Tuesday, 14 October 2014

College magazine research

Here is the research that I used to give me an idea on what I should put into my college magazine.

Front Covers

I like the black/gray/white background on this magazine.
I don't like how much clutter there is around the page, to me it seems like there is too much on the cover.

I like the colour scheme of this cover, the blue and yellow text fits well with the background.
I also like the font and how some less important text is a smaller size than other more important text.

I don't like the editing on this cover, nothing seems to blend well together and there is too many different colours.
I do like how the cover clearly shows the magazines low price as this will tempt more people to buy it.

I like how this magazine has a variety of contents, from revision tips to new music and prizes.

Contents pages

I don't like how inconsistent the text is on this contents page, some is higher and thinner when it doesn't seem like it should stand out in any way.
I do like how the colours contrast on this contents page.


I don't like how squished the text is.
I don't like the borders of the images because they are different sizes and widths and it looks inconsistent and rushed.

I like how professional this contents page looks.
I like the how the background fades from one colour to another.
I like how all the information is spaced out, giving it a tidy, organized look.

I like the symmetrical design of this contents page.
I like how organized the layout of the text is, the different pages are split into categories.

Questionnaire results

Here are the results I gathered from the questionnaire I made. I have put the results into graphs to give a more visual representation of what the answers were.

Do you read magazines?


  What gender are you?

How old are you?

What social class would you say you belong to?

What nationality are you?
Where are you from?

What music genres do you listen to?

What factors do you think affects your choice in music?
What are your hobbies?

Who influences you the most?

What magazines do you read?

What do you want from a magazine?

Friday, 10 October 2014

Initial photographs

Here are some photos my group taken when we were learning about different types of camera shots and techniques.

This photo is an example of an extreme close up on a texture, which in this case is a broken/eroded brick.
These next 3 photos are examples of  medium close ups.

The next 2 photos are high angle shots.

These 3 photos are low angle shots.

Updated college magazine

I have done some work on my magazine cover and contents page for prior pursglove college since the last time I posted it, so here is the updated version of it.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014


I have made a questionnaire to get a better idea about what my audience wants from a magazine. I will embed it in this post. Please take the time to fill this questionnaire out as it will help me create a better end product.

The four theories of media are:
The Hypodermic Needle Model
Two-Step Flow
Uses and Gratifications
Reception Theory

I tried to use these four theories to design my questionnaire to be more helpful to me as it will give me more helpful results.

The Hypodermic Needle Model suggests that audiences passively receive the information transmitted through media text, without trying to process or challenge the information.
This theory was not useful in this task I was not trying to pass on any information.

Two-Step Flow is the idea that information does not flow directly from the media into the minds of its audience unchanged, but is filtered through "opinion leaders" who can pass the information on to associates that they have influence over.
This was useful as I could design some of my questions to find out who influences the audience the most, both by straight up asking the audience who influences them the most and by finding out what they enjoy doing as its likely that they have a role model related to that hobby.

Uses and Gratifications is another media theory. The results that were published in 1974 about this theory show that individuals might choose to use a piece of media for the following purposes:
Diverion - Escaping from their problems or boring routines.
Personal Relationships - Using media to substitute for other interaction.
Personal Identity - The audience finds themselves reflected in media, and can take on behaviour and traits from the piece.
Surveillance - Audience uses the text to find out information which could be useful for living.

I used this theory when asking what the audience look for in a magazine, this could help me find out anything I need to put into the magazine that would possibly make it more popular and useful to the audience.

Reception theory is the final theory of media. This theory states that text is encoded by the producer and decoded by the audience, and that the audience might not receive the exact same information that the producer wanted them to receive.

I used this theory to design a lot of my questions, by remaining neutral in my questions and not sending any opinions across, as well as leaving as much space as possible for the audience to type their own responses. By doing this I believe I did not "encode" my questions, so the audience will not have to "decode" the information, meaning that I can receive the helpful results I need with no misunderstandings.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Smore Flyer on Punk, Funk and Skate Punk Rock

This is a flyer I made using Smore, it briefly describes Punk, Funk and Skate Punk rock and shows an example of the fashion surrounding these genres.

College Magazine

I'm making a magazine cover and contents page for Prior Pursglove College as practice before I move onto my music magazine. This is what I have made.