A year ago, I sent the first issue of this newsletter to 19 subscribers 🥳 I started it with zero expectations, but this year Figmalion affected my life in a meaningful way. I wrote a post about starting it, finding the audience (👋), getting sponsors, it’s role in self-publishing the book, and running it behind the scenes. Thank you for being with me this year!
A few quality-of-life improvements to components, team libraries, and the Inspect tab.
Rogie demonstrates a few recent improvements to the Inspect tab.
Variants, Part 2
A short overview of Variants, when to use them, current limitations, and how to get started.
One of the unexpected features, but can be useful when organizing your design system.
Figma’s Designer Advocates share how Variants work and answer questions.
A design team at Mono took a dive into the Figma Community to look for high-quality Material Design and Android UI kits. They also show how to bring together components from all these kits into a project library. (Speaking of Mono, check out their free resources in the Community.)
A smart approach to image optimization. The loading effect in the result looks very nice!
“Putting a Frame inside another Frame sounds like madness, but it’s a core prototyping technique required for true Figma mastery.”
This tutorial shows how to create attractive blurred backgrounds to get your designs ready for iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur. It’s not specific to Figma, but the advice is solid.
Pinterest’s Ashley Seto and Fidelity Investments’ Taylor Cashdan and Mark Steinruck provide a behind the scenes look into their design systems and the operations that keep them going.
An interview with Miguel Cardona, an Assistant Professor at RIT teaching New Media Design, on designing learning experiences in Figma.
An interactive article that aims to help you pick, set up, and use Layout Grid in Figma.
Beautiful effect, reminding me of Kai’s Power Tools. (If you know, you know.)
The latest and greatest macOS UI kit!
Python scripts for simplifying design review and sharing design work. Scripts download updated screens from Zeplin or/and Figma to a new folder with the current date.
Whoa! I don’t use Abstract anymore, and it seems like this plugin requires access to a feature that wasn’t widely rolled out yet, but this is exciting. Abstract’s branch-based workflow is one of the rare features I see people genuinely miss when switching to Figma.
Export Figma styles and custom tokens to Style Dictionary JSON or sync to GitHub. I’ve been thinking of building a plugin for this before, so looking forward to trying it on one of the projects.
Over 30 filters for raster images.
Creates oblique projections of any shape. Useful for creating shadows, 3D depth, visual perspectives, etc. Really impressive!
Select multiple styles at once, and perform Find & Replace functions to rename them.
Figma’s brand is really fun to look at. I didn’t know they have a special resource where you can learn about all of its aspects.
Noah Levin, the Director of Design at Figma, interviewed at Cells & Pixels podcast.
And another interview with Noah, this time at Things Have Changed podcast. “We talk about Noah’s early passion for design, his varied design experiences, joining Figma and building the highly talented teams making design accessible to everyone!”