October 30

My tour poster

Using both Photoshop and InDesign I have created my own tour poster which you can see from clicking on the image above.

Using the images, we took a few weeks ago we were asked to fill a brief, the brief was to create a tour poster surrounding the genre we were given. The tour poster had to include the band’s name, tour name, dates and venues and other information such as where you can by tickets.

Feedback on the Brief

  • Does it fulfill the brief as stated in the blog?
Your comment:

Yes, my poster does fulfil the brief that is posted on the blog. I have the name of both the band and the tour, tour dates and where you can buy tickets as well as various media platforms you can follow the band.

Feedback on colours:

  • Has the design used a consistent colour scheme?
  • Is there a relationship between the colours in the image and the colour of the graphic design?
  • Do the colours seem typical of the genre?
Your comment:  

My poster has used a consistent colour scheme and only has dark colours. The colors also are consistent with my theme with dark grimey colours.

Feedback on typeface:

  • Is all the text legible?
  • Is the typeface well chosen and does it suit the apparent genre?
  • How many typefaces are used in the design?
Your comment:

I only used one typeface in my poster. My type face does go with my theme as it gives a classic rock feel.

Feedback on integration of image and graphics

  • Does the text wrap around the image well?
  • Does the eyeline of the model focus attention?
Your comment:

The eyeline of the image does not draw attention to any of the writing. In the future I should arrange where I put the photo better.

Feedback on image

  • Does the costume reflect a particular genre?
  • Is the body language of the model appropriate?
Your comment:

The facial expression of the model goes well with how rockstars are portrayed to be angry. The leather jacket and the metallic bandana is also consistent with the rock genre.

Feedback on copy

  • Do the words on the page prompt a sense of desire?
  • Is there a clear call and a route to action? (AIDA)
Your comment:  The words on the page do prompt desire. I decided to use alliteration in order to make the tour name memorable.
Feedback on connotations

  • What messages and ideas are being communicated in the text?
  • Do those messages and ideas seem appropriate to the genre and purpose of the text?
Your comment:

The message on my tour poster is conveying that the musician who is losing their mind.

October 16

My copy of a professional magazine front page



  • Whilst creating this mock-up cover I believe that I followed the color scheme as accurately as I could, Although it is not perfect it has given me and understanding of how to change colors.
  • I am also happy with my choice of fonts as they are relatively close to the originals magazine.
  • Finally I am happy with how proportional my picture is and if i could have found a full sized images that would have improved my mock up magazine.


  • One issue I encounter was how to use which tools, at first I struggled with using aspects such as accessing other shapes, I can change this by using Indesign more and becoming more familiar with the software.
  • Another problem I had was the placing of texts and shapes as mine looks as if the text has been placed quite randomly. To improve this I could look at more magazine covers and see how they placed texts and pictures.
  • My final issue was not with Indesign but it was with Photoshop, when using Photoshop I struggled with cutting out my image and making duplicates of it. This will improve overtime as I use the software more and more.

Here are 3 YouTube tutorials that will help me improve my skills on Indesign and Photoshop

October 16

Lick-it and stick mock up

Here are the main conventional technical design features. This task shows how important the main cover star is as they are the ones who draw all the attention to the magazine. The main cover stars are  always the big picture and have a huge main cover line attached to them. From this cover you can tell hat the female is the main vocalist of the band are you are most likely the most recognisable.

The main cover line is the biggest line and goes across the main cover stars, this is to show they are the central focus of this edition of NME. The colour scheme uses quite dark colours other than the word ‘Paramore,’ this is wrote in bright pink which matches the lead singers lipstick, this conveys a clear link between the two.

This task will help me with my own magazine cover as I am now able to see a clear structure. Also I now know how an image has to portray a meaning, but also it needs to be key to the band. Finally this task has taught me the importance of planning out your magazine before creating it, without a plan it will end up being a confusing mess.


October 16

The camera talks

Click on the mood board to see it in full

Here is the mood board that I created, it shows 9 photos that I captured. I have analysed the images using hashtags.

Three of the images are different angle shots, three are framed shots and three are composition shots. This task helped to show how an image can show different meaning depending on the different techniques you use. For example, if you were to do a high angle shot of a person this would give the impression that they are vulnerable.

A lot of the images show depth and fields. Depth and field is also another way to communicate the meaning. For example, if a person is in the background of an image it may show they are uncomfortable or lonely, this differs to if they were in the foreground of the image. If someone is in the foreground it could convey confidence and a happier vibe.

