Designflows Awards now taking place in September

In light of the current Coronavirus situation, we're moving the Awards to September 12, 2020. Your health is too important to take any risks with. Hopefully, by making this decision early, it will minimize the inconvenience caused. Thanks for understanding.

The Designflows Team

Italy’s #1 Mobile UI Design Contest

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Milan, Italy

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Sept. 12, 2020

Total Prizes: €40,000

€250 to each participant invited to the Awards

Expenses (including travel and accommodation) courtesy of Bending Spoons

Apply by
January 22, 2020

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What is


Designflows is a nationwide mobile UI design contest. The winners are announced at an exclusive Awards ceremony in Milan on April 18, 2020 September 12, 2020. Are you Italian, or do you live or work in Italy? Ready to show what you've got? Then apply now!

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Earn Yourself the Spotlight

If you're really into mobile UI design and you’re up for a challenge, Designflows is a fantastic chance to showcase your talent and face off against the best of the best of the Italian design community.

We Pay, You Showcase Your Talent

Designflows is free to enter. For those who make it to the Awards, we cover all expenses. This includes travel to Milan and city-center accommodation.

Big Money Prizes

You’re guaranteed at least €5,000 if you make the podium. Third place wins €5,000. Second wins €10,000. And there’s a whopping €15,000 for the winner. If you’re among the 40 participants invited to the Awards, you win €250 independent of your final ranking.

Meet First-Class Designers

Qualifying for the Awards isn’t child's play. So, if you make it that far, you deserve to be recognized as one of the most skilled UI designers nationwide. Designflows presents an incredible opportunity to connect with many extraordinarily passionate and talented people.

Made by Bending Spoons

With nearly 300,000 new users downloading our apps every day, we’re one of the most exciting, fastest-growing tech companies in the world.

Apply by
January 22, 2020

We reserve the right to close the application window prematurely, and at any time, in case we receive more applications than we can handle.

The Contest

On January 24, 2020 at 7pm CET, each participant receives a link to a creative brief describing the specifications for a mobile UI design. Instructions are specific—there’s no point starting before reading them—but participants can expect to design an icon and 2 or 3 screens for iOS or Android. The deadline for submission is January 26, 2020 at 9pm CET. Being even one second late means disqualification without appeal, so be sharp! A score is determined for each participant based on the quality of their work, and prizes are assigned accordingly.

The Jury

We’ve worked hard to assemble an outstanding jury, but they’re going to have to work even harder to evaluate your fantastic work! 😅

Meg Lewis

Brand & Experience Designer

Meg Lewis is a designer making the world a happier place through books, talks, writing, spaces, podcasts, workshops, and videos. Meg works with brands like Dropbox, Buzzfeed, Condé Nast Digital, Slack, NPR, Vox, VICE, Google, and Bloomingdale's to create human-centered experiences that create positive change. Beyond design, Meg utilizes comedy and vulnerability to communicate delicate subjects through speaking, coaching, and education on creating fulfilling careers. Meg empowers individuals to discover their unique selves through books, video series, workshops, and talks titled Full Time You. She also founded Ghostly Ferns, an international collective of designers and commercial artists and Fool Proof, a shared workspace for creativity and collaboration.

Kyle McDowell

Design Director at FΛNTΛSY Interactive

Kyle McDowell, Design Director at Fantasy Interactive, has more than ten years of experience as a multidisciplinary designer and leader focused on product and brand development. He has shaped new ideas, influenced trends, and propelled innovation with industry leaders including Pepsi, Ford, Sony, and Disney. Prior to Fantasy, Kyle was Head of Design at Tally, a Bay Area fintech startup recently featured on Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies list.

Haraldur Thorleifsson

CEO & Founder at Ueno

Haraldur is the founder and CEO of Ueno, an agency that designs and builds digital products, brands, and products for some of the most innovative companies in the world. Celebrated clients include Google, Reuters, Facebook, Uber, ESPN, Visa, RedBull, and Apple—to name just some. Ueno boasts offices in New York, Los Angeles, Reykjavík, and San Francisco, where Halli is based. His work has met with significant industry acclaim over the years, winning Webbys, FWA, and Awwwards.

Ales Nesetril

Design Lead at STRV

Aleš Nešetřil is a digital product designer currently leading the design team at STRV while building own passion side projects. He has collaborated on projects featured in Forbes, Vogue, FastCompany, Hypebeast, WSJ and Apple Music, and made a name for himself on Medium (thanks to his highly popular articles and tutorials for designers), as well as becoming well-known on Behance (for his detailed design case studies). Most recently he launched a website promoting a balanced, mindful and more responsible approach to work more called WorkResponsibly.

Zhenya Rynzhuk

Award-winning Art Director & Awwwards Judge

Zhenya is an award-winning art director, who loves everything that has to do with Product & Visual design, Mobile & Web projects as well as Branding, Typography, and Animations. Having 8+ years of experience, Zhenya knows how to help clients solve real business cases and grow their businesses by using design thinking. Throughout her career, Zhenya had a chance to collaborate with such icon brands as Google, Adobe, ESPN, Nike, UN, Lime, and others.

