Apple announces 2012 Design Award winners

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What were the prettiest, or otherwise design-centric apps made on Apple’s platforms this year?

The results are in.

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference continues through the rest of this week, though the annual Apple Design Awards show is in the can. This is the event where the company recognizes the achievements of developers who created particularly well-designed software, be it in looks or overall functionality.

Among some of the winners are popular games like Halfbrick’s Jetpack Joyride and Playdead’s Limbo, alongside creation apps like Bohemian Coding’s Sketch for the Mac, and Paper for the iPad by FiftyThree.

Apple began its annual design awards program in 1997 under the moniker the “Human Interface Design Excellence,” changing to its current name just a year later. Those who win get promotion on Apple’s developer site, as well as a cube-shaped award that glows when picked up. The design for that cube, which has been made by Palo Alto, Calif.-based Sparkfactor Design since 2003, was once put through a CT scanner by an award winner to see how it worked.

A full list of winners from this year’s show is below. All links lead to those apps in their respective App Stores.

iPhone Winners DM1 – The Drum Machine Company: Fingerlab

App: Jetpack Joyride Company: Halfbrick Studios

App: National Parks by National Geographic Company: National Geographic Society / Rally Interactive

iPad winners

App: Paper Company: FiftyThree Inc

App: Bobo Explores Light Company: GameCollage

App: DM1 – The Drum Machine Company: Fingerlab

Student winners

App: DaWindci (iPad) Company: Reality Twist GmbH, Mimimi Productions, Mediadesign Highschool of Applied Sciences

App: Little Star (iPad) Company: BiBoBox Studio, Dalian Nationalities University

Mac winners

App: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Ultimate Edition Company: Feral Interactive Ltd

App: Limbo Company: Playdead ApS

App: Sketch Company: Bohemian Coding

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