So nice to write an issue jam-packed with good stuff after the holidays break! Today we’ll contemplate Figma’s direction in the future, dive deep into design systems, explore drawing tools, get to know where and how Figma’s UI was designed, discuss working in private without peering eyes, and get an important reminder about backups. This is a good issue to share with your friends and colleagues!
A fascinating look at how Figma can evolve from a design tool to a visual communication and collaboration platform. Tom Johnson writes about use cases that are not possible today, but it’s exciting to think they might become a reality one day.
Last year WebNL team built a new and improved design system from the ground up. Daniël De Wit writes about their switch to Figma, researching designers’ needs, building design system starter kit, documenting it, and working hard to improve adoption among designers and developers.
Deep dive into Figma’s incredibly powerful and unique inventions like the Arc tool and Vector Networks.
Using his woodworking experience as an inspiration, John W. Long shows how to draw complex gear- and star-like shapes using rotation.
A deep and comprehensive comparison of Figma and Adobe XD at Envato Tuts+. There are unique strengths in both, but overall Figma wins hands-down.
Thomas Gossmann shares his experience of developing Figma plugins and working with their APIs.
An old comment from Figma founder Dylan Field where he shares what they used to design the user interface of the app.
“Everyone at Cuvva is empowered to use Figma to do their job through collaborative transparency.” Love how their team uses it not just with engineers but also with Customer Operations.
Joann Feng shares some of the highlights of switching her team at Perpetual to Figma from Sketch and InVision combo.
The team at Zego switched to Figma and rebuilt their design system utilizing a modular approach based on Brad Frost’s atomic design structure.
An interesting discussion about working in private when you’re not ready to share results with the team
A common approach seems to be using a separate private project for experimenting and then moving finished work to a public place. Figma designers use this approach internally as well.
Good to know, I faced this issue a few times before and chose to outline strokes, but this is not always possible or ideal.
Luckily, the support team was able to help Cameron locate his files under a different account, but this is a good reminder to backup your cloud files. (Even more so if the account is managed by someone else and your access can be revoked.)
Coming in the next release. So happy to see resizing moved to the top level!
Quick video showing real-life usage of Auto Layout in a few beautiful mockups.
A short video explaining Constraints and developer takeoff.
Fantastic plugin for finding all instances of the component. I used it while migrating and unifying a large design system and it was irreplaceable.
Easily create isometric layers and groups using the popular SSR30⁰ method.
Spelling and grammar checker for Figma. Free for files with fewer than 100 text layers.
Access the library of 120,000+ icons without leaving Figma. The free plan provides PNG files and pro license gives access to editable SVGs.
Google shared several Material Design kits in Figma Community.
120+ reconstructed screens of 4 main social apps — Instagram, Telegram, WhatsUp, and Facebook Messenger.
From the Headquarters
Figma COO Amanda Kleha talks about different ways of connecting with and serving the community — Config user conference, meetups, ways to follow the company, and a beta of Figma Community.
Great lineup of speakers, including keynotes by Dylan Field (CEO at Figma), Craig Mod, Devon Zuegel (Product Lead at GitHub), and May-Li Khoe. They are going to livestream morning keynotes, so it’s worth registering for an invite.
Figma rolled out a brand new help center last Friday. A great resource for learning the app.
In case you missed it, Figma runs its own publication for design systems creators, designers, developers, and managers. Loads of great content.
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