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Q7Looking back at you preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
A beginner..During the preliminary task I did not carry out any researchthat could help me make my product. I did not plan to mybest ability and simply just sat and made it without anyconsideration as to what the readers wanted or whether Iwas addressing it in the correct way.During the actual production of my preliminary task I hadalready knew how to operate a Mac computer quiteefficiently because I have access to one at home.However, I found it a little hard working with surprisinglynew softwares such as Photoshop which had beencompletely new to me.
Similarities and DifferencesMy preliminary task was very basic in terms of typography andimages. In fact, on my school magazine no photography is shown onit’s contents page.However, in terms of font its the complete opposite of basic. My frontcover (school magazine) consists of at least 5 different fonts. Itmakes it look unorganised and undecided. And also makes itaffective on the layout and the link with colour. This is because ofthe positioning of where everything is placed on the page. Thereforehas resulted in either everything looking all over the place or notlooking in place at all.Gratefully, I have managed to include photography on every page,including my double page spread. And have understood the risks ofmaking a magazine seem too overdone by looking extravagantbecause of an exaggerated theme, concept or convention.My end result was more professional and aesthetically pleasingcompared to the preliminary task.
SummaryThis period of production work has taught me that amagazine would need to portray itself as ‘suitable’ toreach a precise audience in ways they represent theirproduct.More over I have gained knowledge around softwares that had assisted me make my final productpossible. And now feel more comfortable andconfident if given the chance to do the whole processagain.