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Why Figma Is Called Figma?

Why Figma Is Called Figma?

Pierluigi Giglio
September 30, 2023

If you’re a designer, you’re probably using Figma on a daily basis.

As you know, it’s a collaborative design tool that made a strong impact in the marketplace, but not many of it’s users know what does the word Figma stands for and why it got it’s name.

There’s a lot of theories around this question, but one thing is for sure: by reading this article you’ll know the answer 😉

So how did Figma got it’s Name?

To cut it short, the reason why Figma was called Figma is because it’s a combination between the words “magnify” and “figure”.

In addition to this, it uses a specific file format that is based on PDF.

This might seem like a minor statement, but this technology actually makes this design tool incredibly versatile and lightweight, no matter the scale of the project that you are working on, since it allows you to magnify and create designs that can reach impressive levels of detail.

How did Figma became so popular?

The reason why Figma became so popular surely wasn’t just because of it’s name.

See, when I was a junior designer we had to rely on software such as Photoshop in order to create web and UI/UX design solutions. Unfortunately, that tool was far from ideal since it was a photo editing tool and not a native design tool.

Then Sketch came into the marketplace, and it created a true design revolution.

Suddenly, designing was easier and collaborating with teams became a better experience altogether.

Several years later though, Figma made it’s dent in the design industry, and changed the game forever with it’s cloud-based collaboration features, as well as many other useful features available for designers.

Nowadays, Figma is the leading design software in the industry.

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Pierluigi Giglio

Sr. UI/UX Designer and Consultant with over 10+ years of experience working with Fortune 500, large enterprises and funded startups. Having worked on hundreds upon hundreds of design projects, collaborated with 40+ clients from all around the world and taught design to thousands of students I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to give back to the design community and help other become better designers.

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