Thursday, 22 April 2010

Question 7 - Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

After working on the preliminary task, i have learned a variety of new things. Some of these include:
  • Experience with a DSLR camera. Prior to the preliminary task I had not used a DSLR camera, so after becoming aware of the uses and functions on the preliminary project, i was able to further and develop skills so i could take a more professional shot.
  • As opposed to the preliminary project, i was a lot more familiar with my target audience, making it a lot easier to create a stylised magazine. This is because i was aware of what sort of language typical "indie-rock" music listeners would use, clothing they would ware, interests they would have, etc. This differs to the preliminary project as it was only a student magazine, making the target audience a lot more diverse.
  • Experience with Quark Xpress and Adobe Photoshop. I have learned more about the functions and tools used on these programs, some of which have been illustrated bellow:

Research and Planning

Differing from the preliminary project, research and planning was a key part of the main coursework task. I have learnt that this is a very important part of creating the magazine, as it allows you to draft and redraft parts of the product. I did this with my logo for example, which was useful as it allowed me to see what worked and what didn't.

- An original draft for my magazine logo. This didn't work because it very bold and eye catching, which is not what i wanted for my magazine.

- The final design for my magazine logo. This worked because it stands out on the page, whilst being quirky and original, which is what i wanted my magazine to represent.

Also, research allowed me to gain inspiration from other magazines, so i could adapt and develop ideas from them. I didn't do this in as much detail for my preliminary project because i couldn't find as many examples of good student magazines. This was something that i learned from after the preliminary because as I lacked inspiration, it was difficult to make a final product. The research into other magazines also allowed me to produce a detailed plan during the research and planning for my main coursework project. This proved helpful later on when taking photos for example, as i knew what i needed to take photo's of, whether they needed to be mid-shot, long-shot, etcetera. This wasn't done for the preliminary but played a very useful part in the production of my magazine.


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