A New Improved Contents Page

Above is my improved contents page, I decided no to change too much with this contents page as it follows what i would like it to look like however, I believe that I can improve several things these are…

  • add more eye catching details
  • improve the heading to be more interesting
  • possibly add in an extra information section

 

A New Improved DPS

Above is my new improved draft of my double page spread…

What I changed…

  • added a byline
  • added who the photography was by
  • added page number
  • changed the line spacing on the article
  • added a drop capital

What I need to improve…

  • fix the layout of the article so that it aligns on both sides
  • fill the blank space at the bottom (maybe add a quote)
  • further fix the layout and line spacing

Draft of Content Page

 

Above is the first draft of my contents page…

What I have gone for…

  • I decided to go for a fairly simple contents page as I believe that this is best for my readers as it is easy to navigate.
  • I chose a simple yet bold color scheme to draw my reader in.

What I would like to improve…

  • Change the heading.
  • Add more intricate details in.

 

A New Improved Feature Article

In this exclusive double page article of Thunder magazine, we have been  getting to know named most popular male artist of 2019, Charli. With an in depth interview with him we’ve got all the answers you ever wanted to know about him, and some exclusives of what he is planning in the near future. 

Charli has been labelled as the leading male artist of 2019, for his recent headline grabbing  success at changing the game of pop all within the space of just one year. Charli has always been passionate about music and performing, this is highlighted by his early career before he became famous in the world of wider music and the media. Music has been close to Charli’s heart starting out at the tender age of 4 when he took to the stage in amateur performances  and then went onto win coveted roles on the West End stage from the age of 14. These began with very minor roles however he eventually grew into some of the most famous leading roles in the West End including Wicked, Matilda the Musical, Mamma Mia! however as you will find out, Charli has designs on even more fame and fortune. 

How did you deal with the pressure of your overwhelming success?

My success and fame hit me like a ton of bricks! I never expected how it would all pan out. , It all started when my friend posted a video of me showing her my song called falling, which was actually the song that brought attention to me and the first single I published. I created and it blew up from there. People found the video and asked me to releasethe song I had created. I believe that because my career lifted off so quickly I never had time to process it so I  think I never had time to deal with the pressure; it kind of just fueled me to go bigger and get better! 

How do you keep your music unique and do you think you have changed the way people look at the genre of pop?

I don’t think I’ve changed the pop genre I think I’ve given it a new feel, a more refreshed version.  Many people do say that my music is very unique however, I just think it’s my style so it’s true to who I am, that clearly makes me a unique person! However, all jokes aside I like to experiment with my music and create different sounds and beats that are unusual and that people haven’t heard before, this keeps people interested as its not mainstream and its different to what they are hearing all the time. 

What’s coming up on your agenda?

I have many plans, lots of things that have been announced, a lot of things that haven’t been announced and a lot of things are in the works, I’m extremely busy. Obviously, I have been announced as one of the main headliners of the UK festival reading and Boardmasters, I am also starting my tour in late 2020. But most importantly, I’m always writing new music and always exploring new sounds, so you will never be without any content from me! 

As Charli said he is planning on making more content for his audience. Well Thunder magazine has an exclusive from Charli himself, he has announced to Thunder that he is planning on releasing his new album named ‘Elevate’ in early June. Keep reading Thunder for the latest exclusives from Charli. ‘Never stop working hard, and you will reach where you want to be in life’ ‘Never be a sheep, be your own person and people will look up to you’.  These final quotes from Charli perfectly sum up how anyone can reach where they want to be just keep your passions close to you and never forget about them.

 

Above is my adapted improved article , here are some of the things I improved…

  • I added more detail
  • I added examples to make it more specific

What I think I could add to make it even better…

  • Even more detail, specifics
  • Add different perspectives to the article to give the reader even more of an insight

 

 

Draft Of The Double Page Spread

Above is a Jpeg and  PDF of the first draft of my double page spread.

My Feedback…

  • Like the layout yet think it is bland.
  • The quote on the picture needs more detail, find a way to make it more interesting.
  • Add graphic illustrations
  • Add more eye catching things
  • Add in more detailed or more quotes

My Targets…

  • Change the layout of my article, put the introduction in bold and take it out of a column (standfirst)
  • Fix line spacing in questions
  • Put in the drop cap to the first letter of the article
  • Overall add something more interesting in
  • Add page number
  • Byline
  • Include who the photography is by

A Page Spread should contain…

  • An article centred around a celebrity
  • Images of the celebrity
  • Page numbers
  • Title
  • Standfirst
  • Byline
  • Information for the reader

Generally, I like where my double page spread is heading however, there are many aspects that I can improve to make the most pf my design skills and expand on them.

Draft Feature Article

This is the first draft of my article that will go into my double page spread.

