ianskey stood out from the other designers in this contest because he is a talented and creative designer who thinks through a brief. It was clear from his comments and his ideas that he had understood the critical aspect required for the design. Others designers made submissions that copied his ideas, but they did not understand the brief so well, and so their ideas did not work so well.
He responded quickly to suggestions and feedback and is obviously having fun when he is designing. That counts for lot.
We asked for a number of changes after awarding the contest and he did these and now we have a great design that we are looking forward to seeing on the cover of our book.