By Alejandro Contreras, Designer @ White Canvas
The first time I heard about Figma was when I started working at White Canvas. Until then, I mostly used Sketch and sometimes Adobe XD to design digital products.
My first reaction was: ‘Ok, they ripped off Sketch’. Then I thought: ‘Oh, the interface is actually more intuitive’. Next I was like: ‘It works as a web app as well? Wow…’. And just like that I was thinking: ‘This tool is awesome!’.
So here are some reasons why I think Figma is a great tool for any design team:
1. Design in Real Time With Your Team: Designing with a team can be challenging. When you’re working on the same file, who has the most updated version? How do you share feedback? With Figma developers can see it, stakeholders can see it, project managers, basically everyone who has the link and the permission can see it. It has real-time collaboration, which basically means that whatever the designer creates, it’s happening in LIVE mode. Developers can code while the designer creates the next page on the same canvas.
2. Stunning Prototyping: Figma’s Prototyping is one of its core functionalities. It’s easy to use and provides a big number of features such as overlays, move-in and move-out animations, smart animate property, hover, after delay, and clicks. Recently they even added scrolling animation. There are also lots of screen presets, and again, all you need is a link to showcase your prototype.
3. Comments & Feedback: It’s no secret that feedback is the key to success. It is the best way to improve, understand and learn. Giving and receiving feedback is a good thing! Feedback allows you to see where your work can be improved and gives others the chance to learn from your work. With Figma, you can add comments and tag collaborators so they can review your suggestions and apply changes.
4. Bonus Track: It’s free! That’s right, the app is completely free to use, well, not completely… Figma charges when more than 2 editors are needed for the project. In small teams such as the White Canvas, I am the only editor, and whoever has the link can see everything there.
The best part for the team
Figma helps our team work together and move faster on projects, no matter where we’re located.
The best part is that all of this can happen on the browser — you don’t need to download or install the software. Whether you’re working on a design or prototyping an idea, Figma makes it easy for anyone in your organization to get involved at any time.
Figma is a well-made piece of software that fulfills many needs with its broad range of capabilities. It’s easy to get started and extremely beneficial for improving how teams design, collaborate, and share ideas. Our agency uses Figma for most of its design needs, from small UX tweaks to bigger redesigns and new features. The tool is used by all our departments, ranging from engineering to the project management team.
And that’s Why We Love Figma ♥️