Thursday, 4 May 2017

Final Products

Evaluation Question 1 - In what ways do your media products use, develop or challenge the forms and conventions of real media products?

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Evaluation Question 2 - How does your media product represent social groups?

Evaluation Question 3 - What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?

Evaluation Question 4 - Who would be the audience for your media product?

Evaluation Question 5 - What did you do to attract/ address your audience?


Front Cover

Contents Page

Double Page Spread


A younger audience member (aged 17)
The magazine really does appeal to me, the layout and design doesn't look too old fashioned and it is simple. There are a variety of artists featured in the magazine, some of which are like more than others. However, the use of these artists shows that there are a variety of genres featured in the magazine. In addition, the choice of clothing for Nate really does appeal to me. It is modern and is the kind of clothing worn by a lot of people in my age range. In addition, the use of a Spotify voucher also attracted me. This is because I do not have a CD player and prefer to stream the music that I listen to, as it's easier and cheaper. Therefore, this voucher will attract people to the magazine.

An older audience member
I'm not a fan of the genre of the main artist featured in this magazine, however, the other artists do appeal to me. In addition, even though I don't like the genre of artist that Nate is, his clothing on the front cover is kept simple which means that it certainly isn't a turn off for older members of the audience. I like how the magazine includes a variety of genres, and that the genre of the artist featured on the front cover can change based on the issue. This means that it does appeal to people of many ages. In addition, while I don't use Spotify as my main way of listening to music, the voucher still attracted me as I used Spotify to 'try before I buy', meaning I listen to an album on Spotify and then decide whether I will buy the album or not. 

Evaluation Question 6 - What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?

Evaluation Question 7 - Looking back at my preliminary task what do I feel I have learnt in the progression from it?

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Friday, 17 March 2017

Double Page Spread Layout Sketches

Photo mockup

This mockup shows how the photographs were setup. Nathan stood in front of a white projector screen, with fluorescent lighting above him. I then stood with the camera (a Canon EOS) in front of Nathan and took the photos.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Page Furniture

Page furniture is used to fill up the page and also pull the reader into the article. It includes drop caps (large letters at the start of the article), pull quotes which are could be taken from the article, captions either for images or explaining what the article may be about, headings - give the reader an idea what the article is about at a quick glance.

Examples of page furniture include pull quotes, drop caps, folio/slugs, info bars, caption, headings, bylines, call outs and more.

Folio: Information such as the date, page number, magazine name.
Info Bar: Information about the subject of the article - artist, album, gig.
Caption: Gives some extra information about the article, quickly.
Drop cap: Draws attention to the next and fills up space.
Heading: Attracts the reader to the article.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Article Draft 1

The week, we are with Nate. He’s a new artist, and has only been around for about a year, but his first album was a major success and he is soon to release his second – which contains songs that don’t even conform to a genre. We met up with Nathan a week ago, and here is what he had to say.

So Nate,  what do you think of the music business?

So, the music business, it’s something I am so glad I have got into. It’s full of talent already, and to add to that talent it’s just great. I enjoy what I do, and my songs have a meaning, they’re not just made up. Take my first album, for example, that was all about my life at the time – but how what was going on in my life may be similar to many other people. The new album is also about my life, but a different part of it… it’s how the music industry affects my life, but also everyone’s. After all, music is a very important part of people’s lives, not just those that make it.

Your new album, can you give us any details?

Well, for a start, I can tell you that I have put a lot of effort into this album. It’s taken 6 months to make – I literally just released my debut album and immediately started work on this album. Another thing I can tell you is that it has been just as enjoyable to make, even more so, than my debut. For example, as my new album is about music itself – what it means to me and what it means to everyone else – there is no one genre in the album. It doesn’t fit into a category like that. And it has allowed me, as a musical artist, to experiment with other genres. This in itself has been an extremely interesting and enjoyable thing for me to do, it allows me to expand my music in the future. It allows me to experience more of the music business that is so important to me, as an artist. 

Well then, when does it come out?

I can’t really divulge that information quite at this stage – I can’t even tell you the name yet, but what I can say is that it will be out before August. I’m planning my first tour in August – which I am really looking forward to – and it’ll be out before then. I want the tour to be focused on both my debut and this album.

How about the tour, can you tell us any more?

Well, the tour is going to be focused on both the debut album and my new album. And, it’s particularly related to the second album – as the tour will show people’s interaction with music. And this is all a part of the album itself. The tour will be across Europe, starting and ending in Birmingham with London being second and second last. Every city that is visited will have two dates, to allow fans the most chance to see me in concert.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Music Magazine Survey Response Analysis

This shows that the majority of people asked do not buy music magazines often. This means that there is a potential for this to change if the magazine uses the following survey responses to help structure the magazine the way that the people like it.
This shows that, in general, most people like pop, rock or other genres. This means that these are a potential audience for the magazine as the magazine intends to aim itself as a 'one for all' magazine.

 This shows that the majority of people feel that album reviews are important along with artist interviews. This means that these could be things that feature in my music magazine.
 The 50/50 response shows that the 'one for all' all genres magazine appeals to 50%  of the sample.
 This shows that there are a majority of music decades that people want represented. This could mean that these people would be interested in 2010s songs by 70s/80s/90s/00s artists.
 This shows that people are interested in both new and established artists. This should be taken into account when creating the magazine.
 This gives an idea of the amount people are willing to pay. Post people (63%) are willing to pay £2.01-£4 for a music magazine and this should be considered when pricing my music magazine.
This shows that the majority of the audience feels that the content of the magazine is the most important in making them buy a music magazine. This means that a lot of time should be put into the content of the magazine.

This shows that there is a 50/50 representation of genders were asked.

This shows that there is a mix of age ranges that were asked, and could potentially be interested in, my music magazine. While most of them never buy music magazines, taking the results of this survey int oaccount could make these people more likely to buy music magazines in the future - my music magazine in particular.