Creative Critical Reflection 4

To answer the question “How Did I Integrate Technologies In This Project?”  I created a Piktochart in order to present my answer to this question in a clear way that presents my answer in five stages.

Within this Piktochart I hope to have illustrated the different types of technologies I have used and how they impacted my magazine.

Creative Critical Reflection 3…

In order to answer the question, “How did your production skills develop throughout this project?” I wrote and recorded a letter to a future media student outlining all the skills you will develop and learn throughout the course, whether that be a transferable skill, a creative one or technical…

Within this letter, I hope to inform the future student on the key skills and also excite them about media and wish them well if they chose to pick it.

A New Improved Complete Draft…

After all the feedback I received from my peers and teachers, I then went and added and improved my magazine.

In my front cover, I changed elements such as the spacing on the plugs so it doesn’t look as cramped or busy. I also have deleted the leaves in the background as I found it made the cover too busy and it no longer worked as a clean magazine as my other pages do. Furthermore, I changed the font and colour of the tag line and stars name as I felt it didn’t pop as much as it did previously. Moreover, I made Ellie bigger which meant I had to adjust my masthead in order for it to be seen so I raised the letters up making the visible.

I haven’t adjusted my contents page as I really like how this looks.

I chose this magazine and decided to put it here as it matches my colour schemes and aesthetic as it is very classy and simple. In addition, the photo of Callum with the guitar, it might inspire people to go out and buy one.

The biggest changes I made was the colour scheme alteration with the double page spread. After consulting my teacher, Miss Hales, I decided that experimenting with colour was something I needed to do more of as my magazine was mainly red, black or white so a little bit of variety was needed. Therefore, I decided to change the colour to blue to match her shirt and nail polish. I then photo shopped the red bow to be blue using the colour replacement and smudge tool.

I decided to put this magazine as the back page as after learning about different artists the consumers may be inspired to go and see them. Moreover, this advert fits in nicely with my colours and aesthetic so slots in and fits nicely with my magazine.

Then, I used Flipsnack to put all my pages together and to see how they looked as a magazine…


In order to make my magazine more appealing to my target audience, I have chosen two adverts that I believe would match with my previous research, such as my dating profile and target audience research…

Harmony Guitars  

I have chosen this magazine as many of my target audience listen to acoustic/folk music in which their primary instrument is the guitar and therefore, this advert can fuel their inspirations to be like their favourite artists and also spark an interest in more layers than just listening to the music, but actually learning one and gaining a skill.

Maggie Rodgers Tour Poster

I decided this advert/poster would be good to use as Maggie Rodgers is an artist that in my opinion matches the genre of indie/folk perfectly as she blends the acoustic sounds with more modern day music. I also love the design and colours of the poster and feel as though it would blend in nicely with my magazine.

Complete Magazine Draft…

Now I have created all of my pages for my magazine, I need to place them all together…

I decided to edit my front cover more and my double page spread again as I didn’t feel like they flowed very well in regards to the new, cleaner ideas of the contents page.


Here is the feedback I received…


So…How’s It Going?

Overall, I’m really enjoying the process of creating my magazine, especially the photo shoots as I’ve always been really interested in photography so I really thought the location shoot was really beneficial and exciting.

I have also learnt lots of skills since beginning this magazine such as;

  • How To Work A Camera;
    • I have learnt about the ways to control a camera and use it in a way that creates images the exact way you want them and picture them through the use of controlling the ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture.
    • The technical terms in order to explain my photos such as, angles, wide/low/high, framing, close up/extreme long shot/mid shot so I can easily describe my images in an intelligent and technical way.
  • Photoshop;
    • I have learnt so much in terms of Photoshop as I was relatively unskilled when beginning my magazine.
    • I have learnt how to use new icons such as the gradients, which I have used numerous times throughout my magazine.
    • Furthermore, the use of the ‘Effects’ button has proved a very useful skill in Photoshop.
  • InDesign;
    • Considering that I had no experience in this application, I have learnt loads and loads of skills in order for me to create some really graphic designs – such as my contents page which I’m really proud of in terms of its graphic elements.
  • Personal Skills;
    • I have learnt a lot about time management and how to keep on track and up to date on not only my magazine but also my blog.
    • Moreover, I have learnt how to respond to feedback constructively and make sure I get that improvement that has been recommended straight away.
    • Communication skills have also been an integral part of the making of the magazine such as the outside shoot and communicating with the models in order to be prepared such as the costumes.

