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Figma, headquartered in San Francisco, offers their collaborative design and prototyping application to support digital product and UI development.Powerhouse of design with collaboration in mindFigma was implemented by our company so that our design team could collaborate with developers and the product team. The cloud based sharing platform was key to our decision to purchase this software. Originally, the product team did some light design work, which was simple since our design team setup shared elements. We no longer do design work here ourselves, but ourselves and developers use Figma to review and comment on work.,Figma is great for using a shared library of elements, creating iterations of projects, and global updates of icons and elements. Sharing and commenting on work is easy and makes conversations about work easy to do in your own time. Keyboard shortcuts are intuitive and it is easy to get the hang of quickly snapping objects and creating flows to wire up the prototype.,The iterations feature has some bugginess where you sometimes lose the wire-up flow in the new iteration and then have to go back and connect all the screens again. I wish I could wire up triggers so that it is easier to show dropdown clicks and other user actions that then take the user to the next screen. Other programs I have used have some out of the box elements that act as drop-downs, etc to make this easier. Figma is really meant for a team with a designer who creates and manages the library of elements. If you are looking for an out of the box solution, this is not for you.,9,Better collaboration across teams: online comments mean fewer phone calls to disrupt the workday. Reduced confusion: realtime updates during Sprint make sure the team always knows what the work should look like when completed. Early customer feedback: wired prototypes allows very early alpha testing before we've actually built anything.,8,8,UXPin and Balsamiq,Confluent Cloud, UXPin, SnagitReal-Time Collaboration with Figma is a Gem (With Some Issues)Currently, Figma is being used pretty rarely at our organization. However, we’ve used it in the past when we’ve been searching for a less expensive, web-based solution that allows for real-time collaboration. We’ve run into some collaboration issues with other products that don’t enable real-time co-working, like Adobe XD, so we’re considering ways we might use Figma in our design efforts when we want to work with remote designers who aren’t necessarily full-time members of our organization (e.g. contractors).,No installation needed! Functioning fully within a web browser, Figma can save on computer storage. And as an editor/designer, all the free space I can have is very much valued. Figma allows for real-time collaboration. This is the best part of this product, as it removes some of the issues of designing "in a vacuum" when your designers are often working remotely. Figma allows for ease of sharing and facilitating design feedback loops. Instead of having to use a plugin to a tool like InVision, we can quickly receive feedback within Figma and know that our comments are safely stored in the same place as the original designs.,With larger files, Figma tends to run a little slowly. This was sometimes problematic because a lot of our designs do involve large files. No built-in animation tools (you have to use the Principle integration). We’re starting to involve small animations in our designs, and Figma’s lack of this type of functionality made it difficult to have an in-app solution to creating prototypes with animations. We are reluctant to take on another tool for the sake of integration when other products have this feature built in. Offline use is risky -- if the internet drops out, then one must keep the screen open until the internet reconnects. This may not be a big issue for people living in more urban places, but sometimes having the internet go out can be a regular occurrence for many designers on staff.,5,Lots of saved time and energy by being able to have feedback loops in the same program that stores the designs. We don’t have to use multiple programs to have a conversation about a single design. Being able to have feedback loops within the program also saves on subscriptions to programs designed to solicit feedback, such as Zeplin or InVision. It took significant time to onboard designers who were primarily familiar with the interface of Adobe programs to Figma. Because we primarily use Adobe programs, this took a lot of time that we could have spent creating and iterating.,Zeplin, InVision and Adobe XD,Marvel, InVision, ZeplinGreat Alternative to Sketch : Collaborate, Real-time, Cross-platformWe use Figma to collaborate with our colleagues and clients in real-time for designing our wireframes and prototypes. It runs 100% in your browser and lets you collaborate in real-time. We previously used Sketch and both tools have pretty much the same UI and design tools, but Figma allows us to collaborate in real-time in the tool!,Comments in your Figma projects. Collaborate inside your Figma projects. Really easy onboarding. Easy to import .sketch files,Speed and loading times might be an issue for larger files. You need to log in each time and it can be problematic if you're traveling or are without internet. Figma lacks advanced prototyping features, but it will surely come.,8,The collaborative tools allow us to get into production much faster. Less back and forth with clients.,Sketch and Adobe XD
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August 08, 2019

