Double Page Spread Draft 2

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This is my second draft for my double page spread, I didn’t change that much in this draft but I did add a few details…

what’s new…

  • I ensured to add details such as the author of the article and where to continue reading the article which I missed in my first draft
  • I also worked on the heading and added a coloured text behind “LUCE” to make it stand out more swell as rearranging the heading so that it doesn’t read over the fold in the middle of the page which could be cut out when stapled into a magazine
  • Another detail I added was the overload logo in the top left which I also included in my contents page so followed this on

what’s next…

  • I am not completely happy with my artists name ‘Luce’ and so may change it to a more extra-ordinary dj name to fit the EDM genre
  • I may try to follow the background onto the left page so that the design flows
  • I am also going to play with some small designs which I could add as “Luce’s” logo somewhere to help link my models image to the article

Contents Page Draft 2

what’s new…

  • I changed quite a lot after my first draft as I wasn’t happy with the overall aesthetic. The main thing I changed was the background, I had a pink translucent layer over my image on the first draft which I got rid of for the second draft and also moved around the page numbers and headlines to expose the models face.
  • I also changes the image in the bottom left which I cut out and I am pleased which this as it bring another model into my magazine giving my readers another insight of what to expect throughout my magazine
  • I also spent time lining up all of my headings as they were out of line. and looked messy
  • I then added details into my contents page such as the ‘overload’ logo and a reference to my models who are ‘B2B’
  • another detailed I added was a white strike to the right hand numbers to make them stand out from the dark background

What’s next…

  • I realised after saving this that I have left a line In under the contents heading which I need to remove. (silly mistake)
  • I am still not 100% sure about the layout and text colours etc as not sure if the white typeface blends into the background too much
  • the social media details are also quite hard to read as the type face is very small so I may try add a background to make the text stand out from the model
  • I might replace the pink line details with something else as I also used this on my double page spread and don’t want a theme to be continued from th4e contents to the dps
  • another comment I was given was about linking the two rows of contents more as the right side has a translucent pink block heading them but the left doesn’t and therefore they feel slightly separate

 

Front Cover Draft 2

what’s new?

  • in this draft I changed my background to a plain colour as I think the gradient made it look to busy and too many colours would have attracted a younger audience whereas my genre, EDM, will attract an older audience
  • I also changed some of the typefaces and colours on the fonts, such as ‘Join Forces’ to make them more aesthetic
  • Another feature which I had missed in my first draft was the price which I have now added in the top left.
  • I also added a strike to some of the cover lines to make them seem of more importance

what’s next?

  • I am still not 100% sure on the background so am going to try out some background using the effects on photoshop
  • I also may add some more cover lines to make the front cover slightly more busy
  • I am going to play around with different type faces for the cover lines as I have used this simplistic bold font quite a lot

Double Page Spread Draft 1

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Reflection

This is my first draft for my double page spread. I am pleased overall with how it has turned out although I am aware of a few changes I need to make in my second draft.

My main feature on my double page spread is my ‘funky photo’ image which I used a CD to make a colourful reflection on the models face. I then edited the image to enhance the colour and I am really please with how it turned out, I also wanted a dark background to go with the image as a colourful background may have taken away from the image.

5 things I like –

  • I really like how my main image turned out from this shoot as I think the colorful reflection will really catch the readers eye
  • I am pleased with my background, i went for a dark background with white text to allow the model’s image to pop more
  • I also like the neon circular details i added onto the background to make it less plain

5 things I would like to change in my second draft-

  • I am aware that my header overlaps in the fold of the magazine which may cut off some of the title when folded
  • I need to add text directing the reader to where they can continue reading the article as the whole article is not on the page
  • I would like to continue the circular designs onto the other half of the dps so that they follow on
  • I need to add details such as the author of the article (me) which is a common feature on a dps.

Contact sheets 2

Ordinary photoshoot

 

These are my ordinary images which I took in different locations outside. The purpose of these images is to allow the audience to relate with the model by looking at them in ordinary places. I am happy with how these images turned out and got photos in a lot of different places to give me different options which I can then edit using photoshop.

