So how did it go?

Overall, I am very happy with my end product of my final music magazine Pop Party. On this journey of creating my music magazine I have learnt a lot on using the interface of InDesign, skill wise I didn’t have any experience in InDesign prior to the journey and basically the whole process summed up was trial and error. In addition, pretty much playing around with the tools that I knew from experience that I had into Photoshop. however, the tools didn’t perform the same actions as they did in Photoshop which was something as previously mentioned became a trial and error experiment in InDesign for me to adjust to the tools.

The feedback that I received from my peers and teachers was very beneficial for me in the process and aided my progression in my magazines in terms of visual presentation alongside matching the conventions of a magazine. Something which was tiring in the process was the redrafting of my magazine over and over again, however, I understood how each piece of feedback would only improve my magazine and not make it worse, visually I can see the fruition of the feedback in my final drafts of my music magazine.

I would say in my opinion my contents page was the worst of the pages that I created in my first drafts, however, with the feedback that I was given in addition to inspiration in the form of other content pages of the same genre helped to achieve the final content page that I have today. Below is the comparison of the first draft of my contents page in contrast to my final draft, the comparison of the pages I believe shows the progression and is a visual indicator of my skills that I have developed on this journey. On the left is my first draft of my contents page and on the right is my final draft of it. As visually seen the conventions are well placed and integrated well I believe on my final draft in addition visually look appeasing to the eye in comparison to the first draft which was mess in terms of colors,placement,graphics,typeface,image,words, and realize how important it is to consider these elements in print media in order to reaching target audiences for example, as well as being aesthetically pleasing to the audience in order to achieve sales and goals.

Looking at these comparisons, I can see my progression in InDesign, as well as knowledgeably knowing the conventions of a magazine and knowing how to integrate them into my magazine.

Conclusively, for future projects and coursework I believe that I should have set a clear design in mind of how visually the magazine would look and not procrastinate on the design, however at the same time matching the conventions of a magazine. In addition, do more additional research on the program and interface in order for me to get to used to the program and have more knowledge on it which allow me to be efficient time wise and quality wise of my product.

So… How is it going?

Now I have produced a Front Cover page, Contents Page and a double page spread. I am happy with the outcome of all of the pages that I have produced, all the pages integrate together well and convey the genre of pop and express my pop star sufficiently through the image and meaning that I am trying to communicate through him, and have obtained and developed skills on DTP for example in InDesign where the majority of works take place to present and portray the genre of pop through my designs.

The mise en scene also help in contributing the genre of pop throughout my drafts. For example, the costume of my model gives the casual look that I was aiming to achieve on my front cover and provides that pop casual feeling which illustrates the genre of pop through the costume and props of my model. In addition, the model on my double page spread the mise en scene which I have used there on my model also portrays the same casual feeling that I aimed to achieve the nature of a successful pop star.

For inspiration for my drafts I used other music magazines in particular the Billboard Magazine helped me a lot in constructing my magazine as it gave me ideas on how to construct my magazine and the layout of it which helped me a lot which I was struggling when in the process of creating my music magazine. This showed me the conventions in a professional music magazine and made more aware of what I needed to include in my own music magazine.

Overall, I feel that my progress is going well in my designs and happy with my final product. I am happy with the use of mise en scene and camera to create and portray my genre of pop, and hope that I can effectively produce my designs with all this in mind.

Design Skills 2

I have created my double page spread for my music magazine. In order to do this I had to use elements on Photoshop and InDesign.

In Photoshop I created a shape using the pen tool which is the bottom right tool and then I got my image and created a clipping mask for the image to go into the shape in addition I applied a stroke on a drop shadow effect which can be seen on my double page spread on the bottom right image. I chose that image in particular as I know that will make the reader feeling involved and would want to make them know more about the music artist and the upcoming sensation.

