For my practical production I choose to design and create 5 pages of a magazine including a front cover, an advert, a contents page, an article and a horoscope page. These 5 conventions formed to make part of a magazine that would be used to complete my practical production. This task intrigued me as I have a genuine interest in reading magazines myself, and the idea of creating and editing my own appealed to me more. I decided to pursue this task by myself as this shows originality and independence. I also thought that working independently would encourage me to come up with and develop my own ideas. I also included a contents page that contained information that was included in my magazine, although I only made 5 pages of my magazine this showed my other ideas for further pages that I had come up with. Within my magazine I created an advert for eye shadow. I took my own photo shoot to come up with a suitable picture for my advert. I developed this idea through looking through magazines that appealed to a typical woman and that included adverts for makeup, clothes, accessories e.t.c. Some of the magazines that inspired me and helped me to create my advert were look, glamour, cosmopolitan and bliss. The advert I created contained the brands logo, I choose to use a popular make up brand to use as my products company. I also choose to adverts a popular retailer (boots) were the product would be available at. I also created 2 other pages including a monthly horoscope page, and an article on the latest clothing styles and trends. This is the typical ingredients for a magazine based on fashion, as people genuinely are inspired by magazines fashion advice; this encourages people to buy fashion magazines. The clothing article was productive yet fun and included clothing styles and images from websites and shops such as top shop, miss Selfridge and new look. I wrote my own style advice to accomplish originality as well as including already established clothing brands within this page. My publication is aimed at younger woman, who have an interest for fashion, beauty and celebrity gossip, the three main typical things that a younger woman/ teenager would be interested in reading about. My production represents a certain stereotype that in my case is woman that are interested in fashion and beauty, my magazine doesn’t fit the needs for a social group in particular it can suit the needs of many. The age range of my target audience would be around ages 15- 22, as this magazine is aimed mostly at younger females. Mainly unmarried and working class woman as it contains fashion and styles that wouldn’t be budgeted at people with a poor financial background. There are a lot of magazines within the market that are being produced for the same target audience as me, as fashion and monthly gossip are ideal factors to contain within this type of magazine. Most younger woman and teenagers have a desire or passion for these things, which is why this type of magazine is so popular on the market. Therefore it’s hard to produce a magazine that stands out and has its own brand identity amongst a lot of others of the same genre. However my magazines main focus in o n different trends and styles within fashion, as well as those key ingredients for a typical girly magazine such as horoscopes, adverts and gossip. Consumers would be able to purchase my magazine from local shops and newsagents, also online and they can even subscribe to my magazine from its website, to receive each monthly issue posted to your door. My magazine would appear on websites such as its own and be advertised commercially for the first few weeks of its appearance. This would help y magazine to stand out amongst others. My magazine suggests sophistication and at the same time as a modern classy look about it. I intended my magazine to b aimed at more financially stable woman as the clothing and beauty products are not cheap. My target audience would include people who purchase clothing because of the particular styles and latest trends rather than someone who purchases any form of clothing because they have to. My magazine uses and refers to Maslow’s hierarchy of Needs as reading my magazine gives a person a sense of contribution as they are engaging in an regular activity such as reading my magazine. It also shows that people can feel more accepted into more social groups if they read a typical girly magazine as they feel a sense of belonging. Maslow’s hierarchy also helps producers have a more understand of what products and features meets a person’s needs. My research and planning helped me to discover what ideas would be best suited to use for my magazine, therefore I researched around the different ideas that I had found that then led to me coming up with my own. The ideas that are included in my final production were a productive and appealing front cover, which engaged my target audience’s attention. Also during my research I discovered that the front cover of a magazine helps to establish what genre category the magazine falls into. Therefore the front cover is important as it’s the producer’s way of attracting its audience and encouraging people to buy this magazine. The techniques that are used to attract people are simple but effective of most magazine front covers. The images I used on my front cover and my magazine are aspirational and they reflect my audience by them being an item of clothing or a beauty product. There is also an image of a famous woman (Katie Price) on the front cover of my magazine this also shows that the audience have an interest in celebrity gossip and happenings. The layout of my magazine also reflects the audience’s needs. I used many methods of research whilst planning my production such as websites and already established magazines adverts I also looked into advertising within magazines, clothing stores, beauty products, latest fashion and gossip, and the layout of magazines already on the market. I also collected magazines that had a similar style as mine and kept records of ideas that inspired me and developed them further to create my own. These products appealed to people as they contained persuasive language and humour to encourage their audiences. They also used celebrity endorsement that persuades people to pick up the magazine if it was on a self in a store. I have looked at some other ways in which that magazines appeal to people such as
In order to make my magazine I had to plan in advance what I was going to do using my research and my developed ideas. I formed a blog to keep myself up to date with deadlines and to remind me of my audience’s needs and my ideas. To create my final product I used ICT to make and print out my magazine. I used websites for research and word documents and paint to create the pages within my magazine.
On the cover.