Friday, 13 June 2014

question 1

this magazine is of the female lifestyle magazine genre and this is shown the title 'Easy Living' which paints the picture of a handy magazine full of tips for the modern woman. another way which the extract fits the genre of which its in is by the cover line 'what your friends really think of you', this is because women typically have untrusted/gossipy friends who talk behind their back and men are typically more forward and literal with what they say and fight by using fits rather than mind games therefore secrets are less devious than womens.

question 2

the layout of the magazine cover creates the effect of organisation and clarity as the left third is clearly presented with very little change in font or text colour, therefore the coverlines are easily read and presented in an organised and proper fashion. the typography used on this magazine cover is very static and unchanging creating the effect of consistency, yet also the font used is very modern and the consistency creates the effect of this being a very modern and up to date magazine (which most 21st century women want).

question 3

in this magazine young to middle aged women are being represented. from this magazine we can see that supposedly these women value knowledge of things their friends my be thinking of them, celebrities (and their eternal youth), fashion and cooking. this may be detrimental to the group of women this is aimed at as they are shown all to look like a 'perfect' figure and be into cooking, fashion and gossip whereas this is almost definitely not what all women value or even want to know about.

going back to the image of the 'un-aging' celebrity on the front cover, this could be bad for both a woman's morale and what is expected of her as this shows a 'perfect' model of a woman which not every woman is and that can put a picture in a mans mind of all women within this age group looking like beautiful un-aging models which can offend women and bring much disappointment to men. another problem with this image is that it may bring depression and obsession to women that don't look like the model on the front page as society has dictated that she is beautiful and anything other than her hair, body type or facial features are unworthy of the word 'beauty' which many women wont have as every woman is different.

the coverlines that were previously mentioned could be detrimental to women because of once again expectance of women and women feeling like they have to be interested or involved in gossip, cooking, fashion and celebrities. If a man were to glance on the cover of this magazine he could easily come to the conclusion of all women liking the things that are displayed upon the coverlines, this could put the men in trouble as he could easily think true of the belief of that stereotype making it a shock if the woman he meets does not follow that formula/stereotype of women it may him think she's abnormal. to women the pressure of this stereotype may make them question weather they are 'normal' or not therefore, making a society of women needing to be up to date with fashion, gossip and other things just to feel acceptance from other women.    

Thursday, 27 February 2014

direct adress: the model in this case fergie from black eye peas is looking directly into the camera and therefore at you, and there is a direct coverline saying 'your body' therefore talking to you.

language: in this particular magazine the language seems to be quite informal and gossipy as if the magazine was revealing things to the reader.

aspirational: the coverline 'win the sex factor' is aspirational as everyone wants to be the best at sex, also the 'your body only firmer' coverline is aspirational as people want the best body.

you can see that the magazines target audience is female due to the colour scheme and also the fact that men don't really care about having a firmer body and they do not need to hear 'why every woman should date an ugly man' and men don't typically care too much about fast fashion updates.

this magazine is a lifestyle magazine which has content about sex, making your body the best, fashion and gossip also the celebrity on the front (fergie) is quite influential or at least was at the time and the magazine has content on gossip about that female.

Monday, 10 February 2014


- good choice of title and cover lines that relate to teenage girls 

- the main image is of a well known celebrity loved by teenage girls 

- the colour choice for the background is a very nice fade from white to pink/purple 


- the cover lines could have had a wider range of font styles

- possibly more colour could have been used in the title and coverlines 

-  possibly more coverlines could have been used to fill the page

Friday, 24 January 2014

cover lines:

- 5 quick fashion tips

- how to get the boy you want

- 10 facts about the latest boy-bands

- J.B. interview

- hottest actors of 2013

- how you can get J.B.

- spice up your school wear

- do's and don'ts of getting your guy

- how you can get the perfect body

- how you can look like taylor swift


- young life ( I choose this one as it is mature but also sounds as if it were for teens)            

- real girls

- teen life

Wednesday, 15 January 2014


Study the Cosmopolitan front cover and answer the questions on lined paper, in full sentences, using media key terms.


  1. How many different font styles do you see on the front cover?
  1. How many different font sizes are used?
  1. How many different font colours are used?
  1. How many coverlines are there?
  1. Describe the font used for the magazine title.
It is bold, clear and big so people can read and recognise it.
  1. How does the title communicate who the target audience are?
It is pink yet bold and affirmative so it is probably for women
  1. What’s the main coverline and how do you know?
‘Body revolution’ as it is the coverline that takes up the most space
  1. Explain how and why different colours are used on the cover.
White is used to show the main point then pink is for additional information as is black
  1. Explain how and why different fonts are used on the front cover.
The different fonts are affected by the type of word e.g. ‘body’ has a curvy and stylish font
  1. If you could change something about the typography on this cover what would it be and why would change it?
I would change the colours as I find them to monotone even though they are completely different.

Monday, 13 January 2014

symmetrical magazine front cover

I chose this cover as being balanced since the logo, image and text all went from the middle third outward and the face is very symmetrical with the make up and facial features.

asymmetrical magazine front cover

I chose this cover as asymmetrical since it has rick ross standing at and angle and it has text that is not in a regular place but is in-between the left and centre third.

asymmetrical magazine front cover by colour

I chose this cover as it had a lot of bright and vivid colours in the foreground and it also has a lot of drowned out colours in the background 

Friday, 10 January 2014


I chose this font as it is simplistic and smart which is the way I find the future heading it is also a font i have seen used in many futuristic movies.


I chose this font as it is playful and friendly which are things that I relate to kids. 


I chose this font as it is a typical american style sporting font which is used in american football, basketball and baseball.


I chose this font as it is big, bold and agressive which are typical male attributes. 


I chose this font as it is light, swirly and what can be conceived as naturalistic which is a typical look for women. 


I chose this font as it has little flourishes and looks quite posh a sort of serif type font.


I chose this font as it is thick and Bold  which i needed as it is bold and quite self explanatory. 


 I chose this font as I find it to be a classical medieval font used in films such as 'monty python holy grail'