Question 1 - In what way does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? Used in Real Products
The Background (Front Cover)
All of the backgrounds for the front covers of the albums are quite similar. 3 of the covers keep the background imagery to grey-scale/black & white, and have a basic image. This means that although the image may attract the viewers eye, it does not distract from the album/artist title. The other cover has an image that relates to the album title, and although it does distract from the writing, it brings the message across in the image. Three of the covers also include the artist's logo image somehow.
The Background (Back Cover)
All of the back covers were either grey or black, one was a variation of the front cover (Skrillex), the others were just plain colour. Making the back covers so plain means that the text on the back can be read more easily.
The Text (Front Cover)
The text on the front cover was generally just the artists name and the album title. Most of the covers had larger sized text for the artist name than the album title, this might be because they think the audience will know the artist's name and not the album title. The three covers with grey-scale covers used coloured font for their text - one uses some coloured and some white (against a black background). The only one that uses black text is the one with the coloured cover image. The three grey-scale covers also make the text the main part of the cover. They use bold fonts (the artist's standard fonts are used).
One of the covers also has a line of text at the bottom which says a bit about what the album contains.
The Text (Back Cover)
Each of the back covers contained the song names, and the legal information. The song names were aligned either at the left hand side or at the top of the cover. The song names were usually numbered. There is also had a bar-code. The bar-code was generally on the right hand side of the cover, either in the top or bottom corner. Most of the back covers used the same fonts/font colours as on the front cover.