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The Wonders of Figma: A UX Designer’s Guide to Prototyping With AI

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You’re a UX designer who’s heard all the buzz about Figma. How it’s the hot new tool taking over from old standards like Sketch. But you’re wondering, is it really all that?

Well, buckle up buttercup because you’re about to take a deep dive into the wonders of Figma. From whip-fast prototyping to slick collaboration features, we’ll break down all the ways Figma is revolutionizing UX design. And that’s not all. We’ll also explore how Figma is integrating AI to make designers’ lives even easier. From automatically generating designs to enhancing accessibility, AI inside Figma is a game-changer.

So leave your preconceived notions behind. By the end of this guide, you’ll be chanting “Figma Forever!” as you design and prototype faster than ever before. The future of UX design is here. Time to jump on the Figma train!

What Is Figma? A Brief Introduction

A design collaboration tool

Figma is a web-based design collaboration tool. It allows multiple designers and stakeholders to work together in real-time on interface designs, prototypes and specifications. Everything is stored in the cloud, so you can access files and collaborate from anywhere.

Prototyping and developer handoff

In Figma, you can easily turn your static screens into clickable prototypes to share with teammates or clients. You can also generate design specs, assets, code snippets and libraries to hand off to developers.

Integrations and plugins

Figma integrates with many of the tools you already use like Slack, Jira and Dropbox. There are also dozens of plugins available to extend Figma’s functionality, for example, to generate style guides or measure accessibility compliance.

In summary, Figma is a powerful yet affordable design and prototyping tool with online collaboration at its core. It has everything you need to create digital products and a vibrant community creating lots of useful resources and plugins.

Figma for UX Design: Key Features and Benefits

Real-time Collaboration

Figma allows multiple designers to work on the same file at the same time. You’ll see others’ cursors move in real-time and any changes made to the file are updated instantly. This real-time collaboration allows for quick feedback, iteration, and efficiency.

Component Libraries

Figma has robust component libraries that let you create reusable elements. Once you’ve designed a button, form field, icon, etc., you can add it to your library. Then you can drag and drop those components into any design. This helps you maintain consistency and speeds up your workflow.


Easily turn your static screens into interactive prototypes in Figma. You can create complex interactions and animations without needing to code. Figma handles all the prototyping for you. Showcase your prototypes to stakeholders and get feedback to further improve the user experience.

Developer Handoff

When your design is ready to be built, Figma makes it easy to hand off to developers. Figma generates code snippets and measurements for everything in your design. Developers can see all the details and specs they need to build pixel-perfect layouts.

AI-Powered Features

Figma uses AI and machine learning to introduce powerful, automated features. Things like auto-layout, smart animate, and the new Variants feature can save you hours of time. Figma is innovating quickly and integrating AI in smart ways that truly help designers work more efficiently.

Figma is an all-in-one tool for UX design. With its robust features and AI-powered functionality, Figma gives you everything you need to take your product from concept to prototype and handoff. The future of design is here.

Prototyping With Figma: Bring Your UX Designs to Life

Figma allows you to turn your static UX designs into interactive prototypes. This helps bring your vision to life so you can see how users may interact with your product. Prototyping in Figma is simple but powerful.

Create frames

The first step is to create frames for each of your screens. Select the frames tool and drag out boxes to represent your screens. Give each frame a descriptive name like “Home screen” or “Checkout page”. These frames will become the pages in your prototype.

Add interactions

Next, you need to connect your frames by adding interactions. Select the Prototype tab in the right panel. Click on a frame, then click and drag to another frame to create an interaction. Choose the type of interaction like “Tap” or “Swipe”. You can then preview your prototype in the Prototype view and experience how a user may navigate through your design.

Figma has many advanced prototyping features like auto-animate that can automatically generate animations based on object properties. You can also add overlays, draggable elements, and logic to create conditional flows. These powerful features allow you to craft detailed user experiences without needing to code.

