5 Oct · 3 min read
In the past years, we have primarily used Sketch as the main design tool, with Zeplin for working with developers and InVision for prototyping. While this system seemed to work, we would always end up with multiple versions of source files from different designers. Also, uploading the files individually to cloud storage apps like Google Drive and Dropbox was a major hassle.
We first discovered Figma when a client sent us the prototype of an ongoing project in Figma. Having already heard of this up-and-coming tool, we were eager to use and explore its features. So, we dove right in and started using Figma. And we haven’t looked back since.
1. Real-time collaboration
As Figma is web-based, everything gets updated in real-time in the cloud. So collaborative work and maintaining updated designs is now a lot easier. In fact, we no longer have to share our screens while presenting our designs in meetings. Clients, team members and stakeholders can all view the files simultaneously.
2. Team libraries, plugins, etc.
The desktop version of Figma contains a lot more features like team libraries, tips, and tricks, interactive prototyping, etc. that makes work a lot more fun. We’ve truly enjoyed exploring the app and figuring out the various features.
3. Feedback management
Previously, we’d have a tough time keeping track of client feedback. With multiple email chains, Slack messages and phone calls, maintaining comments and acting on them would get chaotic. Figma has completely changed this by having a singular tool where clients can comment and stakeholders and team members can view them.
4. Developer handoff
While Zeplin was a neat tool for exporting screens to the developers, a lot of intricate details would still require a more detailed handover. In Figma, developers can directly get the CSS and XML data from the tool itself.
5. Rapid prototyping
Figma has helped us created prototypes a lot faster than before. We can easily connect different screens with each other, add transitions if needed and send it directly to the client. As the prototype link remains constant, updating the design is also a lot easier.
At Softnauts, Figma has changed the game for all our team members. Our designers, stakeholders, and clients too have felt the positive difference in our design workflow. After using Figma, our design workflow guarantees full transparency with tasks, easy collaboration, and keen attention to detail. Maintaining a consistent design across various stages of development is a lot easier. We look forward to more updates and newer features to try out!
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