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The Basics Of Type & Fonts In Figma

Lesson 9 from: Figma UI UX Design Essentials

Daniel Walter Scott

The Basics Of Type & Fonts In Figma

Lesson 9 from: Figma UI UX Design Essentials

Daniel Walter Scott

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9. The Basics Of Type & Fonts In Figma

<b>In this lesson we will cover the basics of type and fonts in Figma. You will be shown how to add text, the various text tools and fonts.</b>

Lessons

Class Trailer
1

Introduction to Figma Essentials

02:53
2

Getting Started with Figma Training

03:06
3

What Is Figma For & Does It Do The Coding?

03:46
4

What's The Difference Between UI And UX In Figma

05:22
5

What We Are Making In This Figma Course

09:18
6

Class Project 01 - Create Your Own Brief

04:01
7

What is Lo Fi Wireframe vs High Fidelity in Figma?

02:34
8

Creating Our Design File & Introducing Frames In Figma

08:29
9

The Basics Of Type & Fonts In Figma

10:51
10

Rectangles, Circles, Buttons And Rounded Corners In Figma

06:50
11

How To Use Color In Figma

05:45
12

Strokes Plus Updating Color Defaults In Figma

09:28
13

Object Editing And How To Escape In Figma

01:47
14

Scale vs Selection Tool in Figma

02:39
15

Frames vs Groups in Figma

09:24
16

Class Project 02 - Wireframe

03:00
17

Where To Get Free Icons For Figma

09:10
18

Matching The Stroke Of Our Icons

05:16
19

How To Use Plugins In Figma For Icons

04:31
20

Class Project 03 - Icons

03:48
21

How to Use Pages in Figma

08:31
22

How to Prototype in Figma

10:46
23

Prototype Animation and Easing In Figma

10:53
24

Testing On Your Phone with Figma Mirror

05:40
25

Class Project 04 - Testing On Your Phone

03:51
26

What is Smart Animation & Delays in Figma?

08:44
27

Class Project 05 - My First Animation

02:01
28

Sharing & Commenting on a Figma File with Stakeholders

07:10
29

Sharing & Editing With Other Ux Designers In Figma

06:58
30

How I Get Inspiration For Ux Projects

06:39
31

How To Create A Mood Board In Figma

05:33
32

Class Project 06 - Moodboard

01:26
33

How to Work with Columns & Grids in Figma

13:54
34

Tips, Tricks, Preferences, and Weirdness in Figma

07:21
35

Color Inspiration & The Eyedropper In Figma

06:34
36

How To Create A Color Palette In Figma

09:02
37

How to Make Gradients in Figma

07:09
38

How to Create & Use Color Styles in Figma

08:01
39

Class Project 07 - Colors & Columns

04:00
40

Fonts on Desktop vs in Browser in Figma

01:30
41

What Fonts Can I Use? Plus Font Pairing In Figma

06:01
42

What Common Font Sizes Should I Choose In Web Design?

11:30
43

How to Make Character Styles in Figma

06:36
44

Lorem Ipsum & Placeholder Text In Figma

04:28
45

Useful Things To Know About Text In Figma

09:35
46

How To Fix Missing Fonts In Figma

02:42
47

Class Project 08 - Text

05:19
48

Drawing Tips And Tricks In Figma

09:38
49

Squircle Buttons with ios Rounded Courses In Figma

02:48
50

Boolean, Union, Subtract, Intersect and Exclude with Pathfinder in Figma

07:25
51

What Is The Difference? Union vs Flatten In Figma

03:36
52

Class Project 09 - Making Stuff

03:29
53

Smart Selection & Tidy Up in Figma

08:40
54

Do I Need To Know Illustrator With Figma?

04:15
55

Tips & Tricks For Using Images In Figma

06:11
56

Masking & Cropping Images In Figma

09:12
57

Free Images & Plugins For Figma

02:31
58

Do You Need Photoshop For Ux Design In Figma?

10:40
59

Class Project 10 - Images

01:17
60

What Is Autolayout & Expanding Buttons In Figma?

