When it comes to responsive web design Greenville NC, Figma and Webflow are our favorite tools to use. Figma lets you go all the way from the initial brainstorming steps of design to prototyping your website. From there, it couldn’t be easier to transfer that prototype into a working website with the help of Webflow. From Figma to Webflow, you’ll have everything you need to turn your prototypes into a responsive web design.
The more you have set up in Figma before you start developing your website, the easier it will be to build inside of Webflow. Figma’s workspace allows you to brainstorm your initial design ideas and experiment with different colors, types, and asset options. You can build your assets outside of Figma and place them into your file, but there are also extensive shape-building tools and masking options inside of Figma that can be used to create your assets directly in your workspace. When you begin to build your frames, leave a space in your workspace to include all of your styles. This will make it easy to export your styles and assets from Figma to Webflow when it’s time to develop. This organization can be especially helpful if you’re handing off the Figma file to a developer to create in Webflow.
When you begin designing the frames of all your pages, it’s important to set a spacing rule to establish consistency. Setting the spacing to a scale of a certain number will add a sense of order and hierarchy to the sections of your website. There’s not a universal rule on what this number should be, but using a scale of 8 is common among web designers. When sizes start to feel like too much of a jump, you can fall to a scale of 4 if needed. Spacing everything by a scale of 8 isn’t enough to establish consistency, spaces between reoccurring elements should be the same across all pages. For example, all spacing between titles headings and regular paragraph text should be the same. Having your spacing set to a scale will make your responsive web design Greenville NC look consistent at each breakpoint because your elements will be proportionally spaced the same at every size.
If you’re completing a website for a client, the prototyping function in Figma can be a huge time saver when it comes to revisions. You can send a prototype link that functions similar to a website demo link. You can use this to get on the same page with your client and get any major edits in before you spend hours working on developing the actual website. Figma also allows you to get a head start on responsive web design Greenville NC and animations with the help of auto layout, components, constraints, and more. These can wait to be developed in Webflow, but if you’re outsourcing your development it can be helpful to get client approval on these before sending off your Figma file so there are less revisions later.
The first step when transitioning your design from Figma to Webflow is exporting all your assets and uploading to Webflow. You will need your website’s text styles, colors, and any media used. This step is when an organized Figma workspace really comes in handy. Before uploading your assets make sure any files are named properly so you can find them later using the search function in the media library. On large-scale websites that have a lot of assets, establishing a naming convention for media might be needed.
Webflow recommends that you don’t start with your mobile breakpoints first before moving to your desktop breakpoints for a responsive web design Greenville NC. Webflow has cascading styles, bi-directional cascades to be specific. This means that all styles cascade down to lower sizes from the desktop size and cascade up to larger screen sizes from that same desktop size. This allows you to make changes at your mobile breakpoint without those changes applying to your larger screen sizes. However, any of those changes can be overridden by changes made in the desktop breakpoint that will cascade down.
Don’t get hung up on making your demo replicate your Figma prototypes exactly down to each pixel. While prototypes are a great way to get a preview of how the site will flow, the real animations and transitions might function slightly differently in Webflow. You can get creative with the prototype effects in Figma, but it will be better to spend your time creating a smooth and functional animation in Webflow than trying to replicate the exact animation you made with prototype effects in Figma.