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.





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.

The First Big Bad Double-Page Spread

I welcome you to the viewing of the first draft for my double-page spread for my indie pop music magazine that can be seen above. I wanted to follow the style that I had used in the previous contents page and cover page but to change it up a little as well. I did this by still using the yellow and orange colour scheme for the typeface instead of the background which stands out a lot on the black background of the image of the cover star.

Once again, I had my class colleague Harry Torode look at my work and peer assess it in accordance to some questions I set him.

  • Are the media forms present that are conventional for a DPS – byline, standfirst, columns text, page numbers, drop capitals, headline?

I can see that there are media forms present that are conventional of a double page spread such as drop capitals, column text and a headline, however there is no evidence of a byline or even a standfirst, as well as a page number.

  • Is the layout considering where the fold will be in the DPS?

No however I can tell that the size of the page was A3 by comparing it with other magazines on the internet which tells me that there was clearly 2 A4 pages.

  • Does the image create enough visual intrigue for the reader to stop turning the page and read more?

Yes, the quote on the top right of the right page would intrigue me to stop turning pages as there it is a different font to the rest of the page and contrasts the background.

  • Does the language and register in the headline create enough interest for the reader to commit to reading the copy?

It is an interesting idea to have the headline going down the side of the page but I do not know if this is enough to create enough interest or for me to notice it as it is very inconvenient because of the fact it is horizontal making it harder to see.

After receiving the feedback from my classmate, I have summarised a couple of targets for improvement:

  • I would like to add a lot more features to the double-page spread to make it more conventional and to add more detail. I will make sure that when doing this I will make it fit in with my orange – yellow and black colour scheme.
  • I also want to change the typeface of the double-page spread a lot, first by changing the fonts so that they stay similar through all 4 pages that I have designed, as well as the gradient of the text so that it is the same orange – yellow gradient that was featured in the cover and contents pages.
  • I would like to add another quote to reinforce the feeling that the double-page spread is one of an indie pop artist. e.g. showing societal understanding or independence in tastes, and showing strong opinions on today’s society.
  • I have also become conscious of a lot of extra features that I need to add to my double-page spread in order to make it conventional of a double-page spread found in a magazine at your local newsagents which will have come apparent in the final draft.
  • Please also bear in mind that the text used in the articles is not going to be used in the final product  it is just to give me an idea of the possible layout of the articles to fit into.

A Brand Spanking New Contents Page

The image below is the 2nd draft of my contents page for my music magazine which I edited using InDesign. If you wish to see the image in its full glory, click on the image which will take you to a separate tab which will take you to a PDF of the page.

Once again, what have I changed in this draft compared to the previous entry?

  • As I said I would in the first draft, I tried to move as many of the cover lines to the bottom left of the page to make more room for images, this was a positive change as it meant the size of the font is now as small as it is in professional magazines on the market today.
  • I removed the gradient from the ‘Contents‘ box at the top as well as from  the white bar at the top of the page which means the whole page now looks a lot more cleaner.
  • I also added some more texture to the edges of some of the images in the form of torn paper similar to my cover page to keep a consistent theme running through the magazine which makes the page look a lot more homemade and rustic as well as keeping the edgy feel of an indie pop magazine.
  • One final touch that I added was adding an extra border to the pug to have the effect of the pug cutting out part of the photo on the bottom right.

I still have images in the contents page which need to be replaced with my own which will have been fixed by the time I finish the final product.

The Contents Page 1st Draft PDF

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.

These are all the Contact Sheets from the 2nd Shoot!

On the whole, I think that the shoot was a great success as I captured shots under a range of different lighting‘s in order to create as many meanings as possible that I could use in my final contents page and doublepage spread showing both the bright side and edgy side of the genre of indie pop. I also think that the costume of the mise-en-scene was very good as well as I managed to capture the idea that the bright part and edgy part of indie pop had been separated by dressing one model in black and white (edgy colours), and the other to be seen wearing bright green and yellow (warmer colours). On the topic of props, I don’t think i used the props that I had as often as I could have. I used some at the start of my shoot in order to make the difference between the parts of the genre clear as well as to show how the two parts mingled, in order to create the genre. e.g. giving a rainbow coloured to the edgy, black and coloured model.














Behold my 2nd draft!

As a whole I have changed a lot about my front cover in my 2nd draft which I think has made a very positive impact on my work. The changes made are based on feedback given from my peers in the first draft as well as changes that I felt should be made. You can see below that on the left is the 1st draft and on the right is the new and improved 2nd draft for comparison.












