My design for the cover of Norwegian Wood is inspired by a quote, where one of the characters refers to herself as the side of a matchbox, able to light
up everyone but herself.
I decided to use the language of the matchbox
to inspire my design.
On the cover, I chose to represent
all the characters who had a big
impact in the life of the protagonist.
Four matches are completely burnt,
to represent the characters who committed suicide. The half-burnt
match represents the protagonist, because of his deep struggles.
The character of Midori is represented
by the only match thatis perfectly intact, because she's the one who represent the future. Finally, the matchbox is representative of Reiko, following her own description