Hall of Fame

The illustrious winners of previous Designflows editions.
Is yours the next name to be added to the list?

Riccardo Di Stefano

Gaia Zuccaro

Giuseppe De Luca


The total prizepool is €40,000. When all submissions have been evaluated, the top 40 participants each win €250, and are invited to attend the Awards in Milan. The top 3 rankings are revealed at the Awards. The highest ranking participant wins €15,000, the second highest wins €10,000, and the third wins €5,000. Prize winners are asked to provide a bank account, and the transfers happen within five working days of the Awards ceremony.

The goal is to identify the best 40 submissions, so we can invite their creators to the Awards. There, we reveal the final rankings, and award the winners accordingly. To do so, we follow a two-phase process. First, a jury of Bending Spoons team members scores each submission and passes the top 50 to the next phase. These 50 submissions are scored again by a jury of experts, composed of external judges. To minimize bias, the judges aren’t told the score each submission received during the first phase, and scoring is done without consulting any of the other judges. We then rank the 50 submissions according to the average scores assigned by the judges, discarding the previous scores of the Bending Spoons jury. We extend an Awards invitation to the top 40, and assign prizes accordingly.

The Bending Spoons jury and all of the judges are provided with a list of criteria to follow, with each criterion carrying equal weight:

  • Usability. The design must be intuitive and usable, so that art doesn’t trump usefulness.
  • Creativity. There must be a significant flash of the new, the different, the special, while the look remains tasteful and modern.
  • Polish. The technique and attention to detail must wow the judges.
  • Consistency. Your product show personality, the branding is harmonious and solid.

We vow to ensure all submissions are judged objectively, with the minimum possible amount of individual bias. It’s impossible to eliminate subjective opinion, of course. So, to avoid unpleasant and useless disputes, our decisions are unappealable, and we won’t provide the judges’ scores or the reasons why a certain work is judged superior to another. Please only participate if you promise to be a good sport about it 😉.

You may use any tool, as long as you submit your work as a PNG file. More details on the exact format required is provided in the brief.

The contest doesn’t require your physical presence, and you may send your submission from January 24, 2020 at 7pm CET, to January 26, 2020 at 9 pm CET. The winners are announced during the Awards at Bending Spoons HQ, Corso Como 15, Milan, on April 18, 2020 September 12, 2020 (see schedule below). The 40 top-ranked participants are invited to attend the Awards. We provide all travel and accommodation expenses.

Here it is:

11:00 Networking and exposition
12:00 Bending Spoons presentation
12:15 Jury presentation
12:30 Announcement of the winners
13:00 Talk
13:30 Lunch
15:00 Event ends

Designflows is completely free for all participants. If you qualify for the Awards, Bending Spoons provides food, hotel accommodation (the night of the Awards, and either the night before or after), and refunds all travel expenses up to a maximum amount of €250 per participant. This is on top of the €250 won by every participant attending the Awards. If you’re traveling by train or by plane, we’ll book the tickets for you. If you choose to reach us by car, we ask you to send the related payment receipts via email to after the event, and to provide a bank account for the refund. Refunds/expenses are paid no more than 5 working days after the Awards.

We don’t use your work for any commercial purposes without your prior written consent. However, we reserve the right to display all submissions within the scope of this contest. For more details, please read the rules.

Applications remain open until 11.59pm on January 22, 2020. You can apply here. We reserve the right to close the application window earlier and at any time, in case we receive more applications than we can handle. 😱 When applying, you’re asked to provide your full name, a contact email, and a link to your portfolio (for example, your Dribbble or Behance profile page, but anything suitable works). This helps us reduce spam and cheating, and gives our recruiting department something to work with. Should any of the provided information look like a joke (for example, if your name is “Obi-Wan Kenobi”), you won’t be invited to take part in the contest.

All participants must either be Italian, or live or work in Italy. Foreigners living in Italy or Italians living abroad are welcome to apply. Designflows is all about stimulating and celebrating creative excellence in mobile UI design in Italy, where folks at Bending Spoons believe there’s a huge opportunity to achieve even more. It’s absolutely not compulsory to be an expert in UI design, though, of course, at least some experience within this field will probably help. Also, participants have to be at least 18 years old at registration date. We’re going to trust your word regarding your nationality, residency, and age. However, if we get suspicious, we reserve the right to ask for documentation. 🧐 Granting admission to the contest is at our sole discretion.

Bending Spoons is a tech company that currently specializes in developing and marketing mobile apps. Our apps are used by tens of millions of people all around the world and get downloaded over 300,000 times per day just on iOS, making Bending Spoons the first Italian and European company by that metric globally, and a top 10 among all companies worldwide. Playond is a new product of ours: a collection of awesome games available through a single subscription, with no ads or pay-to-win dynamics. We sponsor and organize the contest to make our brand as an employer more widely known (we're hiring!) and to strengthen Playond’s brand too. For more information on Bending Spoons, check out our website, as well as what Spooners say about working here.

Any Other Questions?

But first, please read the info above one more time 😉

The Venue

Bending Spoons is happy to host the event in our central Milan HQ

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Before it’s too late 💀

Deadline: January 22, 2020