Below are the two adverts I have included in my magazine. I chose these as they would suit the type of people that would be reading the magazine, I know this from my research I did at the start about a target audience. Metal fans usually like going out and drinking or meeting at gigs, which implies instrument or beer related adds. A lot of the fans of metal also play some kind of instrument, so I decided to have some guitar related adds. One of them is also about a well known band which might catch someones attention as well. Also the second ad has a metal feel to it, like it would attract metal fans due to the soft colours and black guitar.


Complete Magazine Draft

After looking back at my previous attempts for my cover, contents and DPS I have come up with my final attempt before it gets reviewed for any minor tweaking.

Front Cover Please click on the Image to see the pdf

Front Cover please click on the Image to see the pdf

Contents page please click on the Image to see the pdf.

Contents page please click on the Image to see the pdf.

DPS please click on the Image to see the pdf.


Now I have a review on my work (see below) I am able to completely finish my magazine using the targets I have set.


  • Make Masthead and ‘Iron Scythe has gone down’ bigger
  • Make ‘Giving metal its soul back’ more expressive’
  • Have other artists names at bottom of cover


  • Page numbers on images
  • Who are the people in the images and what articles do they relate to
  • Make the sub headings meanings more obvious
  • Make word contents more exciting
  • check typos
  • Page number
  • Make writing aligned
  • Try main cover lines in uppercase
  • Bigger numbers and captions

Double page spread:

  • Who’s written article
  • Page numbers
  • Put Tetsu somewhere
  • Needs headline, who are the people in the images
  • Try first quote tilted
  • First paragraph bolder and no drop capital
  • use drop capital in second paragraph
  • Add some more stuff like the image in the top left of the second page






So… How is it going?

In terms of skills that could be used later on when I’m doing whatever I’m doing. I do believe that I have learnt a lot. To start with, before starting media I had no idea how photoshop worked, okay maybe a small amount, but still basically nothing… anyway I have learnt many skills like photo editing, photo manipulation and colour changing. This can help me in many ways for the future. Just having a grasp on how photoshop works can be a big help in many jobs in the future. To start with I have learn’t how to use different hues of colour to change the mood of an image, or how black and white can be used to add emphasis to a picture or make it have a dark feel to it.

I have also learnt skills in Indesign. I have learnt how to put everything together into one group and add in more pages to allow for expansion of the magazine. I’ve also found out how I can use the gradient tool to add some effects and laying to the layout/images

Design Skills 2

Yet again we are back here doing another recap on all that I have learnt during my time in media. So lets get into it, to be honest I haven’t learnt to much more mechanical skill as its just been more of the same stuff as last time. But I have learnt some details about magazine creation, for example magazines have a certain theme that they stick to which allows them to be easily distinguished from others. They do this by not over using other colours, they usually have a main three to four that they would pick from.

Though I haven’t learnt many technical skills I did learnt how to do drop capitals and make boxes have a 3D look to them. This also lead me to learn that many magazines use boxes and drop capitals like this to help highlight bits of text or show the start of a sentence.

I do think things could have gone a lot better if I had just tried to learn a bit more about how the programs work, but I am pleased with how things have come out. I also like how the contents page looks as it gives a simple feeling while having an interesting draw. There are a few things I would do differently though, for one I would like to change the DPS by having a different picture that would allow me to spread my text out a bit more and maybe have a more interesting setup. I would also want to have more pictures of different models doing different things, because as of now it does look a bit strange with just the same two people all over the magazine. I think having pictures of different models would really help to spice things up a bit more.

I do think that the genre is shown quite well in the contents of the magazine, it gives the feel that it is a bit more chaotic while still keeping things neat and together. I also think that some of the images do show a real sense of feeling behind them and that they really show the metal theme in a real way.