Apple Announces 2013 Design Award Winners

Apple Design AwardsEvery year at the Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple gives out awards to app developers for creating innovative designs for industry products. Whether it is a creativity app, an educational device, or some other groundbreaking idea, Apple looks through hundreds of entries to pick the best of the best. This year’s WWDC Design awards have been announced and we can see why they won.

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This educational app was launched by the World Wildlife Fund at the beginning of this year. Apple chose it as a design winner because it takes advantage of all of the capabilities of multi-touch gestures and more.



This artists app is a veritable art studio at your fingertips. It offers a multitude of brushes, inks, and paints and uses the latest technology for excellent responsiveness and performance. Apple gave it the design award for its technical, aesthetic, and creative excellence.


This app received the App Store’s Editor’s Choice award when it launched in April. It is an atmospheric side-scrolling adventure for iPad gamers. Apple gave it the design award for its excellent production value and brilliant execution of Apple’s iOS technology.

wwdc13-ada-icon-yahoo-weatherYahoo! Weather

Yahoo’s innovative weather app incorporates real-time weather conditions with photos from the area. Apple gave it the design award for its great layout and topography, compelling animations, fast image processing, and clear iconography.


This minimalist word game incorporates simple visuals with challenging strategy tactics. Apple gave it the design award because it illustrates masterful asynchronous gamplay using Game Center.

wwdc13-ada-icon-ridiculous-fishingRidiculous Fishing

This casual arcade game sends players on a deep sea fishing game where they collect and shoot rare sea creatures. Apple gave it the design award for its expertly-crafted, lo-fi, retro video game style

wwdc13-ada-icon-sky-gamblersSky Gamblers: Storm Raiders

This World War II inspired dogfighting game lets players fight it out in mid-air battles. Apple gave it the design award for stunning visuals, accurately recreated locations, and cross-platform compatibility. You can play on Mac, iPad or iPhone against others on any of those formats.

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This all-in-one editor for your web code offers hundreds of features to make web coding easy. Apple gave it the design award for its flexibility and because it provides a great OS X and iOS web development solution.


This app’s features and capabilities just keep growing and growing. Apple gave it the design award because, “the team at Evernote truly understands the value of developing platform differentiated apps.”


This app won the Student Winner design award. It was developed by two highschool sophomores to help with streamlining tasks when cramming for finals at the last minute. Apple gave it the design award because it uses numerous iOS technologies, integrates with Facebook and Twitter to share their tasks with other students, and looks great on the Retina Display.

This app also won the Student Winner design award. Students at the University of Pittsburgh created it. The app connects two or more iOS devices to create a visual mosaic. Apple gave it the design

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