Figma and I have been together for more than two years now. Our relationship has grown from simple, “Who the fuck are you?” to “I can't live without you,” in this period of time. Figma is more than just a design tool: it's a great company with interesting people working there, it's the friendliest design community I've ever seen, it's a powerful platform for all sorts of creations, and I can't wait to see what else it becomes in the future!
For quite a while now I've been wanting to work in Figma. Since last summer I've been voluntarily managing the unofficial Russian community on social media, and I've been talking to Figma team to find if I can join them officially. Unfortunately, that didn't happen yet, but I want to try more. However, now I'm not entirely sure what I will be doing at Figma if I joined them. Obviously, I would support users and run the Russian community, probably also help with other related things.
But also I want to work on the Figma platform. I have a vision of how the Open Design — a concept I've been working on for the past half of a year, — can become the key part of the Figma platform. Even if it would be unofficial, I still got some ideas on how to build it. But how can I build it as a part of Figma team? It feels too separate to build it as a part of Figma team but too connected to Figma to build it independently.
I don't have an answer to that question yet. Hopefully I'll have more ideas when I finish the user interviews that I'm doing for this project.