- On Monday, June 4, at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple celebrated the Apple Design Awards, recognizing the creative artistry and technical achievements of developers who reflect the best in design, innovation and technology on Apple platforms. This year’s award winners include developers from across the globe, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, India, Netherlands, Turkey and the US.
“This year’s winning apps and the developers behind them have created some really innovative and inspiring apps,” said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. “The Apple Design Awards have been a launchpad for developers who’ve made beloved apps on the App Store, like Procreate, Zova, djay Pro and Monument Valley, and we know these winners will continue that tradition.”
2018 Apple Design Award Winners
Florence (Australia) — Florence is an interactive storybook that merges gaming and comics to explore the triumphs and tribulations of falling in love. With a unique soundtrack, hand-drawn art and emotional story, this is an experience with true universal appeal.
Frost (Austria) — Frost is a beautiful free-form puzzle game in which players draw paths to guide swarms of particles in oddly calming ways. Metal technology smoothly animates tens of thousands of flocking spirits on screen at a time.
Bandimal (Finland) — Bandimal is a child-friendly music composer that substitutes instruments with animated cartoon animals, allowing children to experiment with creating melodies and rhythms in a fun and unique way. The focus is on creativity — no notes, no chords, no rules, no scores.
Agenda (Netherlands) — Agenda takes a new approach to note-taking on Mac by combining writing, calendar and task-manager into a unique timeline that offers a clear picture of past, present and future. The minimalistic design features elegant typography, powerful search and navigation through notes, projects and tools including iCloud sync and Handoff.
iTranslate Converse (Austria) — iTranslate Converse turns your iPhone and Apple Watch into a two-way translation device. The simple design enables natural conversations in 38 languages, works offline and automatically detects the correct language being spoken for a fast and accurate translation.
Oddmar (Turkey) — Hand-drawn levels and a cinematic soundtrack result in a gorgeous Viking-themed, side-scrolling game with production values that rival animated feature films. Oddmar has optimized gameplay for touch controls.
Alto’s Odyssey (Canada) — Alto’s Odyssey is an endless sandboarding journey featuring intuitive gameplay with great use of 3D Touch and haptics, along with gorgeous Metal optimized artwork and design, and a soothing and immersive soundtrack.
Playdead’s INSIDE (Denmark) — Beautiful visuals, impressive sound design and thoughtful puzzles make INSIDE a wonderful puzzle-adventure platformer that has been optimized for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.
Triton Sponge (USA) — Triton Sponge is an innovative iPad app used in medical operating rooms to quickly calculate and keep track of blood loss collected by surgical sponges and suction canisters. The app uses iOS technologies like Core Image and camera Depth Map to detect sponges, as well as Core ML and machine learning to perform complex blood loss calculations to improve patient care.