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How did switching to Figma go for you and your company?

2 months ago from , UX/UI Designer

Hi DN, I'm seriously considering switching to Figma and I want your advice. I've been using Sketch since (I think) 2014 which was the start of my professional career. I'm extremely used to everything Sketch related; plugins, the community, just about every tool/option it has to offer etc. Recently the Figma hype got to me and I've been experimenting with it a little bit. I'm now considering switching to Figma, but this would mean the rest of my company does so too. One of the reasons I'd like to make the switch is the design system/component capabilities, the elimination of 3/4 tools for hand-off, previewing, prototyping etc.

Can anyone share their experiences with switching to Figma? Is there anything that makes you wish you didn't do it? Or are you still happy with the choice you made?

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  • Tyson KingsburyTyson Kingsbury, 2 months ago

    I can honestly say it changed things for the better in many ways. I'm the Creative Director here at a software company (although we also do a fair bit of consulting work for other clients). Aside from creating all the marketing design work and websites for us, I also do a fair bit of consulting myself. In the past, that always meant a lot of photoshop docs...and a fair bit of a back-and-forth during developer handoff...

    Since we started using Figma as our main design tool, it's changed things SO MUCH for the better. it's faster. the designs are way easier to share with a dev team (which are often remote) the hand-off is seamless. a good dev can open up the link to the figma screen and easily see/access what they need immediately. they have all the css they need etc..all the image files are there...

    The President of the company that I report to absolutely loves it. He thinks it's as much of a game-changer as I do...

    Among us on the design team here, we now use it for everything...

    we've got all the marketing collateral on here... we've got all the website designs, all the Corporate logos, all the ads we're working on....just...everything.....

    I rarely open up any Adobe software any longer.... maybe once or twice a week for a few moments to clean something up in photoshop or whatever... now, it's pretty much Figma all day long..and man...it's awesome :)

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    • , 2 months ago

      Thanks for your reply, really helpful stuff! The hand-off stuff sounds great. That's one of the biggest pain-points we're currently experiencing in our workflow. Glad to hear Figma solves this for you.

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      • Tyson KingsburyTyson Kingsbury, 2 months ago

        It's pretty much ALL about the handoff.

        Devs never really worked well with Photoshop.... it required meetings, blueprints of how everything went 'together'....sometimes you had to have atleast one of the devs have their own copy of photoshop so they could open the files if necessary .... it was a HUGE pain...

        with Figma, it's all a link.

        you set them up with full access to the file, and it's all good to go. once they see where they can access the CSS code or whatever else they need, they're on it. click on an item or piece, and there's all the code they need... copy straight to their dev files etc... plus, if it's web work, all the jpgs or pngs are right there for them to export...

        i can't even imagine using sketch/photoshop or adobe Experience or whatever...none of them can do what Figma does. single best decision we've made in the design dept. easily.

        I've used it for projects with big retail companies, hydro companies, web work, app work, hell...even doing branding and stuff....

        our clients absolutely love it... beats getting some jpegs in email.... now you can send them full-on files, walk-throughs, etc...

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