There has been an explosion in the number of online tools and services offering APIs and integrations in recent years. A big part of why Slack grew so fast was because it provided the ability to connect to its APIs making it easy for Slack´s customer to extend the core functionality.
As a team of designers, we often wondered how could we use all these amazing services in our app designs without having to ask developers for help — we had so many ideas but found we were frequently frustrated by not being able to implement them.
When we looked around at the “no code” tools that helped non-developers build functionality we found that you often had to learn a whole new tool. We wanted a way to leverage all these amazing APIs without learning yet another tool at all (there are already too many of them out there).
What we realised is that we could allow them to work in their favourite design tool (well okay — Figma — for now), and then just provide a way to connect their design to the functionality they needed just using APIs. This meant less learning for the designer, whilst still being flexible enough to connect to whatever API based service was needed.
The end result — Bravo Studio — is a really powerful tool that can be used for anything from realistic prototypes to full blown enterprise apps.
Before you go much further in exploring the API space I think it’s worth me explaining a few of the essential terms and acronyms:
So, what sort of API based services are there? These days pretty much every service has an API of some description, but they vary in how deep the integration goes. Here are a few of our favorites:
By now I am sure you are dying to know how to put all this together and start turning you designs in to awesome mobile apps. Well, this is something I can help with.
If you head over to https://www.bravostudio.app, you can sign up and start building. We would love to hear your feedback and learn what you have built.