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Star Image


For my star image I chose Beyoncè as she was best related to my style contemporary R&B. I also found the black and white images very effective. I also like how the artist is looking straight into the camera and the use of the fur coat which I will try to put into  my magazine and will dress my models in.

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Mast Head Designs

On In design I trialed different fonts for my music magazine front cover.

Possible Mastheads

I did this to trial options to communicate my brand, it will help me when designing my cover as I have a shortlist of mastheads.

I wanted my Masthead to show that the artists presented inside were bold and wanted to be known. Grammys are awarded to successful artists which is how I would like my target audience to perceive the artists inside. Using the colour gold, which is associated with winning, posh, and medals; the closer to gold you get the more you are a winner showing that the artists want to be on top of the charts.  I want the Masthead to be bold and be the first thing you look to on the front page. With using the black background I found these colours work best in particular the gold. The font which I like best are the small thin fonts as this is were I found the colours worked best however, I will try out all of the fonts on my front-page and see which I prefer.

I found this task useful as it helped me have a starting point and that i could try multiple options to find  one I like. Also it gives an idea where to start on my front age first draft.

 

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My Audience Profiling

I have created an Facebook profile including information and interests in what i see to be my target audience for my music magazine. Using yougov.com to gather data and create a clearer picture of an viewer from age, interest, and activities also while including the music artists they would be into as these are the ones which I have considered for my music magazine.

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Branding Ideas and Mission Statement

The name I have chosen for my magazine is Grammy this is because the artists within the genre are proud, confident and modest, they believe they’re the best and could be the best. They also love the camera and enjoy posing. The genre I have chosen for my music magazine is contemporary R&B. Examples of artists included within this genre are people such as; Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Adele, Usher and Mariah Carey. Grammy magazine is aimed at two age groups 18-24 and 30-45, this will mean it will have to be funky and engaging as well as sophisticated yet simple.

Here I have created a word cloud of some of the words which best describe the genre of the character.

Mission Statement:

Grammy magazine brings music alive within the golden world. Featuring your favorite artists such as Beyonce and Usher, highlighting all their new singles and recent releases to allowing you to be on top just like your beloved stars. This is where you will find out the real identity behind the image of your cherished artists. The Grammy aims to keep you updated with new releases and information hot off the press.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previous Student’s Work

The Previous Student’s work which I found particularly interesting was example 2. This was because i found it most engaging and interesting.

Here is an image of the previous students work of which I analysed this includes a front page, contents page and a double page spread, this will be what I will be creating as part of my project.

Use of camera and Photoshop

I found the camera angles effective and made this magazine much more interesting and engaging.  On the Front Page there is a medium long shot photo with the use of layers, the main cover star has been layered to be behind the text to create an engaging effect. The use of Photoshop and how they’ve cut out the person has made a 3D type look. Also the photographer has made the model look down, the designer has created the effect where the model looks down on the words this is captivating as it makes a reader also look at the words. Next on the cover page the main image has the model looking directly into the camera at a high angle medium long shot, it makes the image the main image as it is eye catching. As well as that they have used multiple different camera angles in a small creative design on the page, using mid shot, medium close up and long shots. Finally the page also follows the theme of the magazine. Finally, the double page spread uses 2 long shots covering majority of the page. The image is very well lit and uses two different variety of angles, as well as framing. The designer has used photo shop to adjust the colours of the image to make it more eye catching and effective. The model has been cut out very accurately and well and was inserted effectively into a flower.

Use of Mise-en-scene 

Within the magazine the use of mise-en-scene has been effective and consistent throughout, it mainly shows that the magazine is fashion magazine featuring women. The style of clothing connotes a feminine magazine and a trendy stylish style. The accessories such as the ice lollies  are effective as the words flow adequately into the masthead. Additionally the way the chair is used in the double page spread but then had been Photo shopped out of is effective as the designer has created a flower for the model to be sat on.

Use of choice of words

Next the choice of words helps create the theme of the magazine. For example the words on the double page spread ‘Prom Queen’ these words show that the magazine is a fashionable feminine magazine aimed at the female side. Each page of the magazine have not been overloaded in words which makes the words on the page simple, eye catching, engaging and their bold.

Use of colour 

Finally the use of colour throughout all 3 pages work really well together as they are neutral and each page highlights a key colour matching an image. The colours have been made to match the person or clothing they are wearing.

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SO…I’m ready to make some media!

Throughout the duration of the media studies course I have gained and developed loads of new skills and techniques which will help me when I start designing my own music magazine these are skills like; identifying and using mis-en-scene as well as all different types of camera angles these will help us a lot with our magazine designing but we also learnt techniques like using in design and photo shop to help with the creative side to it. Next half-term I am going to use the skills in term one and use them in my own design to create a music magazine on my music genre Contemporary R&B.

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My copy of professional magazine front page

This is my mock-up where I have attempted to recreate the NME magazine front cover but using a new image.

  Original


 

 

  My Mock-Up

 

In creating  my Mock-Up using In-design and Photoshop I am really pleased with how I was able to use Photoshop to cut out the image of the women to easily place it into my magazine. I also enjoyed trying to get the correct/similar fonts and colours, this is the area which I found was particularly time consuming, as I wanted to make it as similar as possible to the original. Additionally I like how the women’s eyes are looking into the camera, so with my image I tried to find one where the women is looking into the camera too. I’m also pleased with how the image is the similar type of close up shot and how her face and shoulders take up the whole magazine page. Finally, I tried to make sure all the fonts and images were in the correct places as the original as possible.

On the other hand, there are some areas where i would’ve done differently if i did do it again, for example firstly this would include the image, even though i do love the image as she looks straight into the camera, if i did it again i wouldn’t of chosen one where she wore white or pale clothing as i struggled when it came to the texts as i wasn’t able to put it in the correctly accurate places because, the text on the original is white and it obviously didn’t stand out. A solution to this is that I placed a black border on the text so it was more see able.  As well as that, I did struggle to make the text of the word ‘Florence’ longer, which means in the future this would be an area i would like to improve in and spend a little more time on perfecting it.

 

Video 1

This video will help to place images inside texts. I would like to know how to do this because it will make my magazine cover unique and different to others and stand out.

Video 2

This video will help me to be able to move images around and shape them into and on top of other images, this will help make my magazine not just to become clock images but shaped and unique.

Video 3

The final video, is a tutorial on how to set a background, I placed this video as i know its a hard and challenging thing to do and this video will help me when i want to create my magazine next week.

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A Front Cover Analysis

Above I have analysed the Q magazine. The magazine uses colour to engage the audience. The contrasting colours of the red of the hair and the Q sign draws people in because it is unique. The white colours also stand out and shows the reader the important information they want to give across. Finally the writing, is big, bold, and eye catching to the reader which makes them want to read further. I have realised the way a magazine is put across to a reader is extremely important as it’s the way to grab the attention of the reader.

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Audience Profiling


By using the site ‘yougov’ we created an audience profile. I did the magazine ‘MOJO’. In the top left is the interests of the MOJO magazine and in the top right are the target audience of which the magazine aim to focus on, they’re focusing on males particularly within the age bracket 40-54. Finally on the middle right is the brands ‘mission statement’, this basically explains the goals f the designers and what they would like to achieve or their final project to be.’