For our book cover design contest, we received 140+ designs from 28 designers. Many were exceptionally strong, but Portugal's 2 designs were among our favorites from the very beginning. And when his second design came in (which became the one we eventually chose) my partner e-mailed me right away to say how much he loved it. We then put our top 7 design submissions up for a vote--including both of Portugal's designs--and they finished 1 and 2 in the voting, with the one we immediately liked as the clear winner. He's terrific to work with and is a first-rate designer.