QUICK SUMMARY: In this article, let’s take a closer look at what Figma really has to offer. Here are 20 tips on how to work faster and better with this well-known and collaborative interface design tool.
NOTE ABOUT SHORTCUTS
Most shortcuts are written for both Windows and Mac, where the Ctrl key on Windows corresponds to the Cmd key on the Mac, and Alt is used for both Alt (Windows) and Option/Alt (Mac).
For example, Ctrl/Cmd + Alt + C is Ctrl + Alt + C on Windows and Cmd + Alt/Option + C on the Mac.
Note: This article is for designers who want to try Figma or already are exploring some of its features. To get the most from the article, some experience with Figma Design would be nice to have, but not required.
1. How To Import Multiple Images At The Same Time
We use pictures and images in our designs all the time, and it would be very useful if we could make the process of changing single and multiple images more easy and straightforward.
In Figma, you have the ability to import multiple images (using the shortcut Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + K) and then place them one by one in the layers (objects) in which you want them to appear. This is quite handy because you can see the images being imported and then placed in realtime.
2. Better Renaming Options By Using The Layers Batch Rename Feature
Sometimes (and I really mean many times!), we need to rename a group of layers when we need to prepare our design for export (export as icons, or as a set of images), or just when we need to perform a “deep clean” process inside a design file.
In Figma, you have the ability to batch rename layers (and frames) which is a really handy feature. You can rename the entire layer name or just a portion of it. You can also find and rename a specific character in a layer name, and you can add a different number to each layer that will be later exported as a separate file. You can also do a search and replace by just typing in the “Match” field.
I find this feature extremely useful.
Note about layers:If you’re relatively new to Figma, the following Figma help page will shed some light on layers, frames, objects, groups of objects, and more.
3. Using An Emoji In The Frame Name To Display Its Current Work State
Since we started using Figma in our design team, our workflow has been more collaborative, as we usually work on the same design files, and sometimes we even work on them simultaneously.
To know which Frame or screen is still work in progress, and which one is ready (final variant completed), we add an emoji (Windows shortcut: Win key + . or Win key + ; / Mac shortcut: Cmd + Ctrl + space) before the frame name so everyone can see at a glance the frame’s current state.
4. Re-Organizing Items
One of Figma’s great features is the ability to re-organize items inside a Frame. It’s very handy when used on icons, lists or tabs as shown below:
USE PROPER NAMING TO ORGANIZE YOUR STYLES (TEXTS, COLORS, EFFECTS)
Local Styles is one of the best features in Figma. It allows you to create a design system or guideline for all components so you can reuse them easily. And if you change the Master Style, it changes all the components linked to it. Super powerful! However, you can get lost with all your styles if you don’t name and categorize them the right way. I’ll share with you how I structured my styles in Figma
5. Text Styles Naming
You can organize your text styles in subcategories by adding a “/”. For example, I would add a “Heading” and “/” so I’ll have all my headings inside the category “Heading.” Sounds fancy but it’s easier to navigate when you have a lot of different font sizes. Works for Texts and also Colors.
6. Adding A Description For Each Style As A Guide
It can be handy to know where to use different components by adding a quick description of how to use the style and where, especially when you have a team of designers. You can add a description when editing the text style, color style or any components.
7. How To Switch Instance From The Sidebar
A lot of times, we end up with a lot of components, icons, etc., so the dropdown menu to switch instance is probably not the best way to do this. The little trick is that you can, from the sidebar, drag the component by holding Alt + Ctrl/Cmd to the component you want to switch. Easier and faster!
8. How To Copy/Paste All Properties
When duplicating an element or when I just want to copy the style of an element, I can quickly copy the element’s properties (Ctrl/Cmd + Alt + C) and paste them (Ctrl/Cmd + V) on a new element. It’s quite handy for images and styling elements with multiple properties, e.g., fill and stroke, etc.
9. How To Copy/Paste A Single Property
Another shortcut that I found very useful is the ability to copy a single property — and you can select which property to copy! Select the property from the right panel (like shown in the video) and with a simple Ctrl/Cmd + C and then Ctrl/Cmd + V paste it on another object. I found this to be very useful for images.
10. Search For Elements With The Same Properties, Instance, Style, And So On
When you have a complex design file, or you just want to tidy up your design system, it’s quite handy to be able to search for elements with the same property (a specific color, for example), and then change the color to a Color Style. Super-useful after you’re settled with the design system and need to better organize all the components!
