My Final Magazine Designs Collectively

This is my final front cover design featuring Electrom as the cover artist of Indiefix.


This is my final content page containing images of various artists in stereotypical indie shapes and colours.


This is my final double page spread with an exclusive with Electrom with a double page image of Electrom as a basis to the article.

Final Product Scehdule

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Evaluation Progress

This Presentation is an evaluation of my progress throughout my media product development:

This powerpoint is a reviewed version of the text version that is explained bellow as i acted upon the advise and feedback i was given back from various peers.


Evaluation Draft

1.In what does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media product?
In my magazine I tried to fit conventions to prevent the risk of my magazine being unexpected due to it being unusual but at the same time challenged these conventions by pushing them to there boundaries.The colours I used in terms of my genre were conventional in there vibrant bright appearance and there clashing yet charming way. However I did not just keep the colours separate to the images I tired to compliment both together but through editing and block colours. The wide use of colours on the spectrum allowed me to cater for all my target audience in term of both sexes and the broad range of Indie fans. This theme of colour I conventionally kept throughout my magazine so in this way I did not challenge this convention however because of the wide colour spectrum I did use it gave me a lot of versatility to use different colours which made each aspects of the project individual yet complimented and maintained the Indie theme throughout. I believe that the colour scheme also is very identifiable to my target audience as well as being attractive as a piece of publication to attract purchase.The main fonts I used through out my magazine is



This font I used for my mastheads the reason I chose this font in the first place to present to my target audience is because it very much fits with the Indie linear and symmetrical use of lines and linear colours and the difference and edge Indie fashion and music has which in this aspect I remained with the conventions as I believe it would be hard to defy these for such as vital part of a magazine and such things as a magazine can make or break a magazine.Courier new This font I used as the main body for writing as again its simplicity and type writing like appearance mirrors the Indie them and allowed me to be more eccentric and versatile in my use of colour and in the photography and imagery I used without the magazine becoming over bearing. Also it prevented the bright colours clashing with a fancy style of writing and remains readable on most colours. So in terms of this I again stuck with the conventions but still made my own stamp on this aspect as the main body of writing determines the success of a magazine because if you can not read a magazine my target audience would not purchases the magazine however good the content was.Images(Not yet analysed will do asap.)Ideas· Block colours through editing· Cartoon effect applied· Conventional indie fashion· Unusual setting but not over bearing Layout out Conventions Title run across the top of the page Colours unconventional as usually block colour for title Banner running across top/bottom of the page with band names and content with a few images of content stories Feature bands name across the main image which dominates page as a whole Unconventional· Lots of space left on double page spread and a few images· 1 side double page spread taken up by an image of subject· information is segregated by colour· Title explains exactly content· Imagery simply presented with border but content subsides this.Conclusion(When project complete)
2. How does your media product represent particular social group?
My media product I decided to represent the social group are culture of Indie the reason I chose to focus on a particular social group is because these magazines from my research of covers and magazines generally are more successful and mixed genre magazines are not as popular because they have small amounts of information for each social group where as a specific genre magazine includes the information that is of interest.I decided to represent Indie music and fashion in some aspects because it is a popular trend of modern times and the music is growing in popularity and success. As well as this I also find the bright colours used attractive and give versatile dress and which is represented through music. Also the look is very individual and the eccentric theme gives versatility in colour, images and layout to challenge conventions. But the most of all the reason I chose to represent this social group is because when I conducted a survey with my target audience young students ranging from 15-18 it was deemed the most popular music genre and as the success of a media product is determined by its target audience and because I had an interest in the social group I was fun and exciting exploring the genre and social group more in depth.

