Appreciate all the feedback on this contest - we definitely take it to heart and will keep it in mind for future Community Contests.
One thing to keep in mind - the response to this contest was incredible and became completely overwhelming for one person to manage. The team who ran the contest did their best to rate as many designs as they could as consistently as possible.
We always highlight many designs when we end up writing a blog post about the contest but our polling feature does limit us to just 8 designs... which is a real challenge, especially in a contest like this.
You might have noticed yesterday that we opened up the liking feature so designers can like designs at any time... The likes can only be seen by designers and admins and it could be a great way to draw attention to the designs that the community likes best (as Dusan suggested) so that we can make sure to include them in our highlights.