Almost the Final Draft of EVERYTHING

I have almost finished all of the drafts for pages of my music magazine, now it is just the final fine details that need to be found and corrected. Since the last work in progress post I have made a lot of progress with my work after I was given feedback from my teacher on what I add to perfect my pages, which can be seen below. All of the changes that were made since my last draft are based on those detailed in the post titled, ‘Up to Date Draft Feedback + Targets’.

In brief, the changes that I have made to my pages are:

Front Page – plug moved to the right a bit as well as having the amount of words reduced, together with the insets so that they do not interfere with the bleed lines and stand out more. The masthead has been moved to the left to make it more conventional.

Contents Page – I put labels on the insets so that the reader can tell which page the mentioned artists can be found on. I also made sure to change the cover lines for ‘FACADE’ as before they read as ‘Facade’ which didn’t fit in baring in mind every other mention of the name has it written capitalised.

Double-Page Spread – The quotes were made slightly smaller in order to give myself room to move them away from the model a tiny bit. The article was moved up a little bit however the standfirst took up much of the space that was in question previously. I moved the photo credit underneath the smaller photo of the artist in order to make it more legible and easy to tell who the credit is relevant to. Finally I changed the drop capital so that it was on the first column and not the standfirst.

If you would like to see a high quality PDF of the pages click on them and it will take you to an external page.

After this set of drafts, we gave our 4 pages to one of our peers from the other class to have assessed and be given feedback on so that I have another set of things that I can change to improve my drafts. The peer feedback can be found on the Google Doc that is embedded below.

Article Feedback Time!

I have gotten to the point in the development of my magazine where I have managed to put a copy of my finished article into the double-page spread.

The reason that I have put the article into the DPS so fast is because I needed to make sure that the redrafted text would fit into the space that the original article fitted into as well as to make the article ready to be peer assessed by one of my classmates in a future blog post.

To give you an idea of what features I used to add something to my typeface, I changed the font of the stand first to SignPainter to indicate the purpose of the text. I then also made sure to add a drop capital to indicate the start of the first column.

If you wish to see the previous draft of the magazine, you will be able to find in a previous post. There is also a full PDF of the double-page spread to boot with article can be found if you click on the image below.









Up to Date Draft Feedback + Targets

In this post I am going to look at and note all of the targets for improvement that my teacher has given me in the screen castify which can be found at the bottom of the post.

Front Cover

  • Move the plug of artists included on the left side of the page to the right a tiny bit so that it doesn’t interfere with the bleed lines as much.
  • Move the masthead down the page a small bit so that it sticks out more from having more space around it.
  • Make it easier to see the images in the insets on the bottom left.
  • Remove some words from the pug on the top left of the model in order to make the reader find it easier to read the pug.
  • The teacher suggested that I move the masthead to the left of the page as it is conventional of a music magazine however I may not change it as at the moment it reflects the centred look of magazines such as ‘Indie‘ which cover the same genre.
  • Link cover page to PDF.

Contents Page

  • Link to the PDF of the contents page so that it can be seen in greater detail.
  • Put a label on the insets so that the reader knows who they are and what page they are on.
  • Change ‘Facade‘ to ‘FACADE‘ so that it is uniform throughout the magazine.

Double-Page Spread

  • Move the quotes away from the model a tiny bit to fill up some of the space.
  • Move the article a bit further up to utilise the extra space that is left on the page.
  • The teacher thinks that it would be a good idea to move the photo credit further to another area which I think is a great idea. I think under the smaller photo of the model would be a good idea to symbolise that it was them who took both photos.
  • Make it so that the article has the drop capital on the first column and not on the stand first in order to make the DPS more conventional with other magazines.

Overall Targets

  • Make sure that there is a difference in lengths of shots throughout the magazine. For instance I could change the insets so that there are some close-ups and long shots on both the contents page and cover page, and perhaps the double-page spread if I can find one that is suitable.

Developing the Article

I have been slowly developing my article for my double-page spread using a template in order to help perfect the content that I am going to put into the article. This article, is going to be based around the biography of the artist that is on the double-page spread, ultimately covering the three main points of change in the life of the artist.

