State management is now standardized for prototypes using interactive components, scrolling, and video so that Figma can memorize the state, share it across the frames, and offer a way to reset. See a deep dive by noodles expert Niko on how to use the new features. (Also, this is my kind of joke.)
A quick demo of the sticky scroll feature introduced as part of the recent Little Big Updates.
With the Walkthrough widget, you can give your stakeholders an interactive tour with smooth animations without being there yourself. You can use it to introduce file content or explain a complex flow.
Christine Vallaure shares a few practical prototyping techniques and advanced tips & tricks. They include using Auto Layout with Smart Animate, stateful transitions with sections, nesting prototypes, interactive components, and more. This video is also available as an article.
While I don’t often prototype interactions, I love the demo of all the use cases in this thread by Ana Boyer! Engineer Jediah Katz is also dropping some tips and tricks and Zander Whitehurst made a cool demo. Don’t miss the sticky scrolling playground file as well.
I don't know about you, but I was SO EXCITED to learn that Sticky Scroll is part of @figma's Little Big Updates:— Ana Boyer (@_AnaBoyer) March 28, 2023
For context, sticky scroll allows you to stick a nested element to the top of a frame when you vertically scroll. Some great use cases include: https://t.co/ma9OVMM6Qi
Honestly, at this point, I gave up on trying to understand how Double Glitch creates their prototypes. All possible Tic Tac Toe moves were manually tied together in this prototype, which is an incredible amount of work. Make sure to get a copy of the file and look under the hood!
“Hear from Sprig’s Product & Designs teams to learn actionable steps to incorporate user feedback as a core part of your design process in Figma.”
Minor performance update that makes animations of interactive components in prototypes much smoother and faster.
Prototypes are now even more powerful, with new ways to upload, edit, and interact with videos. See demos at Figma’s Twitter thread and try it out in the playground. Great follow-up update to the release of videos in October!
“In this livestream, Aashrey Sharma, UX Designer at Epic Games, shares how he prototypes for game design and some principles to consider when creating a game, or more broadly, focus-based navigation prototypes.”
Miggi shows how to use Figma sections for prototyping. Besides being a wonderful organizational tool, sections give you the ability to remember the states of areas of your prototype.
Anyone else love sections in Figma? @miggi takes it one step further to show you how to use sections for prototyping. pic.twitter.com/Z3IJZnRGjW— Figma (@figma) February 13, 2023
Designer Advocate Ana Boyer with great recommendations for reducing noodles, creating micro-interactions, and organizing separate designs into flows.
Working smarter, not harder also applies to prototyping. 😉— Figma (@figma) February 6, 2023
Here are six #FigmaTips from Designer Advocate @_AnaBoyer for prototyping in Figma.
1/ Draw prototyping links from navigational components to reduce the need for repeatedly drawing connections. pic.twitter.com/Ew4A1qjf1K
An adventure game made with Figma prototyping tools.
While the community file is super simple, I love how its prototype is used as a quick landing page, with links and animations. Fast and scrappy!
Introducing FigTree!— Jed Bridges (@JedBridges) January 5, 2023
A @figma Community file that helps you create and share your social links page. https://t.co/FWKWRlJXsE
Checkout my FigTree: https://t.co/xJlgc5sLE6 pic.twitter.com/r0CCj9rb7V
A quick tutorial for creating and prototyping a tab bar menu.
Miggie shows how to prototype overlay transitions for thumbnails using interactive components. This tutorial is intermediate and covers the use of overlays, Auto Layout, interactive components, and placing images.
Anthony gives a tip on adding prototype scrolling and interactive components inside your Figma presentations.
“Prototyping in Figma just got an update. In this livestream, Designer Advocate Ana Boyer and Product Designer Nikolas Klein will walk you through adding videos to prototypes, how to build and edit multi-flow prototypes, faster, and demonstrate how to bring others along. Community members Mirko Santangelo and Jannis Smesny will also join to demo how they use the new features.”
“You can create connections from multiple objects to the same destination frame at once — saving you time and effort when building out your prototype flows. To do so, select multiple starting hotspots on your canvas, then click and drag the + icon to the destination.” See Nikolas Klein showing the feature in action, or watch “Office hours: Prototyping like a Pro” below for a deep dive.
Ana and Miggie are back streaming their experiments with Figma prototypes. This time they cover drag interactions and video among other things.