In this, the second in our series of Figma design system tutorials, we’ll be working on this magazine news blog WordPress theme:
This WordPress theme will eventually be coded, and you’ll be able to download it for free as well.
As this design will eventually end up in the hands of a developer I wanted to create a Figma design system for it; something which will help both of us. It will help me design new pages in the future, making sure everything is consistent, and it will also help the developer by creating an efficient coding process. The design system contains all the colors, the typographic information, sizing and spacing, and more.
In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to develop a few aspects of the design system, giving you an idea of how to implement your own: colors and forms. Let’s dig in!
Creating a Figma Design System
This Figma design system tutorials is part of a series of videos–here they are, all in one place!
Law & Order is a US television series set in New York City that first aired 30 years ago today, on September 13, 1990, and ran for 20 seasons until its final episode in 2010. Each episode is split into two segments: an investigation by the police (Law) and subsequent prosecution by the district attorney’s office (Order). The series has been spun off into a larger franchise of shows, including Law & Order: SVU which is the longest running primetime live-action series in US television history.
Starting with the very first season, and continuing across the franchise, Law & Order has made prominent use of Friz Quadrata for its titling and branding. Along with the show’s trademark dun-dun sound, the simple but consistent use of the typeface has cemented the brand among the most iconic in US television. As Art of the Title explains it:
It’s a testament to the power and ubiquity of the series that 30 years later one glimpse of that typeface and two bits of sound can immediately transport audiences back to a world of perilous but soothing procedure, where process and justice are the only things worth a damn.
The original title sequence was created by Betty Green with the Howard Anderson Company, and though some details have changed with new seasons (most notably between seasons 3 and 4) and rotations with the cast, the overall design remained more or less the same over the years.
The episodes start with the main title in all caps while a stiff voiceover sets the stage for the show. “LAW & ORDER” is shown at first as just the shade of the letters, gradually fading into the rendering of white letters with a dark shadow and outer glow of blue for the top line and red for the bottom. The short pre-intro concludes with the now-famous dun-dun sound.
Following a short teaser scene, the full title sequence continues, accompanied by a synth-jazzy soundtrack. Dramatic zoom-ins on “LAW” and “ORDER”, interspersed with stark imagery, continue the blue and red color coding to introduce the cast of police and attorneys, respectively. The actors’ portraits fade in from halftone renderings, with a few minor appearances of Eurostile for “STARRING” and “DIRECTED BY”.
In addition to the title sequence, Friz Quadrata also features prominently in the show’s intertitles, used to help move the storyline along quickly, giving the show a distinctive fast-paced editing style. According to the show’s creator, Dick Wolf:
The title cards take the place of a lot of the garbage time in most shows of people driving up to buildings, getting out of cars, walking in, going up in elevators, walking out … There are no establishing shots. There are no transition shots.
The final episode of the original Law & Order series aired on May 24, 2010, but subsequent spin-off series have continued to make prominent use of Friz Quadrata. After 30 years, it’s one of the longest and most consistent uses of a typeface for any TV franchise ever.
Often incorporating intentional imperfections and nontraditional ideas of beauty into her work, São Paolo-based ceramicist and artistClaudia Issa is Kornegay Design’s latest visiting artist. Their partner, Landscape Forms, has introduced Issa’s Paseos, a collection of landscape amenities created through Kornegay’s Visiting Artist Program. The cast concrete pieces are public scale, sharing bold ideas of balance, motion and rotation. Issa’s use of organic forms and intentional asymmetry in her designs lends itself well to Kornegay’s artisan, by-hand casting process.
The Paseos collection is made up of three sculptural forms: a tall landscape container, a wide landscape container and a solid pedestal that can serve as a low seat or a side table. Playful yet durable, Paseos is an invitation to participate in your surroundings. The line is offered in smooth or sandblasted finishes, with a choice of standard or custom-mixed integral pigments from Davis Colors.
“Working with Claudia Issa has been instrumental in our mission to grow and evolve the amazing brand that is Kornegay Design without losing the original soul that got it there in the first place,” says Landscape Forms Chief Creative Officer, Kirt Martin. “I find her new collaborative work to be quite moving and inspiring – it’s at once very Kornegay, very evocative of the brand, but also a fresh expression of her artistic vision and global experiences.”
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I AM SO BORED OF MY WALLS. Since March I’ve thought about stripping them bare of art and starting fresh weekly, actually a lot more often than that. But there’s good news for all of us who get to spend their time living and working in the same space! And that’s the recently launched home décor brand Spacekit and the release of their customizable, modular wall décor system.
Founded by live event and entertainment designers who suddenly found themselves with nothing to design for during a global pandemic (No in-person Oscars or MTV Awards! No retail store windows!), Spacekit was created in response to COVID-19. They pivoted their 25+ years of combined experience and began creating customizable wall décor for homes and offices.
Choose a curated design package or use Spacekit’s configurator to customize something unique to you. Pick the colors, finishes, size (25cm or 50cm frames) and setup of your wall décor, then sit back and relax while the team creates and ships everything right to your doorstep.
Spacekit’s system seems incredibly easy to use, especially if hanging things on the wall really isn’t your thing . It arrives with all the hardware you’ll need for installation – a bubble level, a 2-inch or 4-inch spacer and Command® Strips from 3M – and you won’t even need to make a hole in the wall! We know renters will especially appreciate that last part.
The textured art panels snap into place, so you can easily swap out designs in minutes the next time a global crisis (we hope not!) or boredom strike. They can even be hung in multiple configurations and layouts, whether one large, seamless piece of art is your style or you’d like to see the panels spread out using the included measuring spacers for a more abstract look. Many of Spacekit’s designs can take on an entirely new look by rearranging the panels – MAGIC!
One last detail, that happens to be a favorite of ours: Spacekit’s panels are made using sustainable, upcycled rice hulls. The entire system is made with a zero-waste, made-to-order manufacturing process in Pennsylvania – so not only are you getting some eye-catching new art, it’s also being created in a thoughtful way.
With new designs already in the works, Spacekit’s product offerings will continue to expand over the coming weeks for holiday shopping and into the new year! Each order is custom-made at a facility in Pennsylvania, and is currently shipping everywhere within the United States.
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