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Transcript of Media Evaluation
Double page conventions
The double-page spread did follow the forms and conventions of real mainstream media products as the majority of the style and theme was replaced in favor of a more slick layout that best reflected the style and attitude of teh artist in question. When researching NME's double-page on Dizzee Rascal I noticed that NME style had been dropped in favor of something more representative of the artists style. I also noticed that double page spreads often have allot more white space then the rest of the magazine and will have large grab quotes acting as the 'title' for the page. The text for the article is normally on the right hand page and the image is on the left or spread over both. I kept these conventions in mind when creating my own magazine as I made it a personal task of mine to best replicate the style and feel of a mainstream magazine double-page spread.
1.In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of a real media product?
As appose to challenging the forms and conventions of real media product/magazine, I have tried to replicate the basic layout of the majority of mainstream magazines as best I can. When researching music magazines, I focused particularly on NME and Kerrang! as these magazines featured genre's that I wanted to include in my own product (Rock, Alternative) and so I took inspiration from them. I liked NME's 'slick' and stylish layout and Kerrang!'s 'grungey' and look and feel and so I made it an objective to try and land my magazine somewhere in between. I think that the balance of the two styles I was after meant that my media product took full use of the forms and conventions, with clear distinctions between the cover lines, different font sizes, strict color palette and a masthead/logo that is repeated throughout the pages. However I would also argue that the style I have created certainly builds on the forms and conventions and develops them in a unique way with a pattern in colour and heavy use of textured borders around the pages and images. I have not seen any other magazines with my style and I am pleased with the outcome.
My contents page certainly follows the conventions and forms of most mainstream magazines to an extent. I have used the rule of three layout in order to help position the text and images. This is a convention that is almost always used in single-page contents pages in mainstream
magazines, including NME and Kerrang!, both magazines being inspiration for my own. Due to the fact that my magazine has a single page contents, the rule of three layout was probably the best approach to making it easily accessible by the target audience. Another convention I followed was through the presentation of images and text, I placed an image in each column, a commonly used technique on contents pages in order to break up the text and fill white space. Each of the images had a large page number pasted into the corner, this allows the audience to find the page in relation to the image. This is a form that I have seen on Kerrang! and NME magazines contents pages. The text also followed fomrs as I placed the page number, sub-heading and brief summary of whats on the page.
Rule of thirds
Front cover conventions
Rule of thirds
Price & Date
Textured borders/bars and backdrop