These are my favourite images from my ordinary shoot as I think they really help my future audience to relate with the star in the photos due to them not being extra-ordinary images. The photo on the yellow mini is in a normal carpark which normalises the star. Although for this image I would cut out the model and the mini and place onto a new background as the car park background takes away from the model image.

Funky photoshoot

These are my ‘funky photos’ which makes the model seem extra ordinary compared to my ordinary photos. For these images I used a CD to create a colourful reflection on my models face. I did this by shining a light onto the CD to create the reflection, as you can see by the contact sheets there was a lot of trial and error before I got some images which really worked. I am really pleased with how these came out as the colour shows up better than expected and makes what could be a boring image more exciting.

These are my favourite two images from this shoot due to the colourful reflection and you can also see the makeup on my model (gems) which was important to me as these shots were quite close up and therefore don’t show a lot of my models costume so it was important that these images captured the gems and chain on my model.

I  think these images make my model seem ‘extra-ordinary’ by something so simple compared to my ‘normal’ photoshoot of Lani outside which makes the model seem more ‘ordinary’. It is important to have both extraordinary and ordinary photos within a magazine as it allows the readers to relate to the model swell as look up to them.

Production Meeting Agenda For Second Photoshoot

Reflection

This is my production agenda for my second photo shoot. These are the photos which I will be using for my double page spread article. For this task I am doing two shoots, one is a standard photo shoot which will be an outside shoot and my model is Lani Wall, these photos will be more casual and seem more ordinary to the reader. For this shoot I am going to dress my model casually – joggers, a cool graphic top and a puffer jacket.

My second shoot is going to be ‘funky photo’ shoot, model – Lucy Hockey, which I am doing in the white studio and using props such as a CD to create a colourful reflection making it a more exciting and extraordinary photo to my audience. For this shoot the model needs to seem extraordinary therefore I am going to use gem’s and eyeliner on my model to create a powerful makeup look aswell as a trendy and colourful outfit.

By doing two contrasting shoots gives me double the amount of options for my double page spread and I can create lots of contact sheets to decide which images I prefer. I also chose to use different models for the two shoots as it gives my magazine a range of ‘artists’ giving the reader more of an inside to who is included in my music magazine

Draft Feature Article 1

Article planning

Article Draft 1

Will this be the end of Lucy’s EDM career?

One of EDM’s favourite performers, Lucy Hockey, has released news about taking a ‘break’ from the music industry after an unseen end to her world tour!

Lucy Hockey posted a statement on her Instagram story on Tuesday evening reading “I need time for myself, I love you all”. This immediately caught the attention of her 4.5million fans.

It is confirmed from further statements that Lucy was forced to take time away from her career to focus on herself due to recent events which dramatically impacted her mental health. Hockey recently toured worldwide with her latest album ‘firefly’, which was her biggest hit yet. This tour had sky high sales and sold out within 3 hours of ticket release. The EDM artist spent 4 months touring starting in LA, USA and finishing her tour in Manchester, UK. Although the ending to this tour took an unexpected turn after Lucy performed in the O2 Arena, London where an uncontrolled crowd had a devastating impact on one fan.

A young fan of Lucy’s, 17, is said to have been awaiting the star’s arrival onstage from 3 hours before the event in order to secure her prime position at the front of the crowd. During the performance the very few security guards positioned at the front of the stage began to notice the crowd pressing forwards towards the front of the barricades. They are said to have informed Lucy Hockey mid-performance but no action was taken to aid this situation at the time, a further 20 minutes later one of the bouncers noticed a girl resting over the barricade at the front of the crowd that appeared to be unconscious. The young 17 year old was immediately removed from the crowd and was later found to have severe bruising from being aggressively pushed up against the barriers; she is now in a stable condition In Royal London Hospital. The concert bouncer when interviewed said, “We could see distress throughout the crowd but these surges are very hard to control and often end in tragedy’s, most people got away lucky”. The tour was then cut off early, letting down thousands of fans who had purchased tickets for the final performances in Birmingham and Manchester later that week.

