I also need to include 2 adverts that would be suitable for my selected genre of music, and that would appeal to my target audience. I have to think of adverts that are appealing to my audience as they have a preferred style of reading and have specific tastes in what they like. I chose the following adverts because they suit my genre well and I believe that my target audience would like them.
I think that the first advert would appeal to my target audience, as Calvin Harris is a well known electric-pop artists currently. Although his target audience are slightly older then mine, nevertheless my audience are still able to appreciate his music and enjoy listening to his songs. I decided to use Calvin for my advert due to his specific colour scheme he has used in this tour poster, Calvin has gone for blues, red and purples which is very similar to my colour scheme throughout my magazine.
The second advert I chose was a tour poster for Shawn Mendes, I chose to look at Shawn Mendes’s tour poster as she is a big inspiration to her audience, in addition to that she has a similar target audience to my target audience. Although the colour scheme isn’t the same as mine, I am sure my target audience will enjoy seeing the poster as it features one of their favourite artists. The advert doesn’t overload the reader with tones of information which is good. Shawn has gone for a simplistic air to his poster.
Overall I am pleased with the two adverts I have selected for my music magazine. They both fit the genre of pop very well. In addition to that they both feature big artists currently in the pop world. The artists are relevant and current to my target audience, which will attract them to take a closer look into the adverts I have chosen.
In order for me to make my music magazine a success, I have obtained some final feedback on my front page, double page spread and my content page from my teacher. This will tell me what I need to do in order for me to make my music magazine a success for my target audience. Below is the feedback given to me by my teacher:
Final Teacher Feedback:
Front Page Feedback:
Add graphics on the pug as it is very plain
Plug – overlap it onto the masthead a little more
Cover line- ‘Tommy tells all!’ shift so its underneath the main cover line ‘Tommy’
Change the word ‘Featuring’ from Blue to white
Double Page Spread Feedback:
Check column size widths
Check alignment of columns
Change the black opaque banner for a red opaque banner (The cover line banner)
Here is my second complete draft of my music magazine, I have made a lot of changes to mainly the front cover and the contents page. Alongside additional minor changes to the double page spread.
What did I change on the front cover?:
I firstly moved ‘Tommy’ into the center of the page so he is more of the main focus
I moved the barcode and price from the left hand side of the page to the right hand side of the page
I lowered the price of the magazine from £7.99 to £5.99, as this would appeal more to my audience as it isn’t as expensive
My masthead was changed from a pastel blue to a bright and bold red as I needed more colour in my theme then different shades of blue.
In the masthead originally the font was black but as it was changed it red I felt that the text would be more suited in white.
In addition to that I changed the pug with ‘exclusive tour poster’ from blue to red, and then changed it to ‘Exclusive Double A Tour Poster!’ I made the words Exlcusive Double A are in white, while Tour Poster is still in black.
In the featuring section I got rid of Ariana Grande’s name and added Little Mix and One Direction in instead.
(I am aware that the image of my main cover star is pixelated, it is being fixed during editing!)
What did I change on the double page spread?:
I played around with the line spacing of the columns, I moved the writer and photographer to the bottom of the page
When using quotation marks instead of them being blue and white, I changed them to be red and white.
I added a caption underneath the girls, so my target audience can get an understanding as to where Double A got their start in the music industry. It says ‘Meet Double A! The Hottest Duo From X Factor!’
Finally I enlarged the image of the girls to make them stand out more.
What I did change on the contents page?:
I changed the triangles with Double A in red to go along with the theme of red and blue
I added the name Amelia and Amber on the girls to show who the girls were
I made the social handles smaller as it was taking too much attention away from the catchy captions
I changed the @ handles from blue to red
I made Tommy be the background for one of the triangles as the previous placement of the image didn’t showcase him enough
I removed the hyphen after each number as it was becoming difficult to make all of the text inline
With the page numbers I made the outlining of them white
For every other catchy caption such as ‘tells all’ and ‘take over’ I made them in white text as I felt as if it would stand out more
I removed ‘The real reason’ in the caption: “One direction Split up!”
A content page has a very important role within a magazine. A content page acts as a guideline for the reader so they are able to see what is in the magazine and where they are able to locate a certain topic if it appeals them. Therefore a content page must easy-to-read and eye-catching, as well as clear.
The conventions of a contents page are:
A title (i.e ‘Contents’)
Reminder of the magazine’s name and mission statement
Making sure that the colour scheme remains the same throughout the magazine
Catchy headlines to draw in your reader
Below some examples of different variations of content pages. Personally I like the third one the best as although it simple it will give me a lot of idea on how I can improve the page. It follows the conventions and would fit my theme perfectly by the arranging of the columns. In addition to that, I was asked to come up with 5 catchy headlines that I could use in my content pages. My personal favourite is ‘Remix Roulette’ I like the use of alliteration and as my music genre is Pop. I think having a remix roulette would be a great addition, as it would feature the most current and trendy songs of the time.
While creating my contents page i will keep in mind AIDA:
D- Create desire
A- Call to action
In addition to that I will also be thinking about Blumler and Katz ideas:
Targets for development? What’s new and what’s next?
I have asked my one of my peers and my teacher to conduct some feedback for me on how I am able to improve my double page spread they have said the following:
Create a Logo for ‘Double A’
Make a name for the photographer
Make the second and third paragraph not bold
Crop the image even more as it is uneven at the moment
Move Double A up as it just on the line
Move ‘Amelia and Amber’ and ‘Double A’ to the other side as the other side is very bare
Make sure my second and third paragraph aren’t in bold.
Design a logo for ‘Double A’
Make up a name for the photographer
Fill the white gap in
Change where the quote goes
How will I do this?:
I will take on board my corrections and ensure to play around and listen to the feedback I have been given by my peer and teacher. As this information is critical for me, as this will allow me to create the best possible double page spread. Using my skills on Photoshop and Indesign I will create a logo for ‘Double A’ as this is bring a new flare of something different to my double page spread.