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I decided to follow the conventions with my mast head by positioning it at the top of my cover. I have made it large and bold so that it stands of the page, and catches the audience s attention. I used a font called Haunted Mouse; a font that I downloaded from Dafont.com. I thought that this font seemed quite bold and simple, yet still had a unique style to it, which is what will attract audiences. I wanted to use a blue colour alongside the black and grey, as I thought that these worked best. I think that my mast-head can be compared to that of Rolling Stone magazine, which is unique because it isn t a short, bold block like NME, but is more fluent and appealing to a wider range of audiences:
Another magazine which I think my mast head can be compared to is esquire magazine. It s not too bold or in your face, but stands out enough because of its own unique style.
I think that my mast head follows most conventions in that it is quite bold and eye-catching, and is situated at the top of the page. Having said this, I also think that it challenges some conventions as it also draws audiences because of its unique, pointy style.
I think that my magazine follows the conventions of a normal magazine layout. The mast head is situated at the top of the page in the centre, with a main cover line in bold, with others in the space around the page. On the contents, the main story that was shown on the cover has its own main image, and then the list of contents goes down one of the sides of the page, in this case, down the right hand side. Like conventional magazines, my DPS is split into columns that are situated underneath a title and around an image, which start with a stand first. The main image is on its own page, with a pull quote above it in quite bold writing.
Costumes, Props and iconography:
The costumes and props are what can be found in a conventional ro ck magazine. The leather jackets are conventionally found on rock artists and in magazines, as well as torn clothes and rags. The props on my magazine show that my magazine is one for rock fans and is what is conventionally found in a music magazine. For example, the two guitars that are featured in my magazine are classic styles and this style of guitar is likely to feature in rock magazines. As well as this, the image of the drummer on a set of drums is also something that is likely to feature in a conventional rock music ma gazine.
Camera Work and framing:
On several images my models/artists don t actually look towards the camera, which is something that doesn t come up in a conventional magazine very often. On some images, such as the images on the left hand page of the DPS, the shot has been taken from an angle, as it looks more eye-catching in my opinion. I then put frames behind my two models on the DPS, as I thought this brought them off the page more, which is another feature that doesn t happen in conventional magazines. This again isn t a convention in rock magazines, or any genre of magazine, and so therefore I have challenged some of the conventions of a music magazine. Although I have challenged some, I have developed some of the other conventions of a music magazine. For example, for the image on the cover and for one image on the DPS, the artist is looking at the camera which follows conventions of magazines.
Title, article, header:
For the title of my DPS, I have used the same font that I used for the mast h ead on my cover. I did this because I wanted to show continuity throughout the magazine, but by doing this I have challenged the conventions of a normal rock magazine, as different fonts are used for different artists in a conventional magazine. The font in the article is simple and plain. I didn t want to use anything to extravagant, as it still looks effective and I wanted to copy the style of writing that is featured in magazines that I would read, therefore I have stuck to conventions on the article font. I then just changed the size of the writing so that it fit on my page as I was pleased with the layout, this idea may
not be the conventional way of doing it, but the outcome looks to me like it could be in a conventional magazine.
My magazine shows that it is a rock magazine because of the colour scheme, props, clothing and poses. For example, the colour scheme is grey, white and blue, which I think appeals to rock fans, especially the greys and white. The props clearly show that it is a rock magazine because the guitars and drums set are conventional props in a magazine of this genre. The leather jackets and rags are the sort of clothing that rock artists wear, and as well as this, the poses suggest attitude, which I think is conventional from rock artists. Conventional magazines use all of these characteristics to show what sort of genre their magazine is, so therefore I think that I have developed conventions to show the genre in my magazine.
My artists are represented with an attitude and an almost off-hand manner. This is conventional of a rock magazine as rock artists generally are quite arrogant and discourteous and this is how they are portrayed in rock magazines. As well as this, most bands that are featured on magazines are generally older than the band members that are featured on my magazine. I think this is because the bands that are featured in actual magazines are very successful and therefore are more likely to be ol der than the teenagers that are featured in mine. I decided to use teenagers in my magazine because my target market is teenagers, and therefore my audience can relate more to the magazine. This shows that the band featured in my magazine is probably quite un-conventional as it differs to normal, conformist magazines.
Colour Scheme: The colour scheme used on my magazine was grey, white and blue. I think this follows conventions of normal magazines as they usually use different shades of greys with their own choice of colour on top.
Any colour that is generally used alongside greys, black and white seem to work well like in the images above, which is why I used the same idea. Also, like conventional magazines, I stuck to using three colours throughout my magazine, as this is the conventional method that most magazines use. So therefore, I would have thought that the colour scheme on my own magazine follows the conventions of normal magazines.