After this event, Lucy received uncontrollable amounts of backlash across all social media platforms pushing blame onto the artist herself for what had happened. This backlash increased after Hockey was un-active on her social media platforms for 3 days following the event. ‘Fans’ were seen to be commenting calling the DJ  ‘selfish’ and ‘killer’ although it is confirmed that nobody was killed from this event. It was on Tuesday that Lucy made a return to Instagram and posted her news that she would be taking a break from her career to focus on herself. When interviewed the star explained ” I am devastated and am working closely with the family affected by this tragedy, I cannot begin to apologise and will be taking a break from the spotlight to focus on myself”.

Lucy Hockey’s family have also expressed how quickly and severely this has affected her mental and physical health. Her mum, Debbie, spoke about how fans or followers of artists forget that the stars they look up to have the same emotions as anyone else and are affected by hate in the same way as anyone. She added that people need to think before aggressively commenting on people’s social media as their negative words stand out against any positivity. Debbie said – “Lucy’s fans are the most important part of her music to her, she would never ignore a tragedy like this on purpose and people need to look into the situation more before being abusive online”.

The EDM performer already had plans to attend multiple music festivals this summer including Reading, Leeds and Creamfields although it is unclear whether she will continue to attend these events or return in the future at all.

Loyal fans are showing their sympathy for this young artist, just 4 months after her newest album was released which is what had brought her to the attention of the EDM world in the first place. One fan added “Lucy had just begun to grow and it’s a shame for her to have a setback this early on, I think people are being harsh on a situation which was out of her control”.

-Abi Stephens (overload)

Article Draft 2

Will this be the end of Luce’s EDM career?

One of EDM’s favourite performers, Luce, has released news about taking a ‘break’ from the music industry after an unexpected end to her world tour!

Lucy Hockey, otherwise known as LUCE, posted a statement on her Instagram story on Tuesday evening reading “I need time for myself, I love you all”. This immediately caught the attention of her 4.5million followers who posted an avalanche of shocked replies to this news.

It is confirmed from further statements that Luce was forced to take time away from her career to focus on herself due to recent events which dramatically impacted her mental health. Lucy recently toured worldwide with her latest album “Firefly”, which was her biggest hit yet. This tour had sky high sales and sold out within 3 hours of ticket release. The EDM artist spent 4 months touring starting in Los Angeles, USA and finishing her tour in London, UK. Although the ending to this tour took an unexpected turn after Lucy performed in the O2 Arena, London where an uncontrolled crowd had a devastating impact on one fan.

A young fan of Luce’s, 17, is said to have been awaiting the star’s arrival onstage from 3 hours prior to the event in order to secure her prime position at the front of the crowd. During the performance the very few security guards positioned at the front of the stage began to notice the crowd pressing forwards towards the front of the barricades. They are said to have informed the star mid-performance but no action was taken to aid this situation at the time, a further 20 minutes later one of the bouncers noticed a girl resting over the barricade at the front of the crowd in a state that appeared to be unconscious. The young 17 year old was immediately removed from the crowd and was later found to have severe bruising from being aggressively pushed up against the barriers; she is now in a stable condition In Royal London Hospital. The concert bouncer when interviewed said, “We could see distress throughout the crowd but these surges are very hard to control and often end in tragedy, most people got away lucky”. The tour was then cut off early, letting down thousands of fans who had purchased tickets for the final performances in Birmingham and Manchester later that week.

After this event, Luce received uncontrollable amounts of backlash across all social media platforms pushing blame onto the artist herself for what had happened. This backlash increased after Hockey was inactive on her social media platforms for 3 days following the event. ‘Fans’ were seen to be commenting calling the DJ names like ‘selfish’ and ‘killer’ although it is confirmed that nobody was killed from this event. It was on Tuesday that Lucy made a return to Instagram and posted her news that she would be taking a break from her career to focus on herself. When interviewed the star explained ” I am devastated and am working closely with the family affected by this tragedy, I cannot begin to apologise and will be taking a break from the spotlight to focus on myself “.