3. What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?

I believe the media in terms of magazines such as the clash due to it exploring into the Indie theme and incorporating fashion and originality, so they might distribute my media product because as it caters for the wide Indie target audience of the age 14-20 and both sexes and challenges conventions such as imagery and colours which has not yet been explored. This is very important as this increases the market for success as well as this it enables the media intuition to have a lot of individuality and enables them to explore different images, colours and type faces. Also clash is the only similar magazine on the market so there is a place in the media for a product such as mine and I think my media product unlike Clash and such appeals to a younger wider audience.My product also because it contains no inappropriate language or imagery could be present and sold in any retailers from paper shops to such large transnational corporations as HMV. Also it would be easy and wise to publicises my magazine via a website as it would increase interest and also publicises it on social networking sights as the majority of my target audience use this area so would increase profit and success. This also links to why my product should be realised, large target audience of both sexes from 14-20, it contains no language or imagery which is inappropriate, there is a wide area for publicity from TNC to the Internet which also links together with the creation of merchandise such as posters and alternate media such as a spin off music channel etc.The mise-on-scene or visual style of my media product varies from the front page, content and double page spread. However throughout it conveys the theme of Indie music, fashion and culture. The way I did this was threw my media product I kept the colour scheme vibrant and bright in the clothing in term of the polo shirts which are conventional. I then contrasted this with rough and simple backgrounds such as the outdoors scenes as the on the gate and the grass as Indie is very simplistic, original and utilises origin and the natural rugged environment, which makes this theme very relatable for my target audience. My media products overall mise-on-scene worked well as the vibrant colour mixed with simplicity gave a unique image why at the same time being identifiable and allowing the bright colour to stand out but without being to over bearing.
4. Who would be the audience for your media product?
The genre of my media product is the key to my target audience, Indie. Due to indie culture, music and fashion being on such a wide spectrum believe I have utilised the differences within Indie to bring it all together to create a product suitable for both sexes due to my wide range of colours, a wide age group as Indie cloths are suitable for many age groups introducing the demand for the music. However I am focused on the group 15-20 because these are the most important audience as they are more accessible for publicity on such things a social network sites, the interest in gigs, as well as their purchasing of music is of the largest percentage and because there is a whole in the industry of a media product such as indiefix focused on this age group and genre was it has a larger success rate expected as there will be no competition.The closed media product which is most similar to my media product is Clash as it incorporates some of the ideas I have used such as colour, however this has a diverse genre of indie/rock and is appealing generally to a older age group such as 20-30 which I believe is a smaller target audience in terms of a magazine. Also publicity is limited as social networking sites are less popular. However it was good to use as an example as it helped me with positioning and layout and understanding what a target audience wants from an Indie genre, so in this respect it was very valuable and has quiet a good success rate.
5. How did you attract/address your audience?
As I have said in previous questions my target audience is 15-20 year old and both sexes which give me a large target audience who are easily accessible on the Internet and in terms of publicity. The reason my target audience is so big is due to the large audience of the specific genre. Also due to the wide range of colours which is incorporated in Indie music and fashion enabled me to cater for both sexes again increasing my target audience appeal.I believe, that there is not just one individual aspect of my product which attracts my audience as every part of my product offers something different from the indie theme for example front cover uses simplicity, mixed with the vibrant colours and a image with a simple white background, however with my contents I used a more busy aspect, by having a lot of images even though still unified and then cartoon images fro a background and with my double page spread used one image as the background due to the background being outdoors they could be used as a surface to write on and again used the simple approach of text colour and left a lot of empty space as the background prevented the need to fill the space for it to being attractive. On the other hand throughout my product I did keep some things the same such as the main typeface, colours, borders because there has to be continuity for identity and so that the product is consistent, as if you challenge conventions to far your product can become unsuccessful.In terms of camera shots I kept to the convention of not using shots such as point of view shots as they are not effective as in a magazine the artist in the image can be the deciding point for someone to purchase a magazine. However because of the individuality with the Indie genre promotes, I used a variety of shots from long shots for the front cover image to get in the full body of the group as well as enabling to me to explore different poses making the front cover so to pull the reader’s attention straight to the image as they are my unique selling point. I again used an establishing shot outdoors for the background in my double page spread as it acted as a good base for my text and meant that all the areas did not have to be filled with text so it was simple but effective. However with the contents page I used high angle shots to give the image an edge and interest, i used low angle shots on the tractor to show significance of the band and then three shot for the group which again was used as the positioning acted as the interest in the shot and finally an establishing shot for the band on the gate to incorporate the environment as this links in with the genre and to get a group shot.Due to my variation in shots and the variety of poses used it interrogates the reader to purchase the magazine as it provides something for everyone and difference in every aspect and the text gets stories are straight to the point so isn’t daunting. Also the bright colours are attractive and interesting why at the same time simple to first attract the audience to target audience and the fashion as well as the music are relatable and achievable in today and promotes nothing bad which makes it even more appealing in for the target audience and is affordable.
6. Looking back to your preliminary task, what do you feel that you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
My strengths when using the camera equipment were:-· I was able to use a variety of shots from establishing shots to high angle shots effectively.· I was able to position my models well to create an effective shot.· I was able to utilize the light to create shadows when need and create a warm ambiance or darker image.However there were limitations to my success with the camera:-· The light posed problems or more specifically the sun when the sun was setting when the image on the gate was taken, so I repositioned my models to stop the impact of the sun however it still did have some glare.· The background posed some problems such as the images with the white background as the flooring was floral so posed a lot of problems during editing. So to prevent this I would put down a white sheet or relocate if necessary to making editing such a mammoth taskIn terms of editing software I predominately used fireworks and I used fireworks but I also used adobe photoshop elements 6.0.Before my media product I was a editing novice but I have now developed various skills such as :-·How to use the lasso tool effectively to eliminate aspects of the images I didn’t want in all different ways to feather the edges, soften, and harden edges.·How to use the eraser tool effectively in different sizes and brush types.·How to use the magic wand tool to eliminate blemishes etc.·How to incorporate different layers of an image to create a new one.·How to use various filters such as sketch, motion trail, bevel emboss to alter an image.So overall I improved my skills in the editing process all around, from brightness, image colour to the lasso and filters.However I did face a number of issues in the editing process such as:-·The most poignant problem I faced was the lasso tool not picking up the areas I wished due to the floral carpet in some of my images such as the front cover as it contained a lot of similar colours. This meant I had to also incorporate the use of the eraser which meant the editing process was a lot longer than anticipated. So in the future I would lay white flooring or relocated to save time.·I also faced a problem in editing with the sun as the altering in brightness began to alter the image too drastically but eventually I got the level correct.But overall my editing process was effective and due to the good weather and model, positioning I used it made the editing process quicker but I still faced problems which helped me in future editing.
7.) Looking back to your preliminary product task, what do you feel that you have learnt in the progression from it to the final product?
Looking back on my progress from my preliminary project, I feel I have improved in various ways in the stages of production, such as planning stage (research to organising photo shoot), specific genre (from the school magazine to a music magazine).I believe, in terms of the planning stage I took a more organised approach of organising when to do my photo shoot so that I had time to edit and progress the images to researching poses for my models to recreate so they were effective and kept in with the Indie genre. Even though I think I took too long on the planning stage in terms of creating my mock ups even though I didn’t create a lot of mock ups the ones I did were well planned and thought through to explore every spectrum of the indie culture and music.Part way through, my research I found that the internet was my best source however had limited examples of indie front covers, double page spreads and contents. So I began to look in more depth into specific bands and there photo shoots which helped me in many ways such as the clothing to wear, colours to use, backgrounds to use, the poses they use I then evaluated all these to see how they fitted with the genre such as the ‘Klaxons’. This was most properly the most useful lesson I learnt as before in my preliminary project I relied on stereotypes to create my product. Also due to this it also enabled me to explore more camera angles as I understood their effect on an audience and what angle conveyed the Indie theme.This leads to my specific shot types have varied as in my preliminary project we were restricted to mid-shots. As I explored in more depth the Indie theme I found that varied and spontaneous camera angles worked best and complimented the neon colour scheme, so this enabled me to explore different effective shots which give variation and interest to my project, where as with my preliminary project I was very conventional with the camera angles I used such as mid shots and three people shots as the genre restricted this but the Indie genre enabled me to be more daring and risky.From my preliminary project, I also believe I have become more confident with the camera, which enabled me to take risks in challenging conventions and has in some aspects created some good imagery.Overall I believe my final product complied with the tasks original aims as it I believe complies and utilizes the Indie genre why at the same time remaining unique. Also my photography also complies with the generics of Indie culture and music why again being challenging and the graphic I created also works well with my photography.

