★Dazed & Confused
Dazed & Confused is a British magazine which is published monthly, founded by Jefferson Hack and Rankin and set up in 1992. The magazine features a wide range of topics including music, fashion, literature, art & film. The magazine has a reputation of featuring the best photography, fashion and art content.
Dazed and Confused includes high quality pieces on film editorial and music with updates on the latest news on every aspect of culture, which is perhaps why it is considered one of the best magazines for any lover of culture, also one of the most influential magazines produced.
Dazed and Confused ia a magazine which has a reputation for high quality photography hence the reflection of this in each magazine cover. Just like the name of the magazine, the front covers of each issue depicts this well. A bizarre image of a model, or in majority of cases, a celebrity is placed in the centre of the magazine, drawing attention as the main focus. Dazed and Confused is not afraid of moving away from producing what people would classify as pretty and ‘conventional/typical’ covers to attract the viewer’s attention. Instead, this idea is substituted with rather odd looking celebrities with clown style make up plastered over their faces to what seems like a woman holding a leather-chained object which is covering half her face (cover above).
I guess this is a unique style of promoting and capturing the viewer’s eye; in a sense which almost makes other magazines dull and ordinary in comparison which is an aspect of this magazine which I find most appealing. The masthead of Dazed & Confused is fixtated and consistent in every issue, although the colour of the typeface may change from time-to-time, viewers are still able to recognise the name. Different colours creates a ‘fresh’ vibe and so therefore it does not get boring. The magazine follows the conventional style of a typical magazine cover, in that the masthead is positioned fixtated at the top of the page, ensuring that the central focus is not all on the main image and so the text gets a little mutual attention.
What is slightly strange is how the ‘& confused’ is in a much smaller type placed vertically next to the ‘D’. The ‘Dazed’ being big and in bold type snatches the attention away from the other and is not as noticeable, which makes me wonder why the composition of the text is like that. ‘Dazed’ is clearly dominant and in authority while ‘& Confused’ is dying of claustrophobia in the corner. Almost as if it was placed there the last minute.
Matador is an example of a magazine which doesn’t follow the typical conventions, regarding the layout of the cover. The masthead is easily legible due to the spaces in between each letter allowing a more ‘spaced-out’ feel in comparison to ‘Dazed & Confused’. The red block placed behind the text also adds emphasis on this, the black in contrast with the red contradicts against the washed out imagery, making the masthead futher more prominent. The fact that there is no other text present on the cover emphasises on the ‘clean’ and simple appearance of the magazine as though associated with the genre of politics rather than art, yet the spiral shape may be a form of art.
Inside the magazine, the concept and composition is consistent, still keeping to the simple layout. I like the way the magazine adheres to the colour theme, as though it strictly uses only a few colours in the palette and is easy on the eye. Contradicting this point, it may also seem dull and boring if this doesn’t vary throughout the whole magazine. Another element I like about this magazine is that it does not use celebrities or in general, people to promote and help publicise the magazine and does this in its own style.