Designing UI with graphic tablets in Figma.

This article is for UX/UI/Visual/Graphic/Martian Designers who work in Figma. Already using all the keyboard shortcuts and looking for some new ways how to design. That’s what I call a proper target group filter.

I started to experiment with the graphic tablet that I borrowed from a nephew. Now, I held him hostage and let me tell you why.

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Changing the color

First moment that I noticed that there is something special about interacting with Figma using the tablet was when I changed the color of a rectangle. Normal rectangle nothing fancy.

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First trouble

Time flied by and I started to get more experienced with working with a tablet. For whatever reason my scrolling speed is super slow and zooming out and in is just a pure pain.

Curve the curves.

Next revelation moment was when I wanted to create a presentation and wanting to use something more pleasing that just a 1/3 title rectangle and 2/3 content rectangle presentation template. With a mouse it was a bit of a pain making any adjustments to the curve. To hit the damn small circle and move him just how I want.

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The whole human computer interaction is different.

The difference

Coming back to today, I went for a full day of just graphic tablet and keyboard shortcuts. No mouse (almost). And I was just amazed how fast it was. The pixel perfect clicking (or rather touching) and getting the icon right into the place where it “feels good” was different. More pleasant more precise nicer to create.

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You play more.

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But when it’s time to create, let’s just play.

I really think that, that is what this tablet is giving me. A more playful interaction with a computer. Or to put it differentially; This is what this tablet is doing to me. It’s waking up the kido within me.

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