Saturday, January 29, 2011

Kelly Raines

I chose the magazines In Style and Vogue to compare and contrast.  Both magazines feature Natalie Portman as the main image, however, the way the images are displayed creates a different feel for both magazines.  In Style shows a closer view of Natalie in a more fun, playful manner.  The diagonal direction of the image makes her stand out from the background and draws the eye to start from the top left corner.  In Vogue, Natalie is standing upright with a more sophisticated look.  The pale pink color of her dress makes her stand out in this magazine. 
                The color schemes used in both magazines are fairly similar; they both use red and black within their text, however, In Style ties in the text color with Natalie’s dress by using purple and pink as well.  The white background used on In Style creates a stronger contrast and makes the image and text stand out more boldly, while Vogue keeps the colors more neutral and fades/blurs out the background a little to make the main image the focus and strong point of the magazine and the headlines readable.  The nameplate is about the same size in both magazines; it crosses the entire top and is slightly hidden behind the main image.  The color red is used in both titles but in different ways.  In Style uses red as a highlight color and white for the text while Vogue uses red for the text with no highlight color.  Vogue is typed in all caps and uses a thinner font throughout the cover while In Style has a more bold type. 
Both magazines display the headlines in a similar manner as they are placed on both sides of the main image and alternate between all caps and regular.  There are more headlines on the In Style magazine, however; and the boldness and colors of the headlines on the left side make them stand out and keeps the flow of the whole magazine strong and evenly displayed.  Vogue maintains that black and red color scheme and uses the color red to make the headlines that they want noticed the most stand out and also makes the font a bigger size to draw in the eye as well. 
                From the way the image is displayed against the background, and the way the font compares to the image, you can tell that Natalie Portman is the main feature for the Vogue magazine, while she is more just a face for the cover of In Style.  Even the size and position of her name on the magazines is different, which shows she is more the focus for Vogue. 

10 comments:

  1. Definitely two woman's magazines. usually a soft ambiance with woman as the main picture.

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  2. I like that you noticed how the diagonal direction the main image of Natalie in In Style directs the readers eye.

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  3. I like how women's magazine always focuses on one of the many gorgeous girls we have in the spot light, except your always jealous you don't look that way,...good comparison.

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  4. I would have to say as a female I would proably have to choose the instyle over Vogue because it seems it has more in the magazine just from the cover.

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  5. You did a nice job on recognizing both magazines color palette strengths and weaknesses.

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  6. Very nice job i feel like the in style magazine cover with the women on it draws your attention because her head is so big.

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  7. Good comparison on these magazines.

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  8. Both magazines use good color schemes.

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  9. Good observation about Natalie in "playful" and "sophisticated" look. A good choice for Vogue using a dress as a good blending tool, and a good job noticing it.

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  10. I think Natalie Portman looks a lot better in the second one Vogue, because they match the colors to make her look more fair. While the red is really not the right color for her, because she is so fair, light pinks work better and Vogue really captured it.

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