Saturday, January 29, 2011

Jamell Winn Compare/Contrast


Jamell Winn

Compare & Contrast Two Magazine Covers

The two magazines I chose to compare are XXL and Rollingstone mag. One of the first things I noticed about the XXL is the font and main image. It was big, bold and in your face, while the picture and font used on the Rollingstone cover was more subtle and kind of fancy.

XXL magazine seems to rely on and little information is giving. They use more attention grabbing colors with bold white text affixed to the top of a big red rectangle. Dr. Dre’s name is only a few sizes smaller than the nameplate text and it’s all close together. To me, this suggests that the editors of the magazine feel that if their name doesn’t get you Dr Dre’s name will.

The Rollingstone’s nameplate is not as bold as XXL’s. There are fewer colors used and more information about what’s inside in the headlines. The editors of this magazine are comfortable enough to put the main image on top of the nameplate. I think this is because this magazine is older, has a different demographic and a bigger circulation.

12 comments:

  1. I like how both of these magazines have the person in front of the nameplate! makes it have a 3d feel. The typography on Rolling Stone is great! very interesting!

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  2. Two very different demographics indeed. It's funny how I never really noticed how magazine covers use colors from pictures, and match the color of the headlines. Guess that's why we learn about this!

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  3. I feel XXL has a more extreme vibe where Rolling Stone has a more subtle vibe. Agree with your comparison.

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  4. I agree the XXL magazine was very stand-out and yeah of course their going to put a big name like that on it to sell more copies.

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  5. I like how Jimmy Fallon is placed on the Rolling Stones cover, it makes him stand out and like he's coming out of the cover.

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  6. I agree about the XXL magazine was a very stand-out and who wouldn't put a famous/ popular person on the cover of a magazine. They need to try and sell as many copies as possible in that one month time spand.

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  7. XXL does have quite the bold nameplate, and you are right Dr. Dre's name following underneath is almost equally as large. NIce job recognizing rolling stone's nameplate having somewhat of a fancier font.

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  8. I agree with you that xxl stands out more. Nice job

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  9. XXL definitely stands out more, well done.

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  10. XXL cover jumps out at you with Dr. Dre right in your face.

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  11. Really cool insight you got about Rolling Stone feeling comfortable about "hiding" their name plate. I like the way XXL seems to let the images do the talking, and doesn't have headlines
    all over like Rolling Stone. I think this allows the viewer/reader to conjure up thier own conceptions and want to read for themselves.

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  12. The font of the XXL is really interesting and in your face, like a stamp. It is tough like the magazine, not like rolling stone. Though my own personal biased opinion of Stone makes me think of them as a girly pop mag, so now their nameplate has been compromised. I enjoy XXL more because it seems that their typography is way better.

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