On the image itself being the bottom right image I applied a black and white gradient map to give the depth of the image and makes the image visually look appeasing to my audience who will be reading my music magazine. I learnt the skills of using color elements in photoshop with research and those skills have helped me a lot in improving myself in desktop publishing.

In InDesign, I constructed everything together on the double page spread size page and positioned the images all on the page where they are which can be seen on the image above and used the conventions of a double page spread to help me construct my design together which can be seen on my draft. In InDesign, I have become more used to some of the tools for example, the select tool and type tool they were basically the main tools which I used and understood they had more elements in them. For example, the type tool had paragraph tools to sort out the text into paragraphs and which side the text I wish to be aligned on. In addition to the select tool which was the master tool, selecting every layer in my design, resizing each was dependant on that particular tool and with time it became apparent on how the tool worked in addition to the layers.


Design Skills 1

After the location shoot and studio shoot I felt more comfortable technically with using a DSLR cameras, for example the skills which I learnt was that how considering different angles whilst taking the image can communicate a whole different meaning and story behind one image. The photoshoots we have done helped me a learnt in improving my skills with a DSLR and understanding my model and how to position them to create a meaning story behind the image in terms of a poses for example.

Using that photos that I have taken in my photoshoots, I have created my front cover draft for my music magazine as well as my contents page draft for my music magazine. I will be using my images in DTP programmes. such as Photoshop and InDesign to construct all the conventions of a front page and contents page and make the draft’s themselves.


The first part of my front cover was that I had to cut out my model which I used Photoshop for, I used the quick selection tool which makes a selection around the desired entity then after the selection is made I pressed CTRL+J which cuts out the selection and puts the cutout on another layer. To give a refined edge so the edge is in detail I pressed on the refine edge tool and click and dragged around the hair which was the place I wanted refined and now the selection will be more refined.

In Photoshop after cutting out my model, I applied a white stroke around my model under the blending options, then after that I applied a ripple effect which is under Filter>Distort>Ripple which can be seen on the image below and went straight onto my front cover.


In my contents page I went for the same type of layout and design on my model, in photoshop I cut out my model which was the same process as my front cover. I chose the same effect on my model as I did on my front page as I felt it suited the contents page well and looked good.

So… i am ready to photograph my star.

My first photo shoot for my music magazine ‘Pop Party’ is upcoming and for the photo shoot I aim to use the camera skills that I have learnt over the past few weeks to communicate my brand ideas for my music magazine being ‘Pop Party’.  I aim to implement quite a few camera techniques and angles to create a meaning behind the images that I take. For example I will implement low angle shots as well as high angle shots in addition I will include close up shots, mid shots, medium close ups and may include different types of shots whilst taking my photos, I may consider and play using different settings on the dslr such as the aperture on the camera or put it on portrait mode for a vertical photograph which is effective and be more suited to the images that I am taking.

Furthermore, I will aim to include what I’ve learnt in terms of the mise en scene that I have learnt over the past few weeks to communicate my brand ideas for my music magazine being ‘Pop Party’. For example, costume will be vital in creating an image for me genre so my audience essentially what my genre is and know what they’re going to be indulging themselves into and by portraying my genre of pop via costume and the use of props to create depth in my image. I will play around with the lighting whilst in the studio and try to get the lighting right to convey my genre of pop for ‘Pop Party’ via high key and low key lighting on my model.

I will be ready with the previous weeks worth of learning about camera and the use of mise en scene in my image and I will aim to use all the skills that I have learnt while taking photos in my photo shoot coming up for my pop genre music magazine ‘Pop Party’.

So…I’m ready to make some media!

The things which I would need to think about whilst making my own magazine cover is the layout of the poster so where the feature will go and be placed on the cover for example where the main cover star would go, the masthead as well as the main cover line in addition to insets and caption if I choose to include them on my cover. What also I would need to consider on my own music magazine cover is the font dependent on the theme of the magazine cover which would emphasize the theme of the poster and what I’m trying to portray to the audience.