December 14, 2019

Published long walkthrough article

Andy Dent @AndyDent

During our holiday, I needed to create a birthday card for my wife. I will honestly say I've had a bit of a "embarrassing version cringe" about using Touchgram v1.0. It lacks so many features compared to where I see the product going. However, I took this as a creative challenge.

I also realised this was an opportunity to make myself use Canva via their iPhone app and see how well that worked as a graphic editor to provide graphics for Touchgram.

The v1.0 limits of Touchgram mean your content is restricted pretty much to full-size images. You can add gesture detection and have sounds, alert boxes or page changes as reactions to gestures.

Using Canva like this was one of those "liberating constraints" - as a design I took a card that appealed and part of how I edited it was thinking about how it might turn into a Touchgram.

I knew that a slow crossfade transition to another page would work well if most of the content was in the same place.

I also picked a card with a big central call to action graphic (the Pea in Hap-Pea Birthday) that I thought my wife would be likely to touch.

I did waste a lot of time on graphics, about which I'm going to write a longer article. Quick tip - on the Mac, Acorn editor is your friend with an awesome feature to convert clipboard contents into a new image with a curved shadow as you can see on the scattered photographs on the hero image of the article. I wasted too much time trying to find vectors of photo outlines on pegs then positioning my images on them.

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