Inside Juilliard Open Studios

Inside Juilliard Open Studios

We’re used to challenging projects at Touchpress, and Juilliard Open Studios was no exception: we were given full access to the world-famous performing arts school, and pretty soon we had gathered around 6,344 minutes – 2,248 gigabytes – of source video for the launch episodes. We needed to find a way to filter this information and communicate it in a way that wasn’t overwhelming. More than that: the app couldn’t just be digestible, it had to be innovative. It had to be special. And whatever we did had to work on six different device sizes, from the iPhone 4s’ 3.5-inch screen to the iPad Air 2’s 10-inch screen, and everything in between.

A Webby nomination and Best of Web Education

A Webby nomination and Best of Web Education

It’s been an exciting few days for Touchpress –  first, we were told that our app Molecules by Theodore Gray was selected as a Nominee for The 19th Annual Webby Awards in the Mobile: Education & Reference (Tablet & All Other Devices) category. Molecules was selected as one of the five best in the world in its category, and is competing for both The Webby and The Webby People’s Voice Award. We are extremely proud to have been nominated for this award. You can vote for Molecules in the People’s Voice awards here

Think Like Churchill – Guided by Boris Johnson is out now

Our latest app, Think Like Churchill, is out now on the App Store.

Guided by Boris Johnson, this app lets you stand in the shoes of Winston Churchill as he faces some of the most difficult and challenging dilemmas in history. At the end of each scenario, your choice is dissected and analysed to help you understand how to become a better decision maker.

Learn more about the app at


Disney Animated nominated for a Children’s BAFTA

Touchpress is proud to announce that the company’s app Disney Animated has been nominated for a Children’s BAFTA award in the Interactive: Adapted category.

In Disney Animated you will find privileged access to the inner workings of a studio that has shaped an entire industry for over 90 years. Within it you can discover the story behind the making of over 50 films from Snow White (1937) to Big Hero 6 (2014), and peel back the layers of animation to understand how every sketch is made into something magical.

In 2013, Apple chose Disney Animated as their iPad App of the Year. The app has also won a Digital Book Award in 2014 and a FutureBook Innovation Award.

Theodore Gray, co-author of Disney Animated and Chief Creative Officer of Touchpress, said “The world of Disney animation is amazingly rich and deep. The more you look into it, the more surprising and delightful it becomes. We are thrilled to have been nominated for a Children’s BAFTA.”

The winner will be announced on the 23rd of November.

You can find out more about the awards and the other nominees here

Touchpress at the Palace

Earlier this week, Touchpress CEO Sam Aspinall attended a reception with The Queen at Buckingham Palace. Sam was invited by the Duke of York to an event celebrating the UK’s most promising digital entrepreneurs.

We’re incredibly honoured to have been invited and to have met some very talented and inspirational people – we’re all looking forward to future developments in UK Tech!

Touchpress’ music apps win RPS Music Award

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We are incredibly honoured that Touchpress’ music apps have received a prestigious RPS Music Award for Creative Communication.

The Royal Philharmonic Society writes on their website: ‘Touchpress’s three iPad apps – The Orchestra, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and The Liszt Sonata – represent a new pinnacle in the marriage of performance, interpretation and new technology. In shedding light on aspects of our art which so often remain obscure, they possess a rare power to take every listener – regardless of age and expertise – straight to the music’s beating heart.’

Thank you to the Royal Philharmonic Society for the award, and to everyone who has downloaded our apps.

All Winners on Stage

Sam Aspinall appointed as new CEO of Touchpress

Exciting changes are afoot at Touchpress. Four years after we released our ground-breaking iPad app The Elements, we are pleased to announce that Sam Aspinall will be taking over as CEO from Max Whitby at the end of February. Max will continue at Touchpress in the role of Director of Special Projects.

Sam joined us in the role of Chief Operations Officer in 2013, having previously served as Commercial Director of Mind Gym. As a Chartered Accountant and MBA, Sam combines commercial acumen and strong management skills with hands-on appreciation of what makes a great creative business.

Max has led Touchpress since he co-founded the business with Theodore Gray, John Cromie and Stephen Wolfram in 2010. Over the last four years, Max has overseen the creation of a broad range of award-winning apps that have collectively been downloaded over 7 million times and received international industry recognition.

In December of last year, Apple chose Disney Animated as Best iPad App of 2013, and in January we were honoured to be the recipients of a Digital Book Award, two Future Book Awards and a 2014 KAPi ‘Pioneering Team’ Award.

Max says: ‘I am enormously proud of what we have achieved at Touchpress in our first four years. I am delighted now to hand the reins to Sam Aspinall as incoming CEO; I am confident that she will build on our creative excellence and deliver long-term value for our investors.’

We are thrilled to be moving forward with Sam and Max in their new roles as Touchpress continues to grow and innovate.

Disney Animated wins 2014 Digital Book Awards

We are thrilled to announce that Disney Animated has been named as the winner of the Academic/Reference app category at the prestigious 2014 Digital Book Awards.

The Digital Book Awards recognise and commend innovation in apps and digital book publishing, and so it is a great honour to be recognised in this field as a publisher of pioneering and creative apps that redefine the iPad experience.

Disney Animated’s win at the Digital Book Awards continues our streak of success that includes accolades such as the iPad App of the Year for the App Store Best of 2013 list, and the Best Adult Digital Book at the 2013 FutureBook Innovation Awards.

Download Disney Animated from the App Store here.

Disney Animated named iPad app of the year

We are absolutely delighted that Disney Animated has been named iPad app of the year on the App Store Best of 2013 list, as well as five more Touchpress titles featuring in the Best of 2013 listing in over 20 countries. In a description on the App Store, the editorial team at Apple commented: 

“This enchanting tour of Disney’s animated film vault awes with a bounty of interactive character models, animated sequences and an absolutely spellbinding presentation.” 

Here's a more detailed list of where and in which categories Touchpress apps have been recognised:

The Elements (for Mac)

Best Apps: Great Britain

Beethoven's 9th Symphony

Engaging Educational Apps:  Australia, Canada, New Zealand, China, South Korea, US, Turkey, India and Russia

Beethoven's 9th Symphony (Full Version)

Engaging Educational Apps: Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand,

Innovative Learning: Poland and Taiwan

Beethoven's 9th Symphony (Full iPhone Version)

Innovation in Music: Poland

New Music App: Italy

The Orchestra

Innovative Learning: Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and The Netherlands

Engaging Educational Apps:  Great Britain and Sweden

Best Educational Apps: France

Barefoot World Atlas

Innovative Learning: Switzerland and Germany

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy

Innovative Learning: Italy

Thank you to everyone who has helped make this possible – what a fantastic note to end the year on!