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  • The masthead for the NME is positioned in the top left hand corner. This is naturally where the audience will first look, meaning that the name of the magazine, NME, will be the first thing that is noticed. The font used is very square showing that the target audience for NME are of an older age, and it is a more formal magazine. It is also the only red font on the cover meaning it stands out from everything else.

    The colour scheme on this issue is mainly pink white and blue, with the minimum amount of red which is used in the masthead. The background is a dark blue which allows the pink and white to stand out. The magazine uses pink to 'highlight' the white font which is used for the cover lines. As pink is stereotypically a feminine colour, and blue is masculine the use of these colours shows that the readers of NME are both female and male. There is then s small amount of white used for the cover lines, which makes them stand it compared to everything else as they are so plain. NME then use a very vibrant red for the masthead of the magazine, allowing the audience recognise what magazine this is.

    The date and issue number for this issue of NME is in the bottom right hand corner, like most magazines. By putting it here it is out of the way however it is in one of the last places people will look on the cover. Also as it has been put in a white box, it means it is easily visible for the people looking at this magazine cover.

    The main image for this issue of NME is of Pete Doherty. The image of Pete is positioned in the middle third and part of the right hand third of the cover. In the image Pete is shown to be topless posing for the camera. He is using direct address by looking into the camera which will draw in the audiences attention. Part of the main image, is covering the corner of the letter 'E' on the masthead. If more of the title was to have been covered by the main image it would of led to the impression that Pete is more important than the magazines. However as only a small part is being covered it doesn't.

    The cover lines on this issue of NME give an insight to the main stories featured inside. For this issue the main story is Pete Doherty. This is made apparent as he is the main feature of the cover. The rest of the cover lines then show what other, smaller, stories will be inside.

    Throughout the cover, there are several different fonts used. For example the masthead uses a font which is more square than the rest, showing maturity within the magazine. Only the masthead uses this font which allows to go stand out from all of the other writing. The font used of the word 'Pete' is then different to all of the other fonts. This font is shown to be more 'careless' and 'reckless' perhaps resembling the main image. The rest of the fonts on the cover are then all the same. They are all very basic and easy to read meaning the audience will know what it says. As it is so basic it allows the audience to focus on other features which may be seen as more important.

  • The masthead for Kerrang goes along the top of the over. By positioning it here it makes it easily visible for the audience. The masthead is red, in the well known font that Kerrang always use. This makes it stand out well from the rest of the cover.

    The main image for this issue is of Enter Shikari. The image of Shikari takes up the majority of the cover. All of the band are shown to be posing and looking into the camera which is direct address. In the image all of the band are wearing headphones with their mouths open so it looks like they're shouting. To someone who does not know of the band it gives them the impression that they are loud and that their music is a kind of rock, as they are in the Kerrang magazine cover. The image covers part of the masthead leading to the impression that the band themselves are of more importance than the magazine title.

    The colour scheme on this issue of Kerrang is mainly red and white, however there is a small amount of black. The background is white, which means that the main image stands. The cover lines and masthead both use a mixture of red and white fonts. This keeps the colour scheme plain and simple yet effective. The main image even follows the colour scheme, with the artists wearing white tops and red headphones. With the colour red connoting danger and fear, this could then imply that inside the magazine it be stories aren't as innocent as they may seem. However this is then balanced out with the colour white as this implies purity meaning that not everything inside is 'bad'. The cover then uses black to highlight the main covering that goes along with the main image. This makes that stand out and seem more important than any of the other cover lines.

    The date and issue number is located in the bottom right hand corner of the cover. It has been put in front of a black back ground it stands out more. It's also easy for the audience to see and will be the last things they see on the cover, because of where it is positioned.

    The cover lines on the front cover give the audience an insight as to what stories are going to be featured inside. For this issue of Kerrang the main story is Enter Shikari. Other cover lines include stories featuring other bands and smaller interviews with them. This

    The fonts used on this issue of Kerrang are the same as the ones they always use. The font used for the masthead has a distorted effect on it which gives off the impression that Kerrang is aimed at a younger audience. The font that is then used for the main cover line is quite square and bold. This makes it stand out more and seem more mature then the masthead.

  • The date and issue number for the Q magazine e is in the bottom left hand corner. This is different to most other magazines as it normally on the other side. As it is on the left hand side it is out of the way.

    The fonts used on the cover for Q magazine are very mature. As the target audience for this magazine are of an older age the fonts they use reflect that. For the masthead the font used for the Q is very formal. This is similar to the rest of the fonts, gorged they appear to be more square apart from the writing on the back my round which is more like scribbled handwriting.

    The Q magazine cover is very simplistic, as it only has one cover line on the cover. The cover line on this issue is for the main story and main image which is an interview with Alex Turner. By having only one cover line on the front cover it makes the audience want to read the magazine as that's the only way they will know what other stories are featured inside. Also as it is so simplistic it shows that the audience for this maw some are clearly a lot older than any of the other magazines with multiple cover lines on the front over.

    The masthead for Q magazine is their logo which is a white Q with a red background. The logo, is positioned in the top left hand corner. The masthead for Q magazine is very similar NME. However on this issue the masthead is in front of the main image showing that the magazine is more important than the main image.

