Samsung ST500 12.2mp dual screen digital camera
Plastic toy pistol
The model in my photographs will be holding a toy gun and holding it out, pointing it in front of themselves. The reason for this is because my music magazine will have a comic book element to it.
In the photographs the clothes that the model will be wearing are; dark skinny jeans, a brightly coloured t shirt, grey hooded jacket and high top trainers. This style of costume will stand out to the magazine’s target audience as it is similar to the outfits that they would wear and they can then relate to the main image on the cover.
The photo shoot will have a plain background that is either white or black, this is to give the magazine a sophisticated effect and add a glamorous style to the cover. The location should look as though it is in a studio.
The grid is laid out in an alternative technique, but with obvious arrangement dynamics. There is a recognizable definition amongst each of the sections on the page and that contrasts between the messy, chaotic image shown on the contents page and the style of music featured in the magazine. This style of grid reflects the genre of music and the music scene that goes hand in hand with it. This would have been done deliberately to illustrate the organization that has gone into the contents page. The main design of the page has an effect of pieces of paper or posters that have been crumpled and then stuck onto a wall; there is a slight shadow behind these sections that shows this. The text column is laid out at the right hand side of the page in a particularly structured order, it is colour coded and the main articles are highlighted with thumbnails to match them. This has an interesting effect on the contents page as the text column design looks as though it has inserted using a computer, unlike the rest of the page that looks like posters stuck to a wall. The supporting images within the text columns are rotated but all rotated at the same direction and angle; this gives order to the chaotic feel of the magazine and the music featured within it. The images have an effect that looks as though they have been cut out and then been stuck onto a wall.
There is a main contents page image of two guys singing into microphones, they are both extremely sweaty and red in the face. In the background there are other people visible and this implies that the photograph was taken at a gig and it wasn’t posed for but an authentic picture from an actual gig. It adds realism to the magazine and this will appeal to the magazines target audience. There are supporting images for the articles that are highlighted in the feature boxes. This is so that the reader gets an idea of what the article is about and what it contains. They will find it easier to decide whether they want to read that certain feature and it will make it easy for them to navigate their way through the magazine. The style of photography is mainly a standard image taken of bands and musical artists in action. There is a supporting image that is in black and white, this could be to point out the fact that the band the image is of has a retro style of music, and the band is the ‘Ramones’ who are in fact a retro band that has an older target audience. None of the photographs look as though they have been edited because part of the indie music scene is to look untidy and scruffy, not to look neat and smart. So the images not being edited reflect this attitude.
The magazine’s logo is featured on the page to promote further what magazine the customer is reading, this will most likely be used on other pages so that the reader is constantly reminded of the magazines name. This will ensure that the magazine features are associated with this magazine. There are also images of other magazine issues at the bottom of the contents page, this will once again remind the reader of the magazine that they are reading and it will subconsciously encourage them to associate this magazine with its name.
The main page headline is a quote from the main article that is featured in the magazine. ‘If we yell loud enough we can wake the queen. One, two, three… AAAARRGGHHH!’ is the quote that is included. This gives the impression that the article is themed towards a something fierce and aggressive. The definition of the contents page relates to the font used within it; it is all the same, just a simple black font to provide information easily to the readers. The colour of the font is mostly black, thought sometimes white. The main article headline act’s name is in yellow, this could be to make it stand out on the page. The colour yellow is usually associated with danger, energy, warnings, etc. The contents are deliberately split into apparent sections, coloured squares is how they are presented to the reader. The colours are bright (yellow, red, blue etc) and attract the attention of the target audience. The reason for this style of content section is possibly to ensure that the contents page is useful to the reader and that it isn’t too confusing. The coloured sections have titles (news, features, reviews, etc) and then a list of articles with page numbers in each section; this is providing an efficient way for the reader to navigate their way through the magazine. There are only three different types of font used on the contents page; the first is a bold square font used for titles. It gives the feel of importance and draws attention to what the text says. The second font used is a simple and ordinary font used to describe what each article in the magazine contains. The final font used is unique; it is a signature from the journalist who wrote the main article. This gives the magazine a personalised touch that makes the reader understand that people are actually involved in making the magazine and it doesn’t just happen on its own.
