When our design team made the move from Sketch to Figma in 2019, the tool showed promising features to help with our design process. 2.5 years later, it’s not even a fair contest anymore. Some of us use Figma all day every day, 5 days a week, it’s become so good we could even have a go during the weekends. 🤓
2.5 years is a long time, and we’ve slowly but surely discovered every new feature, submenu and plugin Figma has to offer, always trying to make the most of it and make our process as smooth and consistent as ever. Now, how can a design tool make our lives so much easier you ask? Let me explain.
Auto layout and wireframing
It all starts with UX. Although we still love our Mural boards for workshops, we now create our wireframes exclusively in Figma.
On projects that are fully component-based, we start by creating all the different paragraph types and page headers, as part of our process of delivering platforms with Drupal.
The auto-layout feature has allowed us to focus on design first. Once components are set up, Figma can take the back seat and our designers can freely play around with layouts, making changes on the spot when exchanging with clients or users. This helps with the ideation process, as well as making sure consistency is kept throughout : even in UX, every component is an instance of a master component, on which changes affect all the different pages.