My practical guide to Figma, showing how to create layouts that will evolve over time, build design systems at scale, and stay organized and efficient in the process.
“Today, we’re introducing branching in beta to better enable collaboration at scale. Designers will have the space to iterate and explore freely, while preserving shared files as a single source of truth. Product Manager Meagan Gamache shares a peek into the 13-month journey to beta and what this means for design system management in Figma.”
Figma Designer Advocate Chad Bergman shares best practices for using branching.
No need to use Chrome for comparing prototypes between pages anymore!
If you missed Config 2021, Kaila Shatosky provides a great recap of a few of her favorite talks.
In this week’s episode of Design Details, Brian Lovin and Marshall Bock share their reactions to everything announced at Figma’s Config 2021.
“During the 2020 U.S. presidential election, the Biden-Harris design team designed everything from JoeBiden.com, to the campaign plane, to the stage design — all in one Figma file, all together. Robyn Kanner, Creative Director of the Biden-Harris design team, shares how they managed the pressure and speed of the historical digital-first election, through the lens of her personal reflections: on leaning into serenity, why letting go of ownership led to stronger communication, and the way it changed her own relationship with design.”
Figma started new Q&A series in their blog. To start, they asked Robyn Kanner 25 quick questions.
Josh Mateo, Design Systems Lead at Netflix: “Effectively scaling and extending a brand into a company’s product is a common challenge I’ve noticed throughout my career. If we deconstruct visual attributes and technical constraints into scalable elements, we can begin to influence the brand from the product, or vice-versa.”
I shared a tip on using 180° rotation to reverse layers order in an Auto Layout frame, so the first layer is top- or left-most.
Adam Ruthendorf-Przewoski with a new episode of his “The Fun of Iterating with Figma” series.
The team at Mono shares their most-used and favorite plugins for 2021.
Designer Advocate Luis: “We often find ourselves creating lots of different variations of similar components, this can be tedious and difficult to maintain. Using a technique called “slots”, we can swap out components very easily from a single component.”
In this episode of “Coffee with Charli”, she talks with Ramy Majouji, product design lead at Glossier. Together they show off some unique ways Glossier uses their design system to create tools for folks outside of product design.
“The Vectary 3D plugin for Figma is adding the missing third dimension to your 2D designs. Place your Figma design into a predefined 3D mockup or your custom 3D element. Set your desired perspective in 3D and place the result into the scene with one click.”
This free video lesson from the online class “Remote User Testing With Figma & Maze” covers an intro to Maze and setting up the Maze test prototype, so it’s a great start for everyone who wants to see if Maze & Figma are the right tools for them.
Joey Banks on a shortcut to set a text block resizing mode.
Cmd-R is one of the most underrated shortcuts.
Miggi from Figgi shows how to use masks in Figma. Don’t miss Part 2!
“This week we are joined by Jenny Wen and Kee Yen Yeo from Figma to talk about the behind-the-scenes of designing FigJam.”
A quick FigJam demo by Sebastiaan Schillebeeckx.
Miggi from Figgi aka Professor Figma shows the FigJam toolbar.
Annotate your mockups with a nice-looking keyboard shortcut illustration. It’s super easy to customize and includes all the most common special character keys.
Gleb Sabirzyanov made a cool isometric coin animation entirely in Figma.
“A template for the GV Brand Sprint – a workshop format conceived at Google Ventures and well documented by Jake Knapp. In 3 hours or less, you get a very good picture of a brand, its vision, future and challenges.”
A few of the Figmates collaborated on building a completely custom Figma keyboard. See the design details on the Community – I wish it was available for sale!
Katie Jane Bailey is a senior enterprise account executive at Figma and the star of Figma In Quarantine musical. In this episode of Hey Salespeople, hear about the parallels between musical theater and sales, advice on pivoting different careers into sales, and how to reframe restrictive thinking around sales methodologies.