In what ways does your media
product use, develop or challenge
forms and conventions of real
The contents masthead is the text that is the largest on the page and is often bold,
eye catching and represents the genre of the magazine. Its often is covered slightly
by the cover artist so that all the attention is on them. With higher end popular
magazines the mast head is often recognizable sand they don’t need to see the
whole word to figure out what brand it is.
Its conventionally found at the top of the contents page as it creates a layout
reading down the page.
Underneath I have added a selling line underneath the masthead
My cover image features a male model who is
in a quite aggressive stance with his hands
cupped together and a slightly aggravated
facial expression. He is wearing dark clothing
and a checked jacket this is a typical style for
males who listen to rock music. The fact he
looks slightly aggressive again ties in with the
house theme of rock. The model is making eye
contact with the camera which is conventional
and gives the reader a personal feel as if he is
looking at them. The image was also taken in
the school studio to ensure that I got the right
lighting, setting and environment to get a high
My headline is the Lost Spirit spread across the middle of the page. The
text is rugged and bold and stands out to attract the reader. The text font
True Lies fits the genre really well and the effect of the black text behind
creates a better shadow than the Photoshop tool features. It makes the
headline stand out more and not lifeless and stuck to the page.
There is a sub heading under it to intrigue the reader. The use of
alliteration “smashing” “shelves”. The word smashing is also aggressive
and linked to the music genre.
My cover lines are based on featured
articles in the magazines. They are
positioned down the left hand size of the
page which is considered conventional
because they’re in a vertical column which
Is conventional where as if they were
horizontal it wouldn't’t be. I have used
chatty colloquial language to catch the
reader’s attention because it seems
someone young, hip and relatable has
wrote the article.
I have added in the barcode down the bottom right hand side of the page. I
have personalised it as an addition to the genre.
The date, price and issue number are located around the barcode which is
conventional because you can easily see what issue number it is. Many
magazines do this.
DATE LINE, BARCODES, PRICES
I took inspiration from a Kerrang! Cover. I liked the layout and style of the page
and used similar conventions. I liked the headline layout and how it stretched
across the middle of the page, I tried to incorporate this into my magazine.
I also liked the names of the
band on a banner at the bottom,
this is why I linked it into my
design by creating a banner and
adding the featured bands and
breaking them up with small
I haven’t included a strap line above my masthead. I did try one but it didn’t
look right, it made the top of my magazine cover a mess and too
overcrowded and took attention away form he cover star image. This is why
I added one along the bottom of the page including different featured
artists. This is unconventional and challenges conventions.
I took inspiration from the Kerrang! Mast head (a rock magazine currently on the market) and
experimented with similar font styles. I created it so that it fits in with the colour scheme on my
magazine and the house theme of Rock.
I haven’t used the name of my magazine because it’s more of an optional convention. I did test
how it would look with the magazine name but I felt like it didn’t fit well and chose against it.
Just left of the contents header is the “Special edition: Best of rock 2015” to attract the
readers attention into knowing this isn’t just any magazine issue. This will grab the reader
attention more as they will be manipulated into thinking that this issue is inferior to other
The categories are mounted on purple
graphics, which link into my chosen colour
scheme of purple, black and white. This also
helps them stand out against the background.
The categories are bigger text size than the
listings to stand out more as a heading.
Underneath the category
heading is a listing of
articles with what the
article is about
underneath, this text is
This is also
accompanied by a page
number which is bigger
than the listing text. This
is conventional as it
helps the reader
navigate through the
The article categories and article listings in the magazine are in a column, which is
often the layout in other magazine because that’s considered conventional. The
column is positioned down the right hand side of the page.
Different texts have been used to create different
effects, the categories were in the font “Chunkfive
EX” where as the article listings are in “Cambria
bold”. Where as the article information was in
”Cambria” the different sizes also help stick to the
conventional layout of the categories in real
My product features a large image of the artist in the magazine.
The image isn’t taken in a studio and has a natural rugged feel
to the photo rather than a modelled pose from a studio. This
allows the reader to see the artist out and about and how they
look naturally rather than made up in the studio. This isn’t really
conventional because most photos are taken in studios to make
sure that everything is set the way they want it do be.
