Best of 2009

In November 2009 I wrote the editorial copy for’s Best of 2009. This 8000 word commission involved working very closely with the design and web teams at, and we produced a countdown that both emphasised the site’s functionality and used editorial to pull out context, something that everyday interaction with the service seldom foregrounds. produced two newspapers – one for London, one for New York – to accompany the project. They are an absolute joy, an entertaining archive of what’s been an incredible year both for and pop music in general. I’m really very proud to have been involved in this, and I won’t be able to thank Team Last (special shout to Hannah) and Jens Nikolaus enough for creating an excellent interface and online experience that manages to make my copy look good too.