My informal study of book covers has prompted a question: is there some rule of graphic design that claims a causal relationship between sales and images of roads stretching from the foreground to a vanishing point in the background?
But this just seems like double-dipping.
Except sometimes it’s a boat’s wake.
To take a wild shot at it, the rationale behind cover designs like those above looks like an attempt to visually draw the reader into the book. An open road leading into the unknown is also a powerful symbol of storytelling itself.
But I love it anyway because it’s a perfect synthesis of The Unforgettable Fire
And The Joshua Tree.