Front Cover Planning

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Front Cover Planning

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Front Cover Mock UpDraft #1: I followed the conventions I noticed in my research of front pages of music magazines and tries to include as many features as I could, without overfilling the page.

Draft #2: Instead of having only one (main) image on the front cover, I decided to add three overlapping photos on the bottom line of the page which will promote the pull-out posters included in the magazine – this will make the magazine more full and appear as a “package” as the features and cover lines are placed more or less on the boarders of the page.

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Front Cover Mock Up

Buzz word

Main Image



Main cover line (lead article)

Bar code, price and

publisher’s credits

Date line and issue number

Cover Line

Cover Line

Cover Line



Cover Line

Buzz word


I created the mock up of my front page referring back to my research throughout. I tried to use as many features as possible to keep the realism of the cover and making it appear ‘packed’, but without overloading the page. I included a skyline above the masthead as from research I noticed it was a popular feature because it is most visible from newsstands. I also included a puff on top 1/3 of the page to attract the audience even more. I will have three/four cover lines on my page with only brief details to encourage the reader to buy the magazine; and one main cover line on the right – which is a convention. Conforming to conventions and keeping the realism, I will have the bar code, price and publisher in the bottom left corner and the date line below the puff. A tagline is not a necessary feature, however I noticed that the more established and respected magazines do include a tagline below the masthead. In the bottom right corner – in order not to leave blank spaces and make a good use of the page – I will have a buzz word regarding free pull out posters inside, along with three photos of the posters promoting them on the side.

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Front Page FontsMasthead

Main Cover Line and Cover Lines


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I chose this font because it is the most readable yet it still appears elegant and sophisticated, and can appeal to both female as well as males.

Stands out against the background.

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Front Page Colour Scheme


I chose natural colours for the scheme on the front page, predominantly because country music is associated with the outside, and because the majority of the photos I’d taken were taken outside, so I wanted to carry on with this theme. I chose a dark tone of yellow to compliment the models’ hair and signify the sun, and I chose brown and green to indicate trees and plants; along with the conventional black and white, which conform to the main model’s t-shirt. I only chose these three colours, besides black and white so that the front cover is easy to read from further away and doesn’t overpower the audience. These colours are quite different from each other therefore they will stand out against each other.

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Front Cover

Contents Page

Contents Page

Contents Page



Double Page Spread (unedited)

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I referred back to the mock up of the front cover and tried to follow it throughout, however having used all the features, I only included three cover lines and the main cover line, because I wanted the main image to be as visible as possible. The skyline includes two buzz words INSIDE! And BACKSTAGE SPECIAL! In bold colours and fun looking fonts – attracting the audience. Right below the skyline is the masthead – the biggest font on the page – following conventions. The font is clear and highlighted in orange which is a tone on the colour scheme. Furthermore, I followed codes and conventions of magazines by inserting the dateline in the top 1/3 of the page and the barcode with the price and publisher in the bottom corner. Since I’m aiming my magazine at the American audience, I provided the first price in USD and the GBP conversion beside. Similarly to Q, I listed five featured artists to attract a wider audience, and the choice of AND MORE! encourages the reader to buy the magazine to find out more. Below the dateline is a smaller cover line so that it doesn’t distract the main image. The main cover line is the second biggest font on the page. It stands out against the background and is related to the main image – following conventions. I underlined EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW for it to appear special and unique. I didn’t want to add too much detail to the front cover, so that the page isn’t overloaded, but the puffs like EXCLUSIVE POSTERS with exclamation marks made up for it and filled up the space. I provided two of the photos of the posters on the front to promote them. Most of the font is white because it was the one I found to appear the clearest against the background. I also have a tagline below the masthead, as the established magazines do, which makes mine come across professional. I included a question mark in one of the cover lines to set the audience a question, which will make them inclined to purchase the magazine to find out. Lastly, because I didn’t want a lot of phrases on the page, I decided not to use the personal mode of address on this page, however I will do in the contents page; and since the model is looking straight at the potential buyer, it directly address them. The main image follows conventions of the country style, with the checkered shirt and the outside environment.




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