The Best Slate Covers of 2012

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Dec. 30 2012 5:00 AM

The Best Slate Covers of 2012

Best of 2012

It’s the time of year when we take a fond look back at our favorite Slate covers from 2012. To add some suspense, we polled readers on Facebook to choose the top three. Scroll on through to see what they thought. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments.

Whatever Happened to Sarcasm? Everyone is so sincere these days. It's annoying. By Simon Doonan
Who Killed Sarcasm? We’re trapped in an era of sincerity. Let us out! By Simon Doonan

Design by Holly Allen, illustration by Alex Eben Meyer.

Sun Hats. Great Magnum photographs.
Sun Hats: Great Magnum photographs.

Design by Natalie Matthews-Ramo

America's Food Factories Why making a Chipotle burrito or a McDonald's Big Mac should be considered manufacturing.  By Matthew Yglesias
America's Food Factories: Why making a Chipotle burrito or a McDonald's Big Mac should be considered manufacturing. By Matthew Yglesias

Design by Andrew Morgan

No. 3 in our Facebook poll, designed by Holly Allen:

The runner-up, designed by Holly Allen:

The Facebook-poll winner, designed by Andrew Morgan:

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