This month, we’re focused on extensibility—from new ways to power up your design workflows, to a partnership with Google Chromebooks that brings Figma and FigJam to high school students. Designers, developers, and now more students will be able to design, build, and learn however works best for them. Read on to learn more.
Our community has pushed the boundaries of what’s possible in Figma, from creating plugins that connect workflows, to bringing in real data, and automating design processes.
Today, we're extending the power of our platform even further by introducing widgets to Figma. Widgets are interactive objects that live on the Figma canvas. Unlike plugins, which are best for single-player automation use cases, you and your teammates can interact with widgets together, just like you already do in FigJam. Whether it's voting and polls or time trackers and annotation, widgets allow you to work more dynamically, together.
Check out some of our favorite new Figma widgets:
Making Figma better isn’t just about expanding the toolkit; it’s also about making those tools easy to find. That's why we've made Figma resources more discoverable in the editor. Prior to this update, it was challenging for new users to find all the extensions that are available to them, or to see what was available in the Figma Community. Now, it's possible to search and install plugins and widgets directly from the Figma toolbar. We've also updated how you can try out extensions in the Figma Community.
Simplifying how you build on top of Figma is core to making Figma extensible. Developers can find the information they’re looking for with our newly redesigned API documentation. Changes include:
Making Figma accessible to all means empowering everyone to design and build, whether they're seasoned designers or just getting started. To that end, we launched a first-of-its-kind partnership with Google for Education to bring Figma and FigJam directly to Chromebooks, the most popular personal computing device for students. This partnership will allow school districts to deploy and manage Figma Organization licenses from Google Admin Console for free, giving tens of millions of US students the opportunity to access industry-standard design tools on their personal school devices. Schools can now apply to participate in the beta, starting this summer.
Check out some new plugins, widgets, files, and partner integrations:
Building great products starts with a planning process that leads to consensus, not chaos. We’ve put together five new FigJam templates that are tried and tested by our very own product, design, and engineering teams.