Researching genre!

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Researching genre!

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Indie Rock

These are all magazines I will look to be inspired from for my own Indie Rock magazine that will incorporate different aspects from already existing professional magazines that feature similar music styles.

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In most, if not all, of professional magazines regardless of genre have their masthead featured at the very top of the page as seen in all of the music magazines that I have included as examples. Therefore this is a feature I will keep the same for my own music magazine. This feature is a common component of all magazines because by including the name of the magazine at the very top of the magazine, it is more likely to be seen and attract the attention of the reader when placed in magazine stands. Also, as the human eye reads from top left to bottom right, the name is more likely to be seen and remembered more especially if the font used is both bright and bold and stands out (this is also seen in the images below.

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Main image

As for a magazines main images, specifically for music magazines, the images used are usually either of a individual heavily featured in the magazine whether it be a solo artist or a band. The shot type can also vary however it is more common for it to be of a medium shot (MS) to a medium close-up (MCU). As my own image is most likely going to be of a solo artist, it may be more prudent to use a MCU as it is of just the one sole person instead of multiple fitted into a shot.

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As seen with most music magazines, sell-lines are plenty and surround the main image like a blanket. However, most magazines feature sell-lines on top of the main image as long as it doesn’t affect or block the view of the model(s) face(s). This therefore makes the cover look full without looking too overcrowded and this is definitely a component I will have to consider using when I come to create my own cover.

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Magazines as a general media platform, tend to stick to a colour palette so that the colours throughout the magazine look organised and thought-out. More so, it is usually three or four colours that provide the bulk and basis for the colour scheme of the magazine and this is a component I will definitely use. As seen in the images of the three example products I am using, you can see their use of three plus different colours, improving their professionalism. The colours, especially for the front cover, usually relate to the colouring featured on the model used. In the image of Q, Cheryl Cole can be seen wearing a red lipstick and is used for the sell-lines and masthead background, Kerrang instead replicating the bright burnt orange colour that is Hayley Williams‘ hair, NME however, sticking to a three colour palette of red, white and black. For the Q and Kerrang magazine, three colours have also been primarily used too, showing how common a feature this component actually is.

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For a music magazine, text will always be based around this genre and the genre of the music magazine. For my own, which will be for Indie Rock only, I will have to include sell-lines and content that will appeal to an audience that is heavily into Indie Rock. As such, these music magazines I have used as examples have also done the same to appeal to their target audience too. See in the images to the right where I have quoted text from each of the pages of the magazines.

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Other images

Other images used in magazine and music magazines usually support the text content featured so as to create a balance between the two, still keeping the attention of the audience without boring them with text-only pages. As seen with the images of the Kerrang My Chemical Romance issue where you can see the images attached to the captions on the contents page.

As well as the images supplementing the double page spread where a full and in-depth article on MCR.

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As for the layout of most magazines, the main focal point in the main image, placed in the very centre of the magazine cover. The sell-lines and other content are therefore placed around this image with the masthead always being featured at the very top of the page.

As for other pages, the layout is less important but what usually occurs is the content pages follows on from the front cover and one or more double page spreads, usually featuring full-length articles from the person featured on the front of the magazine, is included also.

Overall, for the genre I am choosing to create a product for (Indie Rock), the repertoire of elements can vary slightly to create a more unique and individual product for a more unique and individual audience.


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What I’m going to include?For what I am going to include in my work this year, I am going to include the general components most magazines entail which will be a masthead featured at the top of the magazine cover, a contents page and one double page spread including an article of the featured “musician” on the front cover, sell-lines, a barcode etc., but I will also add more individual features such as competitions, free posters, content just focusing on Indie Rock artists such as Bastille and Imagine Dragons so hopefully the final product will be very audience-selective and only appeal to the individuals who are interested in Indie Rock artists.I will also try to make my product as unique as possible by including bold and daring colours and images so it will also be appealing and attractive to the human eye, which should therefore mean the magazine could gain a more general audience other than Indie Rock who then become interested in this music afterwards. I hopefully will then have created something that looks in the same league as these images below.