Popular conventions of contents pages
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Popular Conventions of Contents
Pages of Music Magazines.
Running Head- Usually “Contents”, gives the reader an idea of what the page is
about. Generally the largest, boldest font on the page.
Subheadings- Categorises information.
Cover lines- Puts pictures into context.
Columns- clearly show information making it easier to understand/read, separated
Images- Generally one main image, usually the largest to highlight the main article.
Smaller images are used to show other articles which aren’t as significant.
Sometimes images are clustered together and in no particular order. However,
they usually include the page number of the corresponding article.
Bullet Points/Lists- Usually information is put in a systematic order ie 1,2,3,4 etc.
• The most significant text, ie headings, subheadings and key
words are usually the boldest, largest text on the page.
• The subheadings are always bigger, bolder or in a different
colour to the summary text usually displayed underneath.
This is the same with page numbers, this makes it easier for
the reader to find key information.
• The colour and font style usually represents the magazines
normal colour scheme or particular article.
• Images always represent the contents of the magazine.
• Usually the bigger the image, the more significant the article it relates to
is. Smaller images are usually clustered together, as they may be similar in
what article they represent.
• There is no general pattern for camera angles and shots on contents
magazines. After carrying out my research, I found that contents pages use
a variety of angels and shots. Usually close-ups are used to focus on a
certain person, solo artists for example, and mid-shots or long shots are
used for groups and bands.
• Images are mostly displayed as square photographs rather than in
different shapes. This may be to make the page look well presented and
• A majority of the time, images look staged (studio/plain background) but
some of the time photographs are taken of the band/artist in the act.