The Handmade Issue
This was citizen visual journalism at its best this year. The snazzy design-and-interiors magazine Wallpaper typically hands its covers over to some of the world's pre-eminent artists and designers, but for this project, the editors decided to let subscribers create their own cover (which they then received in the mail). Genius. Armed with artwork, shapes, textures and typography created by James Joyce, Anthony Burrill, Kim Tang and others, readers got to design their covers using a remarkably simple interactive Web-based tool developed by Kin Design. The result: more than 21,000 different covers were created. That's a great cover story.