If we are about to describe 'what is Figma?', we might probably justify that it is one of the best applications for team-based collaborative design projects. We've been using Figma for months now and we can see our improvement, not just as a team, but as an individual.
This tool trend was made by a 23-year-old Thiel Fellow Dylan Field in 2018 who once encountered from his competitive and quoted "doesn't understand collaboration” and the Adobe Creative Cloud is “really cloud in name only”.
“Design is undergoing a monumental shift — going from when design was at the very end of the product cycle where people would just make things prettier to now where it runs through the entire process,” says Field in an interview.
Figma showcases such tools that you can use in the design phase of the project, including vector tools which are capable of fully-fledged illustration, prototyping capabilities, and for hand-off code generation. (More on The Designer's Guide to Figma)
Desktop version for both Windows and Mac OS is not that applicable in terms of using Figma, but if that's the case, or not, Figma still runs online within those apps.
Since most of us in this generation are actively online, this became Figma's nature that marks as its greatest asset - ALWAYS ONLINE.
Collaborate with your team whenever and wherever you are as Figma lets you work on the same page at the same time! It was made for a hassle-free, live, real-time collaboration. Log into a design and make necessary changes to it and automatically save it online and makes you not to worry about your team falling out of sync with the project as well as transferring or pushing files between members or even on third-party storage platform.
Your client also has the chance to monitor your work, just in case you want to present your designs during your virtual meeting as you both exchange inputs, suggestions or any other concerns.
Aside from these, you can also feel free to leave comments on the canvas for any concerns regarding your design.
Prototyping and Code Output
Build connections and hotspots on your designs while prototyping and get to know how a user would flow through the interface. Generate SVG code, CSS, iOS and Android Code on your coding phase using Figma.
Figma, on the other hand, has a hidden side, too, that might probably hard for us to distinguish, but since we got deeper, here are some of it. (Source: Figma Tips & Tricks)
A vector intersects multiple segments attached to it (more than just the standard two). The more complex shapes you can make with these are called “vector networks”. Allows you to import multiple images at once, placing them exactly where you want them. See its height and width in rulers as you move an object around the canvas in Figma. Copy the SVG code directly from an object within Figma, and copy SVG code from a code editor and paste it as a graphic onto the Figma canvas, conversely.
Don't take your designs too hard for you to do, but take note not to forget to take your work as seriously as it could be. Technology is making things way much easier as possible, and all you have to do is find better tools in executing your creativity.