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Jonathan E. wrote:
How does anyone eat with sales like this? .
In fact, I'd go as far as to say that the distinctive, brightly coloured design is the very thing that makes it attractive to retailers, who know a decent bit of marketing design when they see it and who, crucially, would never have thought of stocking world music before.
howard male wrote: â€˜isnâ€™t the world just one big shiny happy village of dancing simpletonsâ€™ covers, Iâ€™m sure that some of their CDs are perfectly acceptable.
Jonathan E. wrote:
"And while we're talking graphic design, IMHO, Songlines spends far too much time on theirs, it looks too polished and fussed over â€” and there's waaay, waaaaay too much white space!"
Ian A. wrote:
"Whilst it's very nice to have magazines and CD booklets look jolly arty, we should never lose sight of the fact that their main purpose is to carry information and be read, so page design should first and foremost be reader-friendly. I know a number of magazines in associated fields where a cover feature will be under 1000 words, plumped up to 4 or 5 pages with groovy graphics - I mean, Straight No Chaser always looked great but there was very little to read in it. Whereas with fRoots a cover feature is 4-5000 words. Mind you, the editor of a certain US world music magazine was once overheard at Womex asking somebody why on earth anybody would be interested in reading all those long features we publish, but I didn't lose heart!"
"I'd say that the main problem with CD booklet designers these days is that many never learned the basic rules of typography (in particular, why stuff works). Too tight leading, widows and orphans everywhere - aaarrghh, my visual equivalent of the sound of chalk scraping on a blackboard! Get the typography right and better design flows on from it . . ."
Should I worry about the validity of your reviews now?
I do hope the design, and dare I say it, the white space, occasionally sells a few more copies of the mag.
howard male wrote:Tom wrote -Should I worry about the validity of your reviews now?
Yeah, you probably should, Tom
benserbutt wrote:Just as I wouldn't design the same album cover for Britney Spears and Ali Farka TourÃ©, I wouldn't apply the same design to each article.
benserbutt wrote:We are all bombarded with so much information nowadays, online, in newspapers, in magazines, that not many of our pieces go over 2,500 words, as people just don't have the time to read every page in every issue but we want to tempt them to at least want to! Having said that, we do operate in a slightly different market to fRoots.
I wish we had more reviews here on the Forum in general - seems like we used to. Maybe those editors got a bit miffed by the re-publication - might lose them sales...
I also had a long-held belief that world music was what men you didn't want to date professed to like.
Rod B. wrote:Blimey, that's a new one: world music fans as bad dates. But I guess it would make sense, what with all the sandal-wearing, bark-chewing, muesli-choking, and everything
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