So what did I change?

  • I stated that I wanted to change the background to a more unconventional colour such as orange. I pulled through with this idea using an orange and yellow gradient. I chose yellow as this blended in with the colour of the shirt that I changed to yellow to further fit in with the yellow flowers on the blue shirt.
  • I talked about how I was going to change the fonts because of technical difficulties when creating the first draft which I managed to do in the end. I took the Glasgow font that I had said in my masthead post I was going to use and removed the black background as I thought this looked cleaner. I also used the Madaleina font to do the ‘less relevant‘ text as it was thinner and less detailed than the font used for ‘Facade’ called Zilap urban which drew more attention to the cover line.
  • I followed up with the idea given to me by a peer that I could move my bar-code further down the page and make it transparent and shrunk it down to 3cm by 2cm to fit the standard universal bar-code size.
  • One thing that I may need to work on for the final cover is to make to make the model larger as I said in the first draft that I thought it would be a good idea to make him larger so it was cleaner however I actually ended up making him smaller to make more room for the masthead.
  • I also added torn paper behind the cover lines and the insets which I said I would do to give the cover a more edgy, indie look. I did this by cutting the paper out and then scanning it in to the computer before cropping the background and changing the colour to red so it stood out more in Photoshop.
  • Finally I commented on as well as my peers commented on the insets and how I could move them further down and put the plug further up which I orchestrated by changing the angle of the plug to 90 degrees anticlockwise and re-arranging the photos so that they would fit. On the topic of insets I also swapped the images out from other photos from the original shoot.

Risk Assessment for 2nd Shoot!

If you glance below this line of text you will be able to see the risk assessment that I have created for my 2nd photo shoot as well as the two other people that I am helping to create shots with. The table includes details such as where I will be shooting, who I will be helping and finally, what the risks are and how if they can be, are controlled to minimise the chance of us encountering problems in my shoot.

Well I guess this is the meeting agenda for my next shoot!

This is the second production meeting agenda for my second photo shoot except this time it is for the photos that will most likely be used for my contents page and doublepage spread. As we are heading outside of the studio I will not need to bring the flash light kit and focus on lighting as much as a whole. I have made sure to include every item that is going to be used as a prop or part of costume as well as who is responsible for the item to make sure I stay organised.

Everything for my 1st Cover Page Draft



I have created my very first draft for the cover page of my indie pop magazine which you are able to see above using InDesign and Photoshop as well as the photos taken in my first photo shoot, all compiled together in order to create this 1st draft.

In order to understand what is good about my cover as well as what there is that could do with a change, I needed to consult another Media Studies student to see what they think who in my case, is Elliott Scambler.

I asked him the following questions:

What genre does the cover reflect?

‘I think that the magazine looks like a pop magazine based off the fact it has bright colours and is very clean. The young man on the front indicates it is newer music (indie).’

What adjectives do you associate with the models star image?

‘The model looks very young as well as being very clean. He also looks very contemporary and modern wearing bright clothing indicating the star image to the viewer giving them ideas about the ordinary and extraordinary aspects of the models personality.

Are there areas where the integration/copy is distracting?

Not really, there isn’t writing over the models face or other parts of the body which means its easy to see and comprehend.

What is conventional & unconventional about the cover?

Blue is a very cool, cold colour which is very conventional. If the colour of the background was changed it would be less conventional. The font of the main cover line is unconventional because of the thin, sansserif style of it.

So what is getting changed?

  • In my final draft I would like to change the background of my cover to a more unconventional colour such as orange because I feel as if indie pop covers should be more unconventional than most other genres.
  • None of the fonts that were going to be used in the final cover were used in the draft because of technical difficulties on the school system however they will be used in the final cover, and for the time being they are fonts that are as similar to the original chosen fonts as possible.
  • I was told that I could make the bar code transparent as well as further down the page so more space can be taken up by the model. This leads me onto the fact that I am going to make the model larger so they are more in your face.
  • Personally, I would like to move the insets to the bottom to leave more space for the model and to keep the indie magazine convention that the cover is a lot more cleaner than other pages.
  • I would also like to add a bit more detail in order to make the cover a bit more edgy and grotty to reflect the standard conventions of other indie pop magazines to make it more recognisable which can be done through the use of putting pieces of torn up paper behind the cover lines and insets.
  • On the topic of insets I also need to change the images of the insets as I didn’t have anymore images of other shoots with other models to add into the cover page.