Design Tokens with Figma Variables


(16 ratings)


4 Days


Cohort-based Course

Learn how to work with Figma’s powerful variables for design systems.

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Course overview

Set design foundations to improve your workflows

Variables aren’t just for developers anymore! Now, from the comfort of our design workspace, we can unlock the power of more adaptive and flexible design. Boost your designs by adding support for light, dark, and high contrast color modes. Improve usability by supporting multiple densities.

Take your designs to a whole new level with fewer headaches and more precision. Why should developers get to have all the power (and fun)?

The course is designed to fit your busy schedule. We meet for 8 hours total—4 sessions of 2 hours each.

Mondays and Wednesdays

July 22, 24, 29 & 31

9:30am – 11:30pm Pacific

12:30pm – 2:30pm Eastern

6:30pm – 8:30pm CET

Who is this course for


Junior designers who want to get ahead of the curve and stand out from the crowd


Seasoned designers who are looking to up their game and support new capabilities in their products


Senior designers looking to take their learnings back to their teams

What you’ll get out of this course

Use color variables like a pro

Build color palettes that differentiate between primitive color values, semantic colors, and component-specific colors.

Use numbers to define spacing and sizing systems

Stop pixel-pushing and start using a system that translates more immediately to the implementation of your designs.

Integrate variables into a system of typography styles

Make your typography styles more powerful using variables to support responsive design.

Communicate better with developers

Your developers already think in terms of variables and conditional logic. Now you can too without leaving the comfort of Figma!

This course includes

3 interactive live sessions

Lifetime access to course materials

In-depth lessons

Direct access to instructor

1 project to apply learnings

Guided feedback & reflection

Private community of peers

Course certificate upon completion

Maven Satisfaction Guarantee

This course is backed by Maven’s guarantee. You can receive a full refund within 14 days after the course ends, provided you meet the completion criteria in our refund policy.

Course syllabus

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  • Week 1

    Jan 15—Jan 18

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Jan


      Session 1

      Mon, Jan 15, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM UTC

    • Jan


      Session 2

      Tue, Jan 16, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM UTC

    • Jan


      Session 3

      Thu, Jan 18, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM UTC


    • Homework


(16 ratings)

What students are saying

What you’ll learn

Nevan shows what you’ll be learning and working on in class.

What people are saying

        For anyone thinking on attending a class with Nevan I cannot recommend him enough as a teacher, and a lot of us working in the industry can attest to the value of his teaching.
Héctor Rebollo

Héctor Rebollo

UX Researcher at Glovo
        I got to learn so much about the topic: see how others created theirs, get inspiration and the course helped me complete the design system that is now used by my entire team. Incredibly useful and also great fun to connect with other professionals in the field from all over the world.
Johanna Grimberg

Johanna Grimberg

Product Designer at Optima Network
        As a teacher, Nevan was an infinite well of knowledge, always ready to answer all my questions and help me navigate my career change experience smoothly, making sure I had all the tools I needed to start my career as a UX Designer.
Lina Forero

Lina Forero

Product Designer at eDreams
        Nevan is a patient, inclusive and skilled teacher, capable of making passionate students fall in love with design all over again, highlighting the powerful causes that can be supported by good UX. I couldn't think of a better teacher for such a people-centered field!
Sabrina Arcella

Sabrina Arcella

UX/UI Designer

Meet your instructor

Nevan Scott

Nevan Scott

Head of Education at Button School

Nevan has been teaching designers and developers for over a decade, and still loves every minute of it! He’s led programs at General Assembly and Ironhack, and coached designers and developers at every stage of their careers. He’s built design systems for the Swiss Red Cross, Northeastern University, Rustic Pathways, and Buzzfeed.

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Course schedule

8 hours over 4 sessions
  • Live Classes

    4 Sessions

    We’ll meet live on Zoom for lessons, demos, and small group practice sessions in breakout rooms.

  • Take-Home Exercises

    2 hours

    You’ll have exercises to practice with between sessions to enrich your learning and bring more insight to class discussions.

Free resource

Design Tokens: A Visual Primer

This brief visual guide will walk you through the most essential design tokens and naming conventions for any design system. A great companion to keep at your side as you work through organizing and naming variables in Figma!

Get this free resource

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you

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