I believe this issue breaks all previous records for a number of major features shipped in two weeks. Just look at this list: FigJam plugins and widgets with custom objects; audio calls, cursor chat, and high fives; people mentions in the Community; updates to FigJam on the iPad; improved experience for admins of Teams and Organizations; and even a revision to the Education plan! I’m most excited to see what smart FigJam widgets the community will come up with — the possibilities are truly endless!
In August, I worked on a fun project of reconstructing the color system of Postmark and making it more accessible. That project involved a ton of research on color science, and I ended up building an internal tool based on HCL/LCh color model with built-in support for WCAG 2.1 and 3.0 contrast checks. Last week, I got a great opportunity to spend some time turning this internal tool into a public app. Can’t wait to write about the app and why the HSL color model shouldn’t be used for color systems!
A recap of the updates to Figma and FigJam that were shipped last month.
3rd-party developers can now build plugins and widgets for FigJam. Plugins in FigJam work similarly to Figma, and existing Figma plugins can even be republished for FigJam. Widgets are more like native FigJam objects — similar to sticky notes, shapes, and connectors — except they’re custom and built by you. For now, this API is in closed beta, but it creates an incredible opportunity for building almost anything inside FigJam.
Bersabel Tadesse, Product Manager at Figma, shares behind-the-scenes of adding plugins and widgets to FigJam.
Figma introduced new ways to communicate without leaving Figma and FigJam — audio calls, cursor chat, and high fives. Press forward-slash (/) on the keyboard to start a chat message. Chat and high-fives are truly innovative, delightful, and low-friction ways to communicate with your team. Bravo!
Miggi shows how to use audio and cursor chat in Figma and FigJam. Audio is only available on paid and education plans. Cursor chat is available both in Figma and FigJam, while high-fives are only part of the FigJam for now.
People now can be @mentioned in Community comments. FigJam is improved on an iPad (hey, maybe Figma is next?). Style picker lets you select what libraries are enabled. And a few more improvements for admins of Organizations and Teams.
Students and Educators using the Education plan can now invite others to their teams and start collaborating immediately. Collaborators have a 7-day grace period to verify their education status. See also a video on how to set up your Figma Education plan.
Vijay Verma (who you may remember by fantastic illustrations made in Figma) writes about building and scaling Sushi, Zomato’s in-house design system. While this post is not about Figma, I like how he broke down the process of building a design system into specific steps: auditing the UI inventory, formulating the foundation, creating component libraries, governing the system, building support for all platforms, and mapping workflows and onboarding.
A few tips on managing the workload as a single designer — from ways to optimize processes to Figma techniques and plugins that can save you time in the long run.
Fascinating write-up of converting a massive set of data table components into a unified variant.
Interesting discussion about exporting assets with a Display P3 color space from Figma. I wasn’t familiar with Export PNG with Color Profile plugin (see below) or an option of assigning an ICC profile to the exported PDF.
Ridd shares a detailed guide to building a customizable and flexible form component.
Quick tips from Ana Boyer on how to use a Figma community file with the Batch Styler and Similayer plugins to quickly build a custom design system.
“Getting started building your design system can be a lot to take on, which is why we thought we'd bring in Steve Dennie from Onfido. They’ve been doing excellent work in the space and their Team, Project, and File organization is a delight.”
A tool for exporting PNG with an embedded ICC profile such as Display P3.
Figma moved to the new office in SF, and it looks stunning! Love all the photos coming from the Figmates — one, two, and three.
Miguel Cardona shares four principles for facilitating collaborative design in the classroom from professor Christie Shin at The Fashion Institute of Technology.
“Last year, the Figma security team built a simple solution for zero-trust shell access on AWS. To do this, they leveraged AWS SSO and Systems Manager, an umbrella of services that provide monitoring and remote administration capabilities over various AWS resources. In this post, Security Engineer Hongyi Hu explains how the team designed the system and shares some tips to help other teams secure Systems Manager and protect their most sensitive data.”