Feedback -> Miss Walton / Peers summary

  1. spellcheck is vital for maximum marks and grammer
  2. you get bored after a while reading it but good content it just need images or putting in a powerpoint.
  3. make short and consise points (short and snappy)
  4. Use exemplification and examples of your work eg. photographs.

Other wise very detailed analyse and very descriptive and has a clear balance of postives and negative aspects of your project.



Final Double Page Spread Of Indiefix (own images)

This is my final Double Page Spread for Indiefix as you can see bellow there is 2 stages of progression and creation.As you can see some areas where changed highly such as the labels and some not so radical such as the mast head position.Overall i hope that i have conveyed the Indie theme and symbols and my project aims conveyed in the evaluation above.

As you can see bellow is my final product which i have developed from my research,case studies and a wide variation of sources.As you can see bellow their is two versions of my final product ,however i believe the final version captures my projects aims:-
1.To capture the Indie genre in sight via shapes,fonts,images,symbols etc.
2.To create a magazine which captivates and attracts my target audience in every way.
3.To create a magazine which demonstrates all the necessary information which is necessary and not over facing.
4.To overall be a successful product in all sense's.



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Feedback Summary, which aided development from target audience:-

Disadvantages
  1. The text on the main body is two small
  2. The colours used on the text is very hard to read
  3. spellings need to be checked.
  4. The labels used in different colours are two small.
  5. The exclusive interview should just across the top of the magazine not on two levels.

Advantages

  1. The banner across the bottom is a valuable asset but could be made more of a feature.
  2. I like positioning of the additional images and there coloured borders.
  3. I like the use of the band name on the image and as the interview header.
  4. I like the idea of the text on the whole image background the text just needs to be more visible and it would work very well.
  5. I like the idea of a article indicator but a new one needs to be created.

