This is something I have run across on multiple drupal sites so I feel like
A) There MUST be a straight forward way to do this as there usually is with drupal
B) this must have already been answered (I just can't find a suitable answer when searching)
C) If there's a module that does this that I'm unaware of, that's a fine solution.
When using contextual filters with taxonomy I often want "no results" to give a summary. But a linked list of terms is pretty unattractive. What I want is to add thumbnails and lay it out (often in a grid). Taking the first thumbnail from the term is ok, though setting the image would be even better.
Take a look here: http://worldtouringentertainment.sander-martijn.com/categories - once you click on a category you get thumbnails of the primary/featured image and can click through to the actual content page - but this page is just a list of links.
Is it possible, without creating a totally separate view or a static page (both of which require further long-term management for non-savvy clients), to get a thumbnail into this first list so it looks attractive?