The design team at Font Awesome started using Figma a couple of years ago to create visual assets and design mockups and prototypes, drawn in by its ease of use and collaborative features. The design direction of their new version 6 site was created and iterated in Figma, and they even built a simple icon component that has made integrating icons a breeze.
And as they spent more and more of their time designing in Figma, they started wondering if they could move all of their design work into the program, icons included. Figma’s interface is both intuitive and powerful, and its focus on collaboration has made working on a fully remote design team a non-issue.
After talking in-depth with other icon designers who extolled Figma’s virtues, they spent time putting Figma to the test and began weighing its pros and cons regarding icon design. The ah-ha moment came when they realized they could keep icons completely editable while still exporting simple, usable SVGs. On top of that, Figma’s built-in tools feel almost custom-built for icon creation.
Tune in to hear from iconographer extraordinaire Jory Raphael as he walks us through the process of switching Font Awesome's workflow to a new tool, and Figma's unique features and capabilities that won them over.
Lead Icon Designer
Designer, Illustrator, Occasional Actor. Lead icon designer at Font Awesome. Creator of Symbolicons.
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