Use this sheet to help you analyse your 3 chosen double page spreads (DPS) Can you spot the following features? Why are the features used in the DPS? 1. Layout and Design How is the DPS laid out? Is it mainly textled or pictureled? How many columns of text in the DPS? How are the columns organised?
2. Images used – what photographs are used in the DPS and why? How is the lead singer positioned in the photo? How is the band or artist portrayed in the photographs? Does this portrayal tiein with the band’s image? What are the connotative meanings of the photos? Give reasons for your answer.
3. Headline – what language is used in the headline? Do they use a direct quote? What language features can you spot? What font style, colour and layout have they used for the headline? Is this consistent with the House Style of the magazine?
4. Pull Quote – do they use one? If so what does the Pull Quote state? Who is it from? How does the Pull Quote relate to the whole article? 5. Standfirst – how is the magazine introduced to the reader? What image of the band is sold in the standfirst? 6. Copy – how has the journalist organised the story? How does the journalist introduce the band? What descriptive language does the journalist
employ? How many direct quotes does the journalist use? How much do we find out about the artist? Do you think that the band or artist would be happy with the DPS? Give reasons for your answer.
7. VALS – having read the DPS what comments can you make about the VALS of the target readership? 8. Photoshop CS3 techniques – list a few Photoshop effects that you like from the DPS and tell me how you could achieve the effects you like.