Below are some sketches for front covers and spreads.
The Cover (Not In Order):
Top Left: This merges a few of the ideas based around maps and the pin you get in certain types. It also incorporates the idea that you are in trouble with the blood and dead/injured head. General Message: You should know the maps and routes inside your head.
Top Centre: A simple idea again follows the pin thought, suggests the end to a journey.
Top Right: a bog standard design, a simple silhouette of a head. Perhaps torn out of paper, to portray a despair.
Middle Left and Bottom Left: These 2 squares come are the same design, a wacky speech bubble with a cry for help inside. The cover image is a book, and inside this book is a man in need of help. It’s a book within a book, to show that I acknowledge how many of these Self-Help books there are.
Middle Centre: An abstract crossroads, no words- leave the image to be the words
Middle Right: This one came around before the Middle Centre idea, it is very similar but it doesn’t show the crossroads, instead shows a confusing jumble of routes.
Bottom Centre: Continues on from the last 2 but rather than showing a state of mind with the routes/lines it depicts a face. Portrays the first idea’s concept; Paths inside your head > your head is a journey etc.
Bottom Right: This one came around before the first idea, it’s a poorer interpretation of the idea of knowing the route/journey of your mind.
Top: This is a rather standard and obvious layout, perhaps not the colour scheme. The colours make me think about considering how colours would set the mood > perhaps as each chapter passes, I change the scheme (looking at colour theory) to make the reader feel more and more positive.
Bottom: A more daring layout, pushing to the bleeds with the design and a less clear (broken up) Chapter Title. The text on the right hand spread starts half way down the page > leads me onto the idea that I could gradually bring the line [at which the text starts] lower and lower through the chapters to represent progression and a journey