June 6, 2022
Apple announces the winners of the 2022 Apple Design Awards
Twelve developers from around the world are recognized for design excellence in inclusivity, fun and enjoyment, interaction, social impact, visuals and graphics, and innovation at WWDC22
Apple hosted its annual Apple Design Awards today, celebrating 12 best-in-class apps and games. This year’s winners include developers from around the world who have been selected for delivering innovative, creative and beautifully designed experiences through apps that have inspired users with vision, purpose and brilliance.
For the second year, six different categories each award an app and game for inclusiveness, fun and enjoyment, interaction, social impact, visuals and graphics, and innovation. Winners were chosen from 36 finalists, all of whom demonstrated outstanding technical performance.
“While apps and games remain an essential part of our lives, we’re excited about how developers continue to use our technologies to create great apps for people around the world,” said Susan Prescott, vice president. -President of Apple’s Global Developer Relations. “The work of this year’s Apple Design Awards winners epitomizes how apps can be transformative, uplifting, or even provide escapism through creative gameplay – and we commend each developer for all they have accomplished.”
Winners in this category provide a great experience for everyone by supporting people of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and languages.
Application : procreate
Developer: Savage Interactive (Australia)
Procreate, a world-class tool for artists and designers, gives people more creative power than ever through its iPad app. With new accessibility features – such as shake and motion filtering, an in-app assistive touch menu, audio feedback and color blindness settings – to increase its support for VoiceOver, Dynamic Type , etc., the application allows more artists to create, interact, and express themselves.
Game: Wild flowers
Developer: Studio Drydock (Australia)
An Apple Arcade original, Wylde Flowers brings players a refreshingly diverse storyline and a cast of LGBTQIA+ representative characters with a twist of wizardry. The narrative evolves to represent all ages, cultures, and sexualities, as users explore a wholesome world of magical realms with storylines that implore users to examine identity, accept others, and support their community – ultimately to tell a much bigger story.
Finalists in this category include Letter Rooms by Klemens Strasser, Navi by Good Snooze, Noted. by Digital Workroom, and tint. by Lykkegaard Europe Limited.
Pleasure and Pleasure
Winners in this category deliver memorable, engaging, and satisfying experiences that are enhanced by Apple technologies.
Application : Habits (not boring)
Developer: Andy Works LLC (USA)
As its (grammatically inventive) name suggests, (Not Boring) Habits adds some flair to the mild-mannered habit tracker. With its sensational designs, playful haptics and stylish gamification, this life hacking adventure presents itself as an inspiring journey through forests and mountains – it turns habit tracking into a true artistic experience.
Game: At the sea!
Developer: inkle (UK)
At the sea! is a whodunit with a twist: You Did It. In this delightfully devious murder mystery game, players take on the role not of the detective but of the culprit who, through quick conversations with unsuspecting teammates, attempts to get away with a splashy crime. And with an engaging narrative design, concise dialogue, and multiple endings, it’s a case to be opened up again and again.
Finalists in this category include Chineasy; Moncage by Optillusion; Please touch the artwork by Studio Waterzooi; and Waterllama by Vitalii Mogylevets.
The winners of this category offer intuitive interfaces and effortless controls perfectly suited to their platform.
Application : Tracks
Developer: Breakpoint Studio (USA)
Slopes, a slick ski tracking app, offers users an intuitive ski and snowboard log, using GPS on iPhone or Apple Watch to track distance and speed. Its best-in-class social features gamify the experience by connecting with friends and family, all at the push of a single button. The app is filled with a mountain of data but designed to be as easy to navigate as a race on the bunny tracks.
Game: A musical story
Developer: Glee-Cheese Studio (France)
A harmonious blend of song, story and artistic creation, A Musical Story remixes the idea of what a mobile game can be. The game’s narrative unfolds with richly animated minimalism, the gameplay puts a new spin on rhythm gaming, and the end result illustrates how seemingly disparate design elements can work in perfect harmony.
Finalists in this category include Gibbon: Beyond the Trees by Broken Rules; Transit by Transit, Inc.; Vectornator: design of vectors by linearity; and What Remains of Edith Finch from Giant Sparrow.
Winners in this category are improving lives in meaningful ways and bringing critical issues to light.
Application : rebel girls
Developer: Rebel Girls Inc. (USA)
Rebel Girls shares the stories of the world’s most influential women – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Simone Biles and Frida Kahlo, to name a few – through rich sound and beautiful original artwork. The subjects span careers, cultures, and decades, and the accompanying voices and artwork — all perfectly matched to the stories and interface — are provided by female and non-binary artists from around the world.
Game: Gibbon: Beyond the Trees
Developer: Broken Rules (Austria)
An Apple Arcade original, Gibbon is an eco-adventure in which players swing, toss, and glide through beautiful hand-drawn landscapes in search of family. The game’s unique mechanic provides plenty of free-flying fun, but its eco-friendly storyline – and the subtle empathy involved in playing as another living being – teaches a crucial lesson.
Finalists in this category include Active Arcade from Nex, Empathy from The Empathy Project, Headspace from Headspace Health, and Wylde Flowers from Studio Drydock.
Visuals and graphics
Winners in this category feature stunning visuals, skillfully drawn interfaces, and high-quality animations that lend themselves to a distinctive and cohesive theme.
Application : Halide Mark II
Developer: Lux Optics (USA)
The brilliant Halide Mark II photo app focuses on the essentials. This sleek tool packs tons of features into a remarkably easy-to-navigate interface; its sleek and smartly organized interface mimics a film camera. Every gesture will feel familiar to long-time photographers while remaining clear to those familiar with focus and exposure settings. It’s a great iPhone camera — and now there’s a version designed specifically for iPad to help users create some truly amazing visuals.
Game: LEGO® Star Wars™: Castaways
Developer: Gameloft (Canada)
With its cinematic feel, sizzling visual effects, and tactile gameplay, Castaways is a force to be reckoned with. Set on a long-abandoned planet, the game’s respectfully rendered environments and smooth animations instantly immerse players in a galaxy of action, mystery, and the occasional dance party. And with endless customizations and characters to meet, the adventure continues to build.
Finalists in this category include Feral Interactive’s Alien: Isolation; Behind the Frame by Silver Lining Studio under Akatsuki Taiwan; Hangzhou Midi Technology Co., Ltd. MD Clock; and Andy Works (Not Boring) Habits.
Winners in this category deliver a cutting-edge experience through innovative use of Apple technologies that set them apart in their genre.
Application : Odio
Developer: Volst (Netherlands)
The Odio audio app offers incredibly realistic ambient sounds – waterfalls, rushing rivers, lush electronic washes – made even more realistic with Spatial Audio and head tracking. Soundscapes can be customized by manipulating their mixes through an engaging circular interface, and each is accompanied by futuristic fluid animations that unfold in perfect sync with the sound. It’s a truly amplified view of the audiovisual experience.
Game: MARVEL Future Revolution
Developer: Netmarble Corp. (South Korea)
MARVEL Future Revolution is a technological feat worthy of Stark Industries. This 2021 iPad Game of the Year winner brings the Marvel Cinematic Universe to life with an open-world action-RPG and a blend of fluid combat, lavish cutscenes and a multiverse of models beautifully detailed characters.
Finalists in this category include Nex’s Active Arcade; Focus Noodles by ideaTiny Co., Ltd.; Procreate by Savage Interactive; and Oskar Stålberg’s Townscaper.
To learn more about Apple Design Awards winners and finalists, visit developer.apple.com/design/awards or the Apple Developer app.
Katie Clark Alsadder
Apple Media Phone Support