so it would immediately catch their attention and make them look. The way the masthead stands out more than the title is quite common with magazines, for instance this magazine automatically makes your eyes go to the name ‘Alicia’ as that is what they have made centre and the most eye catching thing on the magazine cover. This is very similar to mine, and there are many more like it. This ‘OK’ magazine is also similar making the word ‘Britney’ the most bold thing on the cover, which is exactly what I have done making ‘Zach’ the boldest word. I think magazines do this to attract readers that are interested in the people that are being interviewed or have been written about.


My main cover photo is very bold, the posture and the expression connote rap music, straight away. It is very similar to other music magazines main photos, as this pose is well known. It makes the singer look powerful and intimidating which attracts a lot of readers. The camera angle was low so it connotes power, and his expression shows a lot of aggression. Some examples of magazines that use a similar photo are:

My cover lines are similar to other magazines because they have a contrast of two colours to promote each other, and make the names stand out. I made the names of the artist’s a bigger font size to make them more clear and obvious to the reader as to who is included in my magazine. The Men’s health magazine has a similar cover line idea, where they make the title of it stand out which is the same as the names of the artist’s on my magazine cover. The way he has coordinated the colours using black and white is very similar to my colour scheme although I mixed mine up a bit to give it a good effect.

This above is placed on top of a photo, and tells the readers who it is in the photo and what the magazine will tell you about them inside. This is very common in magazines because it gives it a good effect and is a key element to some magazines, and adds to the contents page, and makes it more interesting to the readers, as it’s more eye catching and doesn’t look like everything’s listed as then people won’t read it as it would get boring. Some examples of other magazines that have writing are: These all follow the same idea as what I used, by placing some writing in the corner to describe what the picture is


and what information we are going to be giving out on the artist. This side bar gives out information on a certain subject in the music industry – duets. This brings focus to it by using a box round the outside, and not just randomly chucked in. It also gives it an organized kind of effect because it’s placed and put in a category. I chose to put it like this because it looks neater, and my magazine front cover is quite smooth and tidy and there’s not much on it, so I thought this could carry that on. These two follow the same idea as me, by making their contents page look neater by adding boxes to it, and it also gives it a better look and makes it look more modern.

This text is from my double page spread. It is an interview and is very common on these pages. It is the informative page in my project and therefore consists of the most writing, and tells us what we want to know. Most magazines have got what I have done, where they have a big picture on one side and then all the writing on the other side. This is good because then if people are interested in the person in the photo, they can look to the left and find out all about them. I used gutters because I felt it made it look neater, and I used drop caps too. I think the drop caps gave it a good effect and this is common in lots of magazines. The idea of making the questions bold and darker was to make them stand out more, and I think it gives it a strong effect and makes it easy to recognize the questions from the answers. This picture is part of my double page spread; it represents who the interview is on, and shows pictures of the supposedly new daddy with his baby girl. I decided to follow a few other magazines by putting a big picture on the right, and an interview on the left. This is very common with


magazines as it gives readers a big picture and then loads of writing if they want to read about this artist. I added some writing at the top left corner explaining what the photo was about and what was happening in it. I then put a quote underneath because it gives out more information and is a snippet from the interview which therefore, will make people possibly read it if they liked what it says, and are interested in it. This is a very popular way of doing a double page spread and there are lots of magazines that follow the exact same plan as mine. Some examples are below:

This Kerrang magazine follows a similar idea, by having the artist on the left and then all the writing on the right, and the fact that they have changed the question and answer colours to make the co-ordinate within each other, to draw attention to the questions.

This is another example of a double page spread, out of the magazine named ‘Q’. This one is very similar to mine, although it isn’t an interview on the right. The text is all the same font, colour and size too and there is no obvious text that stands out to readers. There’s a drop cap in there too.


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