This cover concept stemmed from a bad piece of clip-art I saw. While the basic idea is the same — a circle of hands around a home — I had a lot of fun transforming that concept into something both beautiful and relevant.
The hand outline conveys individual openness and vulnerability, while the multicolored, transparent layering conveys unity, diversity, and strength in numbers — in addition to providing a fun, colorful visual element.
Using a multiunit building helps focus the discussion on tenants instead of owners, and the architecture is reminiscent of San Francisco homes.
And yes, I used the font sail again. I think we can all agree it's perfect.
Read the cover story here.