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6 Reasons You Should Join the Figma Community

June 10, 2024
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If you’re a designer, you know how all-important it is to sometimes get a second set of eyes on something you create.

Getting feedback from a fellow designer and being a part of a team can sometimes be that extra “something” you need to spark new ideas, refine your existing ones, and boost the quality of your final product.

So, if it’s a second (or third or fourth or fifth) set of eyes you need, fellow designer, then we have just the suggestion for you.

Have you joined the Figma Community?

Figma is more than just a design resource, it’s also an active community transforming how designers work and providing access to tons of great resources! If that sounds like just what you need, then today’s blog is for you. 

Today, we're exploring Figma’s active community and showing you all of the benefits that you and your work can gain from joining this supportive network!

Let’s dive in!

What is the Figma Community?

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The Figma Community is a space in the Figma platform where people, teams, or organizations can publish files, plugins, and widgets as well as discover resources and support other creators.

It includes things like shared design files, plugins, collaborative projects, and discussion forums, even allowing users to add comments to work or follow profiles.

And best of all, all of these shared resources are open to everyone! From beginner designers to the most seasoned professionals, there’s something for everyone and lots to learn to further develop your skills and boost your design expertise.

From the Figma Community guide:

“Our vision is to make design accessible to all, and the Community is one part of that vision. Help us build an inclusive space where people from around the world can share and discover creative work.”

The Benefits of Joining the Figma Community

Whether you’re looking to just share your work or get inspiration from others, you’ll find the Figma Community a valuable resource for both growth and collaboration.

And in case you’re not convinced, let’s explore some of the benefits of joining the Figma community.

1. Collaboration

Collaboration is one of the most valuable and much-loved features of Figma.

With Figma, multiple designers can work on the same project at the same time, making collaboration and teamwork a breeze. Team up with friends and coworkers on a shared project to get a job done quicker or ask someone with more experience to jump into your file and give you some pointers.

Through Figma’s comments and discussion features, you can get instant feedback from others in the community to help you refine your designs and get your creative juices flowing!

2. Learning and Development

Are you a newbie designer ready to learn more? 

A pro looking for more tools for their arsenal? 

Whatever level of your design expertise, Figma has educational resources for everybody! Access everything from tutorials, webinars, and workshops all tailored to different topics and skill levels. It also makes it easy to connect with more experienced designers and ask for some guidance or career advice.

And if you’re more of the “learn as you go” type, Figma also offers community challenges that are perfect for flexing your design muscles. Participating in these community challenges is a great way to improve your skills, add to your portfolio, and give you the confidence you need to innovate and create!

3. Resources!

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Figma also has plenty of resources, like templates and UI kits to save you time in your design process, plugins to boost functionality, and shared design systems to streamline your process.

These resources (which are often free!), can help you to get a jumpstart on your projects, maintain consistency in your design, and provide a solid foundation to work from. Having useful templates at hand not only speeds up your design but lets you focus more on creating and less on repetitive tasks, making your workflow efficient and allowing you to add your special touch of creativity! 

4. Interactive Elements

Engaging with the Figma Community also offers plenty of interactive elements to keep you busy and keep you honing your design skills!

You can receive and give out live feedback on design files or, if you're looking for expert detailed input, you can share interactive prototypes to get some tips and tricks from more experienced designers, hands-on reviews, or suggestions on how to improve your work. However you want to interact is up to you!

Figma also organizes fun events like workshops and design sprints that you can participate in to hone your skills in real-time and build relationships with fellow designers while you do so.

5. Open-Source Contributions

Figma offers its community members access to open-source assets like design files, community projects, and shared resources.

By participating and contributing your own assets, you can help shape the tools and templates that others use, while also learning, using, and benefitting from the contributions of your fellow Figma designers. This collaboration builds up a sense of ownership and pride in the community, encouraging innovation and potentially leading to new opportunities, collaboration, and recognition in the design community!

6. Community Events

Though Figma is an online platform, it still offers plenty of community events to participate in.

Join online events like webinars and design challenges or take advantage of live events like meetups and networking opportunities. Whatever your jam, Figma community events are great ways to connect with other designers, learn from experts in the industry, and keep yourself updated on the latest design trends and best practices.

These events also provide a platform for exchanging ideas, getting insight, and building relationships that can potentially expand your professional network and boost your career. You never know if you don't participate!

How to Join the Figma Community

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Joining the Figma Community is super simple! Just follow the steps below:

  1. Create a Figma account — Go to Figma’s website and click on “Sign up” in the top right corner. Enter your email address and your new password, then click “Sign up.”
  2. Set Up Your Profile — Figma will have you verify your email address. Once you do that, log in and click your profile picture in the top-left corner of the screen. Click “Settings” in the account menu, then navigate to the “Community” tab and click “Claim your handle.” Type in your new handle and click “Create profile” to confirm.
  3. Explore! — You’re in! Start exploring the Figma Community by browsing through shared files, plugins, or widgets. You can follow other creators, comment on their work, and participate in discussion forums. When you’re ready, share your own design files and other assets and see who interacts with you!

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We Can Think of Another Great Community You Should Join …

If it’s a place to share resources, get and receive feedback on design work, and build relationships with designers just like you, then the Figma Community is a great place to start!

And if you’re looking to make a career out of it, then we have another community you can join that offers all of the same benefits plus many more.

Have you considered joining the Designity creative community?

Designity is made up of the best and brightest in the field of design and marketing and we’re always looking for more talented individuals to join our ranks. As a member of the Designity community, you’d get fantastic perks, like competitive pay, a variety of different projects for a variety of different clients and industries, the opportunity to collaborate and learn from the best, plus a 100% remote work environment that lets you design from wherever you want during the hours you choose.

Does joining the Designity community sound like a dream come true to you? If so, we encourage you to go for it!

Show us what you’ve got by filling out our one-of-a-kind application and let’s see where Designity can take you!

Are you ready for a game-changer in your creative career path?

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