    The colour scheme for Q magazine is very plain and simple. The colours they mainly use are red white and black. These colours are used a lot within music magazines. However the back ground of this issue is plain but is covered with eco bled of arctic monkeys related words/lyrics. As the writing has been scribbled down, it seems chaotic. This goes along with how the cover line for the main story is 'inside Alex Turners head. The use of certain colours next to each other, such as black on top of an off white, makes it stand out well and makes it more visible for the audience. With red being the colour used the least amount it allows the masthead to stand out instead of it being absorbed in with the rest of the cover.

    The main image for this issue is of Alex Turner, the lead singer of Arctic Monkeys. In the photo he is shown to be looking away from the camera which is a form of I direct address. The clothes he is wearing also go along with the colour scheme which is very plain. Part of Alex Turners hair is being covered by the masthead which makes the masthead stand out more. The back ground is also part of the main image as it is lyrics related to the band.

    The slogan for Q magazine is 'discover great music' this shows that Q believe they only put in artists that are talented and that they know people enjoy. The word discover shows that not all bands featured in here are well known and that they put in bands that are up and coming allowing the audience to discover the .

  • The main image for this article on Pete Doherty is of Pete holding two pint glasses. Along side the title of the article 'In good health' it makes the audience aware of Petes reckless lifestyle. In the image he is also show to be wearing dark clothing along with having a dark background. This might imply that the article is possibly going to be quite deep and meaningful.

    The title of the article is 'in good health this could be interpreted as dark humour because the audience would be aware of Petes problems of drug and alcohol abuse. However it could also be seen as a positive approach to Pete recovering and coming back to make music with the bands he is involved in.

    The subtitle is in a basic font much like the rest of the article and it explains what the article is about. The subtitle also in lures the opinion of the magazine by saying they're 'surprised' by Petes and Babyshambles return. The subtitle finishes off by saying how they fracked the bad down willing the audience to read on and to be updated with the artist.

    The drop capital is in an orange font which makes it stand out from the rest of the article. This makes it obvious where the article starts and adds more to the page instead of just colour a of writing

    The colour scheme for this article mainly follows brown, orange and white. The orange and brown used are fairly similar meaning that they stand out against the white. The main image is the only part that has brown in it which makes it stand out from everything else. Orange is also quite a fresh colour which goes along with the title of the article 'in good health'. The background of the main part of the article is white with black writing on top of it which is easy on the eye and readable for the audience.

    The layout of the article is in colour a giving off the impression that the target audience is of an older age. NME use language that wouldn't interest a younger target audience making it very clear that the target audience for this particular magazine are of an older more mature age.

  • The main image for this article is of the lead singer of enter shikari in a crowd at one of their gigs. In the photo, Rou is shown to be wearing shorts a jacket and a top which is usual for a singer to wear to one of their shows. The crowd behind him are all show. To be reaching up to him which shows that he's looked up to and popular with fans.

    The title of the article is 'Enter Shikari strike back! gives the impression that Shikari have been away from making music for while and now they're making a come back. it could also because theyd recently released an album at the time of this article.

    The style of the article is a question and answer. it is layout on the page in columns which is similar to newspaper articles. The fact that it is a Q&A shows that the target audience for Kerrang are tweens as it isn't a mature and informal article that goes into detail.

    The colour scheme is yellow, white and red. By using these colours it mean that the article

    stands out well and that it grabs the

    readers attention. The questions in the article

    are in a yellow font which highlights them and makes it easy for the reader to see the questions change.

    they also use yellow font for Enter Shikari which also allows it

    stand out. with yellow being a very upbeat colour it reflects the

    band within that. they then use red for the words strike back which seems quite

    violent but also makes it astound out as thy used a white back ground for that. the use of a couple of

    bright colours makes the article seem more

    lives keeping their younger audience


    The drop capital is a E in yellow font, the beginning of Enter Shikari. By having it in yellow font it links back to the articles title and it makes it stand out as it has a black background meaning it is obvious where the article starts.

    The subtitle for this article is anything can happen in the next two ages this is a play on words because of their song anything can happen in the next half hour. All people who are fans of this band would understand the joke.

  • At three points within the text the first letter has been made a lot bigger. They may have done this to show when the topic is changing, which informs the reader. When looking at they page seeing an enlarged letter grabs your attention making you want too read the article.

    There are multiple images used on this article. The main one is a picture of the band in black and white that takes up half of the left hand side of the page. All the images are in different colours, mainly dark. This gives off a vintage feel about the article and the images. This leads to the impression that the bands music is more similar to older bands.

    For this article they use a quote from the lead singer than acts like the subtitle. The subtitle "when you're in the van and you just think, 'I'm on tour in a rock'n'roll band" shows that this magazine is aimed at a more older and mature audience as its more of a back story to the band instead of a more relaxed interview.

    The colour scheme for this magazine is quite dark colours.. All the images are different colours however they all work together well as it gives off a vintage and older feel about the magazine. However there are some main colours visible and they are red, white and black. These are common colours for music magazines and all work well together as they don't take the audiences attention away from the rest of the article.

