AMA: Figma 2.0

6 years ago from Dylan Field, CEO at Figma

  • David ThornDavid Thorn, 6 years ago
    1. Are there any ideas or plans to enable the ability to design with data in Figma? (Would this fall under potential API?)

    Sketch, Craft, and JSON plugins have proven half useful in the past, and have left me making the decision to either manually make tables with all appropriate values, or filling with dummy data that makes no sense in context (for example, making a mockup of a bill, all line items should add up and multiply realistically when trying to show how one value impacts another). This turned to me just mocking data up in browser, showing visual styles as mockups, and having code and design not quite in sync.

    1. Any thoughts on graphing features? Illustrator, while broken, allowed me to use data and graph for mockups fairly easily, rather than using graphing software or mocking up with a chart library on the web.(minus some obnoxious process requirements to keep the styling in check).

    Granted, I have historically worked with complex and detailed data. This has led to the exact separation of tools that Figma is trying to solve, albeit for an edge-case.

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    • Dylan FieldDylan Field, 6 years ago

      In the near term (next few months), I don't think design with data would fall under an API because we're more focused on getting data out of Figma right now. We do have a team internally that is working on all sort of neat interface design features. Right now they are focused on components, but I'll send them this comment and recommend they reach out to you when we start to explore designing with data more.

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