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Magazine analyasis[1]

Jan 17, 2015




My magazine analysis for blogger.

  • 1. People set in front ofthe masthead, showing Special edition magazine.the people are of moreMore people on the coverimportance than the showing it is special, andmagazine. better because it looks as ifmore people are featured.Every person is holding aXXL magazine uses crowding onweapon, and every weapon the front cover to give the illusionthey are holding is gold.that you are getting your moniesThis shows wealth as it is, and power as they areMost of the people on theall holding the weaponsfeature article photo are justthreateningly. dressed in black, where as theA lot of the writing is in girl (Iggy Azalea), the guy aboveorange. Because theher, the guy to her left and thetitle is red I would say guy in the top left are allthis is because orange dressed in ether blue or a dull version of red Black could be shown as aso clearly it is trying to colour of power, maybedraw the readers aggressiveness, perhapsattention more to themeaning that the other 4 aremasthead, and make not as powerful. Although,the writing look lessbecause these are quite brightimportant. Maybe the colours it is probably implyingmagazine is seen asthat they are the mostmore important thanimportant, as your eye is drawnthe things featured. to them. Repetition on the word Freshman to highlight that it is a freshman From the cover photo I can tell the special.audience for XXL is predominantly Also might be African American males. Most of highlighting what type of the people featured in the picture audience they want to are black, and male. This could be attract.because not a lot of white peopleSmall priceshown as price are respected in the rap industrymight not be and nether are women. Althoughsomething they one woman is featured. This couldwant tobe to try to appeal to a widerhighlight. audience.

