Play is a product design tool for your mobile device. it is a new approach that enables you to experience your designs as you create them, all on the medium you are designing for—your phone.
If you have used other design tools before, then you will find a lot familiar concepts in Play, along with many features reimagined for mobile. If you’re new to design tools, we hope you will find Play a great place to start designing your own mobile products.
Play is designed for anyone who designs, builds or works with mobile products. Most of the people using Play now are designers (from UX designers to product designers and visual designers) UX researchers and even engineers and product managers. Product teams inside of large organizations are using Play as well as smaller startups and individuals.
You can use Play early on in your design process to go from an idea or whiteboard sketch to a working product very quickly. This is great for design sprints or doing proof of concepts for quick validation or user testing where you want something with high fidelity and want to get there quickly.
You can also take advantage of Play's advanced Interaction capabilities and native features to create high fidelity prototypes that will function exactly like a real product (because it is one!) For these cases, you can create from scratch in Play, or import designs you may have already created in Figma.
If you have an existing design system in Figma, you can import those components and styles into Play where you can continue to edit and build out product flows using Play's Interactions.
As we roll out more advanced capabilities like connecting with external data sources and being able to export code, you can use Play to create functional products that are ready to deploy.
Currently, Play is available for iOS and we have plans to roll out an Android version and expand to other mediums like tablet and desktop.
We've designed Play to be advanced enough where it can be used as a standalone product design tool but it works really well alongside your primary design tool (Figma, Sketch, XD). Right now we support the ability to import your Figma components and styles into Play and will be rolling out support for Sketch and XD soon.
What Play offers that traditional design or prototyping tools don't, is the ability to experience your design directly on your phone and adjust things in real-time. Play also has advanced capabilities as it relates to gesture-based interactions and other native features of iOS.
You can design and prototype mobile products with Play! Since you're creating in the native environment, you're making a real app—not a throw-away, interim deliverable. You could use what you create for quick, high fidelity prototypes or hand off what you've done to your engineering team once our code export is ready.
Right now we are in Private Beta and are using TestFlight to distribute Play. Soon we will be available for anyone to download Play from Apple's App Store.
We take privacy and security very seriously at Play. In terms of where and how data is being saved and transferred, we are using Google Firebase for all data storage & hosting as well as using Firebase’s services for sending and calling all data and information.
Firebase services encrypt data in transit using HTTPS and the Firebase services we are using for Play also encrypt data at rest.
All the Firebase services have successfully completed the ISO 27001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018 and SOC 1, SOC 2, and SOC 3 evaluation and certification process.
The best way to learn Play is to experiment and have some fun with it! We have dozens of tutorials and demo projects that are made available to the members of our Private Beta.
We are currently working on all of the collaboration features in Play such as multi-user and shared team libraries. We will be rolling out Play's Share functionality first, which will enable you to share what you're creating in Play with anyone you choose so they can experience your work in progress directly on their phone.
Once Play is in Public Beta, anyone will be able to install it and run a version of Play.
You can! Right now we have robust functionality that enables you to import your Figma components and styles into Play. We will be adding in support for Sketch and XD as well.
You will soon! This is a very big feature and one we are putting a lot of thought behind. We want this feature to be useful for both designers and engineers.
Yes! We are rolling out the ability to integrate external JSON files into Play. We are targeting early 2021 for this feature.
You can! Right now you can upload your own photo assets via your phone. We also have integrations with Unsplash, Pexels and the Noun Project for stock photos, videos and SVGs respectively. We will also be launching Play's Web Asset Repository, which will make uploading images, videos, SVGs and custom fonts very seamless.
We currently support all Google fonts and will support custom fonts when Play's web dashboard rolls out.