Would someone who's not into graphic design dig this? Maybe not. It might be too unorthodox for the average person; someone that likes their messages straight.
Personally, I like it. The type arrangement is cool. I don't think the hand was necessary, but it's there. The prom picture fits in with the vibe of the album, in my opinion. Boys n' girls fallin' in love...eventually fallin' out of love.
Admittedly, the "understanding the page" thing sounds kinda hokey (sorry, Mike). If you're talking about how they arrange elements in a design, I think I understand.