From the constructive critisum i have recieved i used this to create my final product and i think the outcome was very effiecent and capturvates my aims and Indie as a whole.When i created the first draft of my final product i new it was'nt quiet what i had hoped to acheive so by agian surveying my target audeince it has enabled me to create a product whic his of the pincael of Indie culture for my target audeince.

Final Front Cover Of Indiefix (own images)

This is my final Front cover for Indiefix as you can see bellow there is 3 stages of progression and creation.As you can see some areas where changed highly such as the labels and some not so radical such as the mast head position.Overall i hope that i have conveyed the Indie theme and symbols and my project aims conveyed in the evaluation above.

As you can see bellow is my final product which i have developed from my research,case studies and a wide variation of sources.As you can see bellow their is two versions of my final product ,however i believe the final version captures my projects aims:-
1.To capture the Indie genre in sight via shapes,fonts,images,symbols etc.
2.To create a magazine which captivates and attracts my target audience in every way.
3.To create a magazine which demonstrates all the necessary information which is necessary and not over facing.
4.To overall be a successful product in all sense's and capture something for the wide spectrum of indie audiences.


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Feedback summary from peers and my target audience most importantly:-

Disadvantages

  1. To much white open space which needs to be filled with articles,quotes etc.
  2. The bar at the bottom of the page needs to be made into more of a feature with more colour to show the indie theme and could attract readers.
  3. Add a bar code and price on for authenticity.
  4. The labels are two big and strong colours.

Advantages

  1. The positioning of the title to the left hand side.
  2. The Quote at the top of the page which spans across the top of the page as it is the message of the magazine.
  3. I like the black canvas of the picture which acts as a good background for the magazines content.
  4. I like the use of the image in the top right hand side as embossed as it stands out but also has a white background so stands out due to the colours in the clothing.
  5. I like the variation of colours used in the title as it captures the wide spectrum of the indie audience.
  6. I like the bar at the bottom of the page as it attracts the audience easier and simpler in a few words.
  7. I like the wide range of colours used in the clothes etc.

As you can see, i did 3 progressions of my final front cover, there is many reasons for this it is because i found it hard to capture and fit everything i wont on a small space simply but effectively.But after my 2 progressions i got feedback from my target audience which helped a lot and as you can see then i was able to put all my idea together and utilise the space i had to create my front cover which i believe is very effective. I think one of the main problems was because a front cover determines the success of a magazine and first attracts your audience so i wont to create the write balance between text , images and free space.



Final Content Of Indiefix (own images)

As you can see bellow is my final product which i have developed from my research,case studies and a wide variation of sources.As you can see bellow their is two versions of my final product ,however i believe the final version captures my projects aims:-
  1. To capture the Indie genre in sight via shapes,fonts,images,symbols etc.
  2. To create a magazine which captivates and attracts my target audience in every way.
  3. To create a magazine which demonstrates all the necessary information which is necessary and not over facing.
  4. To overall be a successful product in all sense's.






Feedback For improvements
  1. To remove text boxes.
  2. Change location of mast head eg. make it a smaller text and as a label at the top right hand side.
  3. Reduce the size of the quote which dominates the top of the page and reduce it so that you can put the mast head.
  4. Reduce the size of the page number labels and increase the size of the body text.

Advantages

  1. We like the colour borders of the images colour coordinated with the page numbers.
  2. We like the labels which the body of the text is stood and it stops the influence of the background.
  3. We like the box effect around text as it acts as a good divide and fixes with the symmetry of the indie theme.
  4. I like the magazines motto at the top of the page (just to big of text font).
  5. I like the variation in images,poses and locations and they are complemented with the colour borders used.

Inspirational Media Products


Throughout my research various areas such as, Internet,magazines and existing products this website i found most useful as it is a a catalog of existing and recent magazine front covers this is useful as it enables me to see how a company produces issues which are different but yet have the same identify and change depending on the cover artists,genre or ' image'. http://www.clashmusic.com/magazine I have also created a PowerPoint of these existing products and why these were useful in my progress towards my final product.

Front Cover Mock Up Version One (using my own images)

As you can see bellow is my mock up front which i have developed from my research,case studies and a wide variation of sources.As you can see bellow their is three versions of this mock up product :-
1.To capture the Indie genre in sight via shapes,fonts,images,symbols etc.
2.To create a magazine which captivates and attracts my target audience in every way.
3.To create a magazine which demonstrates all the necessary information which is necessary and not over facing.
4.To overall be a successful product in all sense's and capture something for the wide spectrum of indie audiences.
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Feedback Summary from peers,Teachers and my Target Audience:-

Disadvantages
  1. The labels of who is featured in the magazine are to bold in colour and a little hard to read.
  2. The labels used are to big in comparison with other text and it looks odd.
  3. Their is no bar code which adds the authenticity.

