1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? Masthead and titleA convention is a typical way of laying out a magazine, in this case the mast head would usually be at the top of the front cover, heading the page. Magazines all generally follow the same convention because it makes it easier for the audience. The mast head and the title are one of the most important aspects of a magazine. They show what kind of magazine it is and suggests from the name, font and colours who the magazine may be targeted towards. The title of my magazine is ‘Euphoria’ I chose this name because I feel like the music and fashion talked about within my magazine are created to be enjoyable and make you happier. I used the font [insert font I used here] for the masthead because I felt that it portrayed the theme for my magazine well, it is clear, bold and easy to read perfect for my target audience. I chose for my masthead to be similar to the one created for ‘Company Magazine’ I chose this magazine because it is a popular magazine with a well constructed front cover layout and is directed at the same target audience is my magazine is. The main inspiration I took from this magazine is the way they have the masthead slightly covered by the main front cover image in almost every issue
PuffsI used puffs on my front cover and also on my feature article I found that these were very useful for getting important information to stand out from the rest of the page and also contributed to the style of my magazine. I used bright colours such as pink for these so they they stood out and this also went with my house colours, I found that conventionally in many magazines, if puffs are used they are also in bright colours to catch the eye of the reader. I put information in these puffs that I want to
use to sell my magazine, such as the sort of issue it was. For instance my music magazine was also based on fashion so had â€˜The Fashion Issueâ€™ written in the bubble to draw a larger target audience. Cover linesCover lines tent to surround the main cover image, I researched many music and fashion magazines to see how professional magazines set out their cover lines and notices that most follow the same convention. I also noticed that some magazines had challenged this convention by adding the main cover line across the main image, I found this interesting and thought I would try it out for myself. The rest of my cover lines were written around my image in two colours and one standard font. The colours I used complimented each other. When I researched cover lines I found that most other magazines used two colours for their cover lines so this is what I went with. All my cover lines are written in the same font but for some to stand out I used italics and bold, I found this really help to make certain cover lines stand out and also break up the text. Drop capsOn my feature article I used drop caps, I found that most feature articles used this and I think that it gives it a professional touch. I used this conventional form for a media product because I didnâ€™t feel as there was any reason to challenge it. Colour scheme and house styleFor my colour scheme I decided to challenge the conventional scheme, I picked colours for my feature article that slightly clashed I found that this made my feature article a bit individual and found that it worked really well and then though they wernt conventional matching colours still looked good together. On my front cover and contents page I went for pastel colours, for this I took inspiration from company magazine again I found that they had used soft colours to convey a relaxed yet fun and enjoyable feel. For my cover contents page and my feature article I stuck to the conventional 4 colour house style and found that this worked really well and stopped my pages from looked messy, cluttered and unprofessional. KickerOn my feature I found that the kicker is a great way to separate the introduction to your article from the rest of it. It is written in bold as you want it to stand out from the rest of the text. This part of the article is very important because it is the first part of the article that you will read after the title, it will give you a teaster of what is to come in the rest of the article and is put their to draw people to carry on reading. Many magazines use a kicker although I did find many that challenged this and skipped this part of a article layout, I think this is done to be individual and modernise the layout of the article. I enjoyed developing this convention to fit with my magazine because I feel it really sets of the format of my article.
Sub headingsFor my article content I used sub headings, I used these because they separate the text. I found that for a large double page spread it makes the article more readable and means that you can pick out certain bits that you want to read more than others. This is conventionally done in articles featuring an interview, which mine does. The journalist style of the written contentThe written content of my feature article is structured but I have made it so that it is easy to read for a young audience but it also has a mature twist to is with the sub headings I felt though this challenged the typical convention of a music magazine for a young target audience but not enough to confuse a young reader. My content does not have swear words because I think that this is inappropriate for readers and not essential for this type of article.