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Analysis of Q magazine

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Images on the front cover of the front cover Colours on front masthead cover is a white Q Design The magazines in a red square so the reader’s eyes are drawn to it and recognises it as a Q The main image onand the front The text the keeps front cover is well Themagazine. magazines masthead is a lines are Some of the colours also redon which the colour going throughout the front cover cover shows a singer laid out and fit around the main white Q in awith redthe square so theThis give an impression to the reader of the magazine that it is well laid out andthat matches masthead. that will the image so the cover lines don’t cover identify the magazine as a reader’s eyes are drawn to it and creators thought about how the magazine was going to look. The colour red also stands out really well and creates the artists face, which shows that music magazine and nothing the feeling must read it. recognises it that as a you Q magazine. the creators of the magazine thought else. This means when people Some of the colours lines are about how big their text was going to are looking for magazine they also red which keeps the colour be and what the cover line where know this is a music one and going throughout the front cover and worked around the image. The that the information provided is and matches with the masthead. font used on the front cover is about music. The main image This gives an impression to the mostly sans serif but also some serif also shows what genre the reader of the magazine that the music magazine is about, which font, so it shows that the magazine colours are well laid out and that Q is shown to be an indie pop isn’t completely formal but still the creators thought about how magazine, so will feature indie shows professionalism in how the the magazine was going to look. pop singers and bands. formed the magazine. The colour red also stands out really well and creates the feeling that you must read it. How words are used What the singer on the front The Q on the masthead is very cover looks like big which stands out the most The main image is a close up or and draws the eye to it which is direct address of a singer which how they grab the attention of would be featured in the readers. magazine itself. I think the The cover lines are short and to reason why the singer is giving the point which to the reader direct address is so that it looks shows that it might not be and like he is looking at you information heavy magazine. however you look at the image The puff talks about a 16 page he is looking at you. To the exclusive. This leads the reader reader it gives an impression to reading the magazine to find that he is looking at you so you out what it is. If the reader likes buy the magazine, as though reading then what the puff you must read it. shows will interest the reader. The contents are easily identifiable by how the cover lines are in large bold letters and Language used are also sans serif which stands The language used on the front cover is very imperative and stand out, like out more because of how blocky the singers’ name, which is the biggest word on the page so stands out the they are. most. Institution and distribution Q magazine published by Mark Ellen and David Hepworth and was founded in 1986. Other things that Mark Ellen is, is the re-launch editor of Select, and the launch managing editor of Mojo. David Hepworth had contributions to NME and Sounds and also joined the newly launched Smash Hits magazine in 1979. Q is available as print and as an online digital copy.

Overall impression The magazine front cover gives a good impression of the contents of the page by the puff and also the cover lines are easy to read and show some of what will be shown in more detail in the magazine. I think that the magazine is designed to appeal to people who enjoy indie pop music because of who and what information is featured in the magazine. It represents the readers’ interests by showing a little bit of what is going to be in the magazine. The readers that are not addressed are people that like completely different music such as classical or rap music because of how the magazine looks and also who is featured on the front cover, that being either the main image or the cover lines.

Colours on the contents page The colours on the contents page are mostly the same as the front cover, that being red, white and black. The cover lines on this page are black with a red line separating the cover line title and the actual information so that you see the title first then read the information. The masthead of the contents page is red as well, contents in black and issue in white so the masthead is just the same and so that they are separated.

Design The words all fit well around the images and none of them cover the image because then you wouldn’t be able to see the cover lines well. The contents page uses the same font styles and colours as the front cover so keeps the conventions of a normal magazine, which also means the it is well organised and well laid out. On this page they are mainly using serif font because previously, on the front cover they were using sans serif, which means they probably wanted it to be a little bit different.

How word are used on the contents The masthead showing that it is a contents page is very clear so shows that this is a contents page and nothing else. The words used on the contents page are on the cover lines, which show the singers or bands names and then the information about them. The buzz on this page is showing “50 Ultimate British Songs” which doesn’t really tell the reader where to read about or see this information, so leads the reader to continue reading the magazine to find it. The contents page is where the reader can find what interest them and then read about that so they don’t have to read the whole magazine to find what they like, so on the contents page is the cover lines which talk about different singers and bands that people like then the reader can find that page easily.

Images The images on the contents page are images that will be seen later on in the magazine because of the folios which are page references which also match with one of the cover lines on the contents page. There is no main image on this page there are lots of smaller images which show different singers and bands which will have their own article on later in the magazine.

Language used on the The language on the contents page grabs the readers’ attention by showing what they want to read, if they have an article about one band that there reader likes then they will probably read it. Overall impression This is the contents page so is doing its job to inform the reader of the contents of the magazine and where to find them.

Colour of dps The colours of the double page spread are the same as the front cover and contents page which are red, white and black. This shows they have kept the same style throughout their magazine which shows organisation in the magazine. The red Q on the left side really grabs the attention of the reader of the magazine. The Q is the representation of this magazine so it is common to see it throughout the magazine.

How words are used on dps There are aspects of alliteration in the text “The Seldom Seen Kid” which is good for making the text flow and shows formality. There is also a lot of facts in the text which also shows to the reader that they gathered information for the article, that it is educated and they paid attention to the detail of the article. This is making sure the reader knows the facts, knows that they are true and from a reliable source.

Design of dps The words on the double page spread are on a separate page to the images. This divides the text and pictures so that the words are not around the images, like on the contents and front cover pages, and clearly shows that it is an individual article about a band. The style of lettering is serif so that more information will fit on the page, and it looks more professional.

Language The language on the double page spread is very formal rather than a magazine, for example, Kerrang which is quite laid back and not as formal. This magazine is formal because then it shows that it is more professional and more upper class, however it also means it could be quite serious and to the point.

Images on dps On the right side of the double page spread there is one larger picture with smaller images surrounding it. The reason why the larger image has the lead singer on it is so that it represents the ideal that the target reader would aspire to. The reason why there are differing sizes of images is so that the eye is drawn round the page and you see all the images.

Overall impression This page is designed to appeal to people that like this specific band because it isn’t about any other singer or band and has a lot of information and interview quotes about this band, so wouldn’t appeal to everyone reading this magazine.

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