Figma’s AI whiteboard tool “FigJam AI” has been updated and launched for free public testing
Figma, best known for its product design applications, has announced FigJam AI, a new suite of generative AI tools for its collaborative whiteboarding service FigJam that creates ready-to-use templates for common design and planning projects. The idea with FigJam AI is that it can reduce the preparation time required to manually create these collaborative whiteboard projects from scratch, freeing up designers to focus on more pressing tasks.
FigJam AI is in public beta starting November 7 and is "currently free for all customers."
The new generation feature provides a series of suggested prompts for creating templates for things like flowcharts, icebreakers, brainstorming sessions, and 1:1 meeting planners, along with a text box next to it where you can create templates in your own words Describe what you want it to produce. The AI also suggests some default descriptions to include in the content, for example, suggesting you add a timeline, project quantities, and project milestones when generating a Gantt chart. Users can delete or otherwise adjust portions of the generated project just as they would with a manually created project.
FigJam AI also includes Sort, which automatically organizes Post-it notes (the platform’s virtual sticky notes for jotting down ideas) into different groups based on key topics; and Summerize, which lets you create groups of sticky notes with just one click A summary of the information obtained. The new features work with Jambot, a beta version of the company's ChatGPT-based FigJam widget launched in August.
Figma co-founder and CEO Dylan Field said in an interview that the company is considering other AI-related developments and that these initial features of FigJam AI are "an obvious starting point." The current FigJam AI beta version uses the OpenAI base model , which Field claims can be easily replaced with other base AI models.
"With FigJam, I think we're really strategic," Field said. “Across the entire 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 integrate it deeply into the product to really help. Importantly, You’re not doing everything you can think of, you’re doing the things that have the most impact.”