FIGMA for Collaboration: A Necessary Step?

Collaboration between colleagues is key in the work environment. On the physical level, it is relatively simple: you go to your colleague’s cubicle or office and ask him to take a look at your project, or reserve a meeting room and let the ideas flow on the board and the notebook. On the digital level, things were not so simple a few years ago.

If we remember, we will surely remember how tedious it was to collaborate on the same project through our screens only. Duplication of documents, untraceable chats, thousands and thousands of corrections that end up overlapping. Many people prefer to forget what it took to design, layout, and meet deadlines for out-of-office jobs.

That is why it is very important to highlight the tools that have appeared / perfected in recent years that have made collaborating with each other, from planning to execution, much easier. The one we want to highlight today is FIGMA, the web app that we consider you need if you want to take your digital collaboration project to the next level.

What is FIGMA?

FIGMA is, in a nutshell, a Web App (SaaS) used as a vector graphics editor and prototyping. Its designers started working on it in 2012 while they were studying at Brown.

The app went public in September 2016 and has received multiple investments and support since then, reaching a valuation of 10 billion dollars this 2021.

What is FIGMA for and what does it offer?

But why is FIGMA such an important tool for your team? Because it offers all the necessary tools to design a project, allows to create prototypes and facilitates the deployment or “Hand-off” of design and development, among many other capabilities. Also, as an advantage over the others, FIGMA goes above the competition and unites all these UX / UI design services:

  • Adobe, especially Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Photoshop, and XD
  • Programs like Sketch, Invision, or Marvel, which happen to be unnecessary

How easy is it to integrate FIGMA into my company?

We know that it is difficult to change work habits, even when it is for the better. We are used to working in a certain way, to organizing ourselves … But therein lies the key: FIGMA eliminates many of the needs we had before and unifies everything in a single hub.

As an example, it allows you to have conversations within the same work table, while you chat, comment and see what your colleagues are working on if you are in the same place in real time. Why is this so important? It gives the prototyping a more realistic look at how it will work once the deployment begins and encourages faster performance.

In conclusion, knowing our experience in the world of UI design, we have observed that our projects needed less time, more tasks were automated and the frequency of communication / work between our teams was more fluid. In Itequia, working with FIGMA has helped us to optimize both our design and development time, which is a huge advantage when it comes to outperforming the competition, with fewer hours of work and deployment / delivery to customers.

Noelia Daiana Soria – UX Designer & Digital Specialist at Itequia