Powerhouse of design with collaboration in mind

Score 9 out of 10
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Figma was implemented by our company so that our design team could collaborate with developers and the product team. The cloud based sharing platform was key to our decision to purchase this software. Originally, the product team did some light design work, which was simple since our design team setup shared elements. We no longer do design work here ourselves, but ourselves and developers use Figma to review and comment on work.
  • Figma is great for using a shared library of elements, creating iterations of projects, and global updates of icons and elements.
  • Sharing and commenting on work is easy and makes conversations about work easy to do in your own time.
  • Keyboard shortcuts are intuitive and it is easy to get the hang of quickly snapping objects and creating flows to wire up the prototype.
  • The iterations feature has some bugginess where you sometimes lose the wire-up flow in the new iteration and then have to go back and connect all the screens again.
  • I wish I could wire up triggers so that it is easier to show dropdown clicks and other user actions that then take the user to the next screen. Other programs I have used have some out of the box elements that act as drop-downs, etc to make this easier.
  • Figma is really meant for a team with a designer who creates and manages the library of elements. If you are looking for an out of the box solution, this is not for you.
Figma is great for teams that have a dedicated employee to manage the library of elements in Figma. It is also great for teams that need exact pixel measurements and colors with developer ready HTML. If your team only needs a rough mockup, look for something else like UXPin or Balsamiq.
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April 22, 2019

Real-Time Collaboration with Figma is a Gem (With Some Issues)

Score 5 out of 10
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Currently, Figma is being used pretty rarely at our organization. However, we’ve used it in the past when we’ve been searching for a less expensive, web-based solution that allows for real-time collaboration. We’ve run into some collaboration issues with other products that don’t enable real-time co-working, like Adobe XD, so we’re considering ways we might use Figma in our design efforts when we want to work with remote designers who aren’t necessarily full-time members of our organization (e.g. contractors).
  • No installation needed! Functioning fully within a web browser, Figma can save on computer storage. And as an editor/designer, all the free space I can have is very much valued.
  • Figma allows for real-time collaboration. This is the best part of this product, as it removes some of the issues of designing "in a vacuum" when your designers are often working remotely.
  • Figma allows for ease of sharing and facilitating design feedback loops. Instead of having to use a plugin to a tool like InVision, we can quickly receive feedback within Figma and know that our comments are safely stored in the same place as the original designs.
  • With larger files, Figma tends to run a little slowly. This was sometimes problematic because a lot of our designs do involve large files.
  • No built-in animation tools (you have to use the Principle integration). We’re starting to involve small animations in our designs, and Figma’s lack of this type of functionality made it difficult to have an in-app solution to creating prototypes with animations. We are reluctant to take on another tool for the sake of integration when other products have this feature built in.
  • Offline use is risky -- if the internet drops out, then one must keep the screen open until the internet reconnects. This may not be a big issue for people living in more urban places, but sometimes having the internet go out can be a regular occurrence for many designers on staff.
Figma is really great if you’re looking for a web-based design tool that enables real-time collaboration. That piece is the jewel of this product, as it’s not a functionality that’s available in many other similar products. Great for soliciting and integrating feedback quickly, and for storing conversations about designs in a single place for future reference. It’s also pretty easy to use if you’re familiar with the interface of Sketch. This is not a product well-suited for those who do not have a consistently reliable internet connection. For these folks, there’s a real risk of losing work if the connection goes out.
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January 28, 2019

Great Alternative to Sketch : Collaborate, Real-time, Cross-platform

Score 8 out of 10
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We use Figma to collaborate with our colleagues and clients in real-time for designing our wireframes and prototypes. It runs 100% in your browser and lets you collaborate in real-time. We previously used Sketch and both tools have pretty much the same UI and design tools, but Figma allows us to collaborate in real-time in the tool!
  • Comments in your Figma projects.
  • Collaborate inside your Figma projects.
  • Really easy onboarding.
  • Easy to import .Sketch files
  • Speed and loading times might be an issue for larger files.
  • You need to log in each time and it can be problematic if you're traveling or are without internet.
  • Figma lacks advanced prototyping features, but it will surely come.
Making wireframes in Figma is really fast and you can make multiple prototypes and iterations. The Figma prototype can be shared directly with the client, without the need for any third party software such as In-vision. As a web agency that serves our clients, Figma allows our team to help clients visualize the designs we've created and collaborate with them in real-time to get faster feedback.
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Figma, headquartered in San Francisco, offers their collaborative design and prototyping application to support digital product and UI development.
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