So How Did It Go?

I feel that during the course of the production of my magazine, I have improved tremendously, and gained new skills in InDesign and Photoshop. My understanding of Media also has grown tremendously, as we have looked into most parts of the industry. I feel very confident on my understanding of the subject and am keen to learn more.

As far as my actual creation is going, I am very happy with the product and I have received positive feedback overall. Some constructive criticism that I received was to do with my double page spread, the text was often a problem to the reader, as the fonts were unreadable at times. This was a feature that I struggled with as I really like the font and the overall look of my page, but as other people found it unreadable I had to adapt to that and change it even though I personally found it look worse. In the end, this proved to be a needed change as looking back, the text is much easier to understand with the changed font.

From my first project, which was a poster for a random genre of music, mine was indie folk, which I did not know much about. looking from how that piece of work looks in comparison to the work I have produced for this music magazine is a massive improvement in my opinion. I have improved in every single way, from the use of programs to research on the subject and the target audience.

So… How Is It Going?

After this production, the photo-shoots, and the general experience with learning how to use Photoshop and InDesign, I now feel quite confident in any future projects. I feel that I achieved, maybe even topped my expectations, which I am quite proud of. I feel that all my work relates to itself – by this I mean that if you look at them, it looks like it belongs to the same magazine which is great. I also think that my magazine also is portrayed clearly within the genre – the urban, edgy techniques and fonts that I have used are typical within the genre.

The images of the stars are also conveyed clearly within the genre – the Mise-En-Scene is typical to the genre as well as the costumes used; and everything that needed alteration has been altered to look more in part to the magazine and the genre as a whole, e.g. facial features, muscle definition.

After analyzing other – real life products I knew what sort of content my magazine would have to include wand the general tone that it would have to look like as well – this helped me greatly in the development of my magazine.

Overall, I feel that I achieved all the criteria needed to produce a marketable magazine – the name is unique, the models are appropriate as well as the Mise-En-Scene, the content is adequate to the genre and the text is also edgy enough to fit the magazine and the genre.

Design Skills 2

While producing my double page spread, I had to alter my text a lot since this is really the only produce that contains stacks of writing. I learnt all the basic character properties that can be used in InDesign. Here I am altering the text by tilting the quotes, because it’s just an adequate convention of speech – in other produce the same trait can be seen and is kind of a norm, because of this I needed to include this so that the audience can comprehend the difference between the text and the quotes.

I also played around with the saturation and exposure more with the double page image. I did this to create a more appealing tone to the page, I tried to make the image more edgy and urban by shading bits and highlighting others.

I also used more tools from the toolbar on my spread image. I further developed skills in using the Spot healing brush tool – which I used to alter my models face appropriately. I also used sharpening tools to enhance and promote specific features and make them stand out better.

I learnt how to use gradient tools while making my double page spread. This helped me connote meaning on the product. The traits I wanted to achieve were: Urban, edgy, grungy, rebellious and unique. I feel that I achieved this.

Overall, I feel that my double page spread is on the same level as my cover and my contents pages, which I am quite pleased with. Because I already experimented with Photoshop and InDesign before, I felt like this one was the most efficient because I instantly knew what to do and where to go, for most of the time. I am happy with the way it turned out in the end.

For future improvement, I feel that maybe I could experiment with different images and see how they would look, or maybe with different layouts as this one is quite popular in the genre. Maybe the text layout could be altered as well as some people might find it confusing but i’m staying positive about it.

Design Skills 1

During the production of this magazine, I have gained skills in the use of the software programs – Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. I have obtained the skill to use various traits in regarding the text: the font, the sizing and the angles – just to name a few. I also learned how to remove backgrounds and ‘improve’ the facial features – while ethically questionable, I did use some features to ‘improve’ the models features accordingly.

Here I am changing and experimenting with some filters – to create certain effects such as making the character stand out more, or look more rebellious or urban. I didn’t end up using this photo, but changing the filters was a big part of editing my photos to create tones such as grungy, urban and rebellious.

Here I experimented with the fonts. I was looking through to adjust the size of the fonts accordingly to the texture of them – I was going for a grungy-edgy look to the magazine as these are traits often conveyed with the genre. This was a crucial part to my editing on InDesign, as I edited the images in Photoshop.

Here I used filters and tools to make my model look more in part with the genre. I created a red-ish tone to it because the main font of the text on my magazine is in red. I felt that this added a rebellious tone ti it which is one of my main underlying themes.

Overall, I have gained multiple skills while I’ve been producing this magazine. Just in comparison to my first ever project using these applications – I’ve improved immensely. This experience will help me in future projects. I feel that these skills helped me communicate the genre to the audience, the edgy expressions and red fonts gave a sense of rebellion which is often conveyed with the genre of hip-hop, the type fonts used in my magazine are also quite stark – to further connote that this is a hip-hop magazine.

So… I Am Ready To Photograph My Star

I have now gathered all the research that I wanted about my genre and have taken some examples that I really thought were brilliant – therefore I will make my magazine similar to those templates. I have uncovered from this research, that simplicity plays a great deal in the genre of hip-hop, and that less is sometimes more. I have also concluded what what types of costumes I will ask my models to use and the general vibes for the photo-shoot.

Costumes include: various hats, skinny jeans, jackets, bandannas, chains and a tank top to top it off. I will take multiple shots with multiple costumes for my models, as I will have two of those as well for variety.

Lighting is also important in photo-shoots as well as the actual types of shots taken. I have done research on this as well and have concluded that most magazines of this genre include mid-shots, long shots and close ups. Because of this, these shots are what I am going to focus on the most,  but I will improvise with some other ones like medium-close ups and find that they might work well.

At the end of the shoot, I will go through all the images taken and pick the best ones. Then I will have to use Adobe programs like Photoshop and InDesign to alter the images and eventually use them on my magazine.

I feel that with a clear plan forward, my magazine cover, contents page and the double spread will be exactly as I planned it out and will look adequate to the genre.



So… I’m Ready To Make Some Media !

In the future, when I make my magazine cover, I am going to need to think about the colour contrasts, the fonts – weather to use sans, sans serif or hand-drawn fonts. The props are also very important to the cover – as it needs to attract it’s target audience. General research and audience profiling are also going to be important parts of the making of my magazine cover.

This all will also be taken in the consideration of the genre of the magazine. This will influence the target audience, which will then influence every other property of the magazine cover, as the magazine is going to be targeted at a specific audience and therefore must contain specific qualities to attract that audience.

I will also need to think about other magazines of this genre, and how my magazine can stand out while still keeping the typical qualities of the genre, in order to attract the biggest target audience possible. I’ve learned  a lot about the typical traits of magazine posters and and covers, I feel confident enough to create my own poster, just with some more practice on Indesign and Photoshop, I feel that I should be able to produce a quality magazine cover.