One big focus of the article is complying with Blumler and Katz Uses and Gratification theory. I need to reflect the entertainment aspect of the theory by making sure that there is both positive and negative events in the article in order to keep the reader engaged. This therefore must include strong mood changing vocabulary in order to wake the reader up after reading the same style of writing for a paragraph or so. The feature of education in the Blumler and Katz theory can be obtained within the article by ensuring that the reader has learnt a lesson of some kind from the artist of the article by the end of the article. This could be done by making whatever it is that the artist was effected by in earlier life, particularly emotive in order to make the reader more emotionally invested and have a greater chance of having the life lesson stick in their head.

In order to keep the attention of the reader I really need to establish a target market/audience. I think that this audience for the magazine and the article would be people aged 16-22 as the artist that the article is going to be based around, is someone who started their career in music at a very young age, and got wrapped up in trouble from being uneducated in his ways. This is very relatable for many people around the same age as him (16-22), as this is the age that many people in western society move away from home to work a job, or go hundreds of miles away to study at university. In both cases the person is by themselves with little help from anyone else to show them how to live in a new environment.




Biography Language Analysis


We are able to tell that this article is written as a biography first off, because of the fact it states in the blurb; ‘Dorian Lynskey hears his story’. It is also evident that the journalist is present because of the fact the article is written in the third person about an artist in which the journalist is listening to the artist in which we get quotes from the artist suggesting that it is the journalist writing those quotes down. The impact on the audience knowing that the journalist is present could be a negative one, as they could feel that the content of the biography created has been altered slightly (there are quotes from the artist that could have been not recorded correctly).


We gain a sense of location/events through the multiple incidences that are talked about between the journalist and James such as ‘London’s Met Bar’, ‘when he was negotiating a deal with A&M in 1995’ and ‘Meltdown festival in 2014’. This indicates to the reader that they are reading a biography as it is running through stages of the artist’s life/career at eventful points. The choice of words throughout the text is very factual listing, dating and giving statistics about events giving the reader a clear understanding of the content. Despite the fact the article is very formal for the most part, the metaphor saying that ‘Mo’ Wax was dead’ emphasises the fact that the label closed to make it a lot more dramatic and perhaps to re-awaken the reader after reading for so long without any interesting literary techniques. It is clear that the journalist uses quotes like; ‘The last 13 years have been ****ing tough financially’ as an emotive device in order to engage the reader by making them feel sympathetic to James as well as to set a tone that a lot of people can relate with. I think that there is a lesson to be learnt from James not to get carried away after you get some success, as it is just as easy to fall away from that position and start back at square one.


In conclusion, I think the journalist represents the artist as being a big shot who had a rough time in the middle, but through hard work and dedication has brought themselves back to their feet again creating an influence/motivation for those who are going through a tough time or similar experience.

Below you are able to see a copy of the article which when clicked on will take you to the original copy.


This is what is in the works:

Below this chunk of text, you are able to see my four magazine pages that are work in progress. For the cover page as well as the contents page I am onto my third or fourth draft and i am very close to finishing them. As for the double-page spread I am still only on my second draft and can still pick out some very small things that I need to change such as the distance of the quotes from the model as well as some larger things such as finishing writing the articles. The majority of the changes that have been made across all of the pages are ones that have been suggested by classmates however I have also given my own input in order to make the greatest material I can. I even had the honour of having a local Graphic Designer by the name of Ben Adkins give me some critical advice on what I can change in my designs.

Some of the trends and themes that you will be able to see are apparent across all four pages of my music magazine are the orange/yellow colour scheme which helps to add a grotty, edgy look to my designs hinting at the edgy side of indie pop as well as the bright, joyful colours to show the upbeat side. The other main trend across all of my pages is the typeface, seeing as I have used the same fonts throughout every single page and even making some of them exclusive in order to make the double-page spread stand out more than other pages by using the Zilap Urban font for the artists name on the cover and doublepage spread masthead.





So… Hows the course going?

Now that I have at least two drafts for every aspect of my magazine I am a lot more comfortable in the position that I am in. I have pretty much finished all of my drafts and I am in the process of refining them down to a final product that I am content with.

Over all three of the pages, I have kept a consistent colour scheme which includes unconventional colours such as orange as well as creating a logo which is recognisable enough that you would be able to distinguish it from others, but is also simplistic enough that it sticks in your mind easily. I still have one or two drafts for my contents page and double-page spread including the actual article for my DPS that I need to finalise into the final product but other than that I am done with creating the actual material for my magazine.

