My favorite Figma plugins

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If you have talked to me in the last two weeks, you’ve most likely heard me confess my undying love for Figma. Between the collaboration ability, cost (::cough cough:: free), the prototyping capabilities, the YouTube tutorials, and now the new communityFigma is all that and a bag of chips.

Figma really started to take off when the shift to working from home happened. I spoke to a few designers who made the switch from Sketch to Figma this year and I’ve heard similar feedback:

“Collaboration is great with Figma, but the plugins are better for Sketch”

I personally never used plugins for Sketch. I downloaded Craft from InVision and it crashes my computer every time I opened the panel, so I threw in the towel. But the beauty of Figma, it’s a web-based app. I noticed times where it has lagged but it has never crashed on me. So I was finally able to play around with plugins and here is my counteroffer to why Figma is still better 😉

1. Contrast

“Contrast makes it easy to check the contrast ratios of colors as you work. Select a layer and Contrast will immediately look for the color directly behind your selection and serve up the contrast ratio along with passing and failing levels from the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).”

2. Responsify

“A Figma plugin to quickly test your designs across multiple device sizes.”

3. Unsplash & Pexels

Alright, this is a two-for since they have the same function. Download one or the other or both! Quickly add stock images straight into your wireframes.

4. Mapsicle

“Never take a screenshot of a map again! With Mapsicle, you can quickly and seamlessly place maps in your mockups. An interactive map lets you pan to the perfect location, or you can search for a place anywhere in the world.”

5. Typeout

“As designers, we often spend time on creating/ideating over ux copies to add to our designs before sharing them with relevant stakeholders. Typeout helps us make our designs more conversational and meaningful with just two clicks.”

6. Vectary 3D

“Vectary 3D plugin for Figma is adding the missing third dimension to your 2D designs. Place your Figma design into a predefined 3D mockup or your custom 3D element. Set your desired perspective in 3D and place the result into the scene with one click.”

Fellow Figma lovers, I want to hear what your favorite plugins are! And for those Sketch users who have not made the switch yet (I know you’ll come to the dark side eventually), what is holding you back?

Have questions or just want to chat? Don’t hesitate to reach out!

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Phylicia Flynn

Phylicia Flynn

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Interior Designer transformed into UX/Product Designer. NJ transplant living in the Midwest. Has an affinity for dogs, spicy food and coffee shops. phylicia.co