Advantages

  1. The white background acts as a black canvas to have stories and headlines added.
  2. The images strong use of colours and pose draws the readers attention to buy or read the product.
  3. The banner across the top of the quote and mast head are well positioned together with the images on the top right hand corner.

Overall from this product and from all the criticism i had received i was confident in creating my final product as this was practically the idea my audience wanted to create.However i have decided on my final product to gain feedback throughout from my target audience and do a 3 stage development .However if this doesn't work i will come back to the drawing board but this conventionally is a very limited range of ways to create an effective front cover and a fine line between people understanding your direction and not.

Content Mock Up Version 3 (using my own images)

From my research i had liked the content page which used an several images as the background and base of the spread.As you can see i then utilised the fact that the band was quiet high on the image this enabled me to get the most important aspect of the aim of the double page spread on and then gave me a lot of space bellow which i was able to use for text.The next steps where to :-
1.I added the page indicator at the top which is very stereotypical but very useful and is a quick indicator of the what the article or pages aim is.
2.I then added the text in different shaped boxes to not totally hinder the entire image and create a dive.But also to keep in with the indie theme and genre.
4.I then created a box like affect around coloured labels which are quotes which again fits with the indie theme this was also added by the large speech marks.
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Feedback Summary from peers,teachers and my target audience for improvements :-

Disadvantages

  1. The images aren't symmetrical and it doesn't fit with the text to the left.
  2. There is a lot of inviolable open space so re arranging would need to take place.
  3. The pages numbers are two large in comparison to other text eg. main body
  4. The left side is to cultured and the right has a lot of free space.

Advantages

  1. There is a clear definition between the text and images but only by a faint line but it is very effective.
  2. The uniform style is very effective and concise and gets across to its audience what is needed and desired.
  3. The geometric shapes are used to divide certain pictures to accompany the images.
  4. The clever use of colours again brightens up the some what dull background otherwise.

Overall i used all the advise above and implemented changes from stage 1-3 to improve the content page.The reason why feedback is so important is because it tells me what my target audience desires and wants from my product and helps or prompts me to further develop my ideas.

Content Mock Up Two (using my own images)

From my research i had liked the content page which used an several images as the background and base of the spread.As you can see i then utilised the fact that the band was quiet high on the image this enabled me to get the most important aspect of the aim of the double page spread on and then gave me a lot of space bellow which i was able to use for text.The next steps where to :-

1.I added the page indicator at the top which is very stereotypical but very useful and is a quick indicator of the what the article or pages aim is.
2.I then added the text in different shaped boxes to not totally hinder the entire image and create a dive.But also to keep in with the indie theme and genre.
4.I then created a box like affect around coloured labels which are quotes which again fits with the indie theme this was also added by the large speech marks.
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Feedback Summary from , peer,teachers and my target audience:-

Disadvantages
  1. The images are two large on the right hand side of the content page.
  2. The pictures aren't compatible sizes and become destorted.
  3. The 'indiesix' indicator in the right hand corner is out of proportion.

Advantages

  1. The clever use of colour in the left hand side subsidises the white background and is the pineal of the indie theme (bright colours).
  2. I like how suitable the divide is of a thin grey line down the side and this is aided by the images.
  3. i like the use of the geometric shapes as they are unusual but aren't boring and serve their propose as a text basis and divider.
  4. I also like the different colours used on labels as they are opposites but compliment each other very well.

Again i used the advise i was given and tried through out the 3 stages tried to implement things which would make the content more appropriate and appealing to my target audience, because they determine the success of your product and know what they desire for a effective magazine.

Content Mock Up One (using my own images and created ones)

From my research i had liked the content page which used an several images as the background and base of the spread.As you can see i then utilised the fact that the band was quiet high on the image this enabled me to get the most important aspect of the aim of the double page spread on and then gave me a lot of space bellow which i was able to use for text.The next steps where to :-
1.I added the page indicator at the top which is very stereotypical but very useful and is a quick indicator of the what the article or pages aim is.
2.I then added the text in different shaped boxes to not totally hinder the entire image and create a dive.But also to keep in with the indie theme and genre.
3.I then added the cork board as another basis which is unusual and unconventional as a competition based idea which is typical of a magazine to attract the reader more so.
4.I then created a box like affect around coloured labels which are quotes which again fits with the indie theme this was also added by the large speech marks.

For this product i had to create my own images as shown bellow in the form of a cassette tape and lighting bolts etc.This shows how i further developed my skills and ideas in fireworks and paint shop pro 8 at this point through drawing and line tools.


