Question 5: how did you attract/address your audience? My magazine has been designed to attract and address my target audience by using contrasting colours, bright colours on a dark background I think that this catches the attention my target audience. Because in my survey they said that they would like bright colours on a magazine. I think that my front cover grabs the attention of my target audience by having eye-catching and bold cover lines to draw my reader into reading the main article, I have also heavily lent towards images rather than text because my target audience are still in school and do a lot of reading when studying so being able to still understand what is happening in the magazine and getting a feel for it just through the pictures is important so that they can go back and read through the magazine later on, when they are less tired, I think that this makes my magazine much more entertaining because my audience can escape just by looking through the pictures, I have also added little captions underneath the pictures to explain them or where they were taken including this and other factors like informal text encourages my audience to explore the magazine and read through all of it. I have also This will attract them to pick up the magazine by.. When doing my research I have found magazines like forgotten fantasy(1970-1971 US) and beyond fantasy fiction (1953-1954) these are both magazines that didn’t do well being published , in America they were published for less than 5 years between I found these magazines of Wikipedia and I think that they didn’t last very long because they were targeting a audience that weren’t interested in fantasy magazines and magazines of that genre, in the 50’s to 70’s science fiction and fiction as a genre was only just picking up fans and readers as the film war of the world was released in the 1950s it set off a chain reaction of publishers trying to rein act the same fame in that genre, but in these magazines they have made them hybrids to broaden the niche audience into a bigger ones, I think because of this and that they didn’t probably research into their chosen target audience or what they wanted, I have avoided doing this in my magazine research. i also think that there front covers arent eyecatching and use dark colours they don’t have a clear storyline or target, it dosent clearely show what the magazine is about and what is inside.
I keep my audience interested by featuring lots of freebies and deals because young people who are still at school don’t have much spare money this will keep my audience coming back to buying my magazine and then becoming a regular fan, I have also use social networking like email, twitter and the internet heavily in my magazine because young people spend most of their time communicating through these devices so having a interactive and easy access element to my magazine is important because they want to access the magazine on different formats like online and on there phone and tablet having a web address on each page makes this easier to do and helps my audience have access to my product where ever they go. I have addressed my audience by including popular bands and pictures from gigs they have actually sent in themselves, this gives my target audience a sense that they have a hand in what goes in the magazine and what direction it go in next week. I think that my magazine would be on the middle shelf in the shop because this is the shelf that is easier to see the magazine because it isn’t two high up and not to low down that you have two bend down to look at it.
Question 6: What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? I think I have learned how to make a magazine and relate it to a specific target audience, I have also learned new skills and improved my previous skills on Photoshop by learning shortcuts to do things faster, I have also been able to add and practice the techniques I have already learned in Graphic and Photography. I have learned more of what the different tools on Photoshop do like the lasso tool.
which helps you cut out sections of a picture and copy and paste it on top of one another I have used this a lot in my magazine because it is a quicker way of cutting out large bits rather than using the rubber tool, I have also gotten used to the layers on Photoshop you can click ctrl to select the layer you want by clicking the picture this makes everything quicker when you have lots of different layers to find the one thing you want to edit of change the colour of, I also think that I have got a better idea of what colours go together in magazine s and what to stay away from. In addition I have also learned how to organise my work better and use blogger to put all of my work into one place which is easy to navigate, I have used labels that are numbered so other people can find my work easily, and when doing my work.
I have also learned how to up load different document I might not have used before, but downloading it on to different formats, this taught me that I can use a wide range of technology’s when uploading my work. I learned to use the html code on things because this website didn’t let you copy and paste things straight from other sources, I think that this is good because it stops copyright infringement.
I have used lots of different websites to do my work, for example I have used flicker to create a book to put my results of my questionnaire on I think that this looks better than being in a word document. I found working on blogger easy to pick up and understand this I also used flicker and prezi the advantages of using these websites are that you can do it at home or were ever you can get internet. I liked that it was easy to access at the beginning of the year I thought I would never be able to do similar websites than the ones I was shown from previous years but I picked it up easy and I think that it is good that you can customise it to suite you this makes it more unique and interesting to look at where as just having it in a essay it wouldn’t be as fun to look through I think that it would drag on to much, also I think that having everything on a blog takes up less room on your computer’s memory because when doing lots of work you lose a lot of the space on the computer therefor having it on a blog also makes it easy to publish and share around lots of different people using social networking,
when doing my questionnaire I got all of my results from uploading it to Facebook and Twitter there lots of different people can share it with their friends and this gave me much more results than if I would have sent paper around people to get my results. Secondly I think that the disadvantages of using these websites are that it can be easy to get things lost on the computer, if you donâ€™t save it properly also, I think that if you donâ€™t save the file of work as the right file e.g. jpeg or word document this can take quite a lot of time to change them all around to the right document to put on your blog. Overall using these in media compared to more traditional ways of analysing work and collecting information is much better and I think that the skills I have learned in this lesson has been very useful I could see myself using it again in my other subjects because I think that it could be another way of promoting yourself and your work, It could be good to put your cv onto it and all of your work experience and grades, I like how you can organise large amount of work easily with in a click of a button. This makes my questionnaire more interesting to look through, I like that it looks professional and that is why I have used it before in other lessons, I also like how it animates the pages and makes it more interactive to look through with sound and a clear and simple colour codeing system. Having these labels have helped me to keep all of my work organised and easy to understand