Feast your eyes on the JPEG shown above of the first draft of my contents page which is linked to the PDF which is accessible by clicking on the page taking you to another tab with the PDF on it.
I wanted to make it clear that it was the contents page which I did by using the crescent font and then increasing the letter spacing to make it as bold as possible. I also managed to add my branding to the contents page of ‘Prospect‘ by including a band which borders the photo and integrating the logo into it. I added the standard features of a contents page such as the article titles and page numbers beside them and one image which doesn’t take up the entire page as after looking at other contents pages, I can conclude that you almost never see a music magazine contents page where the photo takes up the whole page and is therefore unconventional of a contents page.
I chose the image used because of the fact the female model on the left represents the brighter side of indie pop which is more prominent in the genre and then the male model in darker, edgier clothes in the background slightly blurred showing the less prominent, darker aspect of indie pop.
You will notice there are some popular indie pop bands featured as articles which will have changed by the time I have done my final contents page to avoid copyright issues.
Here is some Peer Assessment from my classmate Harry Torode:
How does the Contents Page work in tandem with the front cover?
As a whole the two work well, they have a consistent colour scheme, furthermore the images used and the way they are presented are similar which helps to build coordination between the two.
Is the font/typeface consistent with the front cover?
I can see the same fonts and typefaces on both pieces of work.
What genre of music is the Contents Page featuring?
I would say that this contents page is for a pop or indie magazine, because it has a modern design often seen in indie music as well as bright colours and outfits which suggest the pop genre.
Describe the images of the stars using adjectives.
Elegant, poised, colourful, well dressed,edgy.
Which cover lines tempt the audience to read on and which ones stand out and why?
Personally the text which runs down the side of the image stands out the most because it is a different orientation, which helps to draw my attention. I also like the red heading at the bottom because they stand out from the yellow background.
How do the cover lines reflect a music magazine? If they don’t,which ones need to be adapted?
They reflect a music magazine because he has used a lot of artist names and terminology associated with the music industry.
Which areas, aspects have distracting areas of integration of copy and images?
The gradient outlines on the boxes are distracting as they look like they should be there/ don’t fit in with the design. The inset images also seems slightly out of place however I can’t decide whether this is because of the shape or placement.
What aspects do you consider conventional or unconventional?
The text which runs down the image would have to be considered unconventional however i like this feature of the magazine and wouldn’t change it. The other design features are very conventional, there is a large box which helps to showcase the stars, the text is at the bottom and well laid out, with clear typefaces and good use of colour.
After all of this feedback, what have I taken away from it?
- After looking at the contents page myself, I can conclude that I am going to remove the gradient on the text boxes for ‘CONTENTS’ as well as on the bars that I added at the top of the page which are errors that are not meant to be there.
- As my peer assessor didn’t leave much on what I can change, I would like to change the cover lines (article titles) so that they all fit into the bottom left of the page and then add another image from the shoot on the right of the page.
- To add some more design to the contents, I may also add a texture to the corners of the image. If I like the look of this design, I may add the same design of torn paper to all the sides of the cover stars image.