Figma introduces FigJam artificial intelligence to relieve designers from tedious planning preparation

Best known for its product design applications, Figma has introduced a new suite of generative AI tools for its FigJam collaborative whiteboard service, which creates ready-to-use templates for common design and planning projects. The idea is that FigJam AI can reduce the preparation time required to manually create these collaborative whiteboard projects from scratch, giving designers time to focus on more urgent tasks.

FigJam AI has been available in open beta since November 7 and is currently free for all levels of customers. We’ve asked Figma to clarify whether the FigJam AI will remain free after general availability, and will update this article if we hear back.

Want a fun way to start a meeting? FigJam AI generates templates for icebreakers, so you don’t have to think of them yourself.
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The new Generate feature offers a set of suggested prompts for creating templates for things like flowcharts, icebreakers, brainstorming sessions, and 1:1 meeting planners, along with a text box where you can describe in your own words what you want it to generate. . AI also suggests some default descriptions to include in the content, for example, it suggests adding a timeline, number of projects, and project milestones when creating a Gantt chart. Users can delete or edit parts of generated projects in the same way as they can with manually created projects.

The sorting function automatically groups stickers under common themes, adding structure to a chaotic whiteboard.
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FigJam AI also includes Sort, which automatically organizes Sticky Notes, the virtual equivalent of real-life sticky notes for jotting down ideas in different groups based on key topics, and Summerize, which creates a one-click summary of information taken from sticky groups. These new features can be used alongside Jambot, the ChatGPT-powered FigJam widget that the company released in beta in August.

In an interview with thresholdFigma co-founder and CEO Dylan Field said the company is exploring other AI-related developments, and these initial features are an obvious place to start for FigJam AI. FigJam AI’s current beta uses OpenAI base models, which Field claims can be easily replaced with other AI models. We’ve asked Figma to explain which OpenAI base models are used and whether a switch to another AI model will be offered in a future update.

For FigJam, I think we’ve been really strategic, Field said. Across the Figma platform, we’ve thought about all the ways AI can be useful and narrowed it down to a few use cases where we can bake it deep into the product in a way that really helps. It’s really important that you don’t do everything you think you can possibly do, but do the things that have the most impact.

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