There are two vital goals that a magazine cover needs to be able to do. The first is being able to be seen. In a busy market of magazines ranging from all aspects of lifestyle, hobbies and interest your magazine needs to stand out amongst the rest, it needs to capture the potential buyers attention at a glance. The cover also needs to give an overall feel of the magazines subject or an article inside that may be a highlight inside. A magazine cover that can do both of these things will have the most chance and being purchased.
Here are a section of magazine covers discovered on pinterest.com that I immediately was drawn to. I need to find out why I was attracted to these covers, so I can in turn incorporate these elements into my own magazine cover for my FMP.
The use of consistency in colour is an element that I feel can help keep a magazine together, for example the ICON cover which colour picks its logo colour from the bold orange in the photo showcased on the front.
The CAPITAL magazine uses an interesting use of
colour with the yellow of the ice lolly on the light pink background, not colours that we often see
together in our society. However after a quick look into the use of pink and yellow together I saw lots of images from Indian dresses and inside Bollywood. Then after taking a close look into the topic inside the magazine I saw it was in fact about ‘India Eats’, linking to the colours and the repetition of the ice cream that is being eaten gradually. This is really interesting as colours can give subliminal messages to the audience who have previous experience of the colours inside Indian fashion, and can relate this to the cover despite being nothing about fashion or the country, which is covered inside the magazine.