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By Chloe Harrison and Clara Rodrigues..
3-4. Front cover analysis
5-6. Contents page analysis
7-8. Double page spread analysis
Typically an R&B magazine features the
color black as this communicates certain
negative aspects of the genre such as violence,
and this colour also reflects the culture as it originates
from the black culture. I have met this typical
convention as my background is the colour black. Other
colours must be bold which is why I chose orange, as
its individual as its not a common colour used on
magazines. The colour also helps Emma to stand out
giving her a sense of importance which is the typical
representation of an R&B artist. Close up shots are
also a convection as she looks more vulnerable which
contrasts with her R&B image. Emma looks straight at
the camera which attracts the audience as they feel
she is going to confess everything to the reader. She
looks seductive as she bites her finger which is again a
convention as typical R&B female singers as seen as
objects of desire to males. I used language like
‘exclusive’ which made..
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the audience feel as if they are about to learn a secret which
made them feel important. I made sure I attracted the right age
group as one of my headlines featured was ‘Rhianna and Chris
Brown dating again?’ which wouldn't’t interest an older audience
as the artists music doesn’t appeal to them, and pop stars of the
future do not have longevity. This is also a typical convention of
an R&B magazine as they also link artists of the same genre. I
chose to avoid placing various images on the cover relating to
subtitles as I feel when in the research process the model was
the main attraction, and made the model look more important.
Contents page analysis..
The image of the model dominates the entire
page as they are the main focus, this is a
typical convention of an R&B contents page. We
integrated another convention which is a bold
masthead, that is different. We used this as the
word ‘contents’ is rearranged and not in one
line, this stands out and takes advantage of the
space on the page. The ‘F’ in the background is
integrated in all issues, as a constant reminder of
the brands identity. The features are placed on the
left hand side which is neatly organized and again a
typical convention as the reader can easily find a
topic that appeals to them and are familiar with the
content. I again use a convention as Emma is
portrayed in a ‘seductive’ way as she stands with
one hand on her hip and the other grabbing hold of
her hair. She also looks directly into the camera
which I have spoke about previously. But I
challenged a convention as I featured an editors..
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note which is not a typical convention of an R&B magazine. I
wanted to feature this as this technique connects with the
audience as they are introduced to the writer and again feel like
they are receiving special treatment from Fresh. This also briefly highlights
the events that happened in the month which makes a nice end and to the
month, and the audience know this magazine is a new issue and it’s a
new month. I included a real signature as It made the audience feel
Ashleigh is really talking to them, and it’s more special.
Double page spread..
I used a typical convention of a double page spread which was to use a page that would
have an image of the model. I challenged this by avoiding the use of text that would be
placed with the image, I wanted the main focus to be on her as she is an upcoming
artist, and the image contrasts with the front cover as she has her hand over her mouth
giggling. This suggests that Emma may have two different personalities..
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which appeals to the audience as they want to know more about her.
Emma’s costume is typically ‘R&B’ as she wears an oversized shirt with
a beanie hat that reads ‘boy’. For this page I used the colors ‘red’ and
‘black’ which is again bold colors like the front cover which again attracts
the audience as their first impression of Emma is that she’s maybe
confident and they want to know more about her. The colors used are
typical as I said before black is a violent colour as is red which
communicates the negatives of R&B music. I again used a typical
convention as the quotes used are cheeky (which attracts the audience
as they want to read more) and again contrasts with the image opposite
as she looks young and ‘cute’ which contrasts with her opinions. I made
sure the questions and answers were in different color fonts so that its
easy to read which is a typical convention of any magazine genre.