The O'Reilly Design Podcast: Figma, measuring success, and meta debugging.In this week’s Design Podcast, I sit down with Dylan Field, founder of Figma and former Thiel Fellow. We talk about the problem Figma aims to solve for designers and how they’re measuring success. Field also talks about how they debugged Figma in its early days: by mandating their own designers use it to design the tool.Here are a few highlights from our conversation:
The beginnings of Figma
Designers are increasingly at the center of their organizations. They're not just working alone in a corner; they're actually working collaboratively with other designers, they're working with engineers, they're working with product management, with executives. They're extremely connected inside the organization, but their tools, in contrast, are still offline and disconnected. We decided we wanted to build the first online collaborative tool for interface design.
Design at Figma
We're 17 people now, which is awesome. It'