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Building Interactive Figma Widgets

Building Interactive Figma Widgets

Figma has always encouraged collaboration between developers and designers. It strives on an endless treasury of community-made plugins. Need 3D elements? There’s a plugin for that. Need abstract SVGs? There’s a plugin for that, too. That said, the design part of Figma has always been relatively static — always working with unmovable rectangles connected to each other through predefined user interactions. But what if I told you that your designs could suddenly come to life — that they could be animated, interactive, and even stateful? Then, what would separate concept from implementation? Figma announced in June that it’s bringing JavaScript-powered widgets to the table. Now, designers have can browse and implement logic-driven components straight in Figma! Say hello to the Widgets API! You want to know what it is and how to use it? That’s exactly what we’re going to do together in this post. Figma widgets open up tons of possibilities Imagine that you’re working around the clock with your partner to design a large restaurant application. You’re both already collaborating on the same Figma board; both of you are sharing the exact same document with changes happening on the fly. Surely, you already know that collaboration involves more that just the design process: project management,hosting polls to gather votes,importing and visualizing mock data,and perhaps even playing a multiplayer game to cool-off after many hours of work. We just require one person to manage everything and send-out links to other members of the group. But oh, that’s not very efficient, is it? Well, that’s where widgets come into play. We can conceivably do all of that — yes, everything —without ever leaving Figma. Here are just a few of the ways you might want to use widgets in Figma: Creating tasks for Jira and AsanaCreating issues in GitHubDisplaying Dynamic DataRecording voice memosCreating task listsWasting time Playing Tic-Tac-ToeTracking activitiesCreating timers The list goes on and on. As you can tell, there’s already a plethora of widgets that you can freely use in your documents. In fact, you can add Widgets straight to your board from the Widgets menu (Shift+I). But we’re not here to learn how to use widgets, because that’s easy. Let us do what we do best: we’re gonna create our own Figma widget! This one will be inspired by Chris Coyier’s design quotes website. We’ll take the API, feed it into the widget, then display random design quotes directly in Figma. Here’s what we need I don’t like to be the bearer of bad news, but in order to develop widgets, you must be on Windows or Mac. Linux users, I’m sorry, but you’re out of luck. (You could still use a VM if you want to follow along.) We’re gonna download the Figma Desktop application. The simplest way to get started is by generating a widget template, straight from the app. Let’s create a new board by opening the widgets menu (Shift+ I), switching to the Development tab,  » Read More

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