Preliminary Print Tasks

My Tour Poster

This week we were given the brief of creating a tour poster with our assigned genre, mine being heavy rock. To gather inspiration for my design I created a moodboard of some stereotypical rock album art and tour posters:

Moodboard of rock tour posters/album art

From this research I deduced that capital letters are almost exclusively used in the typeface, thus influencing me to use capitals in my tour poster. Lots of the covers include reds, greens, black and white and so I decided to use some of these for my colour scheme.

My Tour Poster














My Evaluation

My self assessment


  • Use vocabulary that connote a sense of urgency
  • Add more specific information
  • Cut photo out more precisely, without the white outline
  • Choose colours which create more of an impact and contrast with the background; an example would be bright red


My Magazine Front Page Swede

My Magazine Swede:














Original Magazine Cover:

This week we learned how the basic skills of InDesign, the software which we will be using to create our own music magazine later on. To familiarise ourselves with InDesign we recreated an existing magazine cover.

This helped to make me more aware of what particular techniques are used prominently in magazine covers; one main thing I noticed was the lack of use of lower cases letters because all of the text on the cover is in capitals. This gives the text impact and creates a sense of urgency, imploring the audience to read on. Another thing to be mindful of is colour schemes. In the professional NME cover apart from black, white and grey only two other colour are used as accents. This makes the colourful text stand out at first glance but also creates a cohesive and clean cover, too many more colours would make the cover appear cluttered and less easy to read.

Text InDesign Tutorial

Some techniques I used in InDesign I used to create the exact typeface I needed, this involved changing the width and spacing between the letters, a tool I found was particularly used was word spacing which was used in between the letters but also in between lines of text. This is used to create more obvious groups of headlines and emphasised certain words.

Another InDesign Tutorial I found useful

These techniques and tools will be useful in producing my own music magazine because I now know how to insert pugs, have an effective colour scheme and how to manipulate text into the required typeface. Some tools that will be useful in making my magazine will be the text wrapping tool, the text spacing tool and also the lock tool, this means I can edit a layer without disrupting ones I’ve already done.

The Camera Talks

Using the pictures taken from the contact sheet, I picked the top 9 using varying angles and distances in order to convey different meanings for each image:


To each photo, we had to add 3 hashtags; one technical camera term, one denotation, and one connotation. These tags help identify what is trying to be conveyed through the camera work, for example the emotions and predicament of the subject of the picture.

I think that in order to further communicate the meanings in the photos the camera techniques could’ve been taken further. By this I mean using further distances in long-shots and more extreme high angles to display the stories of the pictures more strongly.



Technical Camera Terms

When taking photos an important part of how the meaning/story is conveyed is what’s in the photo. However, an equally important part is how the camera is used. This can include changes in angles and distance from the camera, we took these pictures to try and experiment with what meanings different camera techniques can produce.

Contact Sheet

How can camera create meaning?

Angles- a high angle connotes a sense of vulnerability on the model whereas a low angle makes them appear strong and superior.

Distance- close-ups bring attention to the face, allowing the model to portray their emotions more clearly. Long-shots show the entire body so the meaning of the picture can be portrayed through actions.

Straight/cantered- a cantered (or dutch) angle creates a more dramatic image.




My image that uses mise-en-scene to communicate meaning

Creating a tour poster

In order to produce a tour poster that can draw in its’ viewer, mise-en-scene is essential. The use of hair, costume and background can create a powerful first impression of what the artist and their music are like. Also, what genre they belong in.

The genre my group selected was ‘heavy rock’ which we perceived as bands such as ‘guns n roses’ and ‘metallica’, thus creating this moodboard to help us collect inspiration for our shoot:

My ‘Heavy Rock’ Moodboard

Made with Padlet


Final Photo Choice

These annotations made me more aware of what mise-en-scene I need to use to convey the theme of my music magazine. From this shoot it is clear that costume displays the most about a model, this is because without this costume the model would not look ‘heavy rock’ at all. Another element I will consider in my music magazine is setting, specifically using a green screen or plain backdrop in order to create atmosphere by editing in a different one more cohesive with the genre later on in the editing process.

Print Media that Communicates Meaning

In order to create my own tour poster I annotated an existing poster to guide how I should produce mine. By doing so, I discovered the impact of different typefaces, colours and pictures on how the poster is received by the audience. This will effect my choices towards how I want my poster to be perceived.

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