It’s also the largest image on the page of an artist. I
have chosen to use a middle close up shot and placed in
in the top/ mid left of the page, which as a layout is
featured in many magazines in general for example Q
The model also fits the genre well with the rocker themed
clothes and punky attitude portrayed. The model in most
other Kerrang! magazines is conventionally the genres
I have included a editors letter. This is more of an optional convention
because not all magazines use them. Kerrang! Magazines do and this is
where I took my inspiration from.
I also added subscription advertisement along the bottom of the page on
a purple banner. A different text has been used to attract the reader
attention. This will attract the reader into subscribing to the magazine
because I’ve included an incentive of a free Bring Me The Horizon album
which is a recognized and popular band within the rock genre
I took inspiration from Kerrang!
Magazine. I also used my cover to help
create the contents page. I used fonts,
colours and the general theme to keep in
with the magazine style I created.
I liked the layout of the Kerrang!
Magazine and used it as inspiration
towards the layout of my own work.
I used the basic conventions that were
featured in the current rock magazines
such as Q or Kerrang! such as editors
letters, columns and categories as well
as a form of advertising the subscription.
I didn’t use my magazines name on the contents page because I
feel like its repetitive after being a featured convention of the
front cover. I feel that my contents page wouldn't’t have had the
same effect if it said “disturbed” rather than contents.
I haven’t used a studio photo of my model and I haven’t asked
them to model a specific pose. Magazines usually feature
structured pose photos.
The masthead is a text that is the heading of the page. It’s usually the main
point of the article because it is what attracts the reader when
accompanied by an image.
Conventionally it is found at the top of the page and is the largest text on
the page so that it catches the readers attention.
I’ve also incorporated a pull quote into the headline because it attracts the
reader attention more and is quite conventional and interesting.
The lead in is conventionally located under the mast
head and leads into the article. Its like a small brief of
what the article is about and intrigues the reader. I
have used this in my article. The words “notorious
rebellion” show that the band are a little bit naughty
which can entice the reader into reading it. This is also
in colloquial language and shown further with the use
of exclamation marks.
My images are from concerts I have been to in the past. I decided
to use these images because they fit with my article being about
a current tour and new album release. The images work well on
the page. However it wasn’t very conventional because most
articles include studio images of the artist. I think they make my
article stand out though.
I have included different graphics to the page that link to the music genre and give the page character. The
checkered borders are often associated with the rock theme because its bold and punchy just like the magazine.
GRAPHICS AND COLOUR SCHEME
I also included heartbeat graphics just above my headline. The headline “WE ARE A SAVIOUR” links to
these graphics because as the heart beat follows over the gutter it meets a line which is to represent the
failure of the heart beat such as death in this case the death of good rock music. The band plan to
resurrect the failure of current music and bring rock back to life.
The colour scheme follows through my magazine – purple, black and white. This is clear through out
my magazine which is conventional and is often the case in other magazines. These colours are also
dark but link the genre and still compliment each other well.
I have chosen a question and answer article. It consists of 3 columns and
is located along 3 quarters of the left side page. This is quite a
conventional layout with a large headline with text underneath and
images featured on the other pages. A drop cap was added to signify the
start of the article text.
MAIN BODY TEXT
There is a pull quote in the 3rd
column which stands out to
attract the reader attention, its
also quite mysterious and
random which again attracts
the reader. The blue colour
signifies the questions and the
quite text being the bands
I took inspiration from a Kerrang! article featuring My Chemical Romance. I
liked the layout of the page and used this as inspiration to help me decide
my own article. I used 3 columns under a large pull quote headline.
I also liked the action shot images featured in this article so I decided to use
images from concerts I had been to and used them in my article. I also took
inspiration from the headline and used the conventional idea of a pull quote
and making it the largest text on the page. Using action shots isn't very
conventional because some of them are still posed however mine are actual
action shots from concerts rather than in a music producing studio.
I didn’t use images that had been posed at
all, I used images from concerts I had been
to in the past. The photos were action shots
from the performance and this isn't very
conventional as conventionally images from
studios or messing about backstage are
used instead as they are found to be higher
quality and better lighting. I think the
images still work in the article and add a
tour style vibe.