10:27
61

Class Project 11 - Buttons

01:15
62

Auto Layout For Spacing

05:47
63

How To Use Constraints In Figma

08:22
64

Combining Nested Frames Auto Layout & Constraints in Figma

11:54
65

Adding Text Box Autoheight to Autolayout in Figma

08:27
66

Class Project 12 - Responsive Design

02:19
67

Nice Drop Shadow & Inner Drop Shadow Effects In Figma

05:56
68

Blur Layer, Background Blur & Image Blur in Figma

05:57
69

How to Make Neumorphic UI buttons in Figma

07:37
70

Class Project 13 - Effects

01:53
71

How To Save Locally & Save History In Figma

05:42
72

What are Components in Figma?

06:19
73

Updating, Changing & Resetting Your Components

07:47
74

You Can’t Kill Main Components In Figma

07:22
75

Where Should You Keep Your Main Components In Figma

05:02
76

Intro To The Forward Slash / Naming Convention In Figma

08:55
77

Class Project 14 - Components

00:44
78

How To Make Component Variants In Figma

06:41
79

Another Way To Make Variables In Figma

06:14
80

How to Make a Multi Dimensional Variant in Figma

11:13
81

Class Project 15 - Variants

01:41
82

How To Make A Form Using Variants In Figma

12:52
83

Class Project 16 - Form

01:27
84

Putting It All Together In A Desktop Example

19:44
85

How To Add A Popup Overlay Modal In Figma

03:03
86

How To Make & Prototype A Tool Tip In Figma

07:26
87

What are Flows in Figma?

05:39
88

Slide In Mobile Nav Menu Overlay In Figma

03:55
89

Class Project 17 - Prototyping

01:10
90

How To Pin Navigation To The Top In Figma

10:17
91

How To Make A Horizontal Scrolling Swipe In Figma

06:36
92

Automatic Scroll Down The Page To Anchor Point In Figma

04:50
93

What are Teams vs Projects vs Files in Figma?

05:18
94

How Do You Use Team Libraries In Figma

11:03
95

The Difference Between Animation & Micro Interactions

02:55
96

Animation With Custom Easing In Figma

25:36
97

Class Project 18 - My Second Animation

01:54
98

How To Make Animated Transitions In Figma

12:34
99

Class Project 19 - Page Transition

01:31
100

Micro Interactions Using Interactive Components In Figma

05:54
101

Micro Interaction Toggle Switch In Figma

04:23
102

Micro Interaction Burger Menu Turned Into A Cross In Figma

04:23
103

Class Project 20 - Micro Interaction

01:35
104

How To Change The Thumbnail For Figma Files

04:10
105

How To Export Images Out Of Figma

07:40
106

How To Share Your Document With Clients & Stakeholders

07:09
107

Talking To Your Developer Early In The Figma Design Process

03:55
108

Sharing Figma With Developers & Engineers Handoff

06:07
109

What Are The Next Level Handoffs Aka Design Systems

03:18
110

Class Project 21 - Finish your design

04:57
111

What Next?

06:08

Lesson Info

The Basics Of Type & Fonts In Figma

Hi, everyone. We're actually going to start making things in f now. And what I'm going to do over the next couple of videos is I'm going to introduce things like type in this one. And the next one's going to be like circles and buttons and colors and ah, just the stuff that we need to get going. We're not going to, I'm just going to, you know, touch on them and throughout the course, we'll get deeper and deeper into them rather than trying to like, I don't know, click every button to do with type in this video. We're gonna get all the basics in and when appropriate throughout the course, we'll dive a bit deeper into them. So let's get started in this video. We're gonna look at type and the various quirks in fig M. All right. So let's start off with the type tool. It's this letter T here. If you hover above stuff, can you see it says text and the shortcut is T on my keyboard so I can tap T on my keyboard. I'm not gonna go through all the shortcuts. OK? But if there's one that you're usi...

