I think these layouts are a great example of how to make pages graphic heavy, and yet integrate text very well. However, where the most intense graphic elements are, my eye usually goes the wrong way across the page (i. right to left)
"When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people." I could not possibly tell you how much I love and agree with this. To have both qualities in one person is such a gift as well.