Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
Over the duration of the project I have learnt new skills. Such as, how to develop my ideas, how to research and analyze magazines. By making a music magazine I have been able to use software which I hadnâ€™t used before therefore I was able to expand my knowledge on how the software works. At the beginning of the coursework I had to learn the conventions of a Music Magazine. I then had to identify the conventions. This is just one example of what I have learnt in the progression of my product.
At the beginning of my Foundation Portfolio, I had never used Photoshop before. Our first task was to make a Sixth Form magazine. We had to individually make a front cover and contents page. Aimed a 16-18 year olds. Which I made both in the space of 2 hours. This allowed me to practice a layout of my magazine, what kind of images I should used and also what conventions should be included.
Images for the appropriate audience. (Same age)
Date and issue number
Catchy name of Magazine â€œSixth Senseâ€? aimed at A Sixth Form.
My Sixth Form magazine was very basic and had very little information on even though I still had to think about the continuous house-style. When looking at my final magazine you can clearly see the difference in quality. I wouldnâ€™t of been able to make such a high quality magazine without researching, analyzing magazine, planning and developing my ideas. I believe that these stages in the process helped me the most during the progression of my product?
Sixth Form Magazine
First attempt at making my product
I had originally made a music magazine, however as soon as I had finished it I then went back and changed the whole magazine. From the images I had used, the house style and the layout. I did not think that my magazine looked as professional as it could have been.
I then had to reschedule my photo-shoots, change my interview to make the language and the theme more suitable for my target audience.
After analyzing magazines such as NME, Kerrang!, Q and Mojo I began to notice the common conventions which helped me to construct a high quality media product which appeal to my target audience. I then put that knowledge into making plan of my magazine. I heavily based the layouts of the front cover, contents and double page spreads on past magazines who have the same target audience.
I made several designs which allowed me to see which layouts worked well for the style of my magazines.
During the planning stages I had then given out a questionnaire to my target audience, this had given me first hand answers. By doing this I could also expand my ideas further to what fitted my audience, I believe that by making this product I have been able to achieve good/ positive audience feedback and research.
When I had made my Sixth form Magazine I had only taken 2 images which would be included. However for Momentum Magazine I had to plan a whole photo-shoot. For all 5 different artists which were included in my magazine. I also progressed with the use of lighting which then made my magazine look higher standard and professional
You can clearly see the development in my images. I had thought more about the misen-scene, the lighting , the positions which my artist is in and which ones work well with the style of magazine.