Share and gather feedback

A key benefit of prototyping in Figma is the ability to share your prototypes and gather feedback from stakeholders or users. You can share a prototype link that allows others to preview and comment directly on your designs. Their feedback and suggestions appear as comments on your frames so you can easily make changes to your prototype.

Prototyping is a crucial part of the design process. Using Figma to turn your static UX designs into interactive prototypes allows you to uncover issues, get feedback, and iterate quickly before development begins. Figma’s simple yet powerful prototyping tools put this ability directly into the hands of UX designers.

The Role of AI in Figma: How It Enhances the Design Process

Smart Layout and Constraints

Figma uses AI to make the layout process smarter and more intuitive. The smart layout feature uses machine learning to predict what you want to do and make suggestions to simplify arranging frames on the canvas. It recognizes patterns in your designs and suggests improvements to align, distribute or resize groups of objects.

Vector Networks

Figma’s vector networks use AI to detect shapes that should remain geometrically linked. When you resize one shape, the related shapes will resize in a proportional manner to maintain the relationship. This allows you to create complex shapes that scale seamlessly without tediously linking each individual element.


The auto-animate feature uses AI to detect objects in frames that should be animated to create smooth transitions in your prototype. Figma will analyze layers, frames, groups and components to determine what should be animated. You can then preview the animation and make any tweaks needed to the motion curve or duration.

Smart Selection

Figma employs machine learning to intelligently select layers and objects even when they are covered by other elements. It recognizes patterns and the hierarchy in your designs to select what you intended to select. The smart selection tool minimizes the frustration of trying to select a layer that is obscured or densely packed in with other objects.

AI enhances Figma through features that simplify complex tasks, save time, and reduce frustration. The machine learning models get smarter over time by analyzing how thousands of designers interact with the tools and interface. AI is not meant to replace human creativity but to augment it by removing tedious work and empowering designers to focus on what really matters – creating amazing user experiences.

Figma FAQs: Answering Common Questions About Figma

Is Figma good for UI/UX design?

Yes, Figma is an excellent tool for UI and UX design. It has powerful features like:

  • Vector networks for creating responsive layouts
  • Auto layout to intelligently space and align layers
  • Components to reuse design elements
  • Interactive prototypes to demo user flows
  • Real-time collaboration for fast feedback and iteration

How is Figma different from Sketch?

While Figma and Sketch are both popular design tools, Figma has some key differences:

  • Figma is entirely web-based, while Sketch is desktop software. This means Figma files can be accessed anywhere, and you always have the latest version.
  • Figma has real-time collaboration, so multiple designers can work in the same file at once. In Sketch, files have to be manually synced and merged.
  • Figma has a robust prototyping tool built-in, whereas Sketch requires a separate tool for interactive prototypes.
  • Figma has an active community and ecosystem of plugins, templates, and design systems to speed up your workflow. The ecosystem around Sketch is more limited.

How do I get started with Figma?

The best way to get started with Figma is to:

  1. Create a free Figma account at
  2. Explore the template and example files to see what’s possible in Figma
  3. Follow a few video tutorials to learn the basics
  4. Start designing your first UI in Figma. As you go, learn how to use components, auto layout, and the prototyping tools.
  5. Check out the Figma community for inspiration, plugins, and design systems
  6. Consider a paid Figma plan as your needs grow

With regular use, you’ll quickly discover why so many designers and teams love using Figma! Let me know if you have any other questions.


And there you have it, folks – Figma with AI allows you to iterate and prototype at lightning speed. No more spending hours rearranging elements. The AI capabilities help generate options tailored to your goals. Just describe what you’re looking for and let Figma do the heavy lifting. With a click, you’ll have multiple designs to choose from. This frees you up to focus on the creative parts of UX that you love. So embrace the AI-powered future of Figma. It’s going to make your workflow smoother and your job way more enjoyable. The future is here – start prototyping with Figma and AI today. If you want to learn more about how UX design is being revolutionized by AI, check out our Working in UX Design Episode with Chenmu Wu, where he and our Founder, Daylon Soh, talk more about this topic. Watch the full video below or on our YouTube Channel.