Monday, 27 September 2010

Codes & Conventions of a Magazine Contents Page

-          Laid out in columns – usually 3 or 4
-          One main picture – relates to feature article.
-          There are other smaller pictures – not direct address, can be uniformed sized or creative, all have page numbers on them (to refer to the article they relate to).
-          Name of the magazine is at the top of page, along with issue date and the word ‘contents’.
-          Subscription and contact information on bottom right or left corner.
-          Sometimes there is an editors letter.
-          Contents are divided into categories and headings are used to identify each category – clear divide between features and regulars (main category headings).
-          Small image in top left or right hand corner of the front cover of the magazine
-          Simple colour scheme
-          Contents are written in a conventional way which is page number, followed by one or two words which could be artist name or ambiguous text to intrigue reader – these words appear in bold type and often in capital letters – there is a first line (in bold) then a few sub lines to briefly add a ‘taster’ of what the article inside the magazine is all about.
-          Sub lines – give more specific detail about what the article is about – done in smaller font and in roman – largest sub line is no bigger that 11pt.
-          Heading – usually 12 or 13pt.
-          Photography on the front cover is credited for.
-          Photos = interesting and varied.
-          At the bottom of the page there is a page number, usually followed by magazines title and issue date – often has web address too.
-          1 or 2 pages long.

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