AMA: Noah Levin (Figma)

9 months ago from Noah Levin, Design Director, Figma

  • Terone WardTerone Ward, 9 months ago

    Hi Noah,

    Thanks for doing this AMA!

    Are there any plans to make Figma fully functional on tablet devices, more specifically iPad Pro?

    What your team is doing to push the boundaries of design software is inspiring and empowering.

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    • Noah Levin, 9 months ago

      Thanks for the kind words, Terone!

      This is something we've been thinking a bit more about recently, but I'd really love to hear more about what use cases you're thinking about! What are you interested in seeing, specifically and why?

      For many touch devices, I personally think the viewing and commenting experience is more crucial than editing, which can be quite difficult and nuanced. The hard part is we're still relatively small, and it's a pretty large chunk of work to do tablet editing right, so doing this would mean saying no to a TON of other features that the large majority of people have been asking for. That said, we do strive to make design accessible everywhere an to everyone, including those on touch devices, so I'm sure it'll be something we think about at some point to stay true to our mission.

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      • Nelson TarucNelson Taruc, 9 months ago

        I use Figma on iPad Pro and wrote a Medium post about it. https://medium.com/@nelson.taruc/figma-on-ipad-pro-a-survival-guide-5981e88fdec5 Main use case is to "fill the void" when I don't want to carry my laptop around, but the article may help add color to that use case.

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        • Chinmay Kulkarni, 9 months ago

          Interesting read, I've been trying on and off to see if I can get work done on my iPad. I haven't done intensive work on it yet, but I'd like to one day. It's just so much more portable to carry around.

          I don't know if you've seen this but this was a pretty interesting proposal by Theo Strauss. I'd love to see something like this one day: https://uxdesign.cc/meet-dimension-bf8d76bd0e1a

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      • Chinmay Kulkarni, 9 months ago

        100% agree that there are other features that are required but I'd really love to see Figma on the iPad on day. It'd make my workflow a lot more seamless, especially if I'm not at my desk. At the moment I sketch wireframes and plan on my iPad. If I'm away from my desk and need to flesh out ideas, I use Codepen/CodeSandbox - which both work great on the iPad. There's just nothing on the iPad which I can use for UI design - so if I'm away from my desk I've just got to wait til I get back. Which is fine, but I'd love for that process to be seamless. Sketch, design, and code on iPad would be absolutely amazing in terms of portability.

        Also, not sure if you've seen this but it's a really interesting take on Figma on the iPad by Theo Strauss: https://uxdesign.cc/meet-dimension-bf8d76bd0e1a

        Regardless though, love Figma and how far you're pushing yourselves. Every update is a breath of fresh air with features that make my workflow sooo much faster.

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      • Terone WardTerone Ward, 9 months ago

        Thanks Noah,

        I totally understand that there are many features vying to be prioritized. I'm specifically looking to have a more seamless workflow between sketching/note taking and applying the results of those exercises on the same device, in an environment that's capable of producing production worthy assets, without any workarounds.

        I find myself jumping between devices quite often and also feeling that maybe the iPad Pro I'm using has the horsepower to support most, if not all of the apps that I rely on as a Product Designer.

        If you ever need a test subject/beta tester for a future version that support this functionality, I'll be first in line.

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