For those interested in designing, Figma is perhaps a familiar name. And for those who are just getting into designing, Sketch and Adobe XD — design toolkits often compared to Figma — maybe more common names.
Figma is a web-based design tool that you can use for almost all graphic design activities. However, it is particularly popular amongst the UX and UI designers and is one of the favorite tools out there for creating user interface design. It is also mostly used for prototyping.
Here are a few reasons why you should definitely check out this cloud-based design tool which makes collaboration a piece of cake.
1. No need for installation
Since Figma is web-based, you can get started using any platform just by logging into your account. There is no need to download or install any software which also means that you don’t have to remember to update it.
Working on Figma has been compared to working in Google Docs where your work is automatically saved if your device is connected to the internet. It also means that you can share your work just by sending someone the file link. As of now, Figma is likely the only design tool that is able to work this well while being browser-based.
2. Collaboration has never been easier
Multiple users can work on the same file simultaneously. Users can see who is viewing or editing the file and track the movements of their cursors. You can also select a person’s avatar, whose cursor you would want to follow.
This real-time collaboration feature helps teams save a significant amount of time. However, only a limited number of editors are allowed in the free version of Figma.
3. It’s free (mostly)
Figma follows the freemium pricing strategy where the basic service is free of charge but you have to pay to enable additional features. What makes Figma attractive is that even its free version has many perks. For instance, you can have up to two editors on each file and have unlimited cloud storage — something that even Google Drive no longer offers.
There is also Figma mirror — available as a mobile and as a desktop application — which allows users to preview their designs. There is also the in-app commenting feature which helps collaborators share their views in an organized manner
In summary, Figma makes designing possible everywhere. You can download it on any of your devices and start working right away.