The Title of the Magazine
For the masthead of my magazine I have used the font “Portishead Dummy” for my title; Audiojunkie. I wrote it in a red, bold format, I then added a white outer glow and finally a thick black drop shadow, which I centered directly in the middle so that it would appear more of a border than a shadow. These three layers create a stylistic masthead that follows similar conventions to NME and Q magazine, a red and white colour scheme representing a more indie tone. The fact that the title isn’t clearly visible gives the appearance of a very confident magazine, assured in it’s readership and representing a high quality of magazine that wouldn’t need to scream out its name as it already has a dedicated following and although looking strange on a single issue would hold significant iconography as time passed.
The Mis-en-scene of my Images
The photographs on my front cover all have a plain background with a gradient effect, i used this approach to give my magazine an extremely professional look similar to what you would see in ‘Q magazine’. The plain, gradient background emphasises Audiojunkie being professional as it gives the appearance of a photo shoot, something that realistically a school magazine for example couldn’t actually afford. The contents page sets a contrast to the other two sections of my magazine as the images are set in an outside, urban environment with minimum editing, this is to match the theme of the articles they feature in; a youthful band who have no care for codes and conventions and so the pictures also challenge codes and conventions.
Costumes and Props
On a non existent budget it was difficult to find effective costumes that would work within the themes of the articles. The female in my double page spread, Alice, showed me several items of clothing in her wardrobe and i chose an outfit that i felt best represented the genre of the band she was in; dark coloured hoodies, skinny jeans and trainers. The male, Zachary, was harder to dress as he had a limited wardrobe, for the front cover this was easily avoided as i had him pose topless, this represented his strength, especially as the article was about inner strength in tough times. In the double page spread Zachary wore a thick black coat, giving him the appearance of someone quite street-wise and down to earth, an image that i feel was effectively represented. There are no instruments shown in this article as it is concentrating more on the individuals of the band rather than the actual music they produce. My second band that feature in the contents page are wearing a mix of clothes that represent youth such as hoodies, baggy jeans, chino’s, trainers and also longish, messy hair; these all contribute to the stereotypical image of a rebellious teenager.
The people in my magazine are quite unconventional as they are clearly very young, the only person contrasting that being Zachary who looks older than his actual age. Unable to have a radical appearance that a stereotypical ‘rock star’ i made a conscious decision to go down the route of a realistic appearance that my demographic of teenagers could recognise, this also making the age of the people featured more acceptable as the reader would be able to relate to the bands more. Although young, my models have dramatic poses and moody faces, the maturity of these appearances counter balancing their youth which could perceive them as immature. Although aimed more at males, half of my main article is shared by a female, this challenges codes and conventions but spreads out my demographic increasing its popularity, both with females looking for more exposure in the media world and males who find her physically attractive.
The writing of the article itself is very conventional, giving a brief introduction to the band and mentioning their album. The article then goes on to talk about the band members lifes and their journey towards their music careers with quotations, having a very factual appearance that gives true justice to the members and represents them in a way that the readers would find interesting. Talking about similar subjects that popular magazines write about give it a very professional appearance that its audience would feel comfortable and easy to read.
Music Genre And How Your Magazine Suggests It
The main music genre’s my magazine focuses on are rock, indie and electro. Throughout my magazine there are distinct aspects of the mis-en-scene which represent the core genre’s such as a red, black and white colour scheme, a clear connotation of the rock genre. On my double page spread there is a grey colour scheme, a metallic colour which represents electro. Certain aspects such as the font and layout of my magazine represent the indie side of Audiojunkie, a classic font being used instead of a more messy font that a stereotypical rock magazine would use. The contents page has a very classic look with its banners, a casually smart look which associates itself with the indie genre.
When designing the layout of my pages i attempted to make them as conventional as possible whilst also using original ideas that i felt would effectively represent my demographic. My front cover has a masthead at the top, a central image, a headline in the middle and generally everything you would see on a front cover. My contents page follows the trend having a design similar to something you would find in Q or NME magazine. My double page spread slightly challenges codes and conventions by only having two columns, one to each page and a title slightly smaller than what would be expected, this is due to the fact i felt strongly the article should be more about the individual members of the band rather than the band itself, the space rather being filled out with large images of the members. The double page spread also follows various codes and conventions such as certain quotes being dotted around the page in a larger, more visually interesting font.
My contents page follows all the codes and conventions of a normal magazine, following a grid like format reminiscent of Q magazine. It features a hand written “enjoy!” which comforts the reader and makes them feel compelled to read. The pictures follow the dark colour scheme of the magazine and smart, simplistic font gives easy access for the reader to find specific articles. The logo is seen several times to keep the house format and give the reader a sense of continuity. The various banners give it a sense of tradition and a casual sensibility, aimed at a slightly more mature aspect of my magazines demographic.