Is there any interest in holding a design "contest" for WP templates/skins/layouts? I recall reading about Blogger doing something like that. I thought it might be a fun way to get the community working on their design ideas. The WP members could vote on their favourite designs, and perhaps some or all of the designs could be included with the basic WP install package.
I think that not only the design of the site is important, but the way the skin/template is documented would be part of the judging, too. I would even volunteer to host the contest on my site, if needed, as well as flesh out the concept and rules, with the help of all those interested. Maybe this would be a good thing to run in the New Year, after the holidays.