What are Sources?

Learn more about how to collect design data from sources like Figma and store them in Specify.

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Written by Louis Chenais
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Several applications connected to a Design API as sources.

Sources are environments containing design data you want to make available through your Design API.

For instance, design tools like Figma, Adobe XD, or Sketch are environments where designers create and use design decisions. It makes perfect sense to collect design decisions like colors, icons, or text styles directly from there.

You could also have images stored inside a Google Drive or a Dropbox folder. Let's say you want to make those images available to everyone in your organization. Then, Google Drive and Dropbox would be valuable sources you could connect to your Design API.

You could even have design tokens defined in an Excel spreadsheet. Then, this spreadsheet would become a source you'd connect as well.

Sources are basically places containing design data you want to make available to

other people.

In short, there are as many types of sources as there are environments where you store design data.

Specify is currently only compatible with Figma as a source application.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Learn more about how you can connect your Figma to Specify.

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