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Feedback on Article

To plan what I was going to write on my double page spread, I filled out this template to help me make sense of what to write and how to lay it out.

This is my article being read aloud by one of my peers. They are reading aloud to look for spelling and grammar mistakes.

To develop my double page spread further, I need to make sure to weave in some other names from the pop world and a bit of detail about a track name and its themes. This will help to give my audience more information on my magazine, and also make it look more professional.

Article Development

This is my planning for my double page spread. I have set it out like this so it’s easier to insert into my double page spread.

I decided I wanted to do a Q&A because I thought it could help convey the kind of character my star is. Furthermore, it would help to show the genre of the magazine. I wrote this to attract women of ages ranging from 16-40.


Language Analasis


‘Cash for questions (11 July 2017) Paul Stokes ‘

This is a Q&A article on the band Alt-J.

There is no journalist present and this gives the reader a chance to understand that the questions were from their fans. We’re not quite sure, as the reader, where this interview is taking place, although, we do know that Alt-J is there speaking to someone. This is achieved by having the questions written in bold, so they look different to the answers.

There are no words that are frequently used, but as you read, you get the impression that they’re normal people with normal backgrounds. This will help their fans and people reading about them see a lot about their personalities.

One metaphor that they used to describe their music in this interview that really stood out to me was “chewing gum that doesn’t lose its flavour.” This helps the audience to relate to the band.

There is no mode of address as it is a Q&A. Instead, this journalist is asking questions from fans. This is quite a smart way to get across the information as the journalist is asking questions that the audience wants to know the answers to.

One quote that was used was ‘“And the award for estate agents
of the year goes to…” This was the only actual quote used, as in this Q&A, and every other Q&A for that matter, technically everything is a quote as the editor is writing down exactly what they say.

The reader should be influenced by this article. It should make them laugh, and want to know more about Alt-J.

Design Skills 2

When doing this task, I learnt some more skills that will help me to improve my work further. This included improvements in Photoshop and Indesign skills.

My contents page was not at the standard that I would like it to be. As you can see, the main photo is slightly boring as I didn’t change the filter to make it stand out or to make it different to the original picture. After this. I decided to change the main image, font and the entire layout. I did this by using the select tool on Photoshop  to cut out the new photo.

I learned how to change the fonts and colours in Indesign. After learning this, it made my contents page and my double page spread look a bit more professional. When working on my double page spread, I learnt how to wrap the text around the images because I didn’t like the way that the text overlapped the images. I did this by making a template using the pen tool in Indesign and typing my text inside it. I could then manipulate it and make it look the way I wanted it to.

When using Photoshop, I experimented with colours and filters to make my models look more interesting and to fit in with the genre of R&B. I used the Camera Raw Filter in Photoshop and adjusted the settings to make my model look tanned and energetic. This helped to infer her star image of popular, wealthy and attractive, and furthermore help portray my genre of R&B music.

On Photoshop, I also learnt how to enhance the photo and make it look clearer so that when I edited it on Indesign, It would look a lot better. I did this by also adjusting the Camera Raw Filter on Photoshop, especially the exposure and temperature of the picture.

After learning these skills, I will use them in my future pieces of media, making them to the best ability as possible.


A New Improved Double Page Spread

To improve on my double page spread, I shaped the text around the shapes and photos, this way it will make it look less messy and rushed. I slightly altered the colour of the circle to match the letters highlighted in red, but still couldn’t get it perfect, which is something I could learn to do next time. I also overlapped the photo of my two models together. This just made the photo look less random, and grouped the photos together.

Feedback & Reflection on Draft 3

The feedback I received from my double page spread was:

  • “I like the layout and structure, especially the way that the model is at the center of the page.”
  • “I like the choice of text, and the way you have put it in bold.”
  • “The quote would make me want to read more if it was a legitimate magazine.”
  • “Try and make all of the colours match, otherwise it will clash.”
  • “Make all the pictures of the same person, have the same filter, otherwise it looks very fake.”
  • “Maybe break up the text a little bit, try to fill up the space.”

Targets for development will be to:

  • Make the text a little less bunched together.
  • Keep a universal filter on all of the pictures
  • Colour coordinate with the colour scheme.
  • Columns need sorting.
  • Add page numbers and a byline.
  • Stand-first.
  • Photo borders and captions.

Design Skills 1

When in the process of making my magazine, I picked up a lot of new skills that will definitely help me when making other pieces of media in the future. I really enjoyed seeing my finished pieces despite some of the difficulty I approached in the making.

I am proud of my progress when using Photoshop and InDesign. I think I conveyed my intended star image, by making her look sexy and promiscuous, but elegant.  I used the quick selection tool on Photoshop to cut her out, and I had some help by watching YouTube videos, talking to others and simply looking for inspiration. Without these resources, I don’t think my finished pieces would be to the standard that they are.

Here I am going to show you the progression of my work in the making. In some of these images and screenshots, you will be able to see my progress, with the ups-and-downs, but also seeing that in the end, my hard work will have paid off.

Here I am showing the progress of my contents page. I was having some trouble when moving things in order to be able to see everything.

This is my finished front cover. After having a lot of struggle with Photoshop, I was very proud with the finishing piece because I was able to convey the genre of R&B by her looking slightly distant, yet approachable.

When I took this photo, I knew from the first time I looked at it i wanted it in my magazine. I used the quick selection tool to cut them out to create a focused mid shot of the characters to represent the narrative of their love affair for my star image. In all honesty, this was one of the easiest pictures to Photoshop. This was because I had become quite good at using it by watching video, and getting tips from other people.