Once Figma, always Figma
July 01, 2021
Once Figma, always Figma
Koombea, IncInternet, 201-500 employees
Score 9 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Figma
We are a development shop providing outsourcing technology services for our clients, that's why for better organization, we use Figma teams, we create teams per client project and invite the needed resources to those teams. Each team have all necessary design UX/UI assets for their projects. It is in most cased managed by the UX/UI creating department, but it is widely use across the whole organization. Often, even non-technical areas use the new Figma Jam sessions for brainstorming meetings. With Figma, we solve all our engineering design phase problems, for now all UX/UI materials are done in Figma, also, marketing is using Figma for their marketing assets as well. Figma has solved our organization, collaboration and brainstorming bumps in the road.
- Collaboration! we stopped sharing screen in zoom, now we all jump into Figma and magically everything connects and flow way better.
- Memory management! Figma manage all the assets so well, that we sometimes have all project assets in one single file with multiple pages and it loads instantly. Keeping everything in one place, easy to access and to developers or designers complain about they stations running out of ram!
- Sharing!, getting a link to an exact pixel is magical, discussion can now have way more context than what it had before.
- Auto-layouts! Although is not new in the ecosystem, Figma does a pretty awesome job with molecules and particles, so you can create better design systems that can stretch to any screen, making it a design once for all devices!
- Figma Jams sessions can be way better, there is still a limited amount of action we can use, so without a well pre-defined set of elements you ca import you are limited to what it has, I'll say give it more out-of-the-box iconography and components we could use. Also, exporting a Jam to a PDF or PNG is not easy, for non-tech teams is quite hard to do it.
- PDF import, one feature I miss from Sketch is the ability to easily drag-and-drop a PDF and have the ability to edit it. This missing feature would be a huge win for the community, for I wouldn't use a separated app to do it.
- Bitmap editing, I would hate to turn Figma into a Photoshop kind of monster, but, there are some basic things it should include like: Select area copy/paste, easier magic wand, ability to make a distortion without using a 3rd party plugin.
- Version History per page, sometimes it's difficult to find a change on the universe of all changes, would be nice if one could check only the previous changes to a selected page.
- Collaboration, sharing design details with public links is a game changer
- Auto-layouts and design system management.
- Allow team creation for better organization, management and permissions
- Team move faster so, we are doing better, it means less billable hours, but more time to invest in other projects and areas.
- Licensing is cheaper than competition, so we have now a larger number of collaborator with edit roles same price with competition with less members included.
We are in a constant battle of changes and project scope changes, so using a tool that keeps you static and limited can't be an option. We started looking for a solution that could bring velocity, collaboration and prototyping in the same tool: We found Figma. There are still few things we use the other tools for, but those are minor specialised requirements, for everything else use Figma.
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Figma is well suited for any type of project design that does not include image manipulation, mobile or web app design process can be totally married to Figma. Also for projects that require collaboration or constant live demos (Sharing in Figma is magical). Figma works nicely also on large projects that require multiple designers, it has great support for several parties working at the same time in the same file! even with a yet to be great version history, you have version history! I'll say It's less appropriate for image manipulation, for changing image coloring and filters and having extra layers of mixes of textures.