Aquafadas Clients Push the Envelope in Digital Publishing and Win Big

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Aquafadas Digital Publishing System customers UBM’s Design Central, Daimler, Lufthansa Cargo, Mondadori France Digital and Canal+ honored for their outstanding contributions to the digital publishing world.

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Signum App by UBM's Design Central

We are very proud to have been recognized for our hard work on Signum with the prestigious CMA gold and thank technology partners such as Aquafadas for the support during this journey.

Aquafadas (, innovative developer of digital publishing solutions and creative software for HTML5 creation, congratulates a number of customers who use the Aquafadas Digital Publishing System (more here) as part of the workflow to win top marks for their innovations in the world of digital publishing. UBM’s Design Central, Daimler, Lufthansa Cargo, Mondadori France Digital and Canal+ recently swept major award categories, taking home prestigious awards in 2013.

“I want to extend my deepest congratulations on behalf of the Aquafadas team to these amazing pioneers,” says Claudia Zimmer, CEO, Aquafadas. “Each and every one of these creative teams has truly incredible ideas for their digital magazines, and they continue to push the boundaries of what a magazine can be. We’re extremely pleased that they’ve chosen to use our digital publishing technology to realize their visions and that, in doing so, they’ve shown the digital publishing world the limitless creative possibilities that can be achieved when leveraging the full potential of the Aquafadas platform. We are so proud to have them as customers and partners, and to showcase their brilliant work.”

UBM’s Design Central, one of Aquafadas’s most award-winning customers, won a slew of awards this past year for its work in digital publishing. Signum, a new mobile and desktop application that incorporates video, animation, social media channels, podcasts and hyperlinks to provide a highly interactive reading experience, took home the gold in the 2013 Content Marketing Awards’ Digital Magazine Design category, “Best Design – New Publication.” The Content Marketing Awards (more info) exist to recognize impactful and strategic media created by communication professionals. With over 800 entries, contestants are judged based on a defined set of criteria specific to each of the categories, such as informational and entertainment value, quality of writing and display copy, creative use of imagery and typography, and consistency of color palette and style. UBM’s Design Central’s app EE Times 40th Anniversary also won CMA gold in the Digital Magazine Design category “Best Overall Design.”

The design firm also boasts two finalist spots for min’s (Media Industry Newsletter) Best of the Web awards (more info); its EE Times 40th Anniversary app won an honorable mention in the “Digital Magazine” category, while EE Times – Rise of the Geeks: The Revolution was given an honorable mention in the “Tablet App – Free” category. UBM’s Design Central finished the awards season strong with an ASBPE 2013 National Gold Award for both EE Times apps. ASBPE, the American Society of Business Press Editors, recognizes the best in editorial, design and online achievement each year with its Awards of Excellence competition (more info).

"With Aquafadas, we have virtually no limits. We have redefined what a magazine can deliver to readers in terms of visual richness and interactive non-linear content flow," says Dave Nicastro, creative director of editorial and custom design at UBM’s Design Central. "We are very proud to have been recognized for our hard work on Signum with the prestigious CMA gold and thank technology partners such as Aquafadas for the support during this journey.”

Other Aquafadas customers were also honored for their outstanding work with the digital publishing system. Daimler won the silver 2012/2013 Mercury Excellence Award in the magazine category for its publication Mercedes-Benz Transport, the central customer magazine for the Commercial Vehicles of Mercedes-Benz. The Mercury Excellence Awards recognize publications from the world of PR and corporate communications. Lufthansa’s new digital magazine "planet" also received a prestigious Mercury Gold award in 2013 for the outstanding design of both the app and Web versions. Presented by the New York International Academy of Communication Arts and Sciences (IACAS), the Mercury Excellence Awards are one of the most important award competitions in the world of professional communications.

Mondadori France Digital won the 2012 Specialist Magazine of the Year Award from Digital Magazine Awards (2013 award not yet attributed). Its magazine Science et Vie Kids was celebrated among other magazines, individuals and advertisers from the digital magazine industry.

Canal+ won the grand prize for the multiplatform offer, consisting of app and web, from Grand Prix 2012 (2013 award not yet attributed). Grand Prix praises the top companies in device communication and the digital world.

About Aquafadas
Aquafadas, a pioneer in digital publishing technology, enables the creation and mass distribution of graphics rich, interactive digital content such as books, comics, corporate documents, magazines, and newspapers, across all major platforms including smartphones, tablets and the web. Businesses all over the world rely on Aquafadas’ purpose-built content creation and distribution solutions to achieve their digital publishing strategies, significantly expanding content reach while lowering overhead costs. Some of Aquafadas prestigious customers include Bayard, Carrefour, Egmont International, Kelby Media Group, Lagardere, Mondadori, Reader’s Digest, Sanoma, Standard & Poors and Vodafone.

In addition to the Aquafadas Digital Publishing Solution, the company’s line of award-winning creative software is utilized daily by thousands of graphic designers, web developers, photographers and video editors from the avid enthusiast to the seasoned professional.

A Rakuten group business, Aquafadas also provides its technological expertise to Kobo, the world’s fastest growing e-reader provider. For more information about Aquafadas, please visit


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