Jun 5, 2019

Apple Design Awards 2019 Nominees


This year’s 2019 Apple Design Awards yesterday nominated 9 different winners consisting of iOS and gaming developers. These developers come from around the world, which consist of Austria, Australia, England, France, Italy, Lithuania and the United States. These nominees represent from their unique approach to the best design,  in the UI, sound, graphics, haptics, CoreML and Metal.

Ron Okamoto, Apple’s President of Worldwide Developer Relations states that,
“iOS developers keep raising the bar. This year, we are especially proud to see so many apps and games putting health, fitness, creativity and exciting gameplay at the center of their app experience. We congratulate all the Apple Design Award winners on their incredible creativity and ingenuity.”
Below are the nominees for this year’s Apple Design awards, who are the winners for the creativity and imagination they put into their apps.


To begin with, we’ll go with the best games nominated in the Apple Design Awards. Ordia is one of the nominees for the Apple Design Awards, which it consists of a one-finger action game taking place in a strange, unusual world. It is developed by British developer Loju and costs $4 on the App Store.


Another Apple Design Awards-nominated game named ELOH by Austrian developer Broken Rules is a puzzle game that keeps users perplexed and relaxed. The game has a mission to shift blocks to help the balls bounce in different places and directions. But one great part of this app is the added rhythm and percussion to stimulate your mind through gameplay. Even the graphics and visuals in ELOH are hand-drawn and painted for the added trickiness throughout the levels. This app costs $3 from the App Store.


On the contrary, there’s another puzzle game named The Gardens Between by Australian company The Voxel Agents, that also won the Apple Design Awards. This puzzle game is based off two different perspectives of two friends and you get to control the passage of time among the characters. The beautiful graphics and narration create a surreal experience to iOS and Mac users alike. Available in the App Store and Mac App Store for $20.

Thirdly, an American developer named Drool gets nominated for the app Thumper: Pocket Edition. This game is dramatizing by its metal rhythm, bright, electric graphics and the adrenaline rush. The game is fairly easy to play, which involves tapping on your screen to keep your metallic beetle on track. The game has its own theme of ‘80s metal music and madness. This game costs $5 on the App Store.

One last game that won the Apple Design Awards goes to Asphalt 9: Legends by French developer Gameloft. The Asphalt series of racing games have been around for a decade, entering console-grade arcade racing with blazing graphics and pushing to the limits of hardware performance. This unyielding app is available for free on the App Store.

Let’s move on to the general apps that won Apple’s Design Awards this summer. One of them is an advanced iPad photo app named Pixelmator Pro from Italian developer Pixelmator Team. Pixelmator Pro is an undivided, minimal and machine-learning-powered photo editor for beginners and advanced iPad users alike. There’s a splendour of tools in the toolset for maximizing the editing possibilities on every pixel of the iPad. It supports many image formats including RAW images. This iPad photo app costs $5 for lots of photography tools and effects.


Not only the photo apps and games deserve a spot in the Apple Design Awards, but there’s another Design Awards winner for a health app. It’s named Butterfly iQ, an iOS device-powered ultrasound app that is more worth it than going to the traditional, boring imaging centers. The app is FDA-cleared and CE-approved for use by medical professionals and iOS users alike. You connect your iPhone or iPad to a Butterfly ultrasound probe via the Lightning or USB-C port, open the app and take some pictures and videos of your organs. It’s easy for everyone to use, especially for laypeople that are far away from an imaging center. Machine learning and augmented reality help users learn about the functions of the organs and structures while guiding through the way. Ultrasound images are backed up through the cloud for easy sharing to family or your doctor for review. The app is free on the App Store, with an additional $1999 for a probe and $420 yearly user licence.

A note-taking and doodling app named Flow by Moleskine by Moleskine Srl from Italy provides iOS users with infinite colour palettes for drawing tools, hideable interface to focus on what you’re drawing and lots of paper options and styles. The app allows pressure control with Apple Pencil compatibility on iPad and infinite workspace for all of your notes. The elegant design and powerful functionality bring the user artful and creative ways of sketching plus taking notes. Available on the App Store with one-week free trial, then a monthly subscription for $2 and $12 yearly subscription.

Last, goes to the basketball practise app named HomeCourt by American developer NEX Team. This app tracks basketball shots via AI and real training videos and advice from basketball coaches. The apps come with minimal design and suits all levels of basketball players who want to suit and grow their game. Players can also chat with sports coaches for advice on basketball advice or coaching. Available for free on the App Store.

To conclude, these developers are amazing for their works in their apps based off of the creativity, utilization and effort they put in it. They received this prestigious award for being important in the app development experience most of the time. We appreciate these revolutionary developers for the apps we use on our iPhones and iPads every day.

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