Pterosaur Launches Our Congress to Strengthen American Democracy

[] Washington, District of Columbia – Democracy works best when voters are well informed and hold their elected representatives accountable. Today, Pterosaur Design is proud to announce the launch of Our Congress 1.0.1, an iOS app designed to make it easy for voters to follow the work of the U.S. Congress and contact their representatives. Our Congress brings together data from government entities and nonprofit organizations to put a wealth of information about congress at users’ fingertips.

With just a few taps voters can use Our Congress to
* Contact a member of Congress by phone, the web, or social media
* Read a member’s press releases and sponsored legislation,
* Track bills as they work their way though the House and Senate,
* Follow the work of congressional committees as they gather information on the issues of the day, and
* Review recent votes, nominations, and floor actions.

Pterosaur Design has even included a copy of the U.S. Constitution for easy reference.

Our Congress employs an intuitive stack-based interface that allows users to quickly navigate through nested menus to find what they’re looking for. Users can bookmark key legislators or important bills for easy reference, and accessing bookmarked items is never more than one tap away. Leveraging Apple’s latest iOS 11 design language, Our Congress looks fresh but feels familiar.

Our Congress was designed with accessibility in mind. Using new APIs introduced in iOS 11, Our Congress supports dynamic type on all screens so that the app is fully functional at even the largest font sizes. Says Pterosaur Design founder, Erik Heitfield, “as a legally blind person, I appreciate apps that still look good when I select the larger fonts I’m comfortable with. I designed Our Congress to look great at any font size.”

Our Congress relies on data from a number of sources. ProPublica’s Congress API provides up-to-date information on members of congress and active legislation. This information is supplemented with additional data from The @unitedstates Project and the Library of Congress.

Our Congress is completely free and includes no ads or tracking of any kind. Erik Heitfield explains, “I’m fortunate to have a career that affords me enough free time to make apps that I feel passionately about, even if they don’t pay the bills. Like many people, I’m concerned about the polarization of American politics and I fear that some of our most cherished democratic institutions are under threat. Releasing Our Congress is something small that I’m able to do to help.”

Our Congress is available exclusively on the iOS app store. It requires iOS 11 and supports both iPhones and iPads.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
* Universal Application
* Requires iOS 11.0 or later
* 10.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Our Congress 1.0.1 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Reference category.Our Congress 1.0.1
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Pterosaur Design is an independent iOS app development studio in Washington, DC. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2017 Pterosaur Design. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

###Erik Heitfield
United States
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