Component Properties in Figma

Why component properties? Figma’s introduction of variants changed how many designers, including myself, approach creating components. Variants provided the ability to turn several separate but related components, into a single asset, with properties and values that can adjust at the instance level. Variants are a handy tool to help…

Naming Variants

About Variants If you're unfamiliar with Variants, they're essentially a way to turn several components related to one another into a single component with selectable options. For example, in most design systems, there are buttons, and each Button component may have a different state that can be used, such as…

Naming in Figma

Teams, projects, and naming files Within Figma, there are two primary ways to organize all of the created files: Projects and Teams. One way of thinking about the two that helped me was to imagine Projects as folders that hold files and to think of Teams as a way to…

Tools for 2022

Things 3 [https://culturedcode.com/things/] If you’ve ever searched for productivity tools of any kind, there’s a good chance that you may have come across this one. It’s a surprisingly simple yet powerful and well-designed app that can scale with how much you’d like to…

Base Components

Earlier this month, I shared a change [https://twitter.com/joeyabanks/status/1481307391769694211?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.notion.so%2Fjoeyabanks%2Fe97f7c9970a1414596d54a6fc175e5f0%3Fv%3Dc1ce7177ad7a451bbfd8542e6501694b%26p%3Dca67df3a917c426b979c73990b06a435] that I recently made when it comes to working and creating components for others to use within…

Frames vs. Groups in Figma

I wanted to share my own answer to one of the most frequent questions I’m asked when it comes to working in the design tool: what’s the difference between groups and frames in Figma, and when should you use one over the other? It’s a great question,…

My Goals for 2022

2021 wasn’t quite the year that I think many of us were expecting. While it was a year that remained filled with much anxiety, uncertainty, and fear, thinking back, there still were moments from the last twelve months that I was thankful for. The top moment, without a doubt,…

Transitioning to an Insulin Pump

I’ve been on an insulin pump, specifically, the Tandem T:slim, for about 1 year now and I wanted to share a few thoughts on the transition. Of course, everyone will have their own experiences in going from MDI (multiple daily injections) to an insulin pump, but I’m…