Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Draft Plan for Feature Article

This is the first 2 pages, with a large picture covering one page and an article similar in style to the style model on the right hand side. However I have decided to go for some changes to make it fit more with my own housestyle and break conventions. Ive added a picture on the second page and will make it feature more colour, unlike the black and white style model.
The columns on the second  two pages are interesting because they go across onto the second page. Again I aim to add some of my own twists to the conventional layout.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Beginnings of the Feature Article

The past year has been something different for the ground breaking Indie Rock Band, Launch PadMcQuack. Forming in 2006, they were an unheard-of local gang of boys that played covers in their friends garages and in after 3 long years they reached fame through a chance meeting with one of the most biggest Indie record labels. Now, in 2013, LPMQ is touring to promote their new album, Back to Basic, bringing them all around the world from London to Seoul.

However, the bands progression to world fame isn’t as simple as it sounds; behind the scenes in an exclusive interview, Launch Pad McQuack talk about their experiences on tour and the difficult obstacles they had to face leading up their near break up last year, a decision shrouded in mystery.

“We though enough was enough,” says reclusive lead singer Nick Green. “We can’t keep putting off this new album, the fans want it and we want it.” After their 2009 success Red Pony, the band struggled to release their sensational 2010 album Seven Eleven and worried about their ability to meet fans’ expectations and go bigger with a third album.

Nick Green normally writes the quirky and enigmatic lyrics that are typical of an LPMQ song and Ryan Ridley, the talented guitarist, writes the music alongside him. In the days after the release of Seven Eleven and the waves of positive reviews, the band had to worry about their first European Tour, but Green and Ridley were also concerned about what to do next.

The next two years was a back and forth between hiding from the spotlight and trying to come up with a direction for their new album. It wasn’t until late 2012, when bassist, Jerry Coleman, decided to write the one off song Writer’s Block, were Green and Ridley able to come up with an idea for their future.

In this exclusive interview with INDY, Nick Green and Ryan Ridley answer the questions we’ve all wanted to know the answers to and give us an insight to why the band nearly decided to call it quits and how they managed to come back from two years of hiding.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Weekly Production #4

This week, I've started writing up my feature article. When I've finished writing the first draft, I'll post it on the blog and begin designing the look of the feature article.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Evolution of the Front Cover

I will later create a powerpoint showing how I put together the front image using a variety of Photoshop tools and different images.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Weekly Production Schedule #3

At the moment I'm still continuing with my front cover. All I want to have done this week is to have uploaded a prezi showing the stages of my front cover and also a powerpoint showing the development of the front cover image

Tuesday, 5 February 2013


I've added the fonts onto the background. I can start arranging them the way I want them and adjusting the sizes of them to make it look more professional. I need to add my image, change font colours and add different shapes to make it resemble my style models.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Front Cover Progress Update 04/02/2013

I've chosen the fonts I want to use and I've set them out onto a photoshop file the same dimensions as the front cover. I did this so I play around with where I want my fonts to go and what fonts I want to use. I used the website 'dafont' to download the fonts I wanted and to look at what I could use. Later, I need to transfer this to my front cover background.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Weekly Production Schedule #2

I finished most of the things I set out to do last week except starting to write up my feature article. I like the beginnings of my magazine and I made a video talking about the pictures I took. I need to continue with the production of my Front Cover and update my progress regularly. I also need to photoshop the photos I took to fit it into the front cover. I should also document that process.This week I want to:
  • Continue constructing the Front Cover
  • Create a Front Cover image using the photos I took

Friday, 1 February 2013

Front Cover Progess Update 01/02/2013

I've started creating my Magazine front cover on photoshop. Instead of having one block colour like many of the other magazine front covers done at Alevel; I've made it a gradient colour and added effects to created the cloudy style to create the unique texture. I need to edit the pictures of the models together so I can add it on top of the background layer.