Ask DN: Most Well Designed iOS Apps?

over 5 years ago from , Designer & Illustrator

Starting a new project and wanted to see if there were any iOS gems you guys know of to see if I don't already have them on my list.

Feel free to self advertise if you have a well designed app!


  • Jesse HeadJesse Head, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    Well designed apps I like:

    Hyperlapse, Tailor, Inbox by Google, NeuBible.

    3 points
  • Chris CChris C, over 5 years ago

    Elevate is my favorite iOS app design ever. I'd love to pick their designer(s) brain(s).

    1 point
  • Matt SistoMatt Sisto, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    Dark Sky. Trello. CityMapper.

    These are all beautiful and useful.

    1 point
  • Jess Chen, over 5 years ago

    What kind of project is it? Because different categories will have slightly different design focus (aesthetic, functionality, ux...etc) :)

    I think Airbnb did quite well with its UX:

    • Clean design, love the color palette
    • Easy-to-use
    • Esp. love the filter, great UI/UX

    Any.do Cal has really nice UI:

    • Love the idea of photo background theme. ("photo background" is something that I don't normally like, I often find them annoying. But Cal somehow handles it quite well. User are able to pick different photo categories as well)
    • Detail animation ( I love apps that put effort into small animation. Sometimes it just comedown to the details that makes the app standout from others)

    Beatwave is something fun to play around with. I didn't really have much study into this app to be honest, but it's an app that I still keep it in my phone just because it looks pretty and cool.

    0 points
  • brian andrichbrian andrich, over 5 years ago

    Square Cash

    0 points
  • Pavel Burov, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    Apps that I like and use daily or regularly:

    Wunderlist, Day One, 1Password, Pocket Casts, Rise, Fresh Air, Dropbox, Yahoo weather, Numerical, OffOf, Feedly, Pocket, Flipboard, Fantastical, MindNode

    0 points
  • John PJohn P, over 5 years ago

    Does the current state of the market lend itself to anyone spending time on crafting a well designed app anymore?

    Better off looking at things that released 3+ years ago.

    0 points
    • Scott SykoraScott Sykora, over 5 years ago

      It's still been paying off for our team to invest a lot of time into design and UX...

      Our last 6 apps have been featured by apple so thats the part that makes it worthwhile. We make bespoke apps for artists/graphic designers. Half way between games and tools: Pixite Apps

      0 points
    • Bilal MohammedBilal Mohammed, over 5 years ago

      Why do you say so?

      0 points
      • John PJohn P, over 5 years ago

        Race to the bottom and lack of visibility/discoverability has made the well crafted app a waste of time and effort when throwing %$£ at a wall is more profitable.

        0 points
        • Florian PnnFlorian Pnn, over 5 years ago

          Agree with you but on the other side if you don't spend time on UX/UI, your app will never be noticed and promoted. Nowadays promotion via the app stores is one of the most valuable factor of growth.

          0 points