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Feedback Summary From peers,teacher and most importantly my target audience:-

Disadvantages
  1. The body text isn't symmetrical in the main body top section.
  2. The body text is boring and simple colours on a bland background.
  3. The Body text is to small and needs increasing in size as it is in parts unreadable.

Advantages

  1. The left side background is used very cleverly and fades into the background well but acts as a good background for the more important articles.
  2. Also i like the use of cartoon imagery such as the cassette as it mirrors indie genre as they use very simple but dynamic images.
  3. I like the variation in locations and positions of the model/images.
  4. I like the geometric shapes created and the various colours used as it creates interest on the blank canvas and links with indie theme.
  5. I also like the variation of colours used on the labels to indicate important quotes or parts in the magazine.
  6. I also like the 'indiefix' indicator at the top right hand corner of the magazine to enhance the label of the magazine.
From the constructive feedback i received above i used all of it in the 3 progression stages above as you can see i tried to use the advice given as effectively as possible to make a more effective product for my target audience because they make the magazine a success and they know what they desire in a magazine.

Double Page Spread Mock Up 3 (using my own images)

From my research i had liked the double page spreads which used an entire images as the background and base of the spread.As you can see i then utilised the fact that the band was quiet high on the image this enabled me to get the most important aspect of the aim of the double page spread on and then gave me a lot of space bellow which i was able to use for text.The next steps where to :-

1.I added the page indicator at the top which is very stereotypical but very useful and is a quick indicator of the what the article or pages aim is.
2.I then added the text in different shaped boxes to not totally hinder the entire image and create a dive.But also to keep in with the indie theme and genre.
3.I then added the cork board as another basis which is unusual and unconventional as a competition based idea which is typical of a magazine to attract the reader more so.
4.I then created a box like affect around coloured labels which are quotes which again fits with the indie theme this was also added by the large speech marks.
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Feedback summary from my peers,teacher and target audience
Disadvantages
  1. There is no bottom border to pick out key points or ideas so it is slightly boring.
  2. There isn't enough text ratio to open space.
  3. The Band name is two large and doesn't dominate the area.
  4. Not enough on the spread a bit bland.

Advantages

  1. The segregation of one image over a double spread without hindering the image.
  2. The use of the page indicator to imply the articles nature.
  3. The use of geometric shapes and colours which mirrors the indie genre.

Overall i acted upon the advice i was given because my target audience is the most important aspect and audience which will determine the spreads success and also they know what they want to read and see in a magazine.As you can see thought the three stage i tried to build on the foundations i had.However this double page spread isn't mine or my audience favourite spread but it helped me eliminate ideas and see what response i got from my audience.

Double Page Spread Mock Up 2 (using my own images)

From my research i had liked the double page spreads which used an entire images as the background and base of the spread.As you can see i then utilised the fact that the band was quiet high on the image this enabled me to get the most important aspect of the aim of the double page spread on and then gave me a lot of space bellow which i was able to use for text.The next steps where to :-

1.I added the page indicator at the top which is very stereotypical but very useful and is a quick indicator of the what the article or pages aim is.
2.I then added the text in different shaped boxes to not totally hinder the entire image and create a dive.But also to keep in with the indie theme and genre.
3.I then added the cork board as another basis which is unusual and unconventional as a competition based idea which is typical of a magazine to attract the reader more so.
4.I then created a box like affect around coloured labels which are quotes which again fits with the indie theme this was also added by the large speech marks.

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Feedback summary from peers which aided development:-

Disadvantages
  1. The image with just the band name doesn't really tell the story of the image which is important.
  2. The empty boxes is boring and pointless, you should add text.
  3. The text needs a collum created via a line etc.

Advantages

  1. The clever use of geometric shapes adds interest and acts as a clever text box.
  2. The variation in coloured speech marks is representative of Indie colour mixing and gives a clever 3D effect.
  3. The two sided layout is also very effective as the text holds it's own due to the clever use of colour also it has just the right amount of text and isn't over bearing.
  4. I also like the text indicator in corner which implies the nature of the article.
  5. The uses of colours is clever to indicate the important parts of the articles as well as the different font sizes and type faces used.
  6. The use of the catchy quote bellow the band name is also very effective and entices readers.

The progression shown through the three stages shows my progression and use of the constructive critisum i was given and as you can see it was very useful from my target audicne becuase they know what they want in a magazine and it creates a effective mock up.






Double Page Spread Mock Up One (using my own images)

From my research i had liked the double page spreads which used an entire images as the background and base of the spread.As you can see i then utilised the fact that the band was quiet high on the image this enabled me to get the most important aspect of the aim of the double page spread on and then gave me a lot of space bellow which i was able to use for text.
The next steps where to :-



  1. I added the page indicator at the top which is very stereotypical but very useful and is a quick indicator of the what the article or pages aim is.