As for everything outside of the CAD (Computer Aided Design), all of my photo shoots have had as many aspects as possible which reflect the conventions of the indie pop genre which is what I wanted to aim for in the creation of my music magazine. One theme I have kept throughout all of my shoots is the bright and dark miseenscene, for instance in my contents page shoot I had someone dress in bright clothes and the other in darker, more edgy costume. Another big part of mise-en-scene that I paid attention to in my shoots is the acting, for instance in many of my smaller shoots I had the models stand with their hands by their sides staring straight into the camera to relate to other big artists and bands who make indie pop content such as AJR.

A Silky Smooth New DPS


I have finally managed to create a new double-page spread which improves upon the last one that I produced quite a lot. Many of the changes are very big ones that I should have included in the first draft however I needed more time to think about what was to be included. For example some of the smaller features I have added are the page numbers and ‘By Lines‘.

So the question is what have I changed since the first draft?

  • I have added all of the appropriate features to my double-page spread apart from those in the article which I am still to write out such as the ‘By Lines‘, page numbers,  and the photographers name.
  • I had to change the typeface to the fonts that were used in the contents and cover page in order to keep a running theme throughout the magazine. For example I took the Zilap Urban font that was used as the masthead on my cover page and used it as the masthead/main cover line in my double-page spread so that if the user was flicking through the magazine they would recognise the font. I also managed to change the gradient of the font to the unconventional colours I used in my other pieces which you can see how to do in my Design Skills 2 post.
  • I managed to come up with another quote, however it strays a little bit away from the effects of society in the media and instead focuses on how the artist wants to influence the audience to not make the same mistakes as they have, which harkens back to the edgy side of indie pop.

Design Skills 2

In this post, I look at a second set of skills and lessons that I have learnt when using InDesign and Photoshop in the creation mostly of my doublepage spread, but also the third drafts of the contents page and cover page. Now that I have harnessed the ability to use these tools, I will be able to use them later on in the course when we create Digipaks, allowing me to manipulate the colours and other parts of the photos that I take to my liking.

  • Below you are able to see the process of my double-page spread model having the colour of their costume (shirt) changed. I had to do this as originally the colour of the shirt was pink however I thought it would be a good idea to change it to yellow to establish somewhat of a colour scheme. This left a pink outline around some of the features. I fixed this by using the quick selection tool in Photoshop to highlight the pink area which can be seen in the second image. I then went to ImageAdjustmentsHue/Saturation and changed the settings to 40 Hue, 25 Saturation and 0 Lightness in order to make it yellow. After clicking OK you can see the finished product in the last screenshot on the bottomright.

  • Another skill I have learnt to use in the creation of my doublepage spread is how to put a gradient on text. In this example I take text from my double-page spread and highlight it. I then selected the gradient swatch tool from the tools menu and double click it to bring up a separate menu for gradient. After I get this far, I can select the two colour swatch boxes in turn and open the colour picker and select the gradient colours that I have used in my contents page and cover page. After selecting OK the colour of the text will have changed which you can see in the bottom right image.




Design Skills I have Acquired 1

I would like to show you some of the skills that I have learnt to utilise in the creation of my contents page using the two programs; InDesign and Photoshop. These attributes are not only helping me in the creation of my contents page, but also in the design of future projects and drafts including the double page spread 1st and 2nd draft as well as any other drafts and final pieces of work that I create in my time taking A-Level Media Studies.

  • I was wondering how I could create two thick, white lines/rectangles on my contents page to add detail. I ended up overcoming this issue by using InDesigns ‘Rectangle Tool’ from the main tools menu to create two tall boxes which snapped to the same width and length of each other, and then using the fill tool which can be found in the menu that goes along the top of an InDesign page to fill the shape with white. You can see the process of this below, the order being left to right.


  • I wanted to add the effect into my contents page of the pug intruding onto the image at the bottom right. I did this by using the ellipse tool to create a circle that was larger than the pug and then changed the fill to the orange gradient that the rest of the background had. I decided that I had to manually go into the layers tab and change them around so that the elipse layer (IMG_3798) was above the bottom right photo, and below the main cover image.


  • One other skill that I have learnt is the art of using Photoshop to create a blur in a photo which makes it blend in more with a different background to the original one. I did this by using the polygonal lasso tool to highlight the area that I want to delete of the image which still shows the white background, and deleting it. This however leaves a jagged line which can make it look out of place with the background, so I used the blur tool and increased the hardness to 24% in order to leave a good amount of blur to make it fit in. This process can be seen in the photos below.