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

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

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

This is my ScreenCastify of my Final Magazine which I presented on a flipsnack. I had to include 2 screencasting recordings as I went over the maximum time recording of 5 minutes for each video.

Question 1: So… How does your product use or challenge conventions and how does it represent social groups or issues?

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I have also picked 2 adverts that would be suitable to use in my magazine and that go with the pop genre and can appeal to my target audience. I have chosen these specific adverts as I feel they will best attract my audience as they are very bright and eye-catching presenting a certain vibe to go along with the rest of my magazine.

This first advert will appeal to my audience as Ariana Grande is very appealing to this genre and is well known in the music industry with any fans. The singer is also very fashionable and trendy which will draw my target audience in. It also sets the same tone as the smile is the same as my models have used throughout the magazine. The pink colour stands out bringing glamorous side to the advert which is great for my popular,care-free younger target audience.

The second advert I have chosen was for a clothing brand called Pretty Little Things as it is aimed at my younger target audience focuses on affordable and fashionable clothing. I feel that this advert will catch my audiences attention. It is very bright, summery and eye-catching. There isn’t lots of information with minimal text to read which the younger audience can just see the information needed instead of a large amount of content.

Overall, I think both of my adverts fit my pop genre and the overall magazine and content. This will help to attract my targetted audience as the information is specific and relevant but also kept to a minimum. From previous research, I have acknowledged that my audience like celebrities, music and fashion which are included throughout both of my adverts.

A New Improved Complete Magazine Draft

Here is my new draft of my full music magazine. I have made a few changes to the front page and adjusted parts to the contents page.

On the front cover I:

  • Made the name Emma bigger
  • Brought pink and green boxes adjusting the opacity
  • Moved Eminem and other singers across and the barcode.
  • Added a quote to the green box by Katy Perry

From my feedback the changes I have made to the contents page are:

  • Moving the boxes and numbers more into the headlines and lined them up with each other
  • I have added an article number to the main content image and adjusted where I put their names
  • I have unstretched the picture so it fits the box better
  • The insert images I have added more green and pink boxes and added drop shadow
  • I have also added Dua Lipa onto the image so it relates to the article
  • Changed the and to the symbol &
  • Added an Instagram following to bottom left

The double-page spread I have:

  • Changed the grey background to green to go with Smillie and the pop genre
  • I have moved my quote about Shakira down to go with the banner of pictures
  • I have centred the lyrics so that they look more like lyrics than texts
  • I have made one of the text from the questions fit box the same style as the rest
  • Used the & instead of and
  • Spaced out the burning cities lyric


Complete Magazine Draft

Here is my complete set of drafts. This includes my front page, contents page and double-page spread.

I then received feedback on my magazine

From the feedback I was given I can tell that what was successful which is:

  • Likes the banners and the interaction from Chartz on the side
  • Likes the masthead font being carried over to the contents page
  • Likes the number and inserts on contents page
  • Likes how the numbers from the inserts go with the images.

The parts that can be improved are:

  • changing the photos of Rihanna to Smillie so that it is my photo
  • Bringing more colour (green and pink) to the front cover
  • Making the inserts images bigger with more of a pop genre( add shadow)
  • Adding a page number to the Emma and Smillie image
  • Don’t use full stops on the mini headlines and use a more classic font from the cover to the sans serif under.
  • Moving the boxes and numbers overlapping the headlines
  • Move the quote up on the double-page spread
  • Use the same font from the title to the quote
  • Centre the bottom left article question and look at spacing
  • Add “Smillie out on location shoot”
  • Centre banner quotes
  • The double-page is looking more indie than pop genre, change the grey background

So… How is it going?

So far I am happy with the progressive I have made with my magazine.  I have drafted my magazine pages and each page is linking together well. The pages are linking between the double-page spread and contents page. Furthermore using a colour scheme and using a bright colour palette (pink, green, orange) and choice of fonts have also helped me portray the genre of pop. I have also portrayed the genre through the choice of images, layout and headlines. However, I still have improvements to make throughout my pages. For example, getting rid of Rihanna and either changing it to my own image or adding captions in that space.

Whilst composing my media I have learnt some transferrable skills such as:

  • Communication – I have spoken to my peers and got advice and improvements I need to make. By sharing our ideas and skills we have learnt this has built a greater image of how I can adapt my magazine.
  • Design Skills – The skills I have learnt on InDesign and Photoshop have helped make my magazine more interesting with a greater range of graphic design and ideas.  I will also be able to use these skills on other posts in the future.
  • Organisation – Being able to keep on top of the workload and making sure I spend my time wisely and not just on one part of the magazine. This helps me complete my work at the right time.


Design Skills 2

The new design skills I have learnt are changing the opacity of the boxes it gives in a contemporary, young and fresh feel to our young target audience. I have also added banners using shapes to create interaction between the audience. Also, I have added extra images by placing and adding shadows to them in InDesign. This brought in a narrative to the articles that follow, without going overboard with text. By doing this younger viewers don’t have to read large amounts of information and can see their preferred articles straight away. I have tried to add these boxes throughout my magazine to keep a recurring pop theme throughout my magazine.

I used the burn tool on Photoshop to add definition and volume to both models eyebrows. This helped draw the audience to their face and expressions and their outfit. Which helped sharpen my image.

The text tool helped me create my banners along the side of the content page as I could change the colour of the box of the text and opacity and also add colour to my text and the size. By adding the banners Chartz can interact more with their audience on social media platforms and receive feedback. The banners provide a youthful, bright and powerful look to the cover.

Overall I am happy with how my magazine is going and that the design techniques are helping me create a pattern throughout my magazine helping me clearly convey the pop genre. These small changes from the tools all help positively towards my magazine and help me greatly in portraying a narrative.



A New Improved Contents Page

Here is my new improved contents page which has I achieved all my own personal targets. I also had a conversation with a peer to asses my contents page and what she thought is good and what could be better and make it as successful as possible.

Here is my recorder peer assessment:

Feedback from my peer included:

  • Contents page looks more modern and feminine then front cover
  • Use more fonts from contents page to cover



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