11. Use The Scale Tool To Resize Objects And Their Properties
I found it useful to be able to scale an element and its properties (stroke, effects applied to the object, etc.) all at the same time with the Scale tool (K). I found Figma a bit easier than Sketch in this regard, as you don’t have to select the size of the object. When you scale the object, both the object’s dimensions and its properties will resize proportionally. And by holding Shift, you’ll also keep the ratio while expanding or downsizing the object.
Note:If you need to change the size of an object without changing its properties (stroke, effects, etc.), use the Select tool to select the object, then resize it by using the Properties panel. If you use the Scale tool and resize the object, then both the object’s size and its properties will resize.
12. Resize A Frame Without Resizing The Layers Inside It
When designing for different screen resolutions, you want to be able to resize the screen frame without having to resize all the elements inside the frame. In order to do that, hold Ctrl/Cmd while you perform the resize operation. Magic!
13. Create Graphs/Arc In Seconds
With Figma, you can create graphs/arc in literally seconds! No more cutting paths on a circle to create a custom graph. Here’s how you create a loading arc — and all those values can be precisely controlled from the Properties panel on the right.
14. Change Spacing On The Go
I love Figma’s feature that allows you to change the spacing for a group of elements. It makes it super easy to lay out a group of elements around your screen. I use this feature for multiple elements but also for single elements as well.
15. Component Keywords For Easy Search
When you’re starting to have lots of components, it becomes difficult sometimes to find a specific component in your library. That’s when the component keywords come in handy. You can add keywords to any component so even though the component’s name is different, you’ll have the keywords which will allow to find it more easily. You’ll find an example below:
16. Restore An Earlier Version Of A Design File Or Share The Link To An Earlier Version
I love the feature to be able to go back to a previous version of the file I am currently working on.
No matter the reason (you made a mistake, or a client asks you to switch to an earlier version, etc.), it is really handy to be able to go back in time to a previous version. And not only that, but Figma also lets you copy the link to the previous version so you don’t have to delete the most recent version of the file. Smart!
17. UI Kit Libraries To Kick-Start Your Projects
I often use the UI kit libraries to kick-start my projects. For example, I use the Wireframy Kit whenever I need to design some wireframes. I just need to activate the library, and I’m ready to go! I also often use Bootstrap Grid and Figma Redlines. (There’s a ton of free assets available — check them out and pick the ones you need.)
18. Use GIFs In Prototypes
Figma just added the ability to add GIF files to your prototypes, thus adding the possibility to add user interaction animations within your prototypes. Here’s a preview of it from Aris Acoba:
19. Figma, Tidy Up!
Figma’s Tidy Up feature is really when you want to quickly rearrange elements in a grid or just to make everything aligned. Together with the features which I mentioned in point 4 and point 14 — it’s super powerful! Also, another way to tidy up is by hovering over the bottom-right corner of a selection and clicking the blue icon.
20. View Settings
It took me a bit of time to find those settings but they are quite handy when you know where they are located. You can configure how you see your workplace in the “Settings” dropdown menu in the top right corner of the window. Allowing you to show Rulers, the Grid, enable/disable “Snap to Pixel Grid” (which sometimes is a bit annoying), but also hide the other players’ (designers) cursors when you want a bit of focus and don’t want to be distracted by others.
21. Bonus Tip: Figma Plugins
Figma just recently introduced their new plugins feature which will allow people to build custom plugins tailored for their own workflows.
I think plugins will add a lot of value to the entire Figma ecosystem and will enhance our design workflows. Some of the best plugins I have tried so far include:
Google Sheet sync
Have a try yourself and maybe you could even build your own plugin to suit your needs!
And finally, we’ve come to our last free font, which is Monoid.
Monoid is another great font that we know you’ll love and be using on the daily, if you code.
“The clever thing about Monoid is that it has font-awesome built into it, which they call Monoisome. This means when writing code, you can pop a few icons in there easily. Monoid looks just as great when you’re after highly readable website body text.”
Let us know in the comments which font was your favorite of this list and which ones you’ll be incoporating into your daily design life.
In all likelihood, you’ve already discovered the benefits of WordPress, and worked with one or more popular WordPress themes or other design aids.
