Monday, 9 May 2011

The Evaluation

How did my media product progress
     The music magazine I created for my media product was improved and developed through out the process. This was achieved by the step-by-step growth in knowledge about the computer programme Photoshop which is used in the real world to create conventional magazine products. There were many tools, which I learned to use on Photoshop in order to aid my product in looking realistic to its target audience. My product challenges forms in other magazines simply by its effort to be conventional but also original and unique. In all I have designed a music magazine based upon modern day conventional type of structure. The Magazine is a combination of my own ideas along with ideas from similar genre music magazines and my own carried out audience research.
    
My target audence    
     My magazine was especially designed to represent the target audience and social group it’s aimed at this was done so that it would appeal to them in order to make the product sell if it were on the market. From my own tastes I decided to create a punk rock magazine and added in my own Ideas, which challenge other similar products. The target audience I chose to base the products on is sixteen to eighteen year olds initially; however after I conducted some audience research I found that an advantage of capturing a wider audience would be to select the target audience of sixteen to twenty.


The Price   
     The price that is on my magazine is based upon a figure that I gained from a more research on my target audience on what they would pay for a weekly music magazine. Questionnaires were used in which I asked the question, “what price would you be willing to pay for a weekly music magazine” the majority of the replies I got to this question were 3 pounds to 3 pounds 50 pence. This would make my magazine at a price advantage with its competitors because it is a lower price. Also this price range represents the type of money that sixteen to twenty year olds would certainly be able to afford given that they were interested in the content based on social group.
    
Rivalry and distribution    
     My magazine would be marketed through advertising and distributed by shops and outlets appearing next to its main competitor; KERRANG. This increases the chances of my product being picked up by the target audience. As it is similar to KERRANG whilst individual and it is cheaper. My product could have an online version so that it is technologically integrated, a reason for doing this is that the age rage of my target audience will have Internet access and in modern times this Internet has become part of everyone’s life.
    
Target audence and gender stereotypes    

     The main audience for my magazine would be sixteen to twenty year olds; I have decided to use this age range because it appears to be the ages of which people will be more willing to spend money on a magazine of this type. It is typically men who will continue to buy music magazines after this age; this is the reason that most music magazines contain related stories that would attract males in to buying the product and are also designed to appeal to men rather than woman.
    
Ideas on attraction    
     The main way I have attracted my audience in to buying my media product is down to its content, which ultimately in my opinion sells the product. Conventionally magazines use text and image on the front cover to attract the consumer; I have done exactly this but its content of Course is designed to appeal to my target social group as well as my target age range.
    
How my use of media logical technology has progressed     
     Within the magazine structure I was able to design and create with the aid of the media logical programme Photoshop, a front cover, contents page and a main article which was based upon a familiar story with my own take upon it and my own idea for a character that fitted this story. I had to learn to use the different tools on the programme as well as working cameras in order to take my own images, which are included in my finished product. Once I had been able to experiment with different colours and back ground I was also able to make my magazine individual in appearance. Being able to use the technologies involved with the design of media products such as magazines allows you to make a product, which follows conventions and looks realistic.

The front cover    
     The front cover of any magazine is seen as the 'thing' that sells the magazine and in my own creation I think this would also be the case. The mast head is big and has its unique font style and various effects applied to it in order to make it stand out should it be placed on a self along with some of its main competitors including Kerrang; which is the main style model I used when designing my own making the two very similar.
    
Features    
     There are many stories appearing along side the main feature article, all of which I felt would be covered by my magazine and deffinatly be of interest to my target audience. Added extras such as poster give a ways and the top tunes to down load as well as reviews are often seen on the front cover of music magazines and so I felt it was important and some what of a convention to present these in my own magazine also. The colour scheme which you see on the front of the magazine is also another very important convention in that some magazines are recognised by this. The three colours that I choose to use were Red, Yellow and Black however later on you see some white and rarely see the other colours after that.

Photography    
     The imagery on the background of the front cover is of the main character featured in the main article. The image is centred in order to show it’s important. A smaller image is shown at the midleft of the page this image is related to another story in the magazine. Text surrounds the main image along with the added extras; at the top of the page a black thin box contains three necessary features on any real magazine, the price, the date and a barcode.

Mast head title    
     The magazines title 'Sound Sphere' was one of two chooses I came up with. After conducting some audience research on which name was best but also which font was best the results showed a large number preferred my chosen font by also my chosen name.

The end result    
     From the progression of creating the school magazine to creating my final media product I feel that I have progressed both in the skills and know how to create a conventional unique individual interpretation of a real product. In the primary task I learned how to apply various effects to a page on photoshop as well as add images and change fonts and colours and understand how to present the magazine in the conventional way.

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