There is no obvious colour palette used, the contents page is using a chaotic mixture of bright colours to display the insides of the magazine. This gives the magazine a young and edgy look that relates to its target audience. Although it would usually seem that using many colours is overwhelming, it works on this contents page. It relates back to the style of music featured in the magazine and the image associated with the indie/alternative scene.
There is one main image on this double page spread, it fills a whole page and over flows onto the next page. The size of the image shows the importance of the artist on the page and with there being only one image it suggests that this is a significant article. On the double page spread there are three small columns of text, the majority of the double page spread is filled by the image. The text columns are placed at the bottom left corner of the double page spread. The overall colour scheme on the double page spread is black, white and red.
The feature headline and body of text have the same font, this is connecting them and visually the reader will recognize that the texts relate to one another. The kicker has the same font as the text that informs the reader who wrote the article and who took the pictures. This creates a direct link with the article and the creators of it. The writer did this so that although the reader wasn’t consciously thinking about it there is a subtle connection between the text elements. All of the text is the same colour; black. This keeps the sophisticated effect of the article and it looks professional on the page and that is the reason why the writer produced the article that way. The position of each text element relates to the style of text because the higher the text the more importance it has. The kicker is just below the feature headline, this is because the kicker is what the reader will read first before reading the whole article. The kicker attracts the reader to carry on reading the article and so the kicker was placed high on this page to ensure it was easily visible to read. The main body text is at the bottom of the page and this is because it is the last part that will be read. In this article the text has been positioned in the order that it is intended to be read. The font used is very classy and mature, this is because the artist the article is about is a mature female and her music is very passionate and it has meaning to it. As opposed to hip hop music where a youthful font would be used. The colour is black and that adds a established effect to the article because if bright colours where used then it wouldn’t relate to the artist or the music. These effects communicate meaning to the reader about the article because straight away they will be able to identify that the article has a serious tone to it and it is genuinely about the music and artist, nothing else. The body text is aligned in an ordinary way, there are no pull quotes, images or side bars to interrupt the text and that means the reader will simply read all the way through the article without breaks or pauses.
There is only one image in this article and it covers the whole left page, and overlaps onto the second page. It is a very large image to show its importance and the importance of the artist in the image. The image is of Florence from the band ‘Florence and the machine’ sitting on cloth with red and white stripes, similar to the American flag. This relates the image to the article because the article is called ‘USA got the love’. The style of photography is posed for shot, it has no obvious effects of the image but it could be possible that the contrast of the image is higher so that the brightness of Florence’s hair matches the red on the. This is so that the red is a constant theme in this article and it is the only colour used, it highlights the theme of the USA. The lighting in the image is as would be expected of a studio photo shoot, you can clearly see the artist and the reader is able to recognize who it is. The makeup is very natural and there is no heavy lipstick or eye makeup. The costume that the artist is wearing is unusual, the chest area has cones on it, and this is the typical style of the artist Florence as she has a very individual fashion sense. The dress she is wearing is all black and that again adds a sophisticated style to the article. The only prop used in the image is a red and white stripy piece of cloth that Florence is sat on; it connects the image with the article about the USA and all of the elements subtly add the sophisticated style to the article. The style of photography that is shot in a studio and the article topic about conquering the USA relate to the ‘house’ style of the magazine because although the band Florence and the machine are not as heavy as other bands featured in Kerrang magazine they still have a large fan base that want to read about them. The fact that they are going to America to advertise themselves is something that UK fans would like to read about. There are no captions with the photo.
The only image related to the article is the main image, it adds to the meaning of the article because readers can clearly see the artist that the article is about. The article is focusing on Florence and the machine being in America and the American reaction to their music, the red and white striped flag adds to the meaning of the article, it suggests America. At the top of the page in the corner the magazine section says ‘FLORENCE’. This makes it easy for the reader to flick through the magazine and easily find this article in the magazine. There isn’t a magazine logo on the double page spread. In the bottom corner there is a page number to help navigate around the magazine. There are no other logos, graphics, unique bullet points, etc.
Tone and register:
The magazines register is very casual and speaks to the reader as if they were talking to a friend. The Headline is a pun ‘USA got the love’ relates to a song by the artist called ‘You’ve got the love’ the reader will find this amusing. The kicker is asking a question that will get answered in the main body of text. The article is talking about Florence and the machine going to America and how the American’s reacted to them and their music.