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One North chosen by Figma to be preferred agency partner

by Jen Frost November 11, 2020

Figma, the first professional-grade online tool created specifically for interface design, has chosen One North as a certified agency partner. Having shown a consistent and innovative ability to work within Figma, One North is among a very select group of agencies across the globe that will help clients bring their design to the next level.

As part of an ongoing effort to improve collaboration, inspire design and share ideas in a more fluid and efficient manner, One North became an early adopter of Figma last year. Our design and development teams have since been able to collaborate more effectively with each other and clients–across disciplines and operating systems–to launch thoughtful digital experiences.

For all of our disciplines at One North, Figma has become central to our projects and workflow and provides accuracy, clarity and efficiency for our clients’ current and expanding needs.

“We create hundreds of digital properties and products for clients across a wide range of industries and geographies. Managing these can be daunting for us and our clients—particularly if organization and documentation are not centralized,” said Joseph Peart, Creative Director at One North. “Figma has given us the tools to create, manage, and complete complex design systems, across the spectrum of UI, specs, code and brand.”

As a power user of the platform, One North has also had the opportunity to provide input and feedback as Figma continues to evolve and enhance its product.

“One North uses Figma with the majority of their clients, who are actively collaborating on a daily basis. They needed a way to maintain their ISO certification when they share designs and prototypes with their clients, and we connected them to work closely with our product teams to introduce new features like sharing only prototypes with clients, and better integration with other product development tools,” said Sean Whitney, Finance & Business Operations at Figma. “Working together with One North over the past year or so, we knew they would be an excellent and involved partner who could help make the experience great for anyone.”

As the world settles into remote working environments, and the need for digital to deliver brand experiences heightens, design systems take on even greater importance. They help align people around a shared understanding of the look and feel, and how the experience works for websites and other digital products created for clients.

“What I love about our relationship with Figma is that our objective is very aligned…we also believe that the best way to design is together,” noted Peart. “We’re absolutely thrilled to be partnering with them.”


Photo Credit: Scott Webb | Unsplash

Jen Frost is Managing Director of Marketing at One North. She works closely with the Digital Strategy, Experience Design and Technology teams to develop and enhance One North client communication and exterior messaging strategy. In addition, she provides general marketing direction for One North and promotes internal culture.

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