Figma Tips and Tricks: Enhancing Productivity for Designers

Figma Tips and Tricks: Enhancing Productivity for Designers

Over the past few years, Figma has redefined the digital design landscape UI/UX designers love Figma for its collaborative interface, vector networks, and it’s wishlist of plugins. Today, I want to share some tips & tricks that would supercharge your productivity in Figma to help you leverage this great tool at its fullest.

Mastering Shortcuts

Efficiency plays a crucial part for any developer and shortcuts are their favorite bread & butter. These 3 are a huge time-saver if you can get them memorized. Here are some to begin:

Shift + 2: Zoom in the selected objects.

O: Draw an ellipse.

T: Add text layers.

Cmd/Ctrl + G -> Group selected layers

Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + K: Create components.

Utilizing Components and Styles

Components and StylesData ComponentsStylesHousekeepingBenefits of Components and StylesClarityReusability Speed and efficiencygregationFlexibilityUse of styles in Inline and Component StylesBenefits of Components and StylesConclusion Designing a reusable component for repetitive elements (buttons, icons etc.) Just as before, define styles for colors, text, or effects that you can reuse across your designs.

Efficient Asset Organization

Carefully categorize your assets. Categorize Your Design Elements with Frames + Pages E.g. icons, mobile screens, etc, should have 1 page each. This removes friction and makes it easier for people to navigate while also improving the experience of passing it to developers.

Leveraging Plugins

The power of Figma plugins is immense. Plugins like Autoflow to make flow diagrams, Content Reel to fill your designs with real content, and Unsplash images will definitely speed up your workflow.

Collaborative Features

Use Figma collaboratively live. You can upload your work to share with team members and make live changes on the fly. Comment About Design Decisions: Discuss and decide in the tool itself using the commenting feature.

Prototyping Within Figma

So, when we talk about side projects, Figma definitely will be able to cover all your prototyping needs. It will allow you to create interactive prototypes with transitions and animations inside of the app. This makes your designs easy to test and iterate.

Customizing Your Workspace

After thorough testing, you can later customize your own workspaces with your Iris settings. Easily customize the toolbar with the tools you use the most. Go through the preferences as well to make Figma do what you want, like increase the nudge amount or turn your pixel preview on.

Keyboard Navigation



A lot of the stuff – menacing through layers, objects, and what not is way faster than doing everything with a mouse. Tab to cycle through layers, Enter to go further into groups, and Esc to go back out.



Using Layout Grids and Constraints


Responsive design: Layout grids & constraints — the foundation They allow you to specify how things should behave when the size of the frame changes. This is important when designing for various screen sizes.

Regularly Update Your Libraries


Keep your libraries updated. Since Figma is a cloud-based design tool, whatever changes you make to components or styles you use in one file will cascade to others. Ultimately, this guarantees consistency across the board, speeding up the process.

Conclusion

Figma — A powerful tool that can improve a designer’s productivity tremendously if utilized properly. With this streamlining, there are shortcuts to master, components and styles to use, assets to organize, plugins to leverage, colleagues to collaborate with properly, prototyping to be done, workspace to be customized, and keyboard shortcuts to navigate, that enable a flow and make the design process much quicker, permitting you to concentrate on being creative.

And since your goal is not only to be familiar with these but to do them 9 times out of 10, that single exercise will help aid in the mindless, almost unconscious productivity that results in your new cadence. Happy designing!

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