Luce’s family have also expressed how quickly and severely this has affected her mental and physical health. Her mum, Debbie, spoke about how fans or followers of artists forget that the stars they look up to have the same emotions as anyone else and are affected by hate in the same way as anyone. She added that people need to think before aggressively commenting on people’s social media as their negative words stand out against any positivity. Debbie said – “Lucy’s fans are the most important part of her music to her, she would never ignore a tragedy like this on purpose and people need to look into the situation more before being abusive online”.

The EDM performer already had plans to attend multiple music festivals this summer including the sold out events Reading, Leeds and Creamfields although it is unclear whether she will continue to attend these events or return in the future at all.

Loyal fans are showing their sympathy for this young artist, just 4 months after her newest album was released which is what had brought her to the attention of the EDM world in the first place. One fan added “Luce had just begun to grow and it’s a shame for her to have a setback this early on, I think people are being harsh on a situation which was out of her control”.

The future for this upcoming EDM star is unknown ,everyone is unsure of the impact this has had so early on in her career and whether the spotlight is for her!

-Abi Stephens (overload)

MP3 recording of my second draft:

Targets for myself based of this recording:

  • I am not completely happy with the name of my EDM artist ‘Luce’ and not sure if all of the abbreviations of her name are confusing.
  • There are also definitely elements in this article which I would like to improve making it easier to read for my magazine and things which I could have written in a better way

Language Analysis

 

ALBUM REVIEW

Billboard magazine (june 20, 2015), Hudson Mohawake – HudMo’s Genre-less genius

This article is reviewing a new album from Hudson Mohawake, the Scottish producer. The journalist, Meaghan Garvey, has written in third person. He initially looks into Hudson’s history and his childhood dreams speaking about how he would never expect to do the collab which he just landed, this makes the produced seem extraordinary as he has exceeded his dreams working with top artists. This gives some background context for his article and works as an alternative introduction to the article to hook the audience making them want to read on to see whether he did fulfil his dreams.

The headline for this article is also catchy as It is a play on words with Hudson Mohawke’s name. This will draw the attention of EDM fans and Mohawke’s fans.

This article is a review as it is written from the journalist’s perspective giving his opinion on Mohawake’s work therefore is not factual. It is laid out as an essay formatted article rather than structured paragraphs or bullet points. Therefore this article would be of more interest and more suitable to the fans of this producer who are interested in his work and want a detailed read on his new releases rather than the younger generation who would potentially prefer Q&A formatted articles which are more separated and easy to read. 

Due to the journalist writing in third person, this article is not an interview therefore he is writing from his perspective so you are aware of his presence throughout the read. The impact of this is it results in a detailed article with opinionated details giving the article a personal feeling. Although there is no clear introduction and conclusion to this article, I think it is beneficial as it keeps the article short and sweet and jumps straight into the point. 

This article is written quite detailed using language linked with the music and review industry so therefore may not be an easy read for everyone, the journalist has used a few embedded quotes within the article which makes it of a high standard. 

Reading this article the reader will gain a  better understanding in the world of music producers and the latest news on Hudson Mohawake therefore it is informative but also entertaining. 

Overall I think that the journalist represents the producer positively giving a good opinion on Mohawake and his past as well as upcoming career. 

 

Contents Page Draft 1

 

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Reflection

This is my first draft for my contents page of my music magazine, I am please with it although there are a few details I would like to add or change for my final contents page like maybe add some more coloured text to stand out rather than just using black & white type faces. I would also like to add a small detail of having my magazine masthead branding somewhere small on the cover page to carry the branding of my magazine on through. I am pleased with the visual aspects of my contents page as it is interesting and I have focused on attraction and entertainment when designing my contents page. I also remembered to think about AIDA when designing – Attractive, interesting, desire, call to action.

