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Purple: flexible boards for design teams

over 4 years ago from

Hey everyone!

My team and I are looking for beta testers for a new design collaboration tool that we've been hard at work on. The problem we're solving: when you're working on a design project, you'll end up with a bunch of documents, presentations, designs, prototypes, lists, etc spread across different folders/tabs/shared links.

Purple lets you bring all of that into one board to make team collaboration and planning a lot more straightforward. The one thing I think we do well is that we integrate with Google Docs, Sketch, Invision, and Marvel - so you don't have to change the tools that you're using. Give it a whirl and please let us know what think! As a thank you, beta testers will be given a discount when we launch later this year :)

www.purple.li

5 comments

  • Colby Sato , over 4 years ago

    Been using this for half a year and on two projects. Definitely good for collecting artifacts, summarizing work, and onboarding new collaborators to the project.

    3 points
  • Rolando MurilloRolando Murillo, over 4 years ago

    I'm concerned about the performance (very choppy/slow, at least on Safari) and the strict workflow. If I were you, I would get lot of inspiration from Milanote.

    2 points
    • , over 4 years ago

      Thanks for the feedback! When talking to various designers, we found that products made for brainstorming and open-ended creativity (such as Milanote/Mural) aren't necessarily a good output to share directly with teammates. Having a second dimension ultimately adds complexity for someone who's on the receiving end of a project. Hence why we ended up with a linear format :). We got some feedback from our early users that this was the right decision (they can share a project with their team without additional explanation needed about how things are laid out), but I'm still open to ideas around this! Also yep, we'll be making some performance improvements soon!

      1 point
  • Lucian .esLucian .es, over 4 years ago

    Checked it and looks great and seems useful.

    Curious about how you plan to attract users and make them feel it's not just another tool in the design process.

    How would you convince organisations to switch from jira, trello, basecamp, asana, etc.. Or you are not considering purple as a replacement?

    I can clearly see the benefits (with a little bit of polish here and there), but I know it's quite hard and teams are not really keen to change the tools they are using or add more.

    Best, www.lucian.es

    1 point
    • , over 4 years ago

      Thanks Lucian! That's certainly on our mind as we build. Our current strategy is to continue building integrations that turn Purple into a great view-layer of the work that you already have spread around different tools. But at the same time, we'll provide peripheral functionality to help you simplify your toolset and feel like Purple is also a place to plan and gather feedback. For example, you can embed a Google Doc in a project, but we also provide a Text Card, which allows you to write simple documents right in Purple.

      1 point