During the last years, Figma has become an incredibly popular design and collaboration tool. The intuitive interface makes it easy for graphic designers of all skill levels to get started, and a free plan is available.
With this browser-based editor, teams can also communicate and work with models, wire frames, and shared prototypes, streamlining the process. If you work in a group, you love the opportunity to share designs.
Figma can also be used in collaboration with customers and other stakeholders outside your team.
While Figma is user friendly, there is still a lot to learn if you are just getting started. Fortunately, you get important information quickly and the learning curve is relatively short. We’ve put together this collection of Figma tutorials to help you learn how to implement this powerful design tool in your workflow.
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Figma Guides for Beginners
These video guides will give you everything you need to know so you can start creating stunning designs in Figma.
What is Figma?
This short (one and a half minute) video by Figman isn’t really a tutorial, but it will serve as a good introduction if you’re new to the program. You will get a better idea of why it exists and what you can achieve with it. This will help you build a foundation before diving into more detailed instructional videos.
The Figma team created a series of four videos (all embedded below) to serve as a good presentation for new users. The first video is about 15 minutes long and shows you how to get started by designing the thread frame and prototype of the application. It touches on features such as automatic layouts and components.
The second video in the series, about 21 minutes long, continues where the first one left off. You will learn how to create high-quality design by working with color and typography settings. It also covers some ways to speed up the design process. By designing application design, you will learn small details, such as page handling, which will help you understand how Figman works.
The third video is based on the work of the first two videos and designs multiple screens for the application. Now it’s about creating an interactive prototype that brings it all together. In this seven-minute video, you will use the skills you have learned to test ideas and visualize the operation of the final product if / when it is coded. You will learn how to make connections between frames so users can navigate and experience the atmosphere of the app.
Prepare for a handover
The last video in the series is just five minutes long and shows how you can hand over models and prototypes to developers for coding. You’ll learn how to use Figman’s features to make it as easy as possible for developers with features like custom thumbnails, invitations and permissions, embedding, and more. The video also shows how to export the resources used by the developer.
Figma User Interface Design Guides
Here we look at some Figma tutorials that focus specifically on user interface design.
Figma User Interface Design Guide: Get started in just 24 minutes
This is a good option for beginners as it provides an overview of application and website design. It shows how the interfaces are designed, even if you have no previous experience with the software. You will learn how to start a project from a model, create a frame, work with shapes and colors, create buttons, use text, use icons, and more.
User interface / operating system design guide – wire frame, modeling and design in Figma
Although Figma is a versatile program, one of the most common uses is in the design of wire frames and patterns. This is an in-depth tutorial that shows you how to create a website design from a wire frame to a finished design. The video is about an hour and a half long, but it’s worth your time if you want to master UI / UX design. Once you’ve worked with this, you can design wire frames, layouts, and patterns much faster and more efficiently.
Start using automatic layouts
One of Figman’s best features is the automatic layout. They allow you to design complex layouts faster, and this video shows you all the details you need to understand. It’s only about 13 minutes long, so it doesn’t take much time. You work with a demo design of a critical currency table that adapts on the fly in your browser. After watching the video, you can also use auto-layout and frames in your own responsive design.
Mobile application design instruction
In 45 minutes, you can follow along and learn exactly how to create this example of mobile app design. It covers everything from finding inspiration to creating real design. You walk step by step through the app design process, which you can follow and tweak to your needs to create your own images. It’s a great overview you’ll learn about certain tools and features in the real world.
Food ordering mobile application design
This is from the same designer as the previous tutorial. In about an hour, we go through the whole process of creating a beautiful mobile app plan for a food ordering app. The techniques you learn here are very relevant because this application design includes many elements and features that are common to many applications.
Figma Mobile Design Tutorial
Here is another review that shows you how to design an example application. It’s just over 40 minutes long and you’ll learn the exact steps.
Create interactive components
Interactive components can be used to display different variations of elements based on the interaction. For example, a button that changes color (or other properties) over the mouse or when it is tapped. This seven-minute video is a great demonstration of options and how interactive components can be used quickly and easily.
Design a website in less than 1 hour with Figman
If you want to learn web design, this 47-minute video shows you how to create a design inspired by Spotify.
Design an animated sidebar menu
One of the best ways to provide prototypes is with details like navigation menus. This video is only six minutes long, but you’ll learn how to create a beautiful slider menu that brings your prototype to life. It includes interactive components, smart animation and more.
This shows how to create credit card design and background design with a little background blur. You work with shapes, rounded corners, layered effects, blur, opacity, blends, and more.
Learn how to use Figma to create a great landing page
For web and interface designers, this lesson covers the sample design process home page from start to finish and useful design principles. It’s almost 40 minutes long, but you’ll learn how to use frames and whiteboards to get started, adding a big picture, a title with navigation, call-to-action buttons, and more.
Drop-down menu with options
Interactive elements are relatively easy to create in Figma, but you need to understand how it works before you can start using this feature. This 10-minute video shows you how to increase interactivity with a prototype by creating a drop-down menu with several options. You create components that can be reused. You will learn to add variations and modify the properties of different modes.
Wire frames and prototypes
The guides in this section all focus specifically on wire frames and prototypes.
Design of wire frames using Figman
This is an hour long, but you are following a real example of wire frame design. It doesn’t require previous knowledge or experience of Figma, so it’s great for beginners. By the end, you have an awesome wire frame on which to build.
Prototyping in the picture
This tutorial builds on the previous one by taking a wire frame and turning it into a prototype (including grids and guides). It shows you how to preview models as they appear on certain devices, such as the latest iPhone model, or on screens of a certain size.
Prototyping and transitions
This lesson is from the Figma team and covers some of the technical details related to the prototypes. It’s only four minutes long and you’ll learn how to use transitions, choose animations, set actions, set triggers, control lightening, and more.
General Figma Guides and Tips
The videos in this section are more general or contain tips that are not covered in the previous sections.
10 tips to work 10x faster in Figma
Learn 10 valuable tips to speed up your workflow. It covers things like copying, resizing, copying styles, keeping the position of layers, renaming sets, automatic layouts, templates, and more. You will learn some keyboard shortcuts and other secrets that will take you to the next level. If you have little experience with Figma and want to improve, be sure to check this out.
Pencil tool basics and vector grids
This is less than four minutes long, but it gives a solid overview of the pen tool and vector grids. You will learn how to create complex vector shapes, connect them to paths, use the transfer tool, and more.
Creating and using variations on an image
This 16-minute video is an excellent overview of the variations and works with the to-do list. Once you understand the options, you can do a lot.
Create reusable color styles
This short video shows how styles can be used with colors and color schemes. You create a master style that defines the colors used throughout the design. This is fairly simple, but very important for design consistency, not to mention the time you save.
Create a shared team library
Learn to stay organized and keep your team members on the same page with your team library (one of the most important collaborative features) and planning systems. This is a time-saving feature that allows you to reuse styles in different files.
Figma is an awesome web-based visual prototyping tool, and I’m sure you’ll understand why it’s so popular in the design community. It also transcends prototypes and can be used for custom icon design, product design, efficient application design, and other aspects of graphic design. Powerful design tools and real-time team collaboration features have a lot to love.
The Figma guides presented here will help you learn the basics and key functions so you can use the powerful tools it provides on a daily basis in your own work.
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