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Media Music Magazine

The evalution of my music magazine process

Cindy Ward

on 24 April 2011

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Transcript of Media Music Magazine

Tasks: Front page analysis
Contents page analysis
Double page spread analysis
Mood board
Front page design
Contents page design
Double page spread design Front page analysis As a part of my coursework I was required to do research into the context of music magazines. We had to analyse them and point out media conventions and anything else that stood out. I fisrt analysed front covers: Contents page analysis Double page spread analysis These are examples of how i analysed my findings Mood board After I finished my analysis, I had to do at least one mood board which included images, logos, fonts and colours. They were allowed to be done on Photoshop, Microsoft software or as a hand collage. My Questionnaire After completing my mood boards, I had to create and distribute questionnaires aimed at my target audience for my music magazine. They had to be completed by at least thirty participants. I first thought of the types of questions I would want answered, once I had a clear idea I began to write them down. I wanted to know whether or not colour schemes mattered to people or if they didn’t mind random colours being on a page. Here are some sample questions included in my questionnaire Once I had finished my questionnaire, I made sure I distributed them to my target audience; teenagers and young adults. I decided that my target audience would be teenagers and young adults, because I am in that category myself and I wanted to do a magazine that could relate to people of similar ages to me. Following the information I received from my questionnaires I thought that it would e a good idea to do an R&B magazine because out of all the people who completed the questionnaire, 40% said that R&B are the genre that they are most interested in. Pie chart analysis Once I received all my feedback, I analysed them and made pie charts from the results I received. With the feedback I received I had to consider how I would use them to help me create my front cover, contents page and double page spread. For example, from my findings I found that 50% of people minded if a magazine contained advertisements throughout. This made me not want to include much in my front page, contents page or double page spread. Front page design To make my front page I started with a black background, because I think black is a bold colour and that it would help to catch a person’s attention. I then decided to use a big image in the centre of my page, because after analysing other R&B music magazines, I found that there are usually big images placed in the centre of the page. I continued to add to my front page; my logo; images; text From my front page alone, I feel that I am able to sell a relaxed and calm lifestyle. The people in my photo illustrate this. They don’t seem stressed over anything; they are chilling out, listening to music together. The fact that they are smiling shows that they are happy and enjoying themselves Contents Page Design When I thought about my contents page, I decided that I wanted a mixture of at least two colours. I wanted colours that stood out and looked stylish. I tried a variety of colours first: After looking at these ideas, I thought that it would be better if I blended in darker and lighter colours together. After my first try of that, I produced a background that I really liked and that became my contents page background. I like this background because I think the colours go really well together and it doesn’t look too flashy or too bland. I then started adding other text boxes and images. Double Page Spread Design To begin with I didn’t really have an initial plan when designing my double page spread. I started to design as I went along and ended up with this: However, I soon stopped, because looking over it I didn’t really like it. I felt it looked too colourful and didn’t fit into the genre I was aiming at. I think I did my double page spread this way, because I was rushing, I didn’t take time to think about it like I had done my contents page and front page. So I decided to start all over again, the second time around, I wanted to make sure I took my time and properly thought through how I was going to design my double page spread I looked over different double page spreads, R&B ones in particular and analysed their colours, text; images and tried to make them relevant to my page. I started with adding a picture. I then started thinking about backgrounds and background colours. I didn’t want a really bright background; because I planed on the text being a bright colour and I wanted the dark background to help promote the colours. After I while I found myself with a double page spread I really liked. For the most of it I really just clicked around on Photoshop. I added the text in from the interview I made. I didn’t want it too seem like much, because I didn’t want my audience to think of it like that and put them off. To try and engage their attention, I used black and yellow as a combination. I wasn’t sure if it would work, but once I tried it I liked it and didn’t feel; the need to change it. With the main image, I started to tamper with some of the effects in Photoshop. This was one of the first effects I got with my image I thought it went really well with the background but was still able to stand out because of the colour of the text. I added another picture in the right hand corner of my page, just so that there was more than one. I continued to add things as I went along, but not recklessly like the first time around. Every time I changed something or added something, I thought about whether or not I liked it; or if it went with what I was trying to portray. After I had finished my front page, contents page and double page spread, I had to consider what kind of media institutions I wanted to distribute my media product. I started to think of different companies that could distribute my product and other business I have seen magazines similar to mine. I thought it would be a good idea to approach a newsagents, because in the past I have seen a huge variety of different kinds of magazines there including many music ones and R&B, which is relevant to me. In companies like Tesco and Sainsburys, I have realised that they have much more children’s magazines than they do music alone, so it probably wouldn’t be the best choice to distribute my magazine there. The whole process of making all three of my media products has taught me a lot about technology. The main program I used for the making of each product was Photoshop, a program I rarely used in the past. I was able to use different kinds of tools and effects I never knew the program had. I experimented a lot by selecting different buttons to see what they could do. I found the cutting tool very useful as it helped me to form pictures the way I wanted them to be. I also found the gradient tool very helpful as well as it enabled me to experiment with different coloured backgrounds. In my own time I used Microsoft PowerPoint to construct things like my logo and titles. I was already quite familiar with PowerPoint, so I didn’t really have any trouble using it. At times I also used Paint, just to help crop a few images. Looking back at my preliminary task I feel that I have gained knowledge about magazines as a whole. From all the research I carried out, I have realised that a lot of work goes into one single magazine. There are so many factors that need to be considered and everything has to be thought about carefully. When I first heard that I had to make a front page, contents page and double page spread, I was quite excited and to be honest I thought it was going to be easy. I never realised I had to put so much into consideration, like target audience, themes; camera angles. After carrying out this task, I am now aware that these factors are extremely important in the construction of a magazine. I never realised how much thought had to go into these issues. Before I started the task I never even thought about something like camera angles. I just thought I could take a few pictures place them on the page and that would that. However, the way a picture is taken means a lot; it alone can help define a genre or lifestyle and I can truthfully say that I can define the genre of a magazine based on colour scheme alone. All the research I carried out was really helpful. It assisted me in the making of my own magazine as I often used them for references. It gave me the opportunity to really analyse a front cover and contents page. In the past I didn’t really take much of an interest in colour schemes or fonts. If I could re do the whole project, there would be a few things I would change. I would probably use a bit more effects on my front page and contents page, like I did my double page spread because looking back at my double page spread now I really like the effects I used. I think it helps make the page stand out. Also, I would probably include more photos of people, because I really only had one or two for each task. I decided not to take the picture at any type of angle, because I felt that it would have made it look complicated and I wanted to maintain the simple theme I had originally agreed with. I made sure that some of the colours in the image were brighter than the background so that it stood out. However, what I realised with most other R&B music magazines is that they try not to use too many colours on one page, at most they use 3-4. So I didn’t want my picture to seem to complex. I also made sure that I made the image of the picture quite big, because from my questionnaire I found that 51% of people are interested in photos/ pictures when buying music magazines. So I thought if I made the image big enough, it would help capture my target audience’s attention and hopefully gain their interest. 2 3 4 1 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 Cindy Ward
Media Evaluation
Candidate Number: 6204
Centre Number: 10654 After my finshed product, i asked for feedback from my target audience, these were some of the responses i received: Nice Layout
Organised looking style
Nice, distinctive logo
Maybe use more different colours
Surreal use of bright colours
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