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Common Elements:
~Both magazine covers have teen celebrities as their main focus.
~Both facial expressions presented on the subjects are similar in the way that they are displaying their thoughts and feelings.
~Both of the covers have multiple headings that are eye catching to the viewer.
~The titles for both Life and Teen Vogue are on the top of the cover and are just skimming the top of Rupert Grint and Taylor Swift's head.
~Both Emma and Taylor, the females of the two covers are in the center of the magazine cover.

Main Story and How it Relates to the image on the Cover:
Life:
~The main story is the coming back of a new Harry Potter Movie.
~The image on the cover relates to the main story because the image is of the three main characters of the Harry Potter series; Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter),and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley).

Teen vogue:
~The main story in this issue is the colourful spring fashion for the upcoming season.
~The main image of Taylor Swift relates to the main story because the bright natural colours represent the feeling and the kind of fashion clothes you would wear in the spring time.

Design Principles:
~In both images they are centered and in the Teen Vogue magazine cover the background is blurred out.

The Evolution of the Magazine Cover
1) The characteristics of early magazine covers were simple with little colour is any. The contents were placed on the front of the magazine with the top story above the magazine title. Also the year could be found on every magazine.Some magazines didn't even have any pictures. To put it, it was very bland with little eye popping objects.
2) Poster Covers have few if any cover lines and if there are any cover lines they are shadowed down by the illustration. The whole cover of the magazine is an image of what the main story of that issue was.

"Pictures that need no Words"
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3) The main purpose of cover lines is to attract the audience. They achieve this by the clashing of all the colours. Also words like "exclusive preview" excite the audience which attracts them to buy the magazine. The main headlines are found to be in BIG BOLD letters so that the readers can focus on that particular subject.
4) An integrated cover is a cover that has a single large striking image that not only has an image but also leaves room for cover lines that are placed around the main image. Integrated covers were trends that could be found in the 1990's.
5) The placement of cover lines can effect the overall design of the cover by the feel the audience gets when looking at it. The audience can either be attracted by colour, text, or direction, etc. Some may be attracted to the way the illustrator placed the cover line or may just walk past the magazine stand with no intrest at all.
6) ~Outside the Box: This one is said the to the simpliest of the the types of ways in where you can put the cover lines. You put the image and the cover line separate areas. This method has proven to be very effective for hundreds of years.
~Box inside: Knockouts were used were used to create boxes inside an illustration, where type could be placed. This is a useful method because printers were finding it difficult to put text on top of an illustration.
~Text Columns on the cover: You create a coloured vertical column for the colour lines alone.
~Text in Zone: The logo, picture and the cover lines are all separate horizontal zone on the cover.
~Banners and Corners: Banners seem to belong to attention grabbing "loud" covers.
~Text in unplanned spaces: The text might be fitted into spaces that almost seem to be accidentally blank by the illustrator.
~Text in Planned Spaces: Many illustrators created space just for the cover line on elements inside the illustration. Places such as walls, sails, columns, doorways, open windows, and other uniformly colored spaces against which type could be placed.
~Adventure Magazines and Tabloids as Innovators in Cover Line Design: Many contemporary Magazines bear more resemblance to these sensational magazines . This group of magazines spoke in vernacular in illustration and typography. Their intensely emotional pictures, vivid typography, loud cover lines, strong colours would be more at home on today's magazine racks than the more sophisticated successful magazines of their day.

References:

http://longleaf.net/coverlines/postercovers/index.html

http://www.slideshare.net/ernest16/analysing-magazine-cover

http://longleaf.net/coverlines/integratedcover.html

http://longleaf.net/coverlines/wherelines.html