Today, it’s clear that Figma is the primary tool used for UI/UX design. Though UX writers and content designers aren’t expected to be experts in Figma, it’s important to know the basics of the software to best collaborate with the entire design team.
But many new writers in tech don’t have a design background, and design tools can feel intimidating. That’s why we’ve rounded up these resources to help you master the most important skills in Figma, so you can focus on what you do best, crafting amazing product microcopy!
What UX writers and content designers need to do in Figma
It’s important to set your expectations properly for what skill level you need to achieve in Figma. Though each company will have slightly different processes, UX writers and content designers are not responsible for creating entire mockups.
Instead, UX designers will generally pass completed mockups to UX writers, and the UX writer will simply need to edit the copy in the designs. The designers should set up the file so that this won’t mess up the overall layout, provided there has been sufficient communication about parameters.
Despite this, it can be helpful for UX writers to have basic to intermediate Figma skills. For your own process, being able to make simple mockups to visualize your microcopy as part of an interface can help you choose between options and better present your ideas to colleagues.
So while deep Figma knowledge is definitely not required, it is a real bonus!
Quick tips and tricks for UX writers in Figma
- Deep Select. Ever have trouble navigating to a string of copy you need to edit? Holding the Command (Mac) or Control (Windows) key while using the select tool lets you “deep select,” meaning you’ll select the deepest visible layer, which should take you right to the microcopy you’re trying to edit.
- If you’re trying to make a quick button layout, after making a text box you can select it and press Shift-A to apply auto layout. You can then add a fill background and round corners in the sidebar menu, to instantly make a quick mockup for a button!
- If you want to add a comment to a file, you can use the shortcut C to select the Comments tool. From there, just click anywhere in the file that you would like to type a note for your colleague. You can explain a decision, ask a question, or just mark a place in the file that you’d like to come back to.