  2. I then added the text in different shaped boxes to not totally hinder the entire image and create a dive.But also to keep in with the indie theme and genre.


  3. I then added the cork board as another basis which is unusual and unconventional as a competition based idea which is typical of a magazine to attract the reader more so.


  4. I then created a box like affect around coloured labels which are quotes which again fits with the indie theme this was also added by the large speech marks.



Bellow is three stages of the making of the product :-

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Feedback summary of peers (Viki Dempsey , Laura Chadock,Rachael Squires)
  1. The image was very cleverly used as a background because the text did not hinder anything vital in the image eg.grass.
  2. The text boxes aren't conventional and we like this because it doesn't make the whole of the bottom of the page white and the colours used helps this and keeps with the genre of the theme and target audience.
  3. The labels are cleverly used as quotes and i like the consistency of the fonts used.

We would improve:-

  1. The size of the text needs to be larger on the main body.
  2. The brightness of the image.

Magazine Photo Shoot And Development Of My Own Images (Outdoor)

Check out this SlideShare Presentation:
This is a powerpoint which shows how my first photoshoot deveopled and how i improved and approched problems which hindered the progression of the shot such as the weather , models not doing what they should etc.

Images Edited and via Photoshop and Fireworks

From all the photographs i have taken i decided to use this particular image for a few reasons these are:-




  1. This image is different and shows depth through the arrangement of the individuals


  2. Enables me to convey the differences in character of the individuals but with them still been seen in unison as a group aided by the colours.


  3. Also it represents the characters as individuals by there stance.


  4. Also because it is a very powerful image i in tented to use it as front cover image as it would attract my target audience even if i edited it and left just a white background because it has such a presence.


To edit the image i used predominately Fireworks in a free student trial i uploaded and used the lasso tool both magnetic and not.I also used adobe photoshop to compare the programs and us different tools fireworks didn't provide.


1. The original image.

As you can see i caught the red model in mid flow of movement which gave a strange effect.So already this was an aspect i wanted to correct because the models where my main concern as i was going to edit the background because the background and flooring didn't fit in with my theme and i wanted a neutral background.However everything else in this image is to my liking.
2. Second take of front cover image

As you can see rectified the position of the red model.However model green this shot didn't remain composed so i had to recapture the image as it wasn't fitting with my theme and broke my genre trend.So already this was an aspect i wanted to correct because the models where my main concern, as i explained above i was going to edit the background because the background and flooring didn't fit in with my theme and i wanted a neutral background.However everything else in this image is to my liking.
3rd Front cover shot

As you can see rectified the position of the red and the green models floors.So know the image was adequate to be used so an aspect because the models where my main concern, as i explained above i was going to edit the background because the background and flooring didn't fit in with my theme and i wanted a neutral background.However everything else in this image is to my liking.So know the image is ready for the editing process.




Final Image




Already i am sure as soon as you saw the images above you can see areas which need either toughing up or editing i sure did.
1. the carpet posed the largest problem as it is a typical old fashioned ' pub like carpet'.It consists of so many colours which are so similar the lasso tool found very difficult to pick up on the difference.However i lassoed the image as much as i could to eliminate the carpet,but it wasn't fully successful so i had to use the zoom tool to around 400 and then carefully using the circular and square brush eliminate and unwanted pixels why not damaging my final image.
2.I then eliminated the off white wall to give a crisp effect which was largely successful and then i again touched up the areas with the erasier.
Even though this sounds simple it is very complex and time consuming and n the future if i were to take a image i would try to use a more neutral background to reduce editing time.But overall it was very successful and developed my program skills.

My own images which have been editied due to inspirtational products

This is an example and an exsisting product of how i explored diffrent techniques here i mixed together both the orginal image and cartoonized idea.Even though i believe it is effective i could'nt find a sutble area for it in my coursework but helped to me aquire other skills which were vital in other areas.

Comments and Course of Action (contents)

As you can see from bellow i asked peers for advise on how i could improve my ideas and how this could help me to create and effective a true replicar of a magazine content which will :-

1. Utilise my genre and symbols
2.Create a content page which is targeted to my target audience
3.To create a content page which is interesting and unique but serves its purpose.

To do this from my research i am going to be careful with :-
1. My use of colour
2.Use of type face
3. Amount of Information
4.Differentiation in font size
5.Backgrounds
6.Banners
7.Size of Images
8.How strong in colour the images are.



