Design tokens are the building blocks of a design system. They are the variables that define color, typography, space, and imagery for your product.
Design tokens are typically stored in a centralized repository and can be used to ensure consistency across multiple platforms. For example, if you have an iOS app, you can use design tokens to ensure that the same colors and fonts appear on both iPhones and iPads.
Figma is a powerful UI/UX design tool that allows designers to create beautiful user interfaces quickly and efficiently. It has a wide range of features that make it an ideal choice for many projects. One of these features is its ability to integrate with design tokens.
Adding design tokens to Figma is relatively simple. First, you need to create your design tokens in the centralized repository of your choice.
This could be a JSON file or a separate application like Token Forge. Once your tokens are created, you can then add them to Figma by importing them into the platform.
In Figma, go to File > Plugins > Design Tokens. From here you can import your token file or connect directly to a Token Forge account if you have one. Once connected, all of your token values will automatically be available in Figma.
Once imported into Figma, the tokens can be used within any project just like any other asset. You can access them from the Assets Panel or from the Properties Panel for any selected object.
To apply a token value to an element simply click on it in either panel and it will be applied.
Design tokens are an important part of creating consistent designs across multiple platforms and environments. With Figma’s integration with design tokens designers can quickly add their token values into their projects without having to manually enter them each time they need them.
Adding design tokens to Figma is easy and straightforward; simply create your token values in a centralized repository or through Token Forge, import them into Figma using File > Plugins > Design Tokens menu option and then apply them within projects using either the Assets Panel or Properties Panel for any selected object. With this process designers can save time by avoiding manual entry of token values each time they need them while ensuring consistency across multiple platforms and environments.