Config 2020 happened a little over a week ago, and it seems like Figma nailed it with their first user conference. This issue includes a large recap of all the announcements, keynotes, talks, and impressions that were posted after it. Also, don’t miss Ask-Me-Anything with Figma’s Design Director, robust workflow for deprecating old components, plugin development tutorial, and a ton of new community projects both from individual illustrators and large companies. Enjoy!
Config 2020 Recap
Official recap of new features announced at Config. More responsive Auto Layout, an updated font picker, improvements to color selection, hyperlinking, and new prototype permissions settings.
Recording of all keynotes from Config 2020 — Dylan Field “Welcome to a new decade of design”, Craig Mod “Adding scaffolding to collaboration for deep work”, Devon Zuegel “The city guide to open source”, and May-li Khoe in conversation with Scott Hansen (Tycho/ISO50).
Fantastic overview of the conference and talks from Knut Melvær. If you have time to read only one piece from an attendee, this should be it.
A thoughtful post-Config essay on the role of Figma multiplayer, designing in an open space, and community.
Jules Forrest posted a summary of her Config talk as a Twitter thread.
Bonnie Kate Wolf shares an illustration from her workshop, where you can create different scenes by swapping components.
Fun to see all the smart remixes made by the community!
Great Ask-Me-Anything at Designer News with Noah Levin, Design Director at Figma. He answers questions about sourcing new design hires, interview process at Figma, internal and external transparency, latest product announcements, and more.
“A strategy that may help ease some of the pain and confusion when deprecating unwanted components.” That’s something we all have to do from time to time, so I’m glad Steve Dennis documented his approach.
A list of 5 solid principles for building components — reusability, nesting, UI and UX patterns, reusing styles, and consistent naming structure.
Samuel shares a few tips on organizing Figma files.
The team at Salsa Digital agency shared their experience of switching from Sketch to Figma. While they enjoy real-time collaboration, lack of “really-final-this-time-v5” files, and all the unique features of Figma, they also have some valid concerns about committing to it for a long time.
Daniel Hollick wrote a 6-part step-by-step tutorial for writing a color contrast checker plugin for Figma.
Adam Noffsinger shares his experience with using Figma for testing a self-driving car interface on a tablet using Figma Mirror.
Nice tip! That’s something I use quite often.
Brian and Marshall discuss creating layouts with Sketch's Smart Layout and Figma's Auto Layout, and compare the experience with implementing layouts in CSS and SwiftUI.
Thomas Ewart from Funsize talks about switching careers, starting Figma Austin meetup, and using Figma in a design sprint.
Quickly sort layers by name, position, reverse order, or randomly.
Email generator creates responsive HTML email templates from Figma frames.
Twitter shared a library of 3,245 free emojis. (It’s also available as an unofficial plugin Figmoji.)
GitHub is working on a new set of Octicons icons for Primer, their open-source design system.
Mixpanel’s kit for documenting work with sticker notes, lines, and annotations.
Joey Banks from Figma shows how he uses Auto Layout to generate previews of their newsletter template for both desktop and mobile.
App Icon Template for macOS.
Paolo Ertreo draws beautiful illustrations of houses and shows them at his community profile.
A large set of cute free and open-source illustrations.
Uber published components from their React UI framework as an open-source resource on Figma.
Good looking and comprehensive design system built specifically for Figma.
A large library of components for interface prototyping.
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