Figma for WordPress

I’m excited to share that Figma, a robust design tool, is donating an organizational membership to the WordPress community! This is an incredibly exciting addition to the design tools we have available for building WordPress. 

Figma is:

  • Built for collaboration: From real-time collaboration to shared component libraries to versioning, Figma prioritizes collaboration, like a “google docs for design”.
  • Made to translate design to code: Developers can inspect, copy, and export CSS and design assets directly from Figma design files, removing guesswork and making handoffs seamless. More on developer tools.
  • The first design tool built completely in the browser, which makes it fully accessible to users across all platforms. (There’s also a desktop version for those who prefer!)
  • Prototyping and screen design all in one tool: Figma has native tools for prototyping without having to export to other services.
  • Inline commenting and feedback: One of the challenges of discussing designs in GitHub issues is the difficulty of “pointing to” something via text. Inline feedback tools can allow for a clearer, more direct conversation about design concepts.

These are just the highlights. In short, where we may have used multiple tools in order to support all the parts of the design process, Figma incorporates many of the core features of other tools all in one product for a more efficient and powerful workflow. For those of you who have been using Sketch, you can also import Sketch files directly into Figma, so no need to worry about recreating your Sketch files from scratch. I’m excited about the possibilities for how Figma can make the WordPress design process more collaborative, robust, and efficient.

How to get access

You can sign in to the WordPress.org Figma team with your WordPress.org Slack account using this link: https://www.figma.com/slack/642003996626140596/invite

New users have “view” access by default. If you need upgraded access to create or edit files, ping in the #design channel and we will get you set up!

@jarahsames has volunteered to convert the SketchPress library into a shared team library for Figma, so when that is ready it will be automatically available when you sign in to Figma. Thank you Sarah!

Learning Figma

Once you’re signed in, you can check out the Figma Help Center for getting started tutorials and more. Here are some specific links to learn more:

If you already use Figma and know of other good learning resources, please post in the comments!

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