Touchgram
Touchgram

Articles about Touchgram

Articles we published about Touchgram, the stories behind the product, the technology and related issues such as data privacy.



2021


2020

  • Apple Privacy - What iMessage Extensions know about you
    Explains how Apple safeguard your privacy by running iMessage extensions like Touchgram in a state of ignorance. We know nothing, not even your name.
  • Touchgram Origins — Personal
    The family history and backstory inspiring Touchgram, including how my parents returned to England from Australia & made me aware of what it's like having young children with remote grandparents.
  • Touchgram Origins — Technical
    The dual obsession with touch-driven interfaces and user-empowering tools such as Hypercard which inspire and set goals for Touchgram.
  • Birthday Card via Canva + Touchgram 
    A walkthrough of starting with a Canva birthday card template, customising that card and making a two-page Touchgram. It shows that the way v1.0 handled background pictures did a lousy job with landscape content because all pictures were stretched, so that was fixed in v1.1.
    A walkthrough of starting with a Canva birthday card template, customising that card and making a two-page Touchgram. It shows that the way v1.0 handled background pictures did a lousy job with landscape content because all pictures were stretched, so that was fixed in v1.1.
  • Redesigning Touchgram for Dark Mode
    A story for designers and developers about the challenges of how Dark Mode on phones requires you to rethink your app color scheme. It includes some technical discussions and a spreadsheet where the color values were worked out. Because most of your interaction within Touchgram is within the Messages app, we had to support dark mode for iOS 13.
  • The Foot Mom
    The quirky true story behind the foot tickling example that's been part of Touchgram since the very beginning.
  • Testing iOS 14
    A little piece confirming that all is well - the current v1.2.5 on the App Store works just fine on the iOS 14 beta.


Open source from Touchgram

For developers, and a bit for designers too. As Touchgram is developed, little explorations are written to see how different programming technologies work. Where possible, these are publicly released.

2020