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1.In what ways does your magazine use,
develop or challenge forms and
conventions of real media products?
My magazine uses other elements from other
magazines such as "INDIE" and "NME" because elements
such as the masthead are blocked and similar fonts. The
bold new font I have used here really compliments with the
indie theme I have for my magazine overall.
I have used INDIE magazine as an inspiration and you can see
this with the one main cover line which stands out on the front
cover from the rest of it.
The model is also wearing something rather simple. Similarly,
I have used this feature so then it isn't too much in the face.
Although the image I took looks more detailed, the simple
idea from INDIE was the core which I began from.
The image is also inspired with INDIE magazine. The
INDIE image is effective and simple at the same time and
this is what I used for my front page too. The image was
also inspired by
I have used conventions from other magazines because
I have added a banner at the bottom. I got this idea from
the magazine “KERRANG”. This has all the information
the reader needs for the magazine as it is a mini
The simple background on the INDIE magazine has been used
with my magazine as well.
The emotions on the models face in the INDIE magazine is also
similar to my magazine.
This front image of the “INDIE” magazine. I
thought that this medium close up had really
good aspects to it. The makeup done on the
model looked really good and fitted really
well with the indie theme I was going for. It
also establishes its target audience really
well and instantly so it was in mind when I
took my photos.
It develops from other magazines such as “INDIE”
because it looks more bolder. Although INDIE uses mainly
black and white, I went against the conventions by adding
the yellow onto my magazine. The colour scheme in my
magazine differs from other magazine. The grey isn’t
conventional to the normal indie magazine and I think this
makes the magazine look further interesting.
I ALSO MADE MY MAGAZINE DIFFERENT BY HAVING
THE SIDE BAR & HAVING FUTHER CONTENT OF THE
It looks completely different to other magazines such as
INDIE because it doesn’t have something quirky and
almost strange in front. It has a tint of the punk genre
which kind of confuses us but it still looks indie due to
makeup and style.
1.In what ways does your magazine use, develop or
challenge forms and conventions of real media
My contents page is really effective for a variety of different reasons. I was
inspired by Kerrang’s magazine to do my magazine. The layout for
Kerrang looked like something that really interested me.
What elements from Kerrang did I
The elements from Kerrang that I used
includes the layout and some forms of
information. I liked the idea of having
an image on the left hand side and so,
after doing my research, I added this
feature to my magazine too. I used a
image which had linked to the front
cover and the double page spread to
keep it coherent as most magazines
On the Kerrang magazine, they
always the corner part of the contents
page to be the “EDITORS NOT” and I
liked this feature, so I chose to add
this to my magazine aswell.
To make my magazine look something
like this Kerrang magazine, I added
features like this because it makes it
look realistic as it does.
What did I develop from Kerrang?
My magazine challenges Kerrang by having some major
differences to it then the minor ones. Kerrang is a little more
heavier than my magazine and we can tell this with the colour
scheme and the fonts used. The font I used in my magazine is
less heavier than the bold, dark font that Kerrang use. I used a
less thick font because this way, it is easy to identify that it isn’t a
rock magazine but a indie magazine. The colours of the font used
in Kerrang may be white but the rough edge still makes it look
rock. The blue, yellow and the white may be lighter colours not
usually associated with rock but the boldness and shade makes it
look heavier. The colour scheme I used, yellow and black are
relatively simple. The “IN MUSIC” is yellow, my main colour and
the colour of my masthead. Comparing my contents page with
INDIE’s contents page would be interesting because INDIE use
the simple Ariel font for the font on the contents page whilst I use
a slightly heavier font yet the INDIE contents page looks more
heavier than mine. I used similar ideas from Kerrang but added
my own ideas to it according to my audience research and other
indie and rock magazines such as ININDIE as well.
I challenge the conventions of the
normal magazine such as INDIE and
Kerrang because of the use of
different conventional colours. I may
have used the normal black but I also
used yellow, grey and different
shades of blue and red. Kerrang had
the bright blue which really stood out
whilst I used only a hint of blue and it
didn’t look so vibrant like Kerrang.
Unlike most contents pages which
have more upbeat image, I used a
monotone image on my contents.
The simple “MEGAN” tells us mainly
about why the image is there and
implies that the magazine will be
about this. The image adds a sense
of importance because it takes up
most of the page.
The contents font is really simple yet effective because of the simplicity
compared to Kerrang’s CONTENTS font.
I copied the layout because I liked the way Kerrang was set out. I also
liked some of the headers on the contents magazine so I added this
feature to my magazine too . I liked some of the headers such as
“FEEDBACK” and looking at other magazines such as INDIE my
magazine should’ve had something like this anyway so I added this
feature to it.
What elements from this double page spread did I use?
From this magazine I used a variety of different things for my magazine
too. I took the element of having a huge bold title for my double page
spread. In this magazine it says “THE VACCINES” whereas my double
page spread has “MY CRAZY LIFE’ which is one of the quotes which is
embedded in my article. I have also used a similar element from this
KERRANG magazine which is having a huge image which takes up most
of the double page spread. I thought this was a really good idea
because this way it was clear to see who the double page spread was
about. I used the layout that this magazine used for my double page
spread because in my audience research, I found that most indie or
rock magazine double page spreads have this layout as it is simple yet
really effective. Another element I used in my magazine which was
inspired by this double page spread was the subheadings which broke
up the double page spread. I did this because it made it much more
clearer and was in good form. The text I used was also similar to the
other one and I thought that this was a good idea because this way it
still goes along well the conventions.
What did I develop?
From this double page magazine I developed it by making a better
colour scheme to the one above it. My double page spread is much
more eye catching and it looks more effective. Although it is an indie
magazine it still sticks to the conventions but it develops it. I think that
my magazine develops the KERRANG double page spread because it
looks much more clear. It is easy to identify what is where. The column
lining is much more better than KERRANG’s.
What is completely different about my magazine to the KERRANG?
For my magazine I made it better than the KERRANG’s because I added
much more clearer columns. I also used different colours so this made
it look much better to the conventional ones. I thought that using
something like flip text would also be really good so I used this to the
question which was highlighted in the front cover. I also have quotes
and signatures in my double page spread whereas the KERRANG one
doesn't’t have this and this makes my magazine look effective.
Similar bold fonts to stick to the conventions of indie magazines