How to use UI kits in Figma? – Best advantages

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What’s a UI Kit?

A UI Kit, also known as the user interface kit or user interface, is a collection that includes various design elements, such as UI styles and components. UI components are elements that convey meaning to users and provide functionality. Some examples of UI elements include input forms, widgets, and navigation menus.

Styles are visual characteristics of design, like fonts, colors, and shapes. These style properties, particularly colors, play an essential role in how users interpret and understand a design.

The purpose of the kit will determine which elements are included. Mock-ups of a solution are often included in UI kits, such as those for healthcare UX design or e-commerce UX.



What’s a UI Kit in Figma?

Figma’s UI kit is a set of components that allows you to create user interfaces in Figma. You will find common components such as buttons, input fields, and menus. There are also more specific components, such as a drag-and-drop interface builder and a layout editor. The UI kit can be used to quickly create a basic user interface. It can also be reused and customized later.


The advantages of UI kits

UI kits can be used to improve a designer’s design workflow in many different ways.

  • Speed-up design UI kits make it easier to find a solution for a design problem. Instead of having to create new UI elements, designers can rely upon pre-made UI elements.
  • Create consistency in your design. A UI kit’s design elements have a consistency that is difficult to achieve when you combine elements from different libraries or create them from scratch. UI kits can be a basis for the design system and a single source of truth for designers.
  • Master your design skills. Designers can view each component and learn how to make it themselves with UI kits.


How to use UI kits in Figma?

Even though a kit may be comprehensive, you will likely need to tailor it for your needs. To create a unique app. This section will show you how to use Figma’s UI Kit, a popular prototyping and design tool. It also shows how to modify some presets.

You can see such a kit in action by checking out our case study. It shows how the Backpack Figma Template was used to create the administration for a tech vocabulary.


Getting started

Upload your kit as a a.fig format file to Figma by either dragging it and dropping it or clicking the New > Import button.

You can also search for a UI Kit in Figma’s Community section. You can duplicate a file in the Community by clicking on Duplicate. The file will be editable in your Figma account, and you can make as many changes as you wish.

Choose the size frame you’ll use – Figma has predefined sizes that can be used for phones, tablets, and desktops. These sizes are displayed on the right-hand side when you create frames. If your design kit has predefined grids, you can activate grid options from the Layout Grid menu.


Copying components

Start using the pre-made UI components in your design. This can be done in many ways.

  • Select an element, and then use the CTRL-C CTRL–V commands
  • Select an element and hold ALT while you drag. This will create a duplicate of the element.
  • Use the Assets menu for the component you need. Drag it into your workspace by using the drag-and-drop feature.

You create copies of the parent component. The parent component will be affected by any changes made to it. A diamond symbol represents the parent components, while the outline represents the children.


Overriding presets

Many items mentioned in the Anatomy Section, such as colors and typography, elevation, and grids, are available as predefined styles in Figma. These styles can be found under Text Styles. Click the Edit Style button to edit them.

Editing a style will result in all the edited components that have that style applied.

You can also remove a component from its preset style. This allows you to edit only the color of a component and create a new style. Select the desired color, click on the + button in the Color Styles widget, and then give a new style a name.

You can also detach parent components from child components in a similar fashion to styles. You can edit child components separately from the parent component. However, this is only available for stylistic changes (like changing a color). You can resize a child part by first removing it from its parent, then resizing it, and finally re-creating it as a parent.


Making things simpler

UI Kits can seem overwhelming and large. You can search in the Assets menu directly for the component you are looking for. This will display thumbnails of all the components that match your keyword. You can click on the child component to quickly find the parent component.

Be careful when choosing UI kits for Figma. Certain kits are better suited to specific uses than others. You should also follow the instructions given to you, as mistakes or unexpected results can result.


UI kit examples

There are many great UI kits, from basic bare-bones to fully-integrated kits. It may not be easy to find the right kit.


Google Material Design

The Google Material Design Kit is a must-have if you are planning to design a product that uses Material Design aesthetics. This kit includes all the components, states, and styles you will need to design an Android app. This kit is similar to Apple Design and includes both light and dark themes.


Microsoft Universal Windows Platform

The Microsoft UWP Kit contains all the elements required to create apps for the Universal Windows Platform. Access to buttons, navigation menus, taskbars, and layout templates will allow you to design Windows apps.


Apple Design

Apple UI Design Kit will assist you in designing apps that conform to the Apple design system (iOS and iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS). This kit includes all the resources you need to create an app for Apple’s ecosystem. The iOS software development kit includes controls, views, and glyphs that can be used to create an iOS app. All major components can be used in either light or dark UI designs.


Ui UX design services

Our Ui UX design services help you improve your user’s experience and let them enjoy checking out your website or application. We help make your interfaces more user-friendly and efficient. UI/UX design services can also help you gather valuable feedback from customers to improve your product or service.

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