Music Magazine


To make a complete magazine, adverts are used to fill the pages. It was important to choose adverts which cater to my audience demographic in order to show products which would interest who is reading the magazine.








My audience demographic is young people who are up to date on the newest trends which is why I chose ASOS because it is a very popular online website for the most fashionable clothes for my audience’s age demographic (late teens and twenties). I chose my second advert as a new Starbucks drink because I mentioned some complex kind of coffee in my audience demographic’s dating profile, I also said that they were enrolled in university, implying these readers are very busy and are constantly on-the-go, which is why a takeaway coffee shop advert would interest them.

Complete Magazine Draft

First Draft

Below is my first complete draft of all my pages of my music magazine, I still need to add some advertisements to the empty pages and make some changes from my feedback from my teacher.









Screencastify of feedback:

From this feedback I’ve taken a couple targets for changes to each page:

Front cover-

  • make cover lines more enticing- reword
  • add a pug/badges
  • add a sense of playfulness

Contents page-

  • put picture of Jess in a shape, take out the costume
  • change page numbers
  • add more lines/design to the headlines
  • create a sense of unity between the 3 pictures at the bottom

Double page spread-

  • photoshop out the flash
  • continue story to the bottom of the page
  • add something that makes you want to turn to the next page

A New Improved Contents Page

First Draft








New Draft









In my first draft I got a lot of feedback for things to change, mostly to do with making the whole page more cohesive and professional, for example adding more design elements/graphics. I also changed the shape of my image to cut out the costume because the mise-en-scene wasn’t right. Finally, the page numbers weren’t spaced apart enough for a full magazine so I had to change those too.

What is a Contents Page?

From looking at existing music magazines’ contents pages I’ve found some typical conventions that most contents pages have. These include:

  • large ‘contents’ titles
  • lists of catchy feature headlines with their corresponding page numbers (in page order)
  • a quick description for each feature
  • one main large image and usually a few more smaller ones
  • only 2 colours other than black and white
  • separate ‘regulars’ and ‘features’ sections

Keeping these conventions in mind I sketched three possible layouts for my contents page:

I also composed a list of possible headlines to use in my list of contents, including:

  • THIS IS TOP 40

In making these headlines I made sure to use some key words used in a lot of magazines to entice and draw in the reader. Using words like ‘you/your’ make the reader feel personally targeted by the content and also using words like ‘breakthrough’ and ‘exclusive’ entice the reader into turning the page to find out more. Other vocabulary like superlatives and alliteration can also be used to make a catchy name for a feature.

The purpose of a contents page is firstly, to give the reader a taste of what is going to be in the issue, but secondly it is to intrigue the reader so that they continue to read the rest of the magazine. This is why short descriptions of each article and grabbing headlines are two main conventions of a good contents page.


A New Improved DPS

First Draft








New Draft






A lot of the changes I’ve made since making my first draft are to do with the colours in my DPS; firstly I’ve made the green of the pull quote and the title a lot more vibrant and neon, I’ve also put black boxes around some of my text to make the green pop even more. Doing this also brings more attention to the pull quote which is usually the first part of the article the reader sees because their eye is drawn to the larger writing. This should entice the reader to read the whole article by being interested in the context of the quote.

Another change I’ve made is adding a bit more drama and intrigue to my stand-first, which was a bit bland before-hand.

Feedback and Reflection on Draft DPS

After finishing my first draft of my double page spread I had a couple of peers and my teacher give me some feedback on the design and layout. This was useful because it gave me an outsider view of what needs tweaking and improving.

The main pieces of feedback were:

  • add more drama/conflict to the stand-first to make it more grabbing to the reader
  • stronger colours with more contrast
  • add more impact to the drop capital (suggestion: add a black box to contrast the green)

From this feedback I know what my targets for development will be, mostly making it more attention grabbing and impactful for the reader. Some specific things I’ll look at are the colouring, especially for my pull quote and drop capital, and also the wording of my stand-first.

Draft of The Double Page Spread

My First Draft










After making my first mock-up of my double page spread I had some people give me some feedback on what still needs to be worked on before adding the article.

Targets for improvement:

  • Brighter green used in the title to match the neon of the stars’ clothes
  • add page numbers
  • make the stand-first more exciting and dramatic
  • add a by-line
  • improve the pull quote and drop capital’s styling


2nd Shoot Contact Sheets

Contact sheets




















From this selection of photos I chose a few which could feature in my magazine:














Unfortunately, since it was heavily raining on the shoot day I was unable to use my original location to shoot at, even so, I did get the types of photos I hoped to. Using two models was also really helpful instead of just working with one, as originally planned, because I could get a lot more varied angles and dynamics in my photos.

One thing I would change next time is before beginning to take photos, think of the layout of my page because I only had a few to choose from since I hadn’t thought about where in the image I’d have to leave room for text and the centre-fold.

A New Improved Feature Article

Since writing my first draft I’ve made quite a few changes to my article. Firstly, after reading it through aloud I realised that it didn’t read as well as I would like it to so I made a couple changes to the punctuation and wording to correct that.

My second issue came from my teacher’s feedback which was that it seemed too autobiographical and needed a bit more drama and exclusivity. To change this I added in a story exclusive to the magazine wherein my stars admit to suffering with mental health issues after the fall of their label, promising to have a new image for this decade. This adds a bit of drama and shock for fans who didn’t know this information about the stars’ personal lives.

Click here to view my new improved article, with all my edits highlighted in red to make it clear what’s been changed.


Draft Feature Article

Click here to read through the first draft of my article

Voice memo

In order to make sure my magazine reads well and flows I recorded myself reading it aloud for errors:

From doing this, I noticed a couple of places where the article does not read as smoothly as I would like. This means that I can make improvements to my next draft which wouldn’t have been obvious from just reading it in my head.

Teacher Comments and targets

  • seems very autobiographical
  • more gossip/exclusives needed
  • add a sense of conflict, gives the article some drama so the reader is interested in reading on


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