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My Updated NME Magazine Mock Up


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I decided to update my NME magazine mock up as I was not happy with my final product. Here, I changed the main cover line by tilting it to make it look more like the original. I also added three insets at the bottom of the magazine which helps to make the front cover more full. Overall, I am pleased with my final product as I found it hard to work with In Design as I had never used it before, this has helped me to familiarize the app and will help me in the future when I make my own magazine covers.

I have found this tutorial on InDesign which can will very useful when I go on to creating my own magazine.

Audience Profiling


This is an analysis of a front cover magazine. The information I found from this slide shows me that the typical audience of this magazine are females aged between the ages of 18-25, that enjoys the films ‘UP’, Toy story, Harry Potter, The Incredibles. With their favourtie TV shows being GBBO, New Girl and The Uneatables. With a monthly income of £125 – £499.  

The Design Features Of A Magazine.


Here, Molly and I labeled the technical terms of this front cover magazine showing the different aspects of this magazine we were given. For example, the masthead, plug, pug, main coverline, insets, captions, price, barcode and issue/date. We also analysed some techniques in more detail such as the masthead, ‘Kerrang’, we discussed the masthead is in bold capitals with an old rough broken font to draw the audience in as it is such a harsh contrast compared to the white background, this helps the magazine to portray the theme of danger and rock for it’s audience.

So… How can an image communicate meaning?

These past few weeks I have learnt the meaning of Mise-En-Scene, which includes costume, lighting, acting and proxemics, hair and makeup, props and setting. We have also learnt the basics of how to use a camera, experimenting with fast and slow shutter speed and ISO. Furthermore, so far in my Media studies journey I have learnt the different camera angles/shots. This has helped me to apply Mise-En-scene and a vary of different camera shots to my photoshoots, and will continue to help me throughout my Media Studies journey.

Mise-En-Scene, camera angles and composition will help me throughout my Media Studies course, especially when I come to redesigning a music magazine and creating my own music magazine. I will use all the new techniques I have learnt in the past few weeks to draw my target audience in. However, I will have to ensure I use the right colours and images to attract my target audience, I will research my target audience and use the information I find to create my magazine front cover.   

A Front Cover Analysed


I have created a slideshow above of the front cover of the magazine, ‘MOJO’ that I have analysed. I have used the website to help me find more about the target audience for MOJO in more detail, this is where I found the images I added onto my slide. They give an overview of what the typical ‘MOJO’ reader would enjoy watching ect, they also show what age group, gender and the estimated income is. Moving on, I analysed the colours used to grab the audiences attention, the typeface and the langue used to make the reader want to read more.

Technical Camera Terms


From theses photos, you can see Molly, Millie and I tried to vary our pictures by taking pictures with different camera angles, lighting, distance and composition. This helped us to experiment with the camera as we were using different settings such as, fast and slow shutter speed and ISO. Some of the pictures we took were too blurry as the shutter speed was too high which made them too bright and fuzzy. Although, we changed the setting and retook the pictures.

My Image That Uses Mise-En-Scene For Meaning


We were given the music genre ‘country western’. The conventions we associated with it were:

  • Long boots
  • Blue jeans
  • Straw hats
  • Checked shirts
  • Older audience
  • Plain makeup
  • Simple hair  

This mood board I made shows various things relating to country western music. For example, the clothes they wear, their makeup and hair styles, what they like to do and what a typical country western star would usually look like. We then as a group (with Molly and Immy)  took pictures to suit the appropriate Mise-En-Scene setting, using the right costume and tried different angle shots to vary out pictures. 


The Camera Talks


Here I have taken a range of different photos with different angles with Molly and Millie for this task, I have written the different angles we used for each picture and I have used hashtags to show what each picture is telling the audience.

Print Media that communicates meaning


This poster is a  perfect example of how the artist is trying to communicate with us, by selling themselves they draw the audience in.  By analyzing this poster I can see the designer has gone for very plain colours with black at the bottom which entices the audience as it is very eye catching from close up as well as from a distance. Furthermore, from me analyzing this poster it has taught me that every piece of detail is important in advertising and media, this will help me to create my print design and when i move on to make my own magazine cover.  

Magazine Front Cover


My copy of the magazine front cover

The original image of the magazine front cover ‘NME’ above gave me inspiration to create my own magazine front cover, this mock up will help me to move on and  progress my word when I design my own magazine front cover. I am pleased with the font text and size as well as the colours I used as they are very similar to the original. Furthermore, I am happy with the picture I chose as it fits in well with the magazine, even though I found it confusing and difficult to separate it from its original background during Photoshop. Moreover, the thing I am pleased with the most and found the easiest to do was is the masthead, ‘NME’ because I think it is the most similar thing to the original, which I was trying to achieve.

Although, throughout this process I am disappointed I ran out of time as I didn’t finish my magazine cover, next time I will make sure I allow myself enough time to finish my work. However, even though I am pleased with my text I am annoyed that my main cover line is not tilted and more across the page, like the original. Lastly, I wish I used photoshop better so I didn’t need to crop one of the band members out of my front cover, I will keep testing photoshop for my next magazine cover.

This YouTube video will help me to further my ability in photoshop form my next piece of work.

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