2. Buzz word: EXCLUSIVE. The flash is like an invertedMaking the reader feelversion of the logo as thecompelled to buy thebackground colour is whitemagazine or they wouldand the writing is red. It is alsobe missing out. on the opposite side of thepage. This draws the readerseye to it as it looks as if it isimportant. She is set in front of the Banner. Letting the masthead, showing she is reader recognise themore important. magazine easily.Headline- Amy is writtenwith the largest writingon the page showingthat she is the mostimportant thing. Also, A lot of repetition of theAmys last name is not colour red, as red is in theincluded, implying thatmasthead so it is sort ofshe is big enough to not the magazines signatureneed a last name, andcolour.also that the readerLess importantmust have theinformation is in orange.pragmatic knowledge toBecause orange is like anot need to include herduller version or red, Ilast name.think they used thisMost of the writing colour for the lessis written in white,important informationpossibly because theas is less eye catchingQ in the masthead isthan the red.written in white. Small price shown, not wanting to show off about the price. 3. Buzz word- FREE. Right at Sub image included showing the top corner of the page. this is the type of person to The actual Freebie is alwaysbe interested in this article. placed inside the rapper of Plug- always shown as a the magazine, at it can sticker, showing it is an added move around over the price, extra. and distract from the price. Cover image, partly in It is important to highlight it front and partly behind as it makes people more the title. This makes it likely to buy the magazine, look as if the person is as sometimes people buy a coming out of the magazine just for the magazine, drawing us in. freebie.Headline written almostPurple and pink are thethe same size as the title main colours used forshowing it is important. the front cover, pinkAlso, things written inused in the title and inwhite are shown as the writing, and purpleimportant. Flash and used in the colours onheadline are written in thethe mouse head on thesame font, different to thefront. I noticed thatrest of the font on thethese colours are nextpage, because they are to each other on theboth showing the artists colour wheel, so theyfeatured in the magazine.are linked. A bit of pinkIts like the artists includedis also used in theare more important thancorner of the mouth ofthe magazine itself. the mouse head. BlackFreebie is veryis also used on thecontrasting to the front, but it is lessmagazine its self. noticeable as black isDrawing your eye toless eye but also showing it Probably meaning theis a separate thing to things in black arethe magazine. Bright going to be lesscolours because of important information.the neon coloursused in rave parties.Younger audienceSmall price used not as it uses textto highlight it. speak. 4. Gold bold writing and boarder sort of thing, perhaps reflecting the gold necklace he is wearing. Gold usually represents wealth or royalty, and a lot of rappers would like to be seen as wealthy. In a lot of songs they rap about money.The gold writing lookslike it has been createdwith a stencil. Whichreflects the graffiti inthe picture, and thestereotype that peoplewho enjoy rap musicalso like graffiti. The article starts off as if it is a story. As a rapper, you would not expect them to start talking like that. Within the picture he looks as if he is reflecting, so maybe the article is trying to show the rap artist on Male gaze- the man in the picture is In the background of the a different level that sat in quite a manly stance, with arms picture there is a building The picture is a lot bigger than the section of writing. we didnt before. puffed out making them look bigger. Id say that the double page spread is 60% picture XXL has a predominantly malewith a lot of graffiti on it, and 40% text. This could be showing that image is audience so it might be trying to makereflecting the types of more important in the music industry than what they the audience aspire to be like them. As background that a lot of have to say. with what they did with use of therappers would perhaps have colour gold, making people aspire to(stereotypically). be wealthy. 5. Lips are highlighted where asthe rest of her face is darkenedout. Lips could be highlighted asLanas lips are trade markfeature. She is wearing a lot ofeye make up to mask her evenmore, to drag the audienceseyes to her lips.The red in her hair reflects thefirst sentence. The first sentenceis She looks demonic. Itreflects it as red usuallyrepresents the devil and evil.On the other side of the picturethere is blue and white shining.Blue and white are usuallycolours associated withinnocence and purity. This couldimply that she is also quiteangelic.Quite sexualised- Lips parted,fingers on her neck and eyesclosed. Q has a predominantlymale audience so it could be forthe male gaze. The magazine logo is at theFirst letters of the paragraphs are larger. The S bottom of each page remindingright at the beginning of the article takes up half of the reader of the magazine. On the page, forcing the writing in the article to the second page of the doubleoverlap it, drawing the reader in to the article. page spread there is an arrow symbol to show to turn over the page that is in the logos colours, again reminding the reader of the magazine. 6. His name, Dizzee Rascal ishighlighted in sort of pink/ redcolour. This means that peoplewho are just flicking throughthe magazine quickly will beable to spot the name easily. Ifpeople can find what they likein the magazine it makespeople more likely to buy it.This colour also ties in with themagazine as it is the samecolour as the bullet point andQ+A in the top banner on thepage.The first letter of the article islarger than the rest of thearticle, and is in a differentfont. This means it is drawingthe audience into the article.Also, the font ties in with themagazine, as it is in the samefont as VIP in the topbanner of the page.In the title it uses quitechatty language. Theyuse erm. Thissimulates this as more ofa conversation ratherthan a formal article.Usually this appeals toSub image included in theThe background is also white, He is also wearing the colourThe quote within thethe audience more as text, to give more context making the white suit blend in a lot. purple underneath whichpicture says Come onthey feel like the article to who they are talkingThis makes the purple stand out usually symbolises royalty. This sell your soul! whichis addressing them, andabout in the article, if it is more. Maybe this is suggesting that links in with the title saying relates to the clothesthis article is for them.someone other that the the royalty is the thing we mostlyDizzee Rascal is BritainsDizzee is wearing in the main man Dizzee Rascal.see about Dizzee Rascal, and hisbiggest headlining dance star.picture. He is wearing aangelic side is something we dontAnd the title also says young,white suit suggesting thatreally see in but surprisingly groundedhe is quite angelic on thewhich links in to the suggestion surface.of royalty. 7. Stuck to the colour scheme- Red, whiteand black.Dr. Dre has his own quote on theDr. Dres article is underlined in black tocontents page. Showing he is a bigshow it is the most important thingfeature for them and want to show featured.him off, and the article off.His shadow is reflecting into the rest of thelist of the articles featured, which suggestshe is more important than everything elseHe is in all black clothes, highlightingwritten in the magazine.that he is featured because it blends inwith the black underlining of his own Everything in black sort of blends in becausearticle.the page is predominantly black. Soeverything in white seems most important.Slight worms eye view camera angleAll of the articles are written in whitemaking him look taller. This relates to showing that that is the bit the magazinemale gaze as its making him look big, wants the audience to read. Also everythinglike what the stereotypical man isin red, or red a