That’s How He Did It? Charli And His Success. 

In this exclusive double page article of Thunder magazine we interviewed the named most popular male artist of 2019, Charli. With a highly in depth interview with him we’ve got all the answers you wanted about him, and some exclusives of what he is panning in the near future. 

Charli has been labelled as the leading male artist of 2019, for his huge involvement in gaining success and changing the game of pop just within one year. Charli has always been passionate about music and performing, this is highlighted by his early career before he became famous in the world of wider music and the media. Music has been close to Charli’s heart ever since a youngster as he has been part of performing arts since the age of 4 and has been enrolled onto the west end since the age of 14, starting off with very minor roles however he eventually grew into some of the most famous leading roles in the west end, however Charli didn’t stop there. And he still plans on going further with his growing ambitions. 

How did you deal with the pressure of your overwhelming success?

My success and fame hit me like a ton of bricks! I never expected what was to come for me, it all started when my friend posted a video of me showing her what I created and it blew up from there, people found the video and asked me to publicise the song I had created. I believe that because my career lifted off so quickly I never had time to process it so I  think I never had time to deal with the pressure it kind of just fuled me to go bigger and better! 

How do you keep your music unique, do you think you have changed the way people look at the genre of pop?

I dont think ive changed the pop genre I think I’ve given it a new feel, a more refreshed version.  Many people do say that my music is very unique however, I just think its my style so its true to who I am, that clearly makes me a unique person! However, all jokes aside I like to experiment with my music and create different sounds and beats that are unusual and that people haven’t heard before, this keeps people interested as its not mainstream and its different to what they are hearing all the time. 

What’s coming up on your agenda?

I have many plans, lots of things that have been announced, a lot of things that haven’t been announced and a lot of things in the works, I’m extremely busy. Obviously I have been announced as one of the many headliners of the Uk festivals, I am also starting my tour in late 2020. But most importantly, I’m always writing new music and always exploring new sounds, so you will never be without any content from me! 

As Charli said he is planning on making more content for his audience. Well Thunder magazine has an exclusive from Charli himself, he has announced to Thunder that he is planning on releasing his new album named ‘Elevate’ will be released in early June. Stay tuned for the latest exclusives from Charli. Never stop working hard, and you will reach where you want to be in life’ ‘Never be a sheep, be your own person and people will look up to you’  These final quotes from Charli to show that anyone can reach where they want to be whether it be reaching fame or not, just keep your passions close to you and never forget about them.

Here is a voice memo of me reading my article out Lous to check for errors and see if the article flows well…

*Will insert*

My feedback targets are…

  • Check accuracy
  • Add more detail
  • Add exclusives
  • Adapt language to make the reader feel more inclusive

 

 

 

 

Design Skills 1

During the creative production process of creating my music magazine I have utilised Photoshop and InDesign, during these processes I have learnt many parts of how to adapt a picture and manipulate it to create a better outcome.

The new skills I learnt and used are…

  • Spot healing tool
  • The eye tool
  • Give images any type of coloured glow/gradient

Firstly, the spot healing tool is used to eliminate any imperfections on the model, this helps to give the image a more appealing youthful look.

Secondly, the eye tool can be used to brighten the whites of the eyes to create a more eye catching engaging look, this tool can also be used to enhance the natural colour of the eyes to really make the eyes of the model pop and once again give the model a more appealing eye catching,

Thirdly, the glow and gradient tools are very important to the creation of my cover and throughout my magazine. I use these tools on indesign after I have finished altering my image on photoshop.

Above is the list of possible glow/gradient affects that can be put onto images, blank areas and even text. I like to use this tool as it is fairly simple yet adds a massive effect on how and image or text is portrayed as just by doing this it can convey anything you want, this is vital in creating media especially in music magazine as you can convey a narrative or genre just by using colours.

 

What Is A Contents Page?

A contents page is vital part in every magazine, this is because it is an informative page to guide the reader to each section and give a summary of what is contained in the magazine. It is important for the contents page to be clear and readable as well as being eye catching and interesting as this is one of the first parts of the inner magazine that the reader will see.

Below area couple of rough designs that I created of what I believe is a good contents page, along with a few catchy headlines…

 

When creating my contents page I want to keep it simple yet eye catching as I want the reader to be able to easily navigate the magazine due to the informative contents page, this further highlights the importance of this page in a magazine. Along with the contents page I would also like to add in an editorial, as I think this is and interestingly little additive that really makes this page more interesting.

A contents page should include the following…

  • page numbers
  • catchy headlines
  • information bites
  • images
  • descriptions

When creating my contents page I must keep in mind Blumer and Katz

  • Educate (inform)
  • Personal Identity
  • Social Interaction
  • Entertainment

and AIDA

  • Attract
  • Interest
  • Create Desire
  • Call to action