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TASK 3
Analysis of a music magazine in mychosen genre
 
FRONT COVER
The Masthead takes up the width of the page and is in a distinctive colour
which isn’t generic across the
magazine; the colour of the mastheadchanges depending on the issue.The cover image is of the lead singer of aband rather than the whole bandbecause it gives a more professional lookto the magazine rather than the chaoticlook which tends to accompany imageswith more than one person. The image
is also in front of the masthead which
shows that the masthead is easilyrecognisable by the font and context.The artist in the photo is also wearingblack which contrasts to the lightercolour of the background and themedium shot of him allows us to see theemphasis of his body language; his handis pointing at the cover line linked to theimage.The advert as the top gives a cleaner finishto the cover and the yellow colourcontrasts to the blue colour scheme tomake them stand out off the page more.The yellow runs through for all of theadverts for the magazine or merchandise.The main cover line is in a differentcolour to the other cover lines which
shows it’s important and the reader is
expected to read that one first. It is alsored which connotes the importance of the cover line. It is also positioned withrelevance to the cover image so it is easyto see that that cover line is associatedwith the main image.The background is plain/ light colourwith a slight pattern on but not enoughto focus on. This gives a sophisticatedlook because we know that all of ourattention is meant to go on the imageand then the cover lines. Having a busybackground can sometimes distract thereader into not looking at theinformation being given and can give achaotic look as the reader is expectedto focus on too many things at once.The short snappy cover lines are in the left hand corner toshow that they are not as important as the others. However,using short snappy titles persuades the reader to buy the
magazine to find out what they are actually about such as ‘fivefinger death punch’.
 The name dropping is in blue to match thecolour scheme and also to show that that iswhat the article is based on. Underneath
these are the sub title’s or brief bit of 
information to show what the article will
actually be about. This part is in black to set itapart from the rest of the cover line and also
to show that it’s not as important.
The use of puffs in the corner fills anyremaining white space. The two smallerimages of the posters that will be inside areoutlined in yellow to show they are
associated with the ‘posters’ advertisement
in the banner at the top of the cover. The
use of smaller images breaks up all the text
that is on the page to allow the reader to see
that the magazine isn’t mainly text based.
They are also used as selling points topersuade the readers into buying themagazine.
 
CONTENTS
Instead of using the masthead again onthe contents page, they have used theirlogo which is smaller but as easilyrecognisable as the masthead so thatthe reader is still aware of whatmagazine they are reading. It is also infront of the images which the oppositeto what it is on the front cover
 –
withthe image in front of the masthead.This gives the logo an embossed look to
show it’s importance.
The contents is largely image basedwhich again contrasts the simplicity of the front cover. However, none of thephotos over lap and are evenly spacedout which implies the magazine is alsowell laid out and will be easier to readand understand. The headings are thesame as the headings written in theactual contents part of the page but they
are in white which contrasts to the dark
tone of the images.The headings are in red to link to thecolour scheme of the page and also toconnote importance in contrast to theblack of the writing underneath.
The list of pages isn’t in a list as they aretypically seen on contents pages. They’re
written in a paragraph, one after the otherwith the main title of the article in bold sothat it is easy to distinguish where eachpage starts. This saves space to allow forthe page to be mainly image based which
appeals to reader more as they don’t have
to read as much as the target audience isroughly between 15 and 24.
The Editor’s note box is also in red which
again connotes importance. It is also setin a speech bubble to imply it is directly
the editor’s words which gives it more
value as the readers know it is talking tothem. It is also positioned above a photoof the Editor so the audience canassociate the words with an actualperson. It is also positioned In the bottom
left to suggest it’s not what the magazine
want you to read first but probably last as
it’s the last thing you’ll look at before
turning the page.
The feature image doesn’t include a sub
heading as the others do. Instead, thereis a pull quote used to show that thatpage includes an interview of some sort.This is used instead of a sub headingbecause there is also a page number
there so the reader could look at that
page number below and see that it is inthe feature section of the magazine. Thepull quote is in black and red to followthe colour scheme and also to highlightwhich part of the quote they deem to bethe most important as red is associatedwith importance.

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