Component 1

So how did it go?

I have now finished component 1, which included researching, designing, producing and evaluating a Music Magazine on a specific genre. The magazine that I made is called ‘Swift’ is now finished and I have uploaded it onto the website so I could see what it actually looks like as a magazine.  You will be able to see this on my home page.

I have found the process of making my music magazine enjoyable, and I have developed many new skills throughout my time making the magazine. One of the new skills in which I have learnt is the use of Indesign. Indesign has allowed me to understand how to use different tools to create different effects, for example creating and using a variety of different fonts, as well as colours of backgrounds and fonts. Within Indesign I have been able to make my front cover, double page spread, and contents page. Another skill that I learnt in doing this was Photoshop. Photoshop allowed me to change background colours and cut out various parts of a picture, as well as allowing me to understand how to remove impurities on the faces of my models. Furthermore I have learnt many new ways of doing research, analysis and evaluation of my own work as well as others. This has enabled me to make a magazine in which I am happy with, as well as helping others to improve theirs. I am happy with the work that I have made and the improvements throughout the year.


CCR 4 – Question 4: So… How did you integrate technologies (software, hardware and online) in this project?

CCR 3 – Question 3: So… How did your production skills develop throughout this project?

CCR 2 – Question 2: So… How does your product engage with audiences and how would it bedistributed as a real media text?

CCR 1 – So… How does your product use or challenge conventionsand how does it represent social groups or issues?

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Question 2: So… How does your product engage with audiences and how would it bedistributed as a real media text?

The Very Final Drafts!

Above you are able to see my most recent, mostly finished draft of my Front Cover, Contents Page and Double Page Spread. The changes that have occurred in these drafts have come from feedback that my teacher has given me, as you should be able to see below.  The changes occurred in which might have made the pages more conventional and make the pages look better all round.

Some of the changes that my teacher said I should make for my pages I haven’t included as I decided it might make it look a bit unconventional. Some of these might be things such as including another inset image onto my front cover. I decided not to do this because I decided it might have made the page look too cluttered. Some things that I did might be things such as adding a price and a sort code to my front cover, as well as changing some colours of my pages, such as the lines on the contents page and the colour of the background on my double page spread. Another huge thing that I changed throughout the pages was the fonts that I used, as the font looked a bit boring and was too similar throughout the entire articles.


Both of these adverts are not my own work, and will not be assessed as my own work. I have simply chosen them as I believe they would be something my target audience would be interested in.

I decided that I was going to use this advert for many reasons. One of the main reasons that I decided I was going to use this advert is because of the use of the colour scheme. I think that the use of the colour scheme is good as it relates to what the people in my magazine might be interested in. Another reason that I decided to use this advert was because of the use of the fashion. I think that the use of the fashion is good because it is very vibrant and would attract the viewers attention. I also think that this advert is good because of the use of all of the inset images. The use of the inset images allow there to be different parts of the advert which would attract the attention of the audience. 

I decided that I was going to use this advert because I believe it is something that my audience would be attracted to. One reason that I think this is because it has got a childish aspect to it. As I believe my target audience is around the age of 16-22 I believe that this would fit in well. Another reason I believe that this advert would be good is because of the use of the colour scheme. I think that the colour scheme is good because it doesn’t look too out there. Another thing that I think that is good about the advert is the fact that it doesn’t look too cluttered on the page. 

Draft 5 Work in Progress

These are the current drafts of my of my front cover, contents page and double page spread.

Front Cover – I have completely changed my front cover. I have changed the font in which my masthead is in. I also completely changed the layout of of the front cover so that it would look better. I also included a different picture into my front cover, as well as a different colour scheme. I have also added new plugs and pugs throughout the page. 

Contents Page – Within the content page I have changed the placement of the images, I have also added more colours to it so the entire thing is not boring to look at. I also changed the placement of the inset image so it doesn’t take up too much place within the page.

Double Page Spread – The changes within my double page spread include adding a border to some of the page. Another thing that I changed is the fade within the background, as well as the placement of the quote and the inset image. I also added lines within the text to separate it, as well as make it look more conventional. 

After looking at my peer feedback some things I need to change are:

  1. The cropping of my inset images as there is a lot of empty space in the boxes.
  2. Another thing he said to try was experimenting with different pictures as I have only tended to use mid shots.
  3. Another thing he said to play with was the cropping of the hair around the my image on the double page spread.
  4. Also another target was to try and punctuate words such as “won’t”

Feedback on Article

I have now completed writing my article, which will be attached to the document. I have also inserted the newest version of my article into my double page spread. 

By adding my article into my double page spread it allows me to receive feedback about how it looks on the page, and how well it fits, this is why you will see ‘continued page 77’ at the end of the article to explain that it has gone onto the next page.

I am happy with how my article looks on my double page spread. I have tried to make the spacing between the words.

The things that I changed within my article were very minimalist things. One thing that I changed within the article were making sure I called my head star by the same name. For example calling him Daniels or Carson.

Another thing that I changed was simple punctuation mistakes as well as spelling mistakes. Another thing that I changed within my article is my stand first.

I did this as it meant that the audience could get some type of a sense of location. I also added some new quotes and I also tried to make it clear that you could tell of the presence of the interviewer, by using many different words to show this.

Please see the full article here

To gather feedback on my article I have asked Harry to read my article aloud. This helps me to understand if any parts of my article might be difficult to read or might be difficult to understand.

 Targets for improvement. 

After listening to Harry reading my article, I have come to the decision that some parts of the article might be hard to read because of my choice of language, so that is something I will be looking to change in order to making the read a bit smoother. Another thing that I noticed is that some of the words continue onto the next page, making it hard to read. Another thing that I decided I need to change is some of the words throughout the article might not have made sense, therefore this is something that I will look into changing. 

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