Figma vs InVision

Last updated: September 15, 2022

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Figma
The collaborative interface design tool. Each contributor owns their part of the creative process and stays in sync along the way - across any platform. Securely connect teams, fonts, and libraries across your entire company.
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InVision
InVision lets you transform your designs into beautiful, interactive web & mobile mockups and prototypes. Upload your designs and quickly turn them into clickable, interactive prototypes complete with gestures, transitions & animations. Send a link to open designs in a browser or on a mobile device, or present them in real-time using our LiveShare presentation tool that revolutionises the design meeting.
Figma vs InVision in our news:

2022. Adobe snaps up Figma for $20B



Adobe has announced that it would acquire Figma for $20 billion. Design and prototyping, for individuals and teams, executed in a very streamlined and modern, cloud-based environment, are Figma’s product strengths, and it’s amassed some 4 million users to date. Adobe meanwhile has been building and acquiring a number of businesses in the wider world of digital creation, and that has taken it not just into the larger and more general reaches of design but also marketing and other areas adjacent to design in the longer creation chain. Adobe’s DNA is in design, though, and it has built out iconic products in areas like imaging (such as Photoshop), fonts, illustration, video and 3D and more. The idea now will be to create a seamless connection between these and Figma, essentially building it out as the native platform to bring them all together. Adobe, of course, already had something like this, in the form of AdobeXD.


2021. Figma introduces a whiteboard tool called FigJam



Online collaborative design service Figma has launched FigJam - a whiteboarding tool. Not only does FigJam give designers a place to come up with ideas together, but it also gives nondesigners a place to participate in the brainstorm. FigJam functionality includes sticky notes, emojis and drawing tools, as well as shapes, pre-built lines and connectors, stamps and cursor chats. As expected, FigJam works with Figma so components or other design objects breathed into life on FigJam can easily be moved into Figma. Figma is also introducing voice chat into all of its products. That means users who are designing alongside one another in Figma or brainstorming in FigJam don’t need to hop into a separate Zoom call or Google Meet, but can just toggle on chat in Figma to use audio.


2020. InVision refreshes its Design System Manager



InVision, the design service is introducing a brand new Design System Manager, giving teams much more flexibility and control in both creating and maintaining their design system. New features include the ability to import reusable design elements in bulk, as well as the ability to upload native Sketch libraries directly to the InVision DSM, allowing design system owners to create and manage their libraries in Sketch and seamlessly move them into InVision. The new DSM also allows for one-click updating of all libraries when a company is going through a rebrand, allowing for the entire design system to get updated at once rather than a process where each individual design asset has to be deleted and replaced with a new one.


2020. Design platform Figma raises $50 million



Figma, the design platform that lets folks work collaboratively and in the cloud, has today announced the close of a $50 million Series D financing. Figma launched in 2015 after nearly six years of development in stealth. The premise was to create a collaborative, cloud-based design tool that would be the Google Docs of design. Since, Figma has built out the platform to expand access and usability for individual designers, small firms and giant enterprise companies alike. The company also launched an educational platform called Community, which gives designers the ability to share their work and let other users ‘remix’ that design, or simply check out how it was built, layer by layer.


2019. InVision acquired design file versioning startup Trunk



Online design software provider InVision has acquired of Australia-based Trunk, that is focused wholly on file versioning for designers. In the world of engineering, GitHub has provided a way for developers to keep versions organized — developers can track changes, create a separate branch to experiment, and collaborate more easily with other developers by merging branches. But the same courtesy hasn’t properly been extended to designers, who usually spend plenty of time scrolling through long email chains searching for the latest version of the attachment. The Trunk team will be focusing their energy on Studio, InVision’s design tool, which launched about a year ago. The launch of Studio was the first time that InVision truly showed its hand, revealing efforts to go well beyond a simple collaboration tool and become the Salesforce of the design world.


2019. Online design tool Figma gets new enterprise collaboration features



Figma, the design and prototyping tool that aims to offer a web-based alternative to similar tools from the likes of Adobe, is launching a few new features today that will make the service easier to use to collaborate across teams in large organizations. Figma Organization, as the company calls this new feature set, is the company’s first enterprise-grade service that features the kind of controls and security tools that large companies expect. For designers, one of the most important new features here is probably organization-wide design systems. Figma already had tools to create design systems, of course, but this enterprise version now makes it easier for teams to share libraries and fonts with each other to ensure that the same styles are applied to products and services across a company.


2018. Prototyping tool InVision is valued at $1.9 billion



InVision, the startup looking to be the Salesforce of design, has officially achieved unicorn status with the close of a $115 million Series F round, bringing the company’s total funding to $350 million. This deal values InVision at $1.9 billion. InVision started out back in 2011 as a simple prototyping tool. It let designers build out their experience without asking the engineering team to actually build it, to then send to the engineering and product and marketing and executive teams for collaboration and/or approval. Over the years, the company has stretched its efforts both up and downstream in the process, building out a full collaboration suite called InVision Cloud (so that every member of the organization can be involved in the design process), Studio, a design platform meant to take on the likes of Adobe and Sketch, and InVision Design System Manager, where design teams can manage their assets and best practices from one place.


2018. InVision deepens integrations with Atlassian



InVision expanded integration with Atlassian products Confluence, Trello and Jira that allows users see and share InVision prototypes from within those programs. Given the way design and development teams use both product suites, it only makes sense to let these product suites communicate with one another. Specifically, the expanded integration allows designers to share InVision Studio designs and prototypes right within Jira, Trello and Confluence. InVision Studio was unveiled late last year, offering designers an alternative to Sketch and Adobe.


2018. Design tool InVision gets an app store



InVision, the service that wants to be the operating system for designers, introduced its app store and asset store within InVision Studio. In short, InVision Studio users now have access to some of their most-used apps and services from right within the Studio design tool. Plus, those same users will be able to shop for icons, UX/UI components, typefaces and more from within Studio. While Studio is still in its early days, InVision has compiled a solid list of initial app store partners, including Google, Salesforce, Slack, Getty, Atlassian, and more.


2018. InVision acquired design visibility tool Wake



Online design platform InVision has acquired Wake - design tool focused squarely on supporting design visibility throughout a particular organization. Wake allows companies to share design assets and view work in progress as designers build out their screens, logos, or other designs. Design team leaders, or other higher-ups at the company, can upvote certain design projects or give feedback on specific tweaks. One of the most attractive features of Wake is that sharing on the Wake platform was implicit, rather than on InVision where designers have to take an extra step to upload their prototypes on InVision. Wake will continue to operate independently within InVision, but some of its tools will be integrated into the InVision core product. Moreover, as part of the deal, Wake will be introducing a free tier.