Friday, 23 October 2009

Above is my finished magazine contents page.
I used mixed colours so it wouldn't be boring, the colours are consistant for the features and the regulars so the reader can tell them apart. The page numbers are also the same colours as the regulars and features.
A few images can really liven up a blank page, and interest the reader to read on. Using a white page, dark coloured images will show up better, making them easier to see.
I have included smiley's :) in my text because it's for students so it doesn't have to be serious.
The faces in the text make it more fun and enjoyable to read. All of the images used are original I took them with a digital camera. I moved my images to my folders using a memory stick. If you need proof I still have the photos in 'my pictures' folder.
There're small amounts of information under each sub heading. Depicting what is on the pages and what to expect.
All in all i am happy with how it turned out :(

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Above is my finished magazine cover.

my magazine is aimed at students who are outside of wyke or looking for a college. My magazine is a fun way of communicting what goes on at wyke through simple launguage. Slang. just laid back terms and easy to understand. The image is of a student in a media room as you can see a lot is going on, this my interst the reader. The masthead is large and readable, it is ezsy to spot and instantly reconisable. The inside story text isn't very eyecatching. i think i could improve on this. but i don't have the time. so this is it.

Monday, 19 October 2009

To the left is my draft layout plan for my college magazine.

I have chosen to place my masthead at the top, because all magazines have it at the top because of the way they are displayed. Magazines are standing upright so the masthead sticks out of the top, meaning it stands out and is easy to find.

My cover image will take up the whole page to really stand out. while all the other text on the front will not be in boxes of colour. A barcode comes standard with every magazine wheather it's on the front or the back. I have my date of publication under the masthead on the opposite side to my website address. So it's the secound thing people will see, im all so thinking of adding an issue number.

I'm still thinking of who to address this to i need to think who my target audience is.

To the left is my completed mood board.

At first I didn't have enough images for my mood board there were only three on the internet that appealed to my field of interest that had any thing to do with Wyke College. I realised, I could just take my own images. So I grabbed a camera and went out and took several pics, I chose my favourites to add to the mood board.

Im sure my mood board will help me with designing my magazine.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

my magazine research

So far my research has been going well and has yeilded some good results. From my observations of many different magazines I know that the minimum a magazine can have is a mast head and a cover image. Having observed several magazines, I can work out what would appeal to certain audiences. I have looked over college sports magazines, college magazines and others.

I can say that a magazine must have certian aspects to apeal to its target audience.
and that mast heads take up at least a quarter of the cover,it's so big that people can't miss it and it stands out and catches peoples attention, it is always the same making it easier to find amoug the other magazines. The cover image can be many images merged together, that gives me an idea for my magazine, other magazines only have one image. Several images can deliver certain impacts depending what the images are and their purpose. for example the college sports magazine I looked at, it had several basketball players on the cover they delivered a impact of high energy and active lifestyles this appeals to students who are interested in sports. One image could acheive greater impact, for example if it's a face for a beauty magazine.

Through observations i think i know what im going to put on the cover of my magazine. I have alos looked at several contents pages in magazines some were vibrat and some were dull. but i know what im going to put in my contents page and when i do make my magazine i must remember la nguage, codes and conventions, audience and ideology.

Monday, 12 October 2009

I have compared a few magazines including the one above my text, I have compared this one with an Austin College magazine. They both have a masthead, the sports one has more words and inside stories on the front while the Austin college one has less information on the front. Instead it has one large image and what seems to be sub stories along the bottom of the page. The sports magazine has a visible barcode on the front, as well as 'inside' written above the inside stories on the cover. A website is included on the sports magazine. they both contrast massiviely.

Monday, 5 October 2009

conventions of a contents page

A contents page includes an eye catching visual image or images related to the articles within. Page numbers are next to the subheadings so the reader can find the article quickly.
Subheadings are normally under the main heading in most cases, the subheadings in this magazine are a different colour to the main headings.
The mainheadings in this magazine are a different colour to stand out from the rest of the headings.
E-mail adresses are often included in magazines, so that the reader can contact the makers of the magazine to write complaints or reviews.
The contents page works like a map of the magazine and features.
Unlike the cover the contents page is designed to deliver information, not to be eyecatching therefore it needs to be accurate.