Appnovation Awarded Six Communicator Awards in  Website and Mobile Categories

The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts announced the winners of its 26th Annual Communicator Awards, and Appnovation was recognized with multiple Awards of Excellence for its work to design and build Visit California’s Road Trip Republic digital hub.

Under the website category, Appnovation earned 4 Awards of Excellence for:

  • Websites - General: Travel/Tourism
  • Features - Structure and Navigation
  • Features - User Experience
  • Features - Visual Appeal - Function

Under the Mobile Apps category, Appnovation earned two Awards of Excellence for:

  • General: Travel/Tourism
  • Best User Interface

“At Appnovation, our mission is to deliver customer value through people-inspired digital business solutions,” said Scott Wassmer, General Manager of Americas for Appnovation. “The Road Trip Republic digital hub is a best-in-class example of our consumer-first approach to digital innovation.”

The Road Trip Republic digital hub is housed within Visit California’s website and is the digital destination to get travellers inspired to plan and share their ultimate California road trip. Appnovation designed and built the digital hub in 3 months. The Appnovation team that worked on the digital hub was led by Anton Morrison and included Derek Lucchese, Jenny Cho, Nikie Zuo, Saad Shahid, Bryan Heisler, Serge Fomin, Sanaz Shokravi, Darren Louie, Kiran Brar, Shawna Barnes, David Langarica Lorenzo and Victoria Wilson.

“California is the ultimate road trip destination, offering a bucket list experience for every type of traveler,” said Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California. “The Road Trip Republic digital hub provides the perfect balance of inspiration and information, allowing travelers to find their dream trip based on destinations, length of trip and activities.”

With over 6,000 entries received from across the US and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals. In addition to Appnovation, winners who received the competition’s highest honor, the Award of Excellence, include Amazon, ESPN Films, Publicis Sapient, Macy’s, PepsiCo Design & Innovation, Forbes Media, and Savvy. 

About Appnovation

Appnovation is a global full-service digital consultancy. We help businesses advance and inspire, create positive transformation, and champion digital innovation. Our expertise and knowledge is your expertise and knowledge: At Appnovation, we seamlessly integrate strategy, user experience, technical development, deployment, training and support.

Appnovation. Inspiring Possibility.

About Visit California

Visit California is a nonprofit organization with a mission to develop and maintain marketing programs – in partnership with the state’s travel industry – that keep California top-of-mind as a premier travel destination. For more information about Visit California and for a free California Official State Visitor's Guide, go to For story ideas, media information, downloadable images, video and more, go to

About The Communicator Awards:

The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for marketing and communications professionals. Founded by passionate communications professionals over two decades ago, The Communicator Awards is an annual competition honoring the best digital, mobile, audio, video, and social content the industry has to offer. The Communicator Awards is widely recognized as one of the largest awards of its kind in the world.

The Communicator Awards are judged and curated by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA). The AIVA is an assembly of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. Current AIVA membership represents a "Who's Who" of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms including: GE Digital, Spotify, Condè Nast, Disney, Republica, Tinder, Majestyk, Fast Company, Upstatement, and many others. See for more information.


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