Although it can be fun and creatively inspiring at times, we must admit that the design process can also be very difficult and frustrating. From building a team to learning and relearning tools and transferring designs and setups from one project to the next, the necessary steps to get started on something new can easily become overwhelming and anxiety-inducing in the best of times.
When Figma hit the market in 2016, the web-based program promised to make this process easier. And they have delivered. Today, most designers who use this tool have become loyal fans and advocates. Let’s take a look at some of the key reasons why Figma is such a great asset for designers and how it shapes the design process.
One of the best parts of Figma is that it makes transferring files and artboards into a new project workspace easier and faster than ever. Simply copy and paste and you’re ready to get started on your new design.
No Saving Necessary
With most software programs, like Adobe XD and Sketch, you need to carve out time to create backups and remember to save your work. Otherwise, you’ll risk coming upon a glitch and losing hours and hours of precious work, a catastrophe most designers have had the misfortune of having experienced at least once. Unfortunately, programs with auto-save features also come with downsides, taking up big chunks of space in your drive. And even with this feature, progress can still be lost or deleted.
Because Figma is a web-based software, it saves to the cloud without the need to download files or keep track of the most recent and relevant versions. Everything is quickly and easily available and saves without prompting or taking up additional space on your computer. Simply click CTRL+S (or command+S on Mac) and your project files are safely stored away in the cloud where they can be accessed from anywhere at any time as long as there’s a reliable internet connection.
Suitable for all Platforms
Figma’s web-based approach also ensures that you’re not tied down to any particular software. You can build designs that are suitable for any medium or operating system and have the flexibility to customize and adapt as needed. Plus, by accessing your files on the Figma “cloud” from anywhere, you’ll automatically have the most up-to-date version of the site.
Figma runs more quickly and efficiently from the web than most programs and software. No more making sure you have space for updates and new software or upgrading your computer every few years to ensure your drive has the capabilities to run highly demanding programs. Because Figma is web-based, there’s no need to worry about your computer’s specs. Everything is handled with the power of the cloud and loads beautifully and quickly with a good internet connection without needing to pay a premium for updates and newer versions. Yet, despite being what’s essentially a webpage, Figma can still handle large-scale projects with ease.
Multitasking Made Easy
Because Figma is browser-based, it also allows you to have multiple tabs open at once to allow for multitasking without slowing down or affecting the performance of the site. This is an impossibility with other software but can serve to speed up productivity immensely.
When creating different designs and customizing projects, it’s helpful to have a large library of files and assets to use and choose from. However, such components can quickly eat up memory and space in your drive and be time-consuming to find. Figma allows designers to access a number of assets right from the site more quickly without the need to download or file anything away. From form fields to buttons and modules, there are over 30 pages worth of assets to choose from which are easily upgradable at the click of a button. Or you can quickly add assets from past projects and reuse them.
The ability to have all your projects in one accessible place is invaluable for developers and top design agencies. With Figma, you no longer need to sync and inspect your designs with every update. Everything is much more straightforward and streamlined to make the process more efficient. Plus, since Figma files are saved to a web-based “cloud” you can access them from any device at any time, anywhere, which makes working on designs on the go easier than ever.
Figma allows teams to work together on projects from anywhere in the world. In fact, developers can share and work on a project simultaneously to make the process even quicker and more efficient. For example, a designer can work on one area while a copywriter works on content. This increases collaboration and teamwork while also cutting down the time spent on each individual task. No longer will teams waste time sending files back and forth and keeping track of versions. And, once the project is finished, exporting as SVG files, colors, CSS styles, or images is as easy as clicking and copying.
Figma has allowed designers and developers to realize that software might not be necessary for creating amazing projects. In fact, a web-based application might be the key to more efficient multitasking, collaboration, and file management. With so many benefits and capabilities, it’s no wonder so many have become loyal fans of Figma.
Do you use Figma? If so, what do you like most about the site? We’d love to know!