In The Future…

I would really like to learn more about editing my photos in a more graphic way that I couldn’t interpret into my own magazine this time such as some more creative ways to make my magazine flow.


Design Skills 2…

While creating some of the elements in my double page spread and contents page, I used a variety of design skills to make my pages interesting and graphic.

An example on my contents page includes …

I decided to use the text illustrator feature on the font *insert font* in order to make my contents page more graphic and interesting to read. It also ensures that I can use the font consistently and there be different variations however they still work cohesively.

Examples on my double page spread…

I decided to alter my colour scheme for my double page spread from red to blue, however, the ribbon on the top of the banjo was red, so I went onto Photoshop as I needed to use the colour sampler tool to get the identical shade of blue to the one on Charlotte’s shirt:

Then, using the colour replacement tool, I coloured over the red ribbon with the identical blue and the used the smudge tool to correct and blend the colour.



These uses of the software will help my magazine be more graphic and interesting for the consumers to enjoy the colours and little details that I aim to get right.

A New Improved Contents Page…

After acknowledging my targets, I then went and improved my contents page by:

  • Making sure the numbers were more visible.
  • Moving down the numbers to make them fit nicely in the box.
  • Changing the colour of the numbers.

These changes make my contents page look more professional as the spacing makes the page look cleaner and more legible when reading the numbers. Moreover, changing the colours of the numbers also makes them easier to read and tie in better with the background of the page.

Here is my friend Izzy talking about my new improved contents page…

This feedback was really helpful as it gives me a wider perspective from a consumers point of view in response to my magazine. This also gives me an outside view as consumers normally notice mistakes that the distributor wouldn’t meaning that more specific targets can be made from the outsiders perspective.

Draft Of Contents Page…

Before beginning to create my contents page, I decided to look into the conventions of a contents page, so I looked at many different pages and wrote down what I could see and recognize from these contents pages…

Then, I photographed a contents page that I really liked from this research. I really liked this contents page as the placing of the images weren’t necessarily conventional, and I loved the layout of the text to match. However, I decided that if I were to use this page, I would need to alter the colour scheme in order for this to match my brand and aesthetic…

After research of conventional contents pages and looking into some pages that I really like, I decided that it would be beneficial for me to sketch out some other ideas for a contents page to explore some different and creative ideas…

I the evaluated my favorite of these pages;

  • Contents 1:
    • Pros;
      • Creative and unconventional through the use of all photographs and little texts.
      • Very clear in what you will be reading about.
      • Simple but interesting.
    • Cons;
      • Will possibly have to carry put another photo shoot in order to have a variety pf artists.
      • No editors notes.
  • Contents 2;
    • Pros;
      • Based off an already made contents page, so I know it works well on print.
      • Balanced in regards of images and texts.
      • Includes an editors notes.
      • Includes a star image.
    • Cons;
      • May get slightly busy with the editors notes.

I decided to go with contents page 2 and the one from the magazine I liked as I believe that using the layout and changing things slightly to make it match my brand was a good idea as the magazine had already proved that the layout works well in print…

What Went Well;

  • I love the simple colour scheme as it also matches my front cover really well.
  • The amount displayed in the magazine is really good as there is clearly a lot to read.
  • The images are really well matched with the aesthetics of my magazine.

What Could Be Improved;

  • I think that more editing on the photos is necessary.
  • The locations of the text as the edge of the boxes touch the page numbers.

A New Improved Double Page Spread…

Draft 1:

Draft 2:

Following on from the targets I gave myself and from the targets I received from my peers, I altered my double page spread;

  • The Masthead;
    • I made the masthead bigger following on from the suggestion that it was too small in regards to the page and went pretty much unnoticed and all the images distracted from it.
  • Page Numbers;
    • I added the page numbers as it was a convention I was missing.
  • Who By:
    • I added the who by caption as it was missing.
  • Promo;
    • I added some promo for Charlotte and advertised her album and where to get it.
  • Fonts;
    • I made the text bigger on the quotes after a target from Cal of them being slightly hard to read.

From these improvements, my double page spread now matches the conventions of a spread from a variety of magazines.



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