Last week, Figma published over 8 hours of video recordings from Config Europe, so get comfortable! Software engineer Jamie Wong shared a great story of debugging a sneaky bug in Figma. Roman Shamin from Evil Martians wrote an epic blog post on building an internal plugin to create and maintain a dynamic color system. So many artists and illustrators keep pushing the limits of what’s possible with Figma — check out their work in the Resources section!
I’m really happy to welcome Bravo Studio as a sponsor of this issue. I first wrote about them back in January, and last week they released a major new version. It’s mind-blowing that iOS and Android apps now can be created by connecting a Figma prototype to external APIs and services without writing any code. Check them out!
A design first, no-code tool, which allows you to turn your Figma app designs and prototypes into real publishable mobile apps (both iOS and Android).
You can now type CSS color names into the color picker. Here is a good demo.
“Copy as PNG” now has a keyboard shortcut (⌘⇧C or Ctrl+Shift+C) and defaults to 2x resolution.
“As we reflect on the many takeaways from the conference, more than anything, we’re reminded how design has the power to bring us together. We’ve curated some of our favorite snippets on creating moments of connection — through the work you do, the products you build, or the way you show up in the community.”
If you’re not sure where to start with the recordings, this blog post introduces two talks: “Design systems as a service, not a product” by Declan Talbert, UX Designer at University of the Arts London, and “Failing Together” by Figma’s Product Manager Kelsey Whelan and Product Designer Nikolas Klein.
Software engineer Jamie Wong tells a great story of debugging a sneaky bug in Figma when he found himself on an hour-long Lyft ride from San Francisco to Mountain View to meet a stranger who'd never heard of Figma.
Figma has hired Ken Norton as director of product. Ken spent more than fourteen years at Google, where he led product initiatives for Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Mobile Maps, and GV. After using Figma for nine months, he said he approached the company about joining.
It’s that time of the year again — time for annual rankings and ratings. Forbes published their annual ranking of the world’s top private cloud companies. Figma is #29 on the list.
You may remember Craig Mod from his keynote on Config 2020. In this podcast, he talks about finances, starting investing at an early age, saving to buy future freedom, and how this approach led him to invest in Figma during the early days.
An epic blog post from Roman Shamin describes a better way of working with a dynamic color system and how to build an internal plugin that makes it possible.
Jacob used Google Sheets Sync plugin to fill his designs with real medicine names while designing an online pharmacy that delivers NHS prescription medicine.
“There are tons of tools and platforms available that ease out the design handoff. To maintain a smooth design handoff, both designers and developers must take place into the process. Here are some tips for the designers and developers on how to improve the design handoff.”
A beginner-friendly tutorial by Unn Swanström.
Rogie shows how to add a hover state and make nav component instances inherit all main component triggers.
A nice tip for rearranging components, frames, and shapes.
“AEUX is a set of panels for Figma, Sketch and After Effects. Transfer layers as you need them with the least amount of friction between visual design and motion.”
Over a thousand of free open source icons.
The Forge is a curated collection of premium font foundries. They provide hundreds of high-quality typefaces as downloadable trial fonts for testing.
Alexander creates beautiful icons and illustrations.
Wish it was a Figma file to peek into, but very cool nonetheless.
“Figma is not for illus… oh!” Beautiful work by @mrhammn.
Andrew Denty decided to recreate this year’s October Apple event invite in Figma.
BlendingMe blends two lines, ellipses, or rectangles. I used it on a recent project, and it's a capable alternative to the more advanced Blend Tool in Adobe Illustrator.
“Figma has partnered with leading global digital and design agencies. These agencies have a proven track record of helping their clients run at scale by setting up and migrating their design systems, implementing more efficient processes, and providing an overall elevated level of service.”
As it started looking like many students wouldn’t be heading back to campus this year, Figma had to revisit its focus on local, campus-specific programs. Instead, they decided to make progress on classroom resources, student stories, Virtual Campus Slack Community, and hackathons this summer.
A part of the conversation between Dylan Field and Andrew Reed from Sequoia.