Friday, 27 November 2009

My questionnaire for the research of my music magazine

Please tick no more than two boxes on each question.

1. What is your favourite type of music?
(a) R’n’B (b) Rock (c) Rave (d) Urban (e) Dance (f) Pop

2. What colours would you like to see on the magazine?
(a) Red (b) Blue (c) Purple (d) Pink (e) Green (f) White (g) Black

3. What would you pay for a magazine?
(a) £1.00 (b) £1.25 (c) £1.50 (d) £1.75 (e)£2.00 or more

4. Which colour title would you prefer?
(a) Purple (b) Green (c) Yellow (d) Orange (e)Black (f) Pink (g)Red

5. What would you like to see in a music magazine?
· Up and coming artists
· New bands
· Club scene

Here are the results of my questionnaire:
The results of my questionnaire showed that people prefered rock and pop music to any of the other choices. Peoples' favourite colours were purple and blue. It also showed that people would be willing to pay £2.oo or more for the magazine. The colour of of the title they most wanted to see was red and they would like to see new bands advertised within the magazine.

Other research I had to conduct was into the features already in magazines. For my magazine I studied pages form Q magazine and NME.

For the Q magazine I studied the cover with Madonna on the front. It has atypical colour scheme of black, red and white. She is posing in a mysterious way as she has a hood partially covering her face and isn’t looking directly in the camera. The use of an ‘A-list’ celebrity appeals to a younger audience aged around 15-25. Her response to a question asked is sassy giving the audience the idea that the interview is entertaining. She is a major part of the music industry, which is unusual as the magazine tends to be dominated by males. The conventions of it are she is looking at the audience and she is an attractive woman, there are typical bands Q uses to broaden their audience, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin are featured in the magazine but Arctic Monkeys are also in it to appeal to the younger audience. There is a barcode; date and a limited number of fonts probably three at the most these are all typical conventions of music magazines.

NME uses an unusual colour scheme of red, yellow, white and black. On the front cover there is big central image, which isn’t as uniform as Q although the hooks are often justified with other images around it making it dynamic and upbeat. NME’s target audience is people with a taste in indie music. It uses bands such as Babyshambles, The Automatic, The Wombats but also other more established artists. NME’s contents page uses its basic colour scheme of red, yellow, black and red to attract the reader’s attention. The index is in alphabetical order, which is unconventional of music magazines. The use of ‘gig’ is colloquial language used to appeal to the audience they are targeting. The subscription being advertised on the contents page also breaks conventions, as they are normally found further on in the magazine. Their article uses stereotypically male colours being that of blue, black and white. It has a big bold title automatically drawing your attention to it, the article situated at the left and the pictures separate at the right side of the article, due to this format it breaks the conventions of most music magazines.
I annotated some extracts from both NME and Q to see what their style was but also to help me see what I'd need to include in my magazine to make it look realistic.

The NME contents page:
The NME contents page I annotated was from 18 October 2008. The things I chose to annotate were. The names of all the artists featured in the magazine, go by alphabetical order which is unusual for this type of magazine. The subscription box is usually further on in the magazine than the contents page. The typical colour scheme of red, yellow, white and black.

The Jarman man article:
The annotations I made on this were: There are stereotypically male colours being blue and yellow. The format is unusual as it has the article on the left and the pictures on the right whereas most articles combine the two.

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