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Prototyping Games in Figma: Leveraging Variables and Expressions

Mei Cheng  (Game Designer, Independent)

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Design

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

In this talk, I will present a tech demo that pushes the limit of Figma's new features, including variables, logic, and formulas. With Figma's new features, we will essentially be using Figma like a more powerful Twine. Prototypes can be easily strung together into a series of mockups that animate, follow logic, and imitate real-time interactions. This is especially useful for artists who want to design games, since the software is a lot like Photoshop or Illustrator.


Well learn how to use Figma to quickly make simple, high-fidelity game prototypes. More specifically, we will learn how to use Figma variables and expressions, what kind of games you can feasibly prototype, and the opportunities and limitations of this prototyping method.

Intended Audience

This talk is for designers and artists who want to make simple, high-fidelity prototypes quickly. This is especially suited to artists who are interested in designing games, since the software is reminiscent of Photoshop or Illustrator. If you're looking for a more visual Twine, Figma's could be your next prototyping tool.

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