Saturday, 4 February 2017

Adding Yellow Text

After I completed my front cover and contents pages, which you can see earlier on in my blog, I decided to add something extra to these pages afterwards which would help them to be more attractive and vibrant. Instead of using standard white text in certain areas, I decided to use yellow text within the boxes. This gives these pages a new colour and therefore a new dimension.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Evaluation Question 7: Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you think you have learnt from it to the full product?

For my preliminary task, my job was to create a convincing front cover and contents page for a school magazine. From this, I learnt the basics of how a magazine should be put together and what content I should put on each page. For example, on the front cover, I learnt that an effective front cover image features a close-up of a person or a background related to the subject of the magazine which was, in this case, my school. Therefore, on my front cover, I used an image of a model looking over a balcony at the school yard from inside one of the school buildings. This can be classed as a convention within a magazine. Successful magazines contain a lot of these conventions, others include signature mastheads and banners.

I learnt that doing research is essential to finding out your target audience and therefore adapting your magazine with that in mind. For my school magazine, my target audience was already known, as it would be a magazine for pupils within my school. Therefore, there was no research to be done concerning age groups and genders. However, the potential target audience could've been potentially much wider, so a questionnaire had to be made to narrow down the age groups, gender and classes that would be most interested in my magazine.The questionnaire that I created gave me the foundation concerning the layout of the mag, as well as the colour palette and content.

While creating my magazine, I also took into account the 'uses and gratifications' theory created by Blumler and Katz. This theory highlights the reasons why we use media to satisfy our requirements, and what we do with that media. I have also used Marjorie Ferguson and Naomi Wolf's theory on females in magazines. The female rapper featured on my second contents page is in an 'invitational' pose, which creates a sense of mystery and mischief. This is clearly suggested by the small smile and the use of the hood.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Evaluation Question 6: What have you learnt about new technologies from the process of creating this product?

During my project, I learnt how to use several different technologies available both on the Internet and built in to the computer. For my magazine, the technology that I used for the majority of my magazine was Adobe Photoshop. I used this technology to create the full designs for my front cover, contents page and double page introduction to the interview. I had used Photoshop a little in the past, so I had an idea of the basics of the platform. However, this project allowed me to explore the platform deeper and use new features. For example, on my front cover, I was able to adjust the opacity of the eyes so that they were more visible which created a more mysterious feel to the image.

Another platform that I used was InDesign. Unlike Photoshop, I did not have any previous experience with InDesign. However, I was quickly able to learn  the basics of it, such as placing an image and adjusting the size to match my interview page.

In terms of technologies on the Internet, I have successfully worked out how to use Blogger effectively display my work. This is an incredibly useful tool because it allows teachers and also other students to easily look at my work to either look over it or take notes from it. Along with Blogger, I have used several different websites in order to present my work on the blog in different ways. These websites are SlideShare, Prezi, PowToon, Emaze and SurveyMonkey.

SlideShare gives you the ability to upload your created PowerPoints to the website and then use them in your blog or another form of display. I had a small experience with this website, so uploading my presentations were a breeze.

Prezi is a website in which you create presentations in the form of flow charts or spider diagrams which can display all information on a topic or different sections of an answer to a question. I had no experience of using Prezi before this project, but the website is easy-to-use and presentations are quick to make.

PowToon is a website where you create a presentation incorporating cartoons to make them more entertaining. There is also  a timeline so you can add features of a slide one at a time which can be very effective. Again, like Prezi, I had not used this website before this project, and it was harder to grasp than the other.

Emaze is a website where you can create simple presentations with certain themes, whether it be the colours used or the backgrounds used. For someone with no experience with this website, it was extremely easy to grasp, as it contains no gimmicks like PowToon for example.

Finally, SurveyMonkey is a website in which you can create your own questions and answers in the form of a survey and post it online. I used this website specifically for my questionnaire concerning the readers of the magazine and what they want in it. Creating the survey was easy and free, and I have no complaints about it.

Overall, through this project, I have learnt that presenting your work can be a lot more interesting and refreshing by using these websites and programs that I have talked about. Not everything has to be typed up with absolutely nothing else to make it stand out.  These technologies can really up your presentation game and achieve more success.