ng quite a lot hover above it and it should tell you what it is. See, see, see for adding a comment. All right. So we've got two kinds of text boxes. You click once and you can type forever. OK? That is this one here. It is called a auto width box because I know that off by heart. Uh and the other type of box you're gonna create is a click and drag box. OK? So grab the type tool, click and drag it out. OK? Instead of clicking, once we click and drag it, we get this option here, which is the fixed size box. OK? And this one is just means that when I get to the end, it will break. OK? And we'll use both of these in this course, especially for this wireframe. So I'm going to undo uh if you don't know there's edit, undo if you're on the browser version, it is in here, edit undo. OK? And you'll see the shortcut for it there, undo, redo. So we're going to do two things we're going to do uh auto with. OK? So type tool click once and just type in your brand name. OK? So mine is Scott Headphones. OK? And when you finish, you can just kind of like click out in this no man's land. OK? And you can move it around and stuff and grab the type tool again and let's do a box about this sort of size. OK? And we're gonna type in our marketing measure. So, just type in something like this is our marketing message. You've got to be at this stage with things. It depends on who you're working for and it's best to keep everything very generic. Try not to use language, you know, marketing speak here because you might send off to testing and instead of people testing like the flow and they might end up testing, you know, coming back with spelling mistakes or like, ah, it might be controversy about the marketing message. That's not right. Let's get it to copywriting. OK. So at the moment, we're just going to keep everything as simple as we can to take out any sort of variables for our testing just so that we're focused. Now, you can switch these later on. Let's say that this one here, we want to actually make it that auto with. OK. So we can click it here. Same with this one. We can make it a fixed box and the difference now is watch this when I start typing. OK? It kind of blows out of the box and it's got to fix with so you can change them later on. I'm going to hit undo a couple of times. OK? I'm using my shortcut command Z on a Mac control Z on a PC to get back to, hm, undo, aren't as consistent as you would imagine. Um, from other programs undo. Can you see the undo didn't put my rectangle back to the big size. It's undoing my type. Ok. Ok. But it's not doing that. Um, big rectangle. This is pretty common throughout fig. A. Sometimes you can like, draw an arrow, change the arrowhead hit undo and that leaves the arrowhead there. This may change over time, but it's just one of those quirks about fig. A sometimes if you hit undo, it decides not to always do what you ask. It does bits of it. Um So what I've got is I've got it selected with my selection tool. I've made sure it's a kind of fixed size and I'm gonna drag it out. So it's a bit bigger because what I'd like it to do is I'm gonna play around with just the basics here and let's look at font size and the basics over. I'm not gonna cover them all cos you know how to go. Font size is a little drop down. Look at that, go to something nice and big. You might have to select your text first. So double click it, highlight it and say over here, I'm gonna make it nice and big and because it's a fixed box, it's gonna kind of break on the sides here. Uh Left the line centered, you know, all that sort of stuff. One of things I will show you is that let's say things if you hover above them. OK, that little icon there is the line height. OK? But you can click and drag them any of the icons. So I'm gonna undo that I do again. There it goes. OK if you see the little icon. So over here not drag over here on any of these little icons, you can click hold and drag them. So I tend to do this quite a lot. OK? When I'm working and you'll see me throughout the course. OK? Dragging line height and tracking and data spacing and that sort of stuff. So that's one little trick. The other one I do quite a bit is um let's say this is not drag ball. I wish it was ok. But if you click in here and see my little cursor flashing, if I had the arrow key on my keyboard, just the plain old up down, left, right. Use the up in the down. OK. If you hold shift, it goes up in big chunks. OK? In tens units of tens. So that's true of like every box in here if I want the width to be a bit wider up and down, OK? Or hold shift, go up in big chunks and I'm making the width of this text box, bigger undo undo, ring my boxes. OK? But for the fonts, I use it quite a bit, just kind of going up and down. I'm looking at my uh desktop. I'm not really looking over here. I'm just kind of checking. Is this a good font size? Had a good font size. Now, when it comes to fonts here, you, there's a couple of things. We are picking font sizes. Now, um, you've got to be really be at 100% at the moment we're at 86 you might be at 100. But if you're picking font size, you're like, oh, that's too small. You've got to try and pick a font size at 100%. Ok. You don't want to be, you know, trying to pick a font size when you zoom right out because you can make it too big. Um, and this because this is going to be on a mobile device. Ok. It's a mobile website. It's not an app, but it's only going to be viewed through a mobile website at this kind of um kind of ratio this height. Ok. It's best to be actually picking font sizes on your phone. Ok. I'll show you a little bit later in the course. Not too far. We're gonna actually preview everything on a device. Ok. So don't be spending too much time on, you know, deciding who was it? 12? Should it be 16? 