Top WordPress themes typically bring both advantages and limitations to the table. As a consequence, a web designer is confronted with finding a theme that maximizes the former and minimizes the latter when addressing the task at hand.
Finding “the best WP theme” among the large number currently on the market can be a daunting task.
Fortunately, you don’t have to spend hours sifting through and evaluating a lengthy list of potential candidates. This collection of 12 top WordPress themes should make it easy to find one that will help you get your New Year off to a roaring start.
With its 40+ core design features that includes a selection of 600+ pre-built websites, BeTheme easily qualifies as being the biggest multipurpose WordPress theme of them all. In addition, more than 200,000 sales attests to its popularity.
Every one of the core features brings something important or even necessary to the web designer. While there’s insufficient space here to cover them all, this sampling should suffice:
BeTheme’s Muffin Builder is a powerful page builder that when used with its other core features makes website building a quick, easy, and coding free adventure.
The Admin Panel and Shortcode Generator gives users all the options andflexibility needed to make it a genuine “if you can think of it you can build it” tool kit.
BeTheme’s 600+ customizable pre-built websites make it possible to get virtually any project off to a quick start. These professionally-crafted design aids cover 30 business sectors, a wide range of small business niches, and the major website types.
If you’re spending an excessive amount of time answering repetitive questions and customers find your site’s FAQ page a source of irritation rather than an aide, it might be the time to invest in KnowAll.
Provides instant answers to customers 24/7.
Provides detailed answers including related content suggestions
Helps customers formulate questions with its search capability
Customers will love what KnowAll does and your business will profit from it.
Typer can transform your blog website into high-powered multi-author platform. Front-end publishing, article bookmarks, and searches and recommendations for like articles are among Typer’s many features.
Typer is Elementor and Gutenberg compatible
Beautiful user profiles and multiple article layouts will dress up your site
Features include an activity feed and weekly digest
Typer was developed by and Elite Author and enjoys a 5-star user rating.
Any selection from a above listing of great WordPress themes should put you in a good place for the website design challenges you may encounter going into the New Year.
Since each of these top WordPress themes features the latest website and website design trends, there’s at least one here for you, whether your project is for your personal use or for a corporate entity.
Gerhard Oosthuizen, CTO at Entersekt, shares with The Paypers key takeaways on understanding and solving ecommerce’s biggest obstacles in the COVID-19 era
While many businesses have floundered during the pandemic, the regulatory response has created an environment for tech companies to flourish. Unsurprisingly, in a time of lockdown and restrictions, ecommerce has boomed.
According to Adobe, online shopping in the United States achieved between four and six years’ worth of growth in just a couple of months in earlier 2020. April and May saw more online spend than the 2019 holiday season, by far the most important six or so weeks in American retail.
Experience tells us that once a customer successfully downloads and uses an ecommerce app, they are unlikely to return to their previous method of transacting. The convenience of using the app helps to convert the unsure and undecided.
Obstacles remain, however, and there is a high rate of transaction failure. To sustain growth, we need to understand and solve the challenges that lead to incomplete transactions. As pandemic restrictions are lifted and people can move more freely, their shopping options will increase, which means a higher rate of people than usual may shift back to previous transaction habits.
There is an urgency, therefore, to understand and solve ecommerce’s biggest obstacles.
User experience is key
An obvious but crucial point is the importance of user experience. The modern digital consumer expects sophisticated, slick, and safe user experiences, accessible anytime, anywhere, and on any device.
nearly two-thirds of abandoned carts (65%) occur because of friction;
due to fraud controls, USD 146 billion in card-not-present purchases are declined each year;
yet of these transactions, more than half (52%) were not fraudulent.
These are significant numbers and represent a substantial loss of sales valued around USD 100 billion every year. Losses are probably considerably more, however, as after a card is declined, 64% of customers will abandon the transaction, and 80% will tell a friend about their negative experience.
An enhanced, elegant user experience, one that engages the customer and helps to solve any issues that arise during the transaction, is required.
Several operators are currently working towards a solution, but as they tend to differ on their definition of the problem, routes vary. Let’s examine the different options.
All roads lead to Rome; some will get you there quicker
EMVCo, the global technical body that facilitates worldwide interoperability and acceptance of secure card payment transactions, along with the payment networks, champions three options: Tokenization
By converting sensitive cardholder information into a unique digital identifier, this creates a token that can then be used instead of a card, which helps to protect the primary account numbers. A unique number is provided for each environment, and the card number is limited.