October 1

Technical camera terms

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These two contact sheets show a variety of images we took, the images we took were to demonstrate our understanding of distance, angles and composition. Whilst taking the photos we had to experiment with the aperture and shutter speed of the photos.

The images of the clocks show how different shutter speed have different affects, for example the blurred clock. Someone was waving the clock around, whilst another took a photo with a slow shutter speed causing the image to become blurry. This helps the image have a illusory feel. Whilst we were doing this task I realised using a low aperture is a good way to emphasise the focus.

Before this task I did not have any knowledge of how to use a DSLR camera. This task has taught me how to adjust functions on the camera like shutter speed and aperture. Also, this task has taught me how w things such as angles, distance and composition can be used to convey emotions, for example is you want to show vulnerability a good way to do this is to take a long shot of a person’s back with a blurred background. Another example is if you wanted to show sadness you could have a framed shot of someone looking down. This task has taught me not only are aspects such as facial expression and body language important, but so are angles, distance, composition, aperture size and shutter speed.





September 24

My images that uses mise-en-scene for meaning

This is the mood board I created to convey how the different elements of mise-en-scene make up the rock genre. With these images, you can see the main article of clothing worn by people in the rock genre is a black leather jackets and tight jeans. Also, you can see that rock stars tend to look unkempt with their long shaggy hair.

The denotations that go along with these images is long unkempt hair, black leather jackets, they tend to wear darker colours, also a lot of rock stars tend to have heavy eye makeup. The connotations that go along with the rock genre is that they are a rebellion, they typically resist societies norms. The makeup is an example of resistance as not only female rock stars have heavy eye makeup but so do the males, something that which is not conventional to what society expects.


The picture above is of my partner, we tried to create a rock look with the items that were available to us. The look turned out to be fairly accurate however, there we certain parts of the look that didn’t fit in very well with the rock genre, for example the trousers. This is because we were not able to find any that fit in with our theme. We were able to find items that went in extremely well with out genre. Examples being the leather jacket and the long, unkempt hair.

Whilst making the mood board I noticed how rock stars like to accessories their looks, it turns in to a signature item for them to wear, for example Axl Rose always wears bandannas and slash always had on a top hat. They were known to wear these additional accessories, with this idea in mind we added the singular leather glove and a bright gold bandanna. The accessories connote that rock stars enjoy rebelling against conformity and liked being individualistic.

The body language and facial expression is strong and intimidating this connotes a very serious person who demands a presence. The facial expression gives a very threatening and angry vibe to illustrate the god complex so many famous rock stars have.

After further research into how people in the rock genre look and behave, we put together our final costume and decided what the best shots would be, this included looking at camera angles, props and lighting.

For the costume, we went with grey boots, black skinny jeans, black leather jacket, a slayer t-shirt, a single finger-less leather glove, a black shaggy wig and a metallic gold bandanna. We went with a more classic rock look than modern rock looks.

We used 3 different lights in our photos. A key light (the main source of light in our photographs.) We also had a fill light and a back light. We used different lighting for each photo as we needed to highlight different parts at different times. For example, sometimes we needed the face to be slightly shaded so it could come across as mysterious and as if he had a bad attitude. In the shouting photos, the exposure on the face is greater because we wanted to convey arrogance and cockiness so we highlighted the fact he was shouting.

Body language and facial expression was an important aspect that we looked at. We had to use a different range of poses as sometimes rock stars come across as serious and mysterious but other times they are loud and reckless.  Because of this we did a range of the two.

This was our final image. We chose this image because it best portrays the classic rock star. We used high key lighting on the face to highlight how serious he is, also his facial expression shows he has an attitude and that he is annoyed, it conveys a sense of mystery. The pose is to help engage with the audience as everybody knows that it is the universal sign for rock n roll.

September 15

Print media that communicates meaning


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Here is the deconstruction of this music poster, this task has taught me how all different aspects of a piece of media are important in conveying what the desired purpose is. All the aspects highlights how we subconsciously analyse every piece of media we see. For example we associate different colors with different emotions, so when it comes to a piece of media we look at the different colors used and make an assumption of what it is about, such as yellow for happy and blue for sad. This will help me when I am creating my music magazine because it will give me a good idea of what colors, fonts, language and images to use to fully grasp the attention of my target audience.

September 11

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