How to Speed Up Your Design Workflow with the IconScout for Figma Plugin

Get more done in Figma – in less time. Find what you need faster, drag and drop assets, view your past downloads and more.

How to Speed Up Your Design Workflow with the IconScout for Figma Plugin

It’s the start of the week, you’ve got a dozen design tasks pending, Slack messages from over the weekend, a daily standup to attend in ten minutes…and you haven’t even had your morning coffee.

Yep, being a designer can be tough. But it’s possible to improve your design workflow with the right tools, so you can focus on what matters most – instead of spending time on tasks that don’t pay off. Intrigued? Here’s how to use the IconScout for Figma plugin to speed up your design workflow.

What is the IconScout for Figma plugin?

With the IconScout for Figma plugin, you can find and insert millions of design assets – without leaving Figma! You’ll get access to vector icons and illustrations, as well as 3D assets like 3D icons and 3D illustrations.

How to install the IconScout for Figma plugin

And that’s it! Open any Figma file, right-click and hover over Plugins – you should see the IconScout plugin.

How to speed up your workflow with IconScout for Figma

So how do you speed up your Figma workflow? Watch the video below for tips on how the IconScout plugin can help – or scroll down to read a written version.

1. Find what you need faster with search filters

Find what you need faster with search filters

With the IconScout for Figma plugin, make use of these search filters to find stunning icons, illustrations and 3D assets faster:

  • Search by relevance, popularity, latest or featured – These options let you find design assets that are most relevant to your search term, most popular with the IconScout community or the assets that have been uploaded. You can also search by Featured, which allows you to see high-quality assets that have been picked out by the IconScout team.
  • Search by free of premium – If you’re on a budget or you’re not yet subscribed to IconScout’s All Access plan, you can filter design assets to only show free options.
  • Search by style – For icons, you can specify a certain style – such as flat, line, colored outline, glyph, isometric, doodle, gradient and rounded. This helps you keep your icon design consistent.

2. View design assets as individual assets or as asset packs

View design assets as individual assets or as asset packs

You can choose to display search results as individual assets, or asset packs.

  • Individual assets – This is useful if you need to find a specific design asset to fit your prototype.
  • Asset packs –Search for icon packs, illustration packs or 3D illustration packs. This is useful if you need to find groups of related assets that share the same theme and design.

3. Drag and drop design assets without leaving Figma

Drag and drop design assets without leaving Figma

Who has time to switch browser tabs to find the right assets, download them in the right format, then upload them to Figma? You could waste a lot of time (and risk getting distracted) in the process.

That’s why the IconScout for Figma plugin could be a huge timesaver. Once you find a design asset you like, just click to insert it, or drag and drop it into your Figma file.

4. View the design assets you’ve previously used

View the design assets you’ve previously used

Ever had trouble looking for a design asset you’ve previously used? Perhaps you’ve used it in another design project, or you’ve deleted it and want to get it back. Searching for it again can be a hassle.

But with the IconScout for Figma plugin, you can click the My Downloads button to look at all your past downloads. You can also search your past downloads to quickly find what you need.

5. Get up to date with your favorite designers

Do you have a graphic designer, motion designer or 3D designer you really like? There’s no need to keep checking their profile pages for new design assets – just use the Follow feature on the IconScout for Figma plugin.

You can follow favourite designers by clicking the + button in the plugin.

Follow favourite designers by clicking the + button in the plugin

You can also follow favorite designers when you search for design assets.

  • Hover over any individual design asset.
  • Click the eye icon that appears.
  • Click View Designer Profile.
  • Click Follow in the top-right corner.
Follow favorite designers when you search for design assets

Check out the IconScout plugin for Sketch, Adobe XD, Canva and more

Don’t use Figma, but still want to speed up your design workflow? No worries. The IconScout plugin is also available for Sketch, Adobe XD, Canva, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and more. Check out IconScout’s full list of integrations with your favorite design tools.

You could also download the IconScout Desktop App for Windows and Mac – this lets you drag and drop design assets anywhere, even if it doesn’t natively support the IconScout integration.

For more design tips, check out the more articles on the IconScout blog. Until then, happy designing!

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