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A Better Way to Make Buttons in Sketch

Buttons like you’ve never seen them before! Probably.

Jon Moore
Jon Moore
Feb 16, 2017 · 8 min read

This article has been updated for 2019! View the new technique and tutorial here.

The Old Way

Raise your hand if your symbol page looks like this…🖐🏼

A New Way

Now…just one.

How lonely! This reminds me of that sad scene from Cast Away where Tom Hanks is all alone on his raft. RIP Wilson.
One symbol made all of these. It’s like when you leave two bunnies alone and you come back to an entire zoo.

Button Structure

These three symbols are about to blow your mind.

The Button Text

These text styles and colors actually map nicely back to my central stylesheet.
So easy a well-trained goat could do it.

The Button Icon

The system is thinking! It’s probably thinking I screwed up, but it’s still thinking!
With all of your reclaimed design time, I recommend starting a side hustle like UX Power Tools.

The Button Container

Still waiting for rhombus buttons to catch on 😒

Building a Container


For something like “Hover — Focused,” use the Hover symbol and the Focused symbol together. That way you’re only updating two symbols instead of four.



This full UI kit is available over at UX Power Tools 🙃

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