Popular Mac app CleanMyMac X picks up a Red Dot Award for design

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What you need to know

  • The popular CleanMyMax X has picked up a Red Dot Award.
  • The app's design won out with products across 70 countries submitted.

The hugely popular Mac maintenance app CleanMyMac X has received the Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design 2021, according to developer MacPaw.

Announced via a blog post, the news means that CleanMyMax X was able to win the award against thousands of products from more than 70 countries in the Interface & User Experience Design category.

"Our jury was amazed by the quality of the submissions to the Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design 2021. The fact that you managed to stand out in such a strong and international field of competitors and impress the experts is proof of your design skill. Your award-winning project is outstanding" Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of Red Dot, told the CleanMyMac X developers.


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MacPaw explains the design theory behind the CleanMyMac app, saying that it wanted to "create easy-to-use, aesthetically pleasing products."

CleanMyMac's new design (the one honored with the award) was created with our users' needs in mind. We aimed to make the application more intuitive and help users focus on important things at any given time. That's why we've implemented a number of useful innovations:

  • A literally outstanding sidebar menu to provide easier navigation through the app.
  • Subtle 3D parallax animations for a more in-depth experience.
  • Powerful micro animations to draw user attention to what's important at a particular moment.
  • Interactive hover effects and atmospheric sounds to make the process of optimizing a Mac more exciting.

This isn't the first time MacPaw has been on the receiving end of a Red Dot Award. The developer's Gemini 2 won one back in 2017, too.

CleanMyMac X is one of the best Mac apps you can find in terms of keeping your Mac in tip-top condition and it's well worth checking out. You can learn more, and download a free version, on the CleanMyMac website now.

Oliver Haslam

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