Mast Head Designs

To begin making my music magazine, I had to choose a brand appropriate masthead. I found numerous fonts and tested them all out. In the end, I chose all sans serif fonts as that is typical of my genre but I also wanted my masthead to stand out and be bold.


I chose these 2 adverts for my magazine as they are subjects that my target audience liked. I used my research from YouGov to find what artists, TV shows, films and food that my demographic like and these suited my magazine best.

Draft 3 – The Double Page Spread

After finishing my draft of my double page spread, I asked one of my peers to give me some feedback.


  • Too much text
  • Text wrap the paragraph around image
  • Include another image
  • Include an introduction
  • Genre relevant image
  • Incorporate more colour
  • Legible title
  • Eye catching place for the pull quote

After receiving feedback from one of my peers, I made some adjustments to my double page spread to make it easier to read and more captivating to the audience.

Article Idea Development

Before writing my article, I answered a few questions to help me understand what I was going to write and how I was going to write it. I also developed a few questions I would to help me write and structure my article about my character Ruby and her rebranding.


Language Analysis

“Billboard Magazine (June 2015) – ‘Adam Lambert: Don’t Look Back’ Halperin, S”

To help me prepare to write my own article about my cover star, I am going to analyse an article in the same style that I would like my article to be.

This article is a sit down interview with Adam Lambert . In this article, you are aware of the journalist but Adam Lambert is the main focus of the article as it talks about his career and how he has changed his image. You can tell that the journalist is present as she has added her own words about the artist as well as the artists words. The impact this has is that it gives the reader two sides to his story, hearing it first hand from the artist and what his story appears to be to the general audience.


At the beginning of the article, the journalist wrote quite a long paragraph describing Lambert and the setting which shows us his attitude in how he dresses and what his normal life is like. For example, she tells us that “the 6 foot 1 singer towers over” connoting power and how his fame has risen. Adjectives such as “sauntering” add to this attitude showing us that he walks without a care. The quote used is “It’s hard for me to be happy”, which creates interest with the audience as they don’t understand why he’s not happy in his successful career. The article emphasises his changes in genre and persona throughout his career showing how he’s gone from “American Idol to Queen to Label Less Free Agent to EDM”. There is also a lot of name dropping in this article, this grabs the audiences attention as they are names that the readers will recognise


Throughout the article, the journalist presents Adam Lambert as a strong individual who has faced his challenges to get where he is today. He is presented this way through descriptions and images. Use of certain adjectives and descriptions 

Draft 2 + The Contents Page

The contents page is a key part of capturing the audience. It displays the contents of the magazine which will determine whether the audience want to engage with the content or not. The contents page also shows the most important articles in a magazine and updates of regular content.


I asked one of my peers to give me some feedback on my contents page-

  • Mise-en-scene is appropriate for genre
  • Leading lines attract audience to key image
  • The title text matches the lipstick of the models below which adds a pop of colour
  • Included a wide array of artists to cater for a wider audience
  • Font could be more interesting

Targets for Development-

  • Using a font that is interesting but is still genre relevant

Second Shoot Contact Sheets

A Contact Sheet containing bad photos.






A Contact Sheet containing good photos.

After spending the day at Castle Cornet, I produced a wide variety of photographs for my pop music magazine. I categorized these photos into good and bad photos. I preferred some photos to others because-

  • Whether the model was in character or not
  • Whether the photos communicating the right mise-en-scene
  • If the framing was wrong, if I cut off her feet or the top of her head.

I liked some of them because-

  • The poses worked to communicate mise-en-scene
  • The angles made the photos interesting to look at and capture attention
  • They are framed properly, leading the eye to the subject.

After separating these photos into good and bad, I concluded that it was a successful location shoot and I captured some good images to use in my publication.