It’s always a guessing game when it comes to blend modes, isn’t it? In this article, I hope to introduce some practical ways on how you can use Figma blend modes in your designs!
Before we dive into the use cases, here are the 2 areas where you can find blend modes in Figma:
When you select a fill, you’ll notice that there’s a little droplet icon where you can set a blend mode to the specific fill.
You can also find blend modes under the ‘Layer’ header. …
I confess — I’m a Figma plugin addict.
Plugins have saved me so much time and made me a better designer. From improving my design handovers to creating cool project shots, I created a list of my favourites!
I’ll be breaking it down into 2 categories:
A) Plugins that speed up workflow
B) Plugins that help with the aesthetic
I love this soo much. No more flaticons, icons8, or a project file with a master sheet of all icons. With Iconify, you can find most icons in one nifty little pop-up window.
Import Material Design Icons, FontAwesome, Jam Icons, EmojiOne…
As a child, I was an eager writer. I would pen down short stories, create mini-storybooks for circulation. I kept a diary that contained my random musings, pointing out particular words and conversations that stuck to my mind.
The urge to tell stories is innate in all of us. But as I grow older, I find it harder to rekindle this love. And I believe a big part of it is due to the demands of school and work.
In school, we are told to “write your name” on every assignment and we are critiqued and criticized on each piece…
Cab drivers give us the darndest advice sometimes. There’s something about sharing a space with a taxi driver that is both intimate yet distant. Barriers slowly come down and conversations ebb and flow.
On this particular instance, I got on a cab that had the most decked-out audio system I’ve ever seen, complete with a karaoke screen and a wide music selection. I remarked that he must really enjoy music.
He replied, “God gave us some things on earth for us to enjoy.” He was profound in a way that took me by surprise. …
ONE YEAR EARLIER, MY BEDROOM
I flipped over in bed. My snoozed alarm clock glaring back at me. I know I should get out of bed, but the more I looked at the time, the more I wanted to pull the covers over my head.
How the hell do people do this?
Ever since I could remember, I’ve always woken up just in time. I meticulously calculate the time it takes for me to get ready, commute to my destination in exchange for a few precious minutes of slumber. I was consistently a sleepyhead.
TODAY, MY BEDROOM
I stretched out…
My pre-bedtime ritual now has a new event line-up — drawing. I know it sounds kiddy but this is also Medium and people don’t write about silly things here. Or, do they?
A budding desire to feel less like a phony designer blossomed into a love for graphite and lines.
To be clear, I have never drawn professionally or been trained in the arts. My past drawings resemble the works of a 6-year old kid. I started drawing because I imagine it would sharpen my design sensibilities.
Freemium products often teeter on the edge of being downright annoying
No surprises there.
Striking a balance between business goals (to drive conversion) and user goals is often elusive and difficult. In this article, I will be sharing how to design less annoying upgrade prompts and paywalls that still convert users.
In a nutshell, Timing + Transparency + Tone = Less Annoying Paywalls
As with any successful marriage proposal, where you ask, when you ask and how you ask matters.
The right moment to propose an upsell varies from product to product (and user to user). …
In today’s digital age, it might be surprising why I eschewed LinkedIn altogether.
Back in school, my university even had a mandatory career preparation course where we had to create a LinkedIn profile as part of the module passing criteria. While the course imbued me with employability fundamentals, I weighed the pros and cons of LinkedIn and eventually decided to delete my LinkedIn profile.
I prefer to have greater control over the display of my professional life, such as in the form of a personal website. …
I’ve seen these articles floating around Medium but I never thought I’d be on the other side of the table — writing them.
It’s 2020. The UX job market is getting increasingly saturated, it’s no longer the new kid in the block. Still, I want to share my story of how I landed my current job as a UX Designer at a SaaS start-up, with no design background or bootcamp and in a cost-effective manner. Hopefully, this encourages those who wish to pursue UX Design without any degree in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) or Design, or any design experience.