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Codes and Conventions of a Magazing Front Cover.

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Chloe Hicks

on 8 October 2012

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Transcript of Codes and Conventions of a Magazing Front Cover.

Codes and Conventions of Magazine Front Covers Title. Always the biggest text on the page Placed in the left had corner or full length of top of magazine A unique font is used that is only associated with that particular magazine This magazine also shows the title as the biggest piece of text on the cover. This follows the codes and conventions. A magazine front cover has a consistent, bright and eye catching colour scheme. It usually has no more than 4 different colours. Medium-Close shot is used for the one main image. Coverlines The main image is always photoshoped. This creates feeling and meaning. Conventionally one or two words. All images have direct address; Coverlines give the reader an insight to what is inside the rest of the magazine and intrigues them to want to find out more, and buy the magazine. They are usually only one or two lines to attract attention. Sublines; Give more information about the article, all done in as few or short words possible. It tends to be alliteration, which makes it more intriguing and fun for the reader. Sometimes puns are included e.g 'a sucker for vacuums'. They all have a consistent font and colour scheme. Puffs and Buzzwords. Puffs: Something additional to the magazine contents e.g in a fashion/gossip magazine there might be a free item of make-up. This is to appeal to the reader, and make it look like you are getting 'more for your money' Buzzwords: A common example of a buzzword is 'exclusive'. This makes it look like that specific magazine is the only magazine to have that gossip or information, almost as if that magazine is the only place to read it. 'PLUS' is often in a strip at the bottom of the magazine with a list of names, artists or gossip. The barcode is always on the front of the magazine, along with the price and sometimes the issue date. However, the issue date can be situated by the title. The barcode is always situated on the front as there is always an advertisement on the back of a magazine.
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