Evaluation question 7- looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
I learnt a lot whilst creating both my magazine covers. I knew that my two magazines were going to be completely different so I already knew that the designs were going to be different. I researched already existing music magazines similar to my magazine such as kerrang and RockSound. There are very few magazines that cater to rock/metal music so I knew that magazine would have to be different and stand out from the others in order for it to do well. My magazine is aimed at a specific audience where as my college magazine was aimed at all college students. My college magazine had to be very formal and neat looking where as my music magazine was informal and edgy looking, just like the target audience for it. The only things similar about both magazines are that bright colours are used for the font and text and there is only one model on the cover and the text is framed around them making them the focal point. I used Photoshop to create both magazines. I felt pretty confident using Photoshop as I’ve used it before so I already knew my way around it quite well. I thought i would experiment with different tools and see how they worked on my cover. For creating the college magazine, I stuck to the basic tools which is why it’s quite boring, where as I used a variety of tools i had never used before such as the ‘text glow’ and ‘colour picking’ tools.
I think the most important thing I learnt was that only 3 in 10 magazines survive past their first 4 years of being published so it takes a lot for your magazine to survive. I knew that my magazine, more importantly SoundCheck, because itâ€™s a magazine that will be available to all public, not just 1 college so it will be up against already existing music magazines that have been around for a long time and have a large audience.