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Figma for Developers: Are you doing Figma Right? Design, Development, and DhiWise



March 30, 2022


March 30, 2022

Wait, isn’t Figma, the famed UI-designing tool, only meant for the designers. Well, you wish. In the modern era where building a full-fledged mobile application can be extremely resource-intensive, the lines between design and development often blur out. Better termed as ‘Handoff’, the design-development divide often seems easy to tread but turns overwhelming, real soon.\

The Real Issue at Hand

Mobile applications require a picture-perfect UI. A user interface that flows, adheres to style guides if needed, and caters to the real-essence of the proposed application. And that is where the Figma UI, stacked with illustrations, mobile-curated components, navbars, sidebars, and everything else, comes into play.

But a designer handling the UI for your mobile app already knows that! Still, building a full-fledged mobile application requires a lot more than designing. Once the mockups, wireframes, and prototypes are in place, the designer initiates the ‘hand-off’ to the developer, who then tries to turn everything into code.

However, you can only put a great-looking UI together if the team behind the app works in sync. But then, it all comes down to how well the developer understands the design aspect of the UI and vice versa. And, it isn’t easy to cover all bases when you are pressed for time and budget.

The Design-to-Code Conundrum

Converting a design to code seems straightforward. Only that it isn’t. Figma is a never-ending designing resource, with files segregated according to pages, frames, elements, styles, components, design tokens, and libraries.

And if you want to go the usual route, i.e., standard design-to-code conversion, you might have to take every design aspect into account, including the prototyping.

Yes, you read that right. Figma also supports prototyping, which is a glorified term to make the UI designing process proactive, instead of reactive. This functionality gives the developers a headstart as the design team shows them how the ideas are supposed to flow at the front end of the app. But the real challenge isn’t the design or the prototype. It is exporting the assets to the platform you would want to code the app in. 

However, Figma cannot help the developers on its own as the Figma libraries with design tokens need to work with a third-party UI Kit to be usable and error-free. But finding the right third-party kit or even a plugin isn’t as straightforward.

Note: You can still convert a design element to code by manually getting the variable names and padding values in. However, this process is as cumbersome as it gets and wouldn’t get you far.

DhiWise to the Rescue

What if we told you that DhiWise, as the world’s first ProCode platform, lets you create high-end mobile apps from scratch? While this sounds exciting, it comes with something even more special. DhiWise comes with a feature-packed UI kit for Figma, stacked with preloaded layouts, templates, typography elements, colors, pre-existing screen designs, and other resources to create a comprehensive app UI.

In simple terms, DhiWise UI Kit ensures the highest possible design-to-code accuracy; something that reduces grunt work across teams. Also, the UI Kit takes care of every design-export consideration into account to ensure that you do not have to manually sweat over:

  • Layout measurements
  • Element inspection
  • Griding
  • Spacing,

, and more

So if you plan to launch an app quickly, DhiWise UI Kit is the best resource that you can use to get your application, fast-tracked.

But what about just the Design Code? - Design-to-Code plugin 

We hear you on this. And while DhiWise lets you build some of the best apps with most ease, some developers would only want a design ‘Hand-Off’. For developers that want to generate design-specific code for every Figma frame, element, and prototype, DhiWise has a Design-to-Code plugin.

Once installed, the Plugin accurately identifies most Figma design components, lets the developer in you capture the same, come up with three code conversion choices in Android, iOS, and cross-platform flutter and finally helps send the code to the registered email ID.

The Future is ‘Wise’r than you Think

Most mobile application development journeys are derailed by inefficient design-dev hand-offs. However, with DhiWise, you can ease out almost every pain point there is. While the DhiWise UI Kit lets the designing team get in the most scalable, accurate, and well-ideated UI layouts in place for you to develop the app within DhiWise’s ecosystem, the famed plugin lets you generate the design-specific code with the highest levels of accuracy.

Overall, it is a win-win for the developer who doesn’t need to worry anymore about the lack of designing familiarity. Good news, DhiWise has that covered.