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When Unsplash came on the scene in 2013, it upended traditional stock photography. Instead of relying on cheesy, cheap tropes — the visual equivalent of junk mail — Unsplash featured a daily collection of beautiful imagery. Its editors curated the work and maintained high standards in their selection.

Unsplash could not exist without the generosity and craftsmanship of the artists that share their work for free. To thank them, it’s holding its second annual awards, recognizing the top contributions to the site in different areas. …


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In the Figma Feature Highlights series (see 1 and 2), we’ve been showcasing Figma’s super powers with ideas on how to use them. This week we cover “component overrides.” If the concept of “Components” in Figma is new to you, we recommend first reading our Support article on Components here or our original Components announcement blog.

Design systems must strike the right balance between flexibility and consistency. You might use the same foundational components everywhere, like lists, avatars or status bars, but you’ll still need to tweak and adapt instances of them depending on context. …


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The University of the Arts London is ranked the sixth university in the world for Art and Design in the QS world rankings. It has impacted the creative industries worldwide, in part by launching the iconic careers of Lubaina Himid, Stella McCartney and Anish Kapoor… just to name a few.

But it wasn’t until 2004 that the colleges formed an official federation under the name “University of the Arts London,” aka UAL. Today, the university is made up of six colleges, each with their own rich history and identity — most dating back to the early 19th century. But their unique past presents design challenges because the organization uses a number of identities. As Declan Talbert, a UX designer at UAL, put it, “everyone looks after their own site and they each want to implement their own style.” …


Design is at the center of the healthcare reinvention

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Image created for Figma by Peter Barnaba

Today we can monitor sleep, count our steps, record our heartbeat and even text our doctors — all with a click. Thanks to intuitive design, individuals are equipped to take ownership of their health unlike ever before.

When building experiences in healthcare, the stakes are higher. If your product fails, your patient fails — and that simple equation comes with risky outcomes. Designing for healthcare is complex — there are human lives on the line.

Meet Virta Health, the revolutionary company that delivers treatment for type 2 diabetes and other chronic metabolic diseases without medications or surgeries. This company is on a mission to reverse diabetes for 100 million people by 2025. …


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Over the years product design has adopted many engineering best practices. But when it comes to reviewing and documenting changes, designers are limited by their desktop tools. To access version history, they must use friction-filled workarounds and export files.

That’s not the case with Figma. Because our tool is web based, your files are constantly saved, and you never have to sync. This continuous stream of version history is great for tracking your progress. That said, with so many versions listed it’s not always easy to see when important changes were made to a file.

Shortcut: ⌘ + ⌥ + S (Mac) and Ctrl+ Alt + S…


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Since 2006, Xfive has gone from a two-man startup with a few remote contractors to a thriving web development shop with offices in Krakow, Melbourne, and San Francisco. The company provides development services to digital agencies, startups, and enterprise companies alike.

Two years ago, Xfive rebranded itself and launched a new website. Since then, the business has continued to rapidly progress, while parts of its website — including the homepage — lagged behind.

Several prominent areas like Customers and Work were simply outdated, but more fundamental issues were at hand — including a confusing navigation scheme, a multitude of CTAs vying for attention, and a swarm of landing pages to navigate (and maintain). …


Buffer shares its two-step process

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Convincing your team to switch to Figma, the collaborative online design platform, isn’t always easy. Open design represents a cultural shift, from design siloes to collaboration.

So, here to offer some pro tips on the transition is James Morris, senior designer at the popular social media management app Buffer. James took a step-by-step approach to moving Buffer to Figma, making sure he had company-wide support for the change. Buffer’s team is entirely remote, so they needed a design tool that simplified communication.

But for James, introducing Figma was about more than just a new tool. It was about shifting design’s role in the engineering-driven organization. “How can you help the design team have a place at the table by default?” he said. …

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