Content Mock up Version Two (exsisting image)

This is a representation of what i aim to create for my final product using exsisting images and i hope you take on board what i am trying to create and give constructive critisum.
i was trying to create :-


1. A unique but effective content.
2. One that is uniform but challenges conventions
3. One that conveys the imformation and gets it across to the audience
4. A contents that is fitting for my target audeince and genre.
5. To utilise relating images and symbols to a useful part of the content.




Genral summary of feedback from peers (Anna Watson,Elizabeth Weaver,Viki Dempsey,Sophie Manley )

The advantages of this mock up :-

1.I like the two sided layout divded clearly into images and text.
2.The colours that correspond with text and numbers is a subconscious link.
3.I like the use of strong colours it is very indivudal and intresting .

Disadvantages
1. I do not like the use of the under laying images becuase they are to busy and are distracting.
2.The text colours such as orange and yellow are hard to read on the background colours.
3.The banner of the magazine name is very bland and boring and stands out for the wrong reasons.
4.The images are not symetrical they are all different sizes and it looks odd

Content Mock up Version One (exsisting image)

This is a representation of what i aim to create for my final product using existing images and i hope you take on board what i am trying to create and give constructive criticism.
i was trying to create :-
  1. A unique but effective content.
  2. One that is uniform but challenges conventions
  3. One that conveys the information and gets it across to the audience
  4. A contents that is fitting for my target audience and genre.



Genral summary of feedback from peers
(Claire Robertson , Rachael Squires,Viki Dempsey , Emma Smith , Laura Ward,Tom Baddeley,Josh Whitehurst,Ben Dobson)

The advantages of this mock up :-

  1. The box effect gives a uniformed effected which works well because there is a clear margin between the text and images.
  2. The invisible banner around the title indiedom which does not hinder the images or text.
  3. The Cartoon background gives a simple,but interesting background and lets the text act as labels.
  4. The colours that correspond with text and numbers is a subconscious link.

Disadvantages

  1. The font size is to big in some cases eg. the page numbers and too small in others such as the 'labels'.
  2. To much colour in the images maybe some busy some simple.
  3. Not enough pages to be a true representation.

Mock up Version 3 (own images ) The Ting Tings


This double page spread was my last idea so i decided to try a different approach i did this by using the simplistic approach why still incorporating everything that was necessary.I decided to not incorporate the banner across the top of the page to see if the colour schemes and simplistic but unusual imagery would capture the readers attention.Also instead of using the left hand side of the double page spread purely for an image of the band the article is about i incorporated a small amount of text on to the band member to see if it hindered its success.I then positioned the band title at the top of the page instead of at the bottom of the page near the image of the band and it acted as the spread title to see again if the reader would read on without understanding of the spreads quantity.
I then used sarah from the ting tings as a image stand i believe this was sucessful as it is unusual but simple and attracts attention to the image.I agian gave the image a block blue border so it appeared as a picture frame.I then twisted the male singer upside down again attracting the readets attention why trying to link the images with the text bellow.
I then collected some imformation about the ting tings and separted it into two separte cloured boxes to imply a break in the text.Personally i bleive this is'nt very effective and you wsould loose the readers intrest as there is a large amount of writing and is maybe to small to keep the reader motivated to read on.

overall i would not use this layout as i challenges the conventions i believe to much which then givs the reverse effect becuas the target audeicne don't get it.Also i bleibe the colours are to intense leaving and maybe putting off the audience as well as the size of the text but overall i bleive the imargery works well but i think i wouldnt use tis becuase it is to risky.

klaxons double page spread - final idea using exsisting images


This double page spread is the layout i have decided to pursue for my final idea as i believe the full image used as a background brings all the writing and imagery together.Also i like the simple but vibrant colour scheme which doesn't hinder the writing as it has a white background on the main.By having the entire one side of the double page spread being an image of the artist enables the audience subconsciously without words or just a few in terms of the band names implies the main frame and focus of the spread without it being cluttered and over bearing due to the bright colour scheme i will be using.
I then decided to use a very simple and straight to the point headline which used the reverse effect of the writing by making it simply black and then making its impact by using a bright background.
I then only used a few images of the band and event to enforce the headline and make the double page spread more interesting visually and i then used a simple border of block colour to distinguish the picture from the background making it stand out.

I kept the convention of the border across the top of the double page spread as a headline/quote from the text to entice the reader to read.

However i didn't keep with conventions in terms of a divide between images and text as i used an image as the entire background to the double page spread and put the text upon this.I believe this was more effective and made the double page spread flow and keep the readers interest.

I have decided this layout is the most appropriate layout for my magazine and it is in keeping with the genre i am pursuing (indie) and therefore will attract my target audience,why at the same time challenging conventions making the magazine different and unique and giving me more versatility to work with.