7. Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

From my preliminary task I have learnt the importance of developing a suitable house style to appeal to my target audience. In the beginning stages of production, the house style was not evident because I was using different colours in the contents and page and thee front cover. This taught me that for my music magazine a consistent colour scheme that would be complemented with use of the same typography would create a high quality product that would be appealing to the viewer of the magazine. Furthermore, in the preliminary task I feel as though I could have improved the positioning of the typography in order to reduce the size of the empty space therefore in my music magazine I tried to utilise as much space that I could with images and text.

From my preliminary task I feel as though I have learnt much more about the importance of magazine conventions and alternative ways of constructing a magazine. If you were to look at my music magazine it is clear that I have experimented with a different layout that is not typically seen in the double page spreads of Pop magazines therefore the preliminary task has taught me that it is okay to challenge some conventions of magazines.

Also, the preliminary task has taught me about the importance of alignment and editing. The images captured in the preliminary task were raw and dull and I did not change the backgrounds of the images whereas for the music magazine I decided to use studio setup so that I could upload and edit the images that I had taken. Photoshop tools where used more in the music magazine than the preliminary task because my knowledge of Photoshop editing techniques and layering were very much limited hence why conventions e.g. the masthead of the college magazine was not as eye catching as the masthead of the music magazine.

 

Question 1: In what way does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

Front Cover

My final product conforms and develops conventions of real media products as shown on the ‘We Love Pop’ magazine. The conventions of a typical magazine are evident in my final product for example the use of a masthead, bar code, puff and sell lines were included in the production process.

However, some aspects of my magazine challenges the typical features of a pop magazine, one of them being race. My magazine challenges the dominant usage of white models/artists because the model I selected was black and this would therefore allow my magazine to target a wider audience that includes black audiences.

I conformed the hegemonic representation of artists on the front cover of my magazine by selecting images that were in high key lighting, showed direct mode of address and showed my model making inviting facial expressions to make her seem more friendly and welcoming.

Furthermore, the house style that I have created reflects the colour palette used by existing media products because they are bright and are engaging for the teenage audience which tends to be the primary audience demographic for real pop magazines. I identified the use of speech bubbles in magazines so I took inspiration from the existing magazines and included my own.

Conclusion: I believe that my magazine adheres the conventions of a Pop music magazine. I developed a house style that would appeal to my target audience and I challenged the hegemonic representation of white models in Pop magazines.

Contents Page
As you can see the contents page that I have created conforms to the conventions of an existing magazine by the layout of the page. I used quotes and page references to direct the reader. Conventions such as regular stories and the cover story are distinguishable by the use of colour and are position next to the cover story.
Also the use of posters are novelties that are advertised in music adverts hence why I created my own using photographs taken by the paparazzi of famous pop stars at the bottom of the page.
I was inspired by the use of geometric shapes and warms colours to help create a more sophisticated appearance.
Furthermore, I was able to develop my summer themed house style by using warmer colours as seen on the front covers.

Double Page Spread

My double page conforms to the conventions as seen on real media products such as the established ‘We Love Pop’ magazine. I included the name of the magazine, page number, social media links, quotes and highlighted text which help to construct the layout of the double page spread.

On the other hand, it is noticeable that I had chosen to take a more independent approach by exploring with more colours such as yellow and red along with geometric shapes as seen on the front cover and the contents page which contributed to the sophisticated appearance of the magazine. I decided to use a medium shot which did not feature direct mode of address from the model which challenges the typical use of full body shots and direct mode of address that are selected as the final shots for existing double page spreads.