14 actually get it onto the device and start looking. All right, the last thing I want to share with you when you are kind of at this font picking stage, especially for a wireframe is I want you to pick a not font, a font that has zero character. I feel bad because this is Roboto. Sorry. Roberto. You have zero character and I don't want, you know, let's not go all brush script. Ok? Or even if it's a beautiful font and it's exciting. Ok. We want really plain fonts here because when we do do our testing, um we want feedback not on like, hey, I don't like that font or that's not communicating, right? We, we don't want to, you know, bring that into the conversation. We want to keep it all separate and just have very, very simple. So it'd be really common to you. Something like Roboto or open sands, you know, let's have a look. Roboto. Open sands. What's another one? Sauce? Sands, sauce. Ok. You can tell these guys are not the guys you invite to the party. Ok. They've got no, they've got little personality. They're clear and they are professional and great for a wireframe, but they're no brush script. So whatever you decide, pick one, we're gonna use Roboto for this because it's, I don't know the most generic of them all. Plus it has a lot of weights that you can play around with often. If you don't have Roboto, you can find it online. Download it. Um It is, yeah, it is pretty common around the place and it is free. You can use aerial or Calibri or whatever you want to use. Actually, you're not allowed to use aerial Calibri. It's too Microsoft. Um All right. So we've picked a non font. We're gonna throw in a few different things for our mock up. So we've got our um for our logo as well. We're just going to keep it super simple. And even if you have, if your company already has a brand, it's probably appropriate to throw it in, in black and white, just keep it simple because the brand isn't being developed yet for this company. Um We're just gonna keep it super simple. I'm going to play around with the fonts now. This is where I break all my own rules like, hey, don't pick a font that has character, stay away from, you know, and then you can't help yourself. You're like, man, that leading is really big. Uh If you want leading to go back to zero, just delete it and hit enter and it goes back to auto. OK? And even then you're like, oh OK. I'm just gonna oh right one, this one here just take it over a little bit. I can't help myself. You uh yeah. Do, as I say, don't do as I do. Don't be playing around with letter spacing and stuff and making it. Your wireframe looks good, making your wireframe look really good. Mm It's hard to stop that. You can do a little bit of design so we need a couple of things. So we're gonna keep that. Um we're gonna copy and paste and use this again. Wow, that went weird. And when you do copy and paste. Did you notice that? So there's only one of them there. Now, if I copy and paste and figment it goes back over the top. So there's two of them right over the top. OK. So that's uh it's a weirdness but hey, it works. We're gonna have a buy now button. Bye. Now, now I end up duplicating. Instead of copying and pasting, you may or may not do this on a Mac. You hold down the option key. You see the little arrow, it's a little double, double arrow there on a PC. It is your option key. So if you do that before you start dragging, so selection tool, hold down that key option or alt drag it out and you get a second one. Fig mat is really good at lining things up. Can you see? Oh, so handy. OK. We've gotta buy now and I learn more. OK? We are going to go centered for that one. I need another one up here. That's gonna be my product shot. I think that's all the texts we're gonna do for this particular mockup. All right. So we will go into a little bit more text detail later on. But uh see this little dotted line down here. This is where you get into the, it's pretty amazing how deep it does go. If you're a designer who loves a bit of loves a bit of loves a bit of ligatures and all sorts of amazing things. You can see alignment. Not that exciting decoration, underlines, strikethroughs nothing. Ok. So there's a lot bullet points are in here. You can start doing uppercase lowercase. I won't cover them all. Ok. We will look at little bits throughout the course, but here's all the, if you really wanna get into stylistic sets and man, it gets deep. So it is most of it's just sitting here in your kind of right menu. They call it the right panel. Sometimes they call it the properties inspector. This thing here on the right. Ok. You can get most of it just here. This little dotted line gets you a bunch more. All right, we've actually made something kind of bunch of boring text. Let's get into the next video and make some, ah, boring rectangles and buttons. I'll see you in the next video.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials

BYOL_Figma_Cheatsheet.pdf
Exercise_Files_-_Figma_Essentials.zip

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