In what ways does your media product use,develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products
My main image is the most dominant part of the page,taking up most of the space on the page to create thereaders eye. The person in the picture is posing without asmile, but yet is still expressing the “peace” sign, so ithighlights how she is effortless in portraying her image, yethighlighting a friendly side to her. A selling line was included, and because one of my maininfluences for this magazine was Kerrang! I used the samelayout technique of layering it above the main-heading.I did a lot of research when it came to Japan and acommon feature that they have is the image of a cartoonred sun emanating rays from the centre. Using Photoshop,and using the shape control, I managed to create my ownbackground and used it to incorporate it with the Japanese style and conform to the J-Pop genre of thismagazine very well.
The rule of thirds in the photography in the featurearticle photo is very suitable for the use of the cover. Thecover star is the centre of attention of the main headline,therefore her face is in the right in the middle, thereforeit plays with being the ‘centre of attention’. Also, for thefeature article photo, I also used a white ‘Stroke’ effecton Photoshop, so the image would look as much as it isreal with the outer shadow effect, a little “cartoony” toincorporate it well with the animation trend that Japanis known for with its cartoons (anime).The colour use of turquoise for the main headline is very suitable, because it opposes the main colour use of red very well and it doesn’t clash to make it messy. It stands out very well, and I used the effects of stroke and outer glowalso made the impact of making it stand out, as if it were inbright lights in a large city.
For the feature article photo and secondary lead, I usedthe effect of outer shadow to make it stand out and lookmore ‘real’ on the page as if they were alive on the cover. Ichose the effect personally, because I believed if I hadn’tincorporated these effects then the magazine cover would look more flat and bland. The cut out of herfingers and placing them above the text also makes theimage look more lifelike, as if they are alive on the cover.
I used a black banner at the side of the cover tomake it more organised, but still make the kickersand cover lines stand out so they were hiddenaway from the array of colour that the backgroundhas.Due to one of my main influences for this magazine coverbeing the rock magazine Kerrang! I also used a menu strip(horizontally) at the bottom of the page to conform to therock style of magazine covers well. I used a colour schemeof white and black to make it stand out less than the restof the main features of the cover.The cover lines and kickers are in a column on theright-hand side of the cover, to conform well to the
conventions of a magazine. The kickers are in abolder white text that is much more youthful toattract the eyes of its teenage target audience. The ina much more plainer and smaller text, the kickersappear, with added information if the readers want toread it instead of just the band names.Due to the secondary lead incorporating the propof glasses to create the typical immature, geeky trend that pop/punk acts have, a pun ‘look’ (peopleuse glasses to look at things) is used along with thatin the anchorage to create a sense of humour withthe target audience because that is what they areaccustomed to in the genre of pop/punk music.For the anchorage I used a stroke effect on the text tomake it stand out because it has equal importance asthe headline, however, I didn’t want to distract fromthe headline, therefore I didn’t add Outer Glow toincrease its importance.The masthead of the magazine had a font fromdafont.com to make it stand out than the rest of themagazine with its distinctive style. Because my magazine is a J-Pop magazine, I wanted to make acultural stamp of Japan with the use of the font. Thecolour of the text it white to match with the housestyle of the magazine, but so that it went with thered effect of the Outer Glow as well.To also incorporate to the conventions of amagazine, I added a barcode, price and websiteto add extra information to the audience whenpurchasing the magazine. It is in a small whitefont, tucked neatly away in the corne
r so itdoesn’t distract from the rest of the cover.