2024 Apple Design Awards: Winners for Graphics & Inclusivity

Apple shares the winners of the 2024 Apple Design Awards
Apple shares the winners of the 2024 Apple Design Awards
Apple’s winners celebrated at Worldwide Developers Conference 2024, for excellence in design, inclusivity, innovation, social impact, graphics & more

Apple has unveiled its winners of the annual Apple Design Awards, celebrating 14 best-in-class apps and games, which were chosen for their design and innovation.

Here we take a look at the different categories and the App and Game winners.

Delight and Fun

App: Bears Gratitude

Developer: Isuru Wanasinghe (Australia)

This journaling app encourages honest self-reflection and provides a way to process daily gratitude. 

Game: NYT Games

Developer: The New York Times Company (United States)

For those who enjoy a quiet few minutes contemplating a crossword or a spelling puzzle, New York Times Games has experienced a redesign with new titles calibrated for maximum replay value and an elegant design. 

Meanwhile, Microsoft's new web-based store is challenging Apple and Google in gaming leadership.

Inclusivity

App: oko

Developer: AYES (Belgium)

Oko supports people with visual impairment by alerting users to potential hazards, such as signal lights, using haptic and audio feedback. It utilises safety technology, such as Apple’s VoiceOver and Dynamic Type.

Game: Crayola Adventures

Developer: Red Games Co. (United States)

Crayola Adventures transports users back to their childhood, with a variety of creation options. Users can enjoy a delightful game experience with creative activities from making decorations to solving puzzles and reading storybooks.

Check out our Top 10 mobile apps for mental health support for more. 

Innovation

App: Procreate Dreams

Developer: Procreate (Australia)

Procreate Dreams lets creative users bring their 2D animations to the screen, using brushes, gestures and PencilKit-enabled behaviours from the original Procreate. The controls are supported by multitouch interactions and Apple Pencil, with animated effects, audio and video.

Game: Lost in Play

Developer: Happy Juice Games (Israel) 

In a point-and-tap journey Lost in Play guides players through a charming adventure with loveable characters, cheerful minigames and puzzles. 

Interaction

App: Crouton

Developer: Devin Davies (New Zealand)

With Crouton, users can store recipes, write grocery lists and present step-by-step instructions in the kitchen. 

Game: Rytmos

Developer: Floppy Club (Denmark)

Players are challenged to solve puzzles by creating pathways using drag gestures, with each completed level adding a new part to an evolving song. The bright visuals ensure the game is clear while the gestures are simple, although users will have to keep up when the game becomes more complex.

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Social Impact

App: Gentler Streak Fitness Tracker

Developer: Gentler Stories (Slovenia)

Gentler Streak aims to improve everyone’s lifestyles, with optimistic and encouraging reminders to factor in physical fitness and mental wellbeing. Its health data is organised with track exercise, rest and wellness. A Monthly Summary view provides users with an update on how they are doing and emphasises individual progression over comparison to others.

Game: The Wreck

Developer: The Pixel Hunt (France) 

The Wreck follows the story of Junon, whose life changes forever after a visit to the hospital. This story is an adaptation of a visual novel and is written through intimate narratives which reflect stressful situations. It encourages players to consider their choices throughout a powerful gameplay experience.

Spatial Computing

App: djay pro - DJ App & AI Mixer

Developer: algoriddim GmbH (Germany)

Interact with music in a spatial environment with djay, which offers technical ingenuity and immersion. djay provides users with top sound quality and creativity for music mixing using turntables, such as an interactive effects panel.

Game: Blackbox

Developer: Shapes and Stories (United States)

On Apple Vision Pro, Blackbox challenges users to consider every pixel of the spatial canvas. Players can enjoy puzzles (and easter eggs), with every solution unfolding around the player.

Visuals and Graphics

App: Rooms

Developer: Things, Inc. (United States)

The visuals used by Rooms hit a balance between quirky and compelling, offering users a blank space for building imaginative scenes. It’s a platform designed for cosy gaming and a social space for interactions with thousands of gamers’ creations.

Game: Lies of P

Developer: NEOWIZ (South Korea)

Explore an imaginative adventure with Lies of P which reimagines a classic tale. Players can control a robotic puppet, created by Geppetto, who is on a mission to find his maker in a world of delightful textures, detailed lighting and stunning effects.

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