Category: Contents

Although I said that I would use the same models on the cover for the contents page I used a different model. I like the overall look of the page and managed to keep the colour theme by using the purple and orange for the text and teal for contrasting lines used as dividers to separate the page a little bit.  For the picture I only slightly adjusted it on photoshop as the models skin is clear so I didn’t need to cover any blemishes, the only adjustment I made was slightly whitening the teeth as it is the only thing I felt needed slight improvement as the teeth were not extremely yellow but it is rare to see someone with slightly yellow teeth in a magazine so I felt it would be best to whiten them. Once I had imported the picture into indesign I realised it was hard to read so added the translucent box so that the text stood out more but the picture was also visible.

After realising that on some of the texts I had forgotten to put a drop shaddow I then decided to also change one or two of the stories to make them more appealing to the target audience. After I finished this I started to work on the layout of my contents cover using the the same style as my front cover and similar texts. Instead of using Belfast Heavy SF I used Belfast Light SF and Belfast SF so that the fonts were still similar but very slightly different and easier to read as Belfast Heavy SF would have been to chunky for the contents page so I used Belfast Light SF for the story title and Belfast SF for the sub texts. I also only used the two different colours of orange and purple as having the teal colour aswell would have been too much and would make the contents page look odd. I started out with using lorem ipsum to put text into the contents so that I could work out how I would lay it out.

NME’s layout for their contents page is very simple, a band index on the left and the main stories on the right with a more details story overview in the middle with a related pictures. There are also arrows used to draw attention to certain stories within the contents page. They have maintained the colour scheme of red, black, white and a little bit of yellow within their contents page, by doing this it makes the magazine more uniform and you can tell that the cover and contents pages are from the same magazine.

Kerrang! contents pages are very busy with lots of pictures and lots of text compressed onto one page. There is usually a big picture at the top of the page with small views of some double page spreads. The bottom half of the page has a paragraph written by the editor on the far left and a list of all the contents with relevant pictures next to them. This busy design is very effective as it allows the reader to see everything and the use of small pictures of the double page spread helps the reader to find stories that they might like instead of just text, it is a very visual design.

Q magazine sometimes has a double page instead of a single page for their contents page. There is usually one larger picture with a list of the contents on the left with different stories under categories likes features, every month, reviews and specials. They also feature a smaller image of a band, artist or group underneath the larger picture. I have also noticed that they will put numbers next to the pictures so that readers will know which pages the main features are.

This contents page is quite different from other contents pages. The layout is simple with only one picture, instead of having features and regulars or titles like that it has features and fashion, proving the point that the target market is females. The actual text of Contents is broken up which is uncommon.