Short guide on how to navigate, present, and export specs

Illustration of a thinking stick figure man looking at a bunch of Figma files
Illustration of a thinking stick figure man looking at a bunch of Figma files

While Figma makes it easy for anyone to stay on top of latest designs, it’s not always intuitive for non-designers to discover all the useful features Figma has.

I’m writing this article after giving a small demo to a few teams at my company and finding out several seemingly obvious (to us designers) things they were not aware of.

This article is for you if you are…

  1. A product manager, sales representative, analyst, or anyone else that has access to Figma and at times feels lost navigating it.


Using Variants and Auto Layout 3

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In this article, I will go over how we can use new Figma Variants and Auto Layout 3 features to create a flexible checkbox tree item component.

You are welcome to either build along or grab the final component here.

Please note: this article doesn’t explain how to use Variants/Auto Layout 3. It rather demonstrates an example of utilizing these features to create a complex component.

Overview

Our checkbox tree item will consist of three parts: icon, checkbox, and text:

Icon

  • Can be an expanded parent (chevron pointing down)
  • Can be a collapsed parent (chevron pointing right)
  • Can be a child (dot)


How we use atomic design principles to organize files in Figma

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Intro + Background

In this article, I’m going to go over how we organize component libraries at here at LogicManager.

LogicManager (or LM, for short) is a complex tool for enterprise risk management. It consists of numerous areas, such as:

  • Risk library — a place where you can store all risks that might be applicable to your company
  • Plans area — a place where you can conduct a risk assessment by department
  • Incidents — a place where you can keep track of any issues that come up
  • …etc.

And it also has quite a few core features:

  • Workflows
  • Form builder
  • Rule builder
  • …etc.


With a bagel shop recommendation for every route

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View from Longfellow Bridge

One of my favorite things about Boston is that it got a perfect running route for any running mood that I could possibly be in.

Sometimes, I feel like doing a long run on an easy flat course and sometimes, I like to throw in some hills. Sometimes, I like being around lots of other runners and sometimes, I want a bit of alone time. Sometimes, I feel like running on streets and sometimes, I like to get away on quiet trails.

The list can go on and on. Fortunately though, Boston has it all.

Over the past few months…


4 weeks, 400 hours

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Morning fasted runs 🙌

While I’ve always wanted to try intermittent fasting, I could never figure out how to fit it in my (pre-quarantine) life. Prior to March, my schedule looked something like this:

  • Wake up at 5, eat, go to the gym.
  • Get to work by 9, have coffee with a protein bar (yummm).
  • Have lunch at around 1–2.
  • Get home by 7, do some errands/work/study, have dinner.
  • Go to bed at around 10.

Clearly, I never even had as little as 12 hours pass between eating.

Once quarantine started, things changed. I stopped waking up at 5. I decided to take a…


Per month

  • $1.99 to sort Facebook feed in chronological order
  • $3.99 to hide Explore tab on Instagram
  • $3.50 to disable leaderboard on Fitbit
  • $2 to only read 3 articles on Medium
  • $1.99 to hide suggested videos on YouTube
  • $7 to choose only from 10 filters on VSCO
  • $2 to turn off auto-play on Netflix
  • $3 to not see who viewed your profile on LinkedIn
  • $2 to not automatically back up photos on Google
  • $2.99 to enable Do Not Disturb mode on iPhone

Missing anything?


If you would like to be a writer for boston vibes, just write me an email at mashashapa@gmail.com.

At this point, anything goes — memories about the city, lists of your favorite places, lifestyle tips, photo posts, etc.

Looking forward to hearing from you!


It’s beyond coffee

It’s about the atmosphere, the people, friends and strangers alike, the noise, the overheard bits of conversations, the fliers on the wall, the rays of sunshine soaking through windows, the drops of rain hitting those same windows, the countless hours of homework, the countless hours of work, concentration, and then resetting, gazing into space, watching people, watching life, and feeling alive.

This is a tribute to places that make the above possible. The places I miss so much and can’t wait to go back to. 💖

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It’s about Sunday morning walks to City Feed


Without stressing out

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Another photo of my favorite place

A few months ago I wrote an article on how to stay consistent with workouts. Although the advice there is meant to be general, I was mostly considering my approach to weekday workouts when I was writing it. Weekends, however, are a whole other universe.

Therefore, I decided to write this post, focusing primarily on how to make workouts work on the weekends as well.

First, here’s a bit of my background — perhaps it’s somewhat similar to yours.

At this point, I can say that I ironed out my weekday routine quite well. The moment I get up, I…

Masha S

designer / developer from Boston ~ masha312.github.io

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