How to use a design
system in Figma
Setup the design system
You can use Module as a design system library in any outer file. To use this feature you should have a paid Figma plan.
Follow the simple steps:
- 1. Drag-and-drop Figma file to your project folder.
- 2. Open Module file and publish library in the Asset panel.
- 3. Open a project and enable Module in the Asset panel.
If you use Figma Free plan you can't publish the whole design system, only styles. But you're also can work inside Module file.
Use the design system
After setup, open your project and start to design.
To add a component – open the Asset panel and drag-and-drop any component into the frame.
To apply styles of texts, colors, and effects – select the layer and choose styles in the right sidebar.
To apply a grid – select the frame and choose a grid in the right sidebar.
Configure component properties
All components have variants. Variants bring a range of the same component with different properties. To adjust properties – select a component and configure it in the right sidebar. Choose size, style, inner content, etc.
To edit a text – double click on the text holding Command key.
To change an icon – click on it holding Command key, move up in layers by shortcut Shift+Enter, and choose an icon in the right sidebar.
You can also find an editable layer in the Layers panel.
Go to page Styles in Module to see style changing. Edit styles in the right sidebar.
Before customizing you should understand the formation. Module based on the Atomic methodology. Any component is a combination of puzzles named Atoms. We blend atoms to create many variants of components.
Such approach allows to create a scalable design system with easy support and customization. You can edit atom one time and changes will apply to all component variants.
Go to page Components in Module. Zoom into any frame. You can see component atoms on the left and component variants on the right. Atoms hierarchically placed from the bottom to the top.
Each atom has a hint above it. Try to edit any atom and see changes on the right to understand how it works.
After editing, you have to publish changes to apply them to projects designed with Module.