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388: Design Tips and Tricks, Part 2

March 10, 2021

This week, we cover part two of our design tips and tricks series. We talk about naming conventions, thinking in divs, structuring frames, and share a few Figma pro-tips. In The Sidebar, we talk about design content overload.

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In this week's Sidebar, we talk about how to deal with design content overload. If you live and breath design, this might be for you.

Follow up:

  • David Luft tweeted: It would be so helpful if you made a video companion to episode 386 that shows how you set up and use your grid systems in Figma.
    • Keep an eye out, we’ll try to do something here!
  • Camden Gaba tweeted: Should the vertical spacing between text elements be set by their line height or multiples of your grid interval? And thanks for another episode!
  • Richard Picot tweeted: Follow up question, do you conform to a grid for padding inside a button for example or is the overall size of the component more important?
    • Vertical padding just ends up being whatever is required to make your button height a certain size (e.g. minimum tap target size). Leading and trailing padding can be some step on your grid (like 16pt or 12pt).

Main Topic:

This week Marshall continues with part 2 of design tips and tricks! We dig into naming conventions, thinking in divs, how to structure your frames, and some Figma-only pro-tips.

Cool Things:

  • Brian shared Mouseless, an indie app to help you build muscle memory for keyboard shortcuts in your most-used apps.
  • Marshall shared The World’s a Little Blurry, the new Apple TV+ documentary about Billie Eilish.

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