Omega_Pixel came into the contest with a huge lead. His logo concept was different than most of the other submissions and it really drew me in with it's clean and friendly feeling.
But he really proved himself as time went on. Even though he had a strong start, he was constantly pushing new iterations even when I didn't ask for one. He took very direct feedback from me and worked it into new versions. The efforts really paid off - it felt like I was collaborating with a real team member. The final design is something I'll be proud to use as the foundation for the new brand I'm developing.