    The layout for this article is columns along the bottom side of the page, with pictures above the writing. This gives off both a formal and informal appearance to the article. The columns give off the appearance of a newspaper article which will attract the older audience. However this is then broken up with the pictures along the top of the writing which will keep the audience interested as its not as wordy.

  • The title for this page is the magazine name with contents written next to it. This stands out really well from the rest of the page. The titled also stands out due to the use of fonts and colours.

    The contents page follows the same colour scheme as the rest of the magazine. By using the same colour scheme it makes the magazine flow and the contents page fit in. The colours used are also very popular colours to use for music magazines. The colours red, white and black all work together allowing certain parts of the magazine to stand out.

    The layout of the contents page is very similar to most other music magazine contents pages. They all follow the same rules of a main image and the contents around it. By having it like this it allows the readers to follow the layout they know. The layout is also very easy to understand meaning that it'll be clear for all the readers.

    In the bottom right hand corner there is a box called features which includes stories that aren't important as the other stories to make it into the main part of the contents page so they have a section I the bottom corner. Also when people go to turn the page the bottom corner will be one of the last places they'll look

    For this issue the main image for the contents page is of Alex Turner most likely because this was an Arctic Monkeys special. The main image takes up about a quarter of the page meaning that here is still room for everything else to catch the readers attention. The image follows the same colour scheme as the rest of the contents page meaning it fits in.

    Beneath the meson image there is small piece of writing that sums up the story featuring them without giving too much away. By finishing it with a question it means that if the readers are interested in that they will have to read the main story to find out more.

    Down the right hand side of the page the page numbers are listed with a brief description of the story featured on that page. This is really easy to understand meaning that the people reading the magazine will be able to understand it as it is fit for their age group.

  • For this content page they have the courteeners' take up the majority of the cover. This is probably because this issue of the magazine is one that they're the main feature of. By having the image so big it breaks up the amount of text keeping it basic like a contents page should be.

    The contents page for this magazine has the date in the top right hand corner. This allows the audience to keep on top of what issue they're on as these magazines are released regularly.

    The magazine also has the masthead/logo in the top left hand corner. This acts as a constant reminder of what magazine it is. It also works in with the colour scheme of the magazine contents page. The page is titled contents. This is

    self explanatory as its the contents page. By having the title of the page in bold it stands out and informs the audience what page it is before they read on. They positioning of it is also one of the first places the reader will look.

    In the bottom right hand corner there is s box called 'review' which is the music guide in the magazine. It has different bands and with the title 'review' above it shows that it'll be someone's opinion on the latest bands and music.

    The most important part of the contents page is the box titled 'features' this box has all the page numbers and main stories in it for the audience. This makes it easier for the readers to find what page they want quickly and efficiently. The features box doesn't include all the stories and pages just the main ones that will interest the readers the most. The number of the pages is in a bright red, the same used for the masthead. This allows it to stand out from the page description as that's in a black font meaning it draws in the readers attention to the page number. The layout of the page number a description of the page is very clear meaning that it won't cause confusion for the readers.

    In the bottom left hand corner there is a box called 'every month' the pages in here are more for entertainment purposes such as crosswords. These pages are here in every issue but are updated with each new edition of the magazine.

  • The title for the contents page is 'Kerrang! Contents' this makes the contents page seem more personal and owned by the magazine as its kerrangs contents page. The title is in the same distorted font that Kerrang use for their masthead. They used a black font on top of a yellow background, which makes the title of the page stand out.

    The main image for this contents page is very dark and takes up most of the contents page. By having the image so big it shows the importance of the band featured. The image also breaks up all the text and follows the same dark colour scheme. By having a outline of person with 'this could be you!' Written inside of it will draw in the attention of fans for this particular band.

    The contents page for this magazine follows the colour scheme of red, yellow, black and white. All four of these colours are extremely common for music magazines. These colours all work well together allowing certain parts that need to stand out, stand out. By using the colour red for the page numbers it makes them seem important and visible to the reader. All headings on this page follow the same black and yellow colour scheme however for the subheadings for the contents the background is black and the writing is yellow which is different the to the actual page heading,

    The contents for Kerrang is down the right hand side of the page with different headings for certain page numbers. This makes it look ordered and smart whilst being easy to understand and read.

    Letter from the editor in the bottom left hand side of the page makes the magazine feel more personal. It also makes the magazine seen more mature and formal even though that isn't the case. The letter is made to sound informal making it suit the audience as it is something they would most likely find humorous.

    Kerrang magazine also state the date and issue number in the top right hand corner of the contents page instead of just on the cover. This is beneficial for the reader if they're collecting the magazines as they'll always know what one it is.

    In the lower right hand corner of the contents page there's a box which allows the reader to find out how to subscribe to Kerrang for monthly magazine updates.this will keep them update and by having an advertisement for it on the contents page means it will be noticed by the audience

    Beneath the main image there is a brief introduction to the competition the magazine is holding. As this is such a big win for the audience they will have a small introduction underneath the picture however will have to go into more detail about it further in the magazine.