Information Week 500: annual special issue magazine cover

I am a firm believer in the use of thumbnail sketches to get ideas down quickly. I share them with clients to get buy-in on direction and make the approval process easier. In this case, the top middle rough sketch was the chosen direction but needed tweaking since the cover wording was simplified to be just '500'.

Brief

Design a cover image which honors the nation's 500 most innovative users of information technology.