Thursday, 18 September 2014


1) In my research and planning I have learned a lot about album cover conventions and how people in them are represented. A series called hip-hop honeys was showed to us and it gave me a very good understanding of how people are represented in the media these days. I also evaluated two different album covers in great detail. This helped give me a better understanding of how they are laid out. For example the titles on an album cover are 90 percent of the time located near the top. The font of the title has to be in a bold font or large font, just so that it stands out and isn’t hard to read for the audience. There also has to be an image of some sort, whether it is the artist or just an image that gives an idea of what type of genre the album is. These images normally take up the whole of the front and back of the album cover, just to make it easier for customers to view it. There should also be some sort of copyright symbol to tell the customers that they cant copy anything from the album. All of the ideas that I have picked out from my research I have taken into account when making my album cover. For example the title of mine is located at the bottom and and the artist names are located at the top. I also have a main image in the middle that stands out well. 

2) With my album cover I wish to have the genre aimed at dance/electro house. I had included two images that are of two people in my class and have been taken using the schools camera. I placed them either sides of the album cover. I also worked a lot on colours on my album cover. For example all images have been tweaked with to make them look a different colour. I did this with the main image so that it is now in black and white. I did all of this to make the album cover look more interesting and appealing to the audience of the genre. 

3) For my album cover I had two pictures taken of two people in my class. In both pictures they are smirking and have a grin on the faces. This shows that they are cocky and full of themselves. My album cover is aimed at both male and female. The colours used make it easier to appeal to both genders. For example my album cover consists of black and pink. The pink is dark so not too feminine and would still attract men. The back cover consists of the same colours so would attract both genders.


Friday, 13 June 2014

Magazine questions

One of the two conventions that are used on this magazine are direct mode of address and the other is a celebrity that has been used on the front cover. These two conventions have been used to make the magazine more interesting and making you feel more involved. Direct mode of address males you feel involved because it is looking directly at the reader. If the celebrity was to look in a different direction you wouldn't feel as important. Also some of the cover lines are direct mode of address e.i "What your friends really think of you".

The layout of this magazine has been designed to help the main image stand out, all of the cover lines are not as obvious as the main image, they are a lot smaller which helps towards the main image standing out. The color choice makes the magazine seem like something that is aimed at the female audience. The colors pink, purple and white would interest females more than they would males. The typography is san serif that it is aimed at the less rich and sophisticated audience.

The are not that many issues with the representation of the magazine and the main image. She is not presented in a promiscuous way and is not wearing any tight clothing or anything that would represent them in a sexual way. You could argue that the way that she is looking on the magazine is slightly promiscuous, but apart from that there is nothing that would make main image seem promiscous. On the other hand some of the headlines may be considered promiscuous. One of the headlines talks about marriages and is usually on other magazines to. This represents females in a negative way because these type of magazines don't normally have much variety in subject. Most females do have other interest than just marriages, cooking and how you look.

Friday, 25 April 2014

1. One of the two conventions used on this magazine front cover are direct mode of address and a model. These two conventions have been used to make the magazine aspirational. The model is something that people may look at use as a roll model. The direct mode of address is used in cover lines. One of the direct address cover lines is "Your party dress code". 

2. The effects of the layout of this magazine front cover have been used to make the main image stand out. The main colours used are red, green and white. The typography is serif. The layout of the front cover of this magazine is symmetrical.

3. On this magazine i feel there is no problem with representation. The model is not dressed in a sexual way and does not come across as promiscuous. This makes a change because most of the time the girl models on front covers are usually wearing very promiscuous clothing.