Contents Page Analysis

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Published on January 27, 2014

Author: OllieHudson

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An analysis of a variety of different contents pages from music magazines

Contents Page Analysis

I have decided to look at and analyse the contents pages from ‘Q’ magazine as I know its house style is similar to mine. I will also look at contents pages from ‘Kerrang!’ and ‘NME’ to get a wider range of genres and price and to see how these factors affect the look of the contents page.

The smaller black and white photo shows one of the bands mentioned performing. This contrasts with the bigger photo that is studio shot The features of the magazine are listed down the side of the photo. The size of the text varies depending on its importance and there are elements of red that separate the paragraphs and bring more colour to the page, whist sticking to the house style ‘Q’ Magazine The red banner across the top stands out from the white background and makes the title and the logo the first thing noticed by the reader The big photo of the featured artist takes over most of the page , making a big impact and suggesting its importance The oversized page number in the corner of the photo makes it clear to the reader how to find the article and the use of white for the numbers fits with the house style for the page

This logo, similar to ‘Q’, stands out due to its bright colour against the pale background. Even though it is partially obscured by the photo it is still very visible. There are only a few features mentioned in this contents page, however there is a lot more written about each one. The name of the feature is a larger size than the description and is also in bold, again demonstrating the variety of font sizes used in contents pages to emphasize different elements ‘SPIN’ magazine The quote in the top corner fills the empty space as well as revealing part of an interview, encouraging the reader to look further In this contents page the photo is the background, with the logos and text positioned around the subject. This is another way of making the photo stand out This is the only photo on this contents page which in a way makes it stand out even more, especially as the graphics and text are positioned around it, almost framing the photo

‘NME’ magazine The main photo takes up less room than in the previous contents pages I looked at but still takes over most of the page, showing that this is present in most magazines Like in ‘SPIN’ magazine the list of features are in a colunm down the side of the page. This makes is easy for the reader to find what they’re looking for Similar to ‘Q’ the list is divided in sections to split up the list of features and organize them into catagories This contents page has a lot more text and is overall more busy than the previous. Having said this there is an obvious grid format used which gives the page structure and makes it look professional The majority of the text on the page is in black and white, which makes the few words that aren’t stand out, such as the logo and certain page numbers

‘Kerrang!’ magazine The title isn’t as big in this contents page as in the others I’ve looked at, which brings more attention to the photo A message from the editor is included, along with a photo which I think is a nice touch and introduces the magazine This page features a lot of small graphics and photos that reveals part of an interview or article and encourages the reader to turn to a specific page Like all the other contents pages I looked at, the main photo takes over half of the page. There are graphics and text layered over the photo though which gives it less of an impact The list of contents is on the bottom half of the page and many different fonts, colours and graphics are used, giving a very cluttered, messy feel. However colunms are used to organize the text so it is still easy to read The main photo here is not studio shot but is a photo of the main artist signing autographs, giving an alternative view from the the front cover

‘Kerrang!’ magazine The title isn’t as big in this contents page as in the others I’ve looked at, which brings more attention to the photo A message from the editor is included, along with a photo which I think is a nice touch and introduces the magazine This page features a lot of small graphics and photos that reveals part of an interview or article and encourages the reader to turn to a specific page Like all the other contents pages I looked at, the main photo takes over half of the page. There are graphics and text layered over the photo though which gives it less of an impact The list of contents is on the bottom half of the page and many different fonts, colours and graphics are used, giving a very cluttered, messy feel. However colunms are used to organize the text so it is still easy to read The main photo here is not studio shot but is a photo of the main artist signing autographs, giving an alternative view from the the front cover

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