7 tips for designing better with Figma

Are you new to using Figma for your UI designs? Once upon a time, so were we! As a UI design program, it’s one of the best. The Freepik team uses it regularly for all types of projects, and also to help you with yours.

Today we’ll share top tips about using Figma for UI designs and more. Most certainly, the best way to master Figma is by practicing and examining the work of others.

Here are seven more tips.

1. Choose the perfect icons

The first thing to do when starting a design is to choose the style of icon that you’ll use. How do you choose them? To create a clean and smooth interface, it’s best to use linear icons. Linear icons are easy to understand and perceive visually. Within these parameters, there are certain style variations, which provide particular characteristics to your designs. It’s best to maintain visual unity in the use of icons.

If you didn’t already know, Flaticon now offers a pack of UIcons that can be used easily in Figma. Find them in the Figma community as a community file. It can be integrated into your Figma account with a single button click. 

2. Use UI packs with Figma

Besides offering the ideal space to design user interfaces and graphic designs, Figma also allows you to add icon packs and design resources. Very similar to templates, UI packs help you save time when designing. That’s not all; they also support a project’s visual unity or mood.

There is a wide range of options for UI resource packs. You can find UI kits in the Figma community: there are platforms, brands and users who make templates and design resources available to their project designers.

3. Properly organize layers and objects

Working in Figma is better as part of a team. That’s why keeping the left-hand sidebar well organized is vital. Name all the layers and objects. Use groups to find and access sections easily. 

If several people are designing within the same project, establish specific rules of organization. The last thing you want is to confuse the team. In large projects with lots of people involved, one person should be responsible for ensuring the organization of all the new resources added and how they are used.

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4. Create a UI kit with a design library

UI kits are extremely useful on Figma, but design libraries are even more. Within a Figma project, you can build a complete library of design resources for your brand or project. 

Create components and groups of components with associated resources. For example, a frame of primary colors, another of secondary colors, and so on. Organize resources in frames containing components, giving them omnipotent properties over your projects.   This way, you won’t have to design the same button repeatedly.

5. Make use of the prototype feature

Designing interfaces and UI designs in Figma does not end with static designs. The prototype feature can animate transitions and movements within your interface. Figma’s prototype feature allows you to share your unique ideas with customers and your team members.

The user flows generated during the UX strategy can be taken as a basis. Use Figma’s prototype system to design all the interactions of each flow. We’ll leave you with a pro tip, don’t start with the prototype features while still at the low-fidelity wireframe design stage; wait until it is well on the way to being finished.

6. Don’t forget about the Figma community

Within the world of Figma, you’ll never be alone. There are several meeting points among the people behind Figma and its users. Not only within the Figma community but also on YouTube and design forums on Reddit.

You can learn new skills by talking with other Figma designers and sharing yours with others. You never know what you might discover in communities like these. You may even land a job or collaborate with an interesting designer.

7. Keep inspired with Flaticon

When designing with Figma, always keep your Flaticon resources on a separate tab on your browser. Download Flaticon UIcons to your Figma account and never think you have reached the peak with Figma. There is always something amazing to create, the more familiar you are with its features, the greater your creative capacity.

Register on Flaticon today and receive free resources and other surprises to improve your graphic and interface designs. From full-color icons for fun designs to the most minimalist icons for your modern designs.