Gleb Sabirzyanov is a guest at Sustain Open Source Design podcast. You may know Gleb from his popular Figma plugins (Master and Blend) and countless community contributions. In this episode, he talks about the plugins he built, a project he started working on called Pink Turtles, and where he sees the future of Figma evolving in the next couple of years.
Gleb is right – icons as variants can’t be previewed or searched. In fact, Figma doesn’t recommend using variants to group different icons either. If you have different sizes or versions of the same icon, then you could combine these as variants instead.
Gleb Sabirzyanov shares his starter kit for creating your own design system. It includes inputs, buttons, tags, dropdowns, tabs, type, color, etc. He also wrote a Twitter thread on how he used his Master plugin for building it.