Apple announces finalists for the 2023 Design Awards

May 24, 2023, 12:04 PM EDT
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Apple announces finalists for the 2023 Design Awards
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Apple has set the stage for another exciting edition of its highly anticipated annual event, WWDC 2023, by announcing the finalists for the prestigious Apple Design Awards. With just two weeks remaining before the event kicks off, the announcement has sparked enthusiasm among developers and technology enthusiasts alike.

Emphasizing its commitment to recognizing exceptional achievements in the app and game design, Apple has curated a diverse lineup of nominees spanning six distinct categories. These categories include the captivating realms of “Delight and Fun,” “Inclusivity,” “Social Impact,” and several others. The awards celebrate the creativity and brilliance that drive the digital landscape forward by showcasing apps that excel in innovation, ingenuity, and technical achievement.


The Apple Design Awards hold a special place in the hearts of developers worldwide, as they symbolize the pinnacle of success and recognition within the Apple ecosystem. Each year, these awards serve as a platform for Apple to spotlight exceptional developers who have pushed the boundaries of what is possible and brought forth groundbreaking creations that captivate users around the globe.

As the tension builds and the anticipation mounts, developers and users eagerly await the grand unveiling of the winners at WWDC 2023. This year’s event is scheduled to take place from June 5th through June 9th, promising an immersive experience filled with enlightening sessions, exciting announcements, and, of course, the highly anticipated Apple Design Awards ceremony.


By announcing the finalists in advance, Apple has generated a buzz that transcends the event itself. Developers, fans, and industry experts alike are poring over the list of nominees, speculating on who will emerge victorious in each category. The Design Awards not only honor the remarkable talents behind these exceptional apps but also serve as an inspiration to the entire developer community, encouraging them to strive for greatness in their own creations.

The significance of the Design Awards goes beyond individual recognition; they represent Apple’s unwavering dedication to fostering innovation and excellence in app and game design. Through these awards, Apple underscores its commitment to supporting developers and empowering them to bring their boldest and most imaginative ideas to life. By recognizing and celebrating outstanding accomplishments, Apple continues to inspire a new generation of developers to push the boundaries of what is possible in the ever-evolving digital landscape.


With WWDC 2023 on the horizon, the stage is set for a truly momentous occasion. As the world eagerly awaits the reveal of the winners, the Design Awards remind us of the transformative power of human creativity and its ability to shape the future. By shining a spotlight on the best and brightest in the app and game design, Apple not only honors their remarkable achievements but also sparks a sense of wonder and curiosity that transcends the confines of the event.

The Apple Design Awards stand as a testament to the indomitable spirit of innovation, urging developers to challenge conventions, embrace creativity, and push the boundaries of what is conceivable. As the countdown to WWDC 2023 begins, the excitement continues to build, carrying with it the promise of awe-inspiring announcements and celebrations of the extraordinary talent that propels the technology industry forward.


Here are the finalists for the 2023 Design Awards:

Finalists for 2023 Design Awards — “Inclusivity”

Finalists in this category provide a great experience for all by supporting people from a diversity of backgrounds, abilities, and languages.

  1. Anne developed by Alessandro Di Maio
  2. Universe – Website Builder developed by Universe Exploration Company
  3. Passenger Assistance developed by TRANSREPORT
  4. stitch. developed by Lykke Studios
  5. Ancient Board Game Collection developed by Klemens Strasser
  6. Finding Hannah developed by Fein Games GmbH

Finalists for 2023 Design Awards — “Delight and Fun”

Finalists in this category provide memorable, engaging, and satisfying experiences that are enhanced by Apple technologies.

  1. Duolingo developed by Duolingo Inc.
  2. CREME developed by The CREME Group Inc.
  3. Chantlings developed by IORAMA
  4. Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On! developed by GAME FREAK Inc.
  5. Knotwords developed by Zach Gage and Jack Schlesinger
  6. Afterplace developed by Evan Kice

Finalists for 2023 Design Awards — “Interaction”

Finalists in this category deliver intuitive interfaces and effortless controls that are perfectly tailored to their platform.

  1. Shuffles by Pinterest developed by Pinterest Inc.
  2. Tide Guide: Charts and Tables developed by Condor Digital LLC
  3. Flighty developed by Flighty LLC
  4. Automatoys developed by Idle Friday LTD
  5. Railbound developed by Afterburner
  6. Kimono Cats developed by HumaNature Studios Inc.

Finalists for 2023 Design Awards — “Social Impact”

Finalists in this category improve lives in a meaningful way and shine a light on crucial issues.

  1. Duolingo developed by Duolingo Inc.
  2. Sago Mini First Words developed by Sago Mini
  3. Headspace developed by Headspace
  4. Hindsight developed by Team Hindsight
  5. Endling developed by HandyGames
  6. Beecarbonize developed by Charles Games s.r.o.

Finalists for 2023 Design Awards — “Visuals and Graphics”

Finalists in this category feature stunning imagery, skillfully drawn interfaces, and high-quality animations that lend to a distinctive and cohesive theme.

  1. Any Distance developed by Any Distance Inc.
  2. Gentler Streak Health Fitness developed by Gentler Stories LLC
  3. Riveo developed by Forge and Form GmbH
  4. Diablo Immortal developed by Blizzard Entertainment Inc.
  5. Resident Evil: Village developed by CAPCOM Co., Ltd.
  6. Endling developed by HandyGames

Finalists for 2023 Design Awards — “Innovation”

Finalists in this category provide a state-of-the-art experience through novel use of Apple technologies that set them apart in their genre.

  1. SwingVision: A.I. Tennis App developed by SwingVision Inc.
  2. Camo Studio developed by Reincubate Ltd.
  3. Rise: Energy & Sleep Tracker developed by Rise Science Inc.
  4. Resident Evil: Village developed by CAPCOM Co., Ltd.
  5. stitch. developed by Lykke Studios
  6. MARVEL SNAP developed by Second Dinner

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