Saturday, January 29, 2011

Andrea Garcia Magazine Cover Comparison





 
































   The first magazine cover comes from Discover a science magazine that focuses on various topics in the scientific realm. At first your eye looks at the beaker and your realize its a science beaker, then you look into it and realize that it is space inside. Then your eye moves up to see that space and stars are shooting out of the  beaker like it has simmering steam coming out of it. You also notice the surrounding area that is surrounding the beaker, it shows it illuminated and it makes it seem like it is a glowing spot and it is a different color than the entire page which is blue, but once it moves up to the nameplate where your eye eventually goes it turns gray. The nameplate DISCOVER is yellow and definitely pops where the over the gray. The text for the nameplate has a shadow to make it completely pop from the background which is gray. They put the the steaming space right next to but off the V to make it visually really look like its going off the page. The yellow is then used in the text to highlight LIFE SPACE and PLUS, which pops off the cover. The light blue I feel represents the earth where "Life" is and the dark side is "Space". The rest of the words which are black and gray do not seem as important but are there if you are still interested in reading it. The SPECIAL REPORT in red makes you read it because its in red and it seems important and it is in a light gray box. Expanding Your Universe the motto of the magazine is underneath the nameplate and in white so that you still read it to understand who they are and their purpose. The font I think is a sans-serif, but just bold for the Nameplate, stretched for the magazine intros and regular for the descriptions of the article. The question mark in the main text of Life Space is long so that it matches the beaker which is long and it parallels the image, so that your eye goes up and down with the beaker, so you question it at the same time.

The second image comes for the art magazine TAR and it is a picture of Kate Moss. The picture of Moss was taken from another magazine cover W, but the face is the concentration of TAR's cover. The artist imaged over her face as if the skin had been peel off half of her face, showing the muscles, tendons, and teeth. It is an art magazine so this is something that is cool for them, but they did it to a famous face, Kate Moss. At first you eye goes directly to the red realizing that it is beneath someones skin, only then do you focus on the other half of the image to realize it is Kate Moss. It took a couple of looks for me to realize that this was an image over a photo, rather than a drawing. I think that it is striking and it begs for attention because it shows it goes all the way down her neck, leading you to believe that half of her is like this for some reason. The back ground is gray which blends and lets the red pop more. The nameplate which is White and the name is bold and large which lets you know that it is TAR, it is not hidden by her head. The text is very simple, there is a strip above the image letting you know that there is an article inside that has something to do with this. Transparency is the name of the article letting you know the art piece sooner and how did it, plus the author of the story. The gray band give the illusion that the magazine has some sort of band over it, the way it is put over the image. The cover is very simplistic in itself, with little text and design, but the image is so eye grabbing that you want to look inside and see if there is more like it.

11 comments:

  1. Wow! Tar is extremely interesting. love how it breaks all the rules- compared to Discover that is very typical and scientific. Great find!!

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  2. These are some cool covers! They really make you want to pick them up and read them. That's what I am hoping to get out of my magazine cover. Very cool.

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  3. Tar's cover is so awesome. Great main image.

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  4. you choose two very eye catching magazine covers and i think thats the most important part, finding a picture that will draw your reader in.

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  5. You did a really good job describing the magazine covers. Both covers also have a really bold photo that makes it interesting to look at.

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  6. You did a great job on describing the magazine covers. Both covers have a very distinct image on the cover. They would deffiently get someone's attention in the store to pick the magazine up and see what it is all about.

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  7. Good work on paying extra attention towards the picture and how it plays into the text instead of the other way around. although you did catch the importance of the the nameplate color palette and how it works to stand out.

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  8. Good work on the magazine choice they stand out very well.

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  9. Wow, that Tar cover. Not something you see every day. Nice job.

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  10. The Tar cover looks like a Terminator type image with the picture of the face

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  11. A real good job identifying the colors in the name plates. Yellow is a pretty popular color for standing out and showing alarm. I think the TAR cover is pretty
    erie when you look at if for a while. I like your input on the light blue reffering to life - it can even be thought of as a relation of the "blue planet", and how
    water is essential to life. It's as if the artists is trying to help us "relate" to the idea.

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