For the love of Figma(

over 1 year ago from Sander Smeekes, Designer at Incentro

  • James Young, over 1 year ago

    I have been looking at figma off and on to see if its a good fit for my team. I want to keep an open mind about it, but I can't find a single compelling reason to even put it into an evaluation. What am I missing? what makes this a UX tool that's better than Axure/Sketch?

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    • Ivan BjelajacIvan Bjelajac, over 1 year ago

      Just the ability to work on the same file is great. To comment on and work on the same file in real time with it still being responsive and functional. The way they handle components/styles is also pretty well thought out with some quirks admittedly. But overall it can really feel like a refreshment just like Sketch did when it first came out.

      BUT, there are some really frustrating bugs and/or features that can just irritate the hell out of you. They also don't have support for plugins which is disappointing.

      If Sketch manages to clean up, rethink and iron out their styles/symbols/library and implement the same collaboration feature as Figma that will actually work, the discussion will end for me right then and there.

      In the meantime, i'm waiting for Figma to step up with their shit.

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      • James Young, over 1 year ago

        Thanks Ivan!

        We do a lot of prototypes, including form field input pick lists, etc. These kinds of interactions don't seem possible in Figma. Figma also seems to be primarily for mobile viewports, which is about 1/3rd of the work we do, the desktop is still king for us.

        I like the idea that the team would be able to simultaneously work on the same file as we're somewhat distributed with most working from home or remote. Having a design library and files stay up to date seems like a dream.

        I have to wonder if the browser interfaces are a godsend or a curse. When zeplin isn't available the team can still work, that wouldn't be true if figma died. I think we're all sick of the subscription model pricing, which would be another drawback. do you feel like the licensing make its more expensive the sketch?

        What about the transition and all the work we have in sketch and axure today?

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        • Dino ParavandisDino Paravandis, over 1 year ago


          1. Plugins are coming but I still its overrated imho.
          2. Figma is definitely not focused on mobile - we do a ton of work with desktop viewports (basically who does one or the other when working for the web anymore).
          3. A cloud based design tool as in anything has many benefits but of course there are drawbacks. For us the drawbacks are minimal.
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