CONTENTS PAGE PEER ASSESSMENT

What type of shots have been used to create a variety of shot distances and how has the camera been used to communicate meaning?

In Abi’s contents page I can see that she has used both long and mid shot images as her background and  cover star. This attracts the audience because you are able to see the main star which is what the audience wants to see.  

What choice of Mise en scene is appropriate for the star image and genre?

The choice of Mise en scene used for her models relate well to the genre of EDM, this is because they are wearing festival type clothing, which goes well with her theme.  They are also positioned in a confident, bold stance which helps the audience to engage and relate with the stars. 

What technical conventions of a Contents page are present and used effectively?  

Abi has included numbered categories which is what is needed to guide the reader around the magazine, she has also used a colour theme which relates to her chosen genre. Abi has also made sure to include typefaces and the correct fonts which help to make it stand out. 

How has Indesign been used to layout the page to convey a brand

She has used InDesign to help connect from her front cover to her contents page nicely, she has also included the same colour theme and made sure to edit her pictures through this software. 

How well have the text and visuals been integrated together?

She has used a font and language which connects with the audience well, she has kept the costumes ordinary but extraordinary at the same time,  The text and costumes work together without clashing.

Where has photoshop been used to manipulate the photos to enhance the star image or genre? 

Photoshop has helped her to create an extraordinary effect as she has used the tools on the software to edit their appearance slightly.  She was also able to create her background as well as editing her models’ features. 

 How is the language used appropriate for the genre and target audience?

The language she has used is appropriate for her audience as it will engage and attract. She has used different colours on the key features of her headlines, aswell as it being catchy and relevant. 

5 targets

  • make the text bold to stand out more
  • cut Megan out and put on a different background
  • add different coloured text as it is all black & white
  • add brand image
  • include more visual images

 

Contents Page Planning

Reflection

Here I have selected 9 examples of successful contents pages which caught my eye as some inspiration for my own contents page. Some of these contents pages like the second slide are very busy and include lots on images and colours whereas the first slide is a very simple contents page with only 2 colours and no images, it simply has numbers and headlines. Although these examples are very different I think they are both successful as they both tell the reader what is inside the magazine and where to find it which is the main purpose of a contents page.

This task also allowed me to pull apart the details of a contents page which will help me to ensure I have all the required details in my contents page. Some of these elements include page numbers, headlines, relative images and section headings. One of my favourite examples Is the 4th one as it is very unique and has some complex details but is also simplistic enough to make it easy for the reader to find what they want. In a lot of these examples the page numbers are a large element and are generally in a larger type face than the surrounding headings, this is in order to draw in the reader to where they can find all of the information within the magazine.

My contents page is going to be a single page therefore most of my chosen examples are single page content pages excluding 2 examples where the contents is more spread out and therefore spreads across a double page.

Here are some design ideas i sketched out to give me some ideas for the layout of my contents page. Some of these were inspired from my example content pages and some I designed myself. These will help give me ideas when designing my contents page on InDesign. My contents page needs to follow AIDA (attract, interest, desire, call to action) these 4 elements help create a popular successful piece of media. My contents page also needs to follow on with similar designs and colours from my front cover in order for my magazine to work together as a whole. Another key thing I need to keep in mind when designing my contents page is that the main purpose of this page is for it to be informative for the audience and therefore making it attractive should not take away from this.

5 Catchy Headlines

  • B2B Join Forces For The Last Time
  • Unseen Interview With EDM’s NO.1
  • Tips To Become A EDM Star
  • Is Calvin Harris Touring Again?!
  • The Time For EDM Is NOW

Next I have thought up 5 catchy headlines to use in my contents page. These headlines need to be very catchy to the audience in order to draw them into reading more therefore it is best if they are short rather than really long. Imperative words such as ‘NOW’ , ‘LAST’, ‘UNSEEN’ also grab the audiences attention making them feel as though they have to read it! Other language features such as alliteration and hyperbole are also very effective in headlines. Creating headlines which make the reader want to find out more is the main focus otherwise your audience may not be interested past the first page of your magazine.