Should the token be fraudulently acquired, it can only be used for the intended recipient. Tokens can be issued either through an issuer wallet, a third-party wallet or a card-on-file.
Secure is an authentication vehicle, a messaging protocol that enables issuers to authenticate consumers during online shopping. It provides a layer of security that reduces fraudulent transactions, prevents unauthorised use of credit and debit cards online, and protects merchants from exposure to fraud-related chargebacks.
Click to Pay
A relatively recent rollout by EMVCo, card information is secured on the users’ profile who can then choose which card they want to use for the transaction as they would in a real-world situation, with no need to enter a password or card details.
Click to Pay aims to offer a simple, seamless, and safe user experience that saves the customer time. The interface is standard across the web and mobile sites, apps, and devices.
Other operators and options include:
Payment Request API
The Web Payments Working Group (WPWG) consortium controls the standards of payments across the internet. With its Payment Request API, the WPWG aims to standardise communication across merchants, browsers, and payment methods by providing a single, stable, and consistent API for developers.
Merchants can create a controlled and standardised checkout experience for all payment types, not just card payments.
FIDO with WebAuthn
Entersekt, along with Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Facebook, belongs to the FIDO Alliance, which stands for Fast IDentity Online.
We have long supported its drive to banish inconvenient and weak password-based security, and we expect to see a rapid surge in interest following a recent announcement by Apple that it will fully support the new FIDO2 authentication protocol too.
The way forward: cooperation and collaboration
The most significant potential lies in collaboration, and we see the beginning of alliances between groups, such as the relationship between the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and FIDO to enable WebAuthn.
There is also a W3C, FIDO, and EMVCo working group that is currently discussing, allowing merchants to submit FIDO tokens.
However, while there is overlap, and operators are talking to each other about common ground, specifications remain quite varied. Banks and merchants may struggle to understand which options work well together and are best suited to their needs.
It will require expert knowledge of the market, the various solutions, and the future of ecommerce, and it is best to work with a specialist.
Email design trends for 2021 reflect the new and unexpected challenges that B2B businesses and marketers faced during 2020—budget cuts, rapid change, and less in-person meetings. In a 2020 survey of CMOs by Gartner, 44% reported facing midyear budget cuts due to the effects of the pandemic.
Despite all this change email marketing has proven to be a tried-and-true tool to reach customers and increase B2B sales. Email engagement is at an all-time high according to email marketing platform, Mailchimp’s recent email marketing report.
With the loss of in-person events and face-to-face contact, more B2B marketers are turning to email to generate leads. In this post, I share 4 email design trends to practice for the year ahead to successfully generate and nurture leads while also retaining your existing clients.
B2B customers have come to demand and expect relevant and personalized content. According to online email testing software Litmus, personalized emails get 122% more return.
Below are a few easy ways to personalize your emails:
Provide a “from name”
People are much more likely to open and engage with an email when they feel it is from an individual they know and trust rather than a corporation or company. Make sure to include a designated name on send, example: John Doe from Vandelay Industries. This helps to humanize your brand and message.
Gather data to tailor content and imagery
Using data helps sell solutions that solve a particular problem for a specific segment of your audience. Make sure you’re segmenting your audience and tailoring the content and imagery in your emails to match each audiences’ pain points.
Big Bold Type
Good visual hierarchy helps customers read through content faster and easier. Big, bold type is a trend for 2021 because it creates impact and engages audiences quickly. Less is more when dealing with text; it’s got to be attention-grabbing, yet not over the top; enticing but not overwhelming.
Soothing Color Palettes
Pantone’s Color of the Year… is not one but two colors, Pantone 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating. This medium tone gray and vibrant yellow are a reflection on the year we have all survived.
Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says,
“The selection of two independent colors highlight how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness, conveying the idea that it’s not about one color or one person, it’s about more than one. The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating, expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock-solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted; this is essential to the human spirit.”
In short, bright color accents, juxtaposed with neutral/calming colors, will be used a lot in the coming months—helping us all bounce back and get back to business.
Animated GIFs will continue to engage and excite customers. You want something to dazzle your viewers, but by using reasonable file size. So instead of fully animated effects in newsletters, the email design trend of 2021 is to overlap animations with other, static images.
B2B marketers should shift how they view email marketing as not just a selling tool, but also as a relationship-building tool for 2021.
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