Pixel Grid Shaper

Figma Plugin • Developer at Securitas IS • Sweden 2020
My Role:

Research, Testing, Development




Solo project


1 Week

This plugin allows you to rapidly rearrange things according to your desired grid.

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The problem

The design system of the organization needed to be changed from a 6px grid to an 8px grid. While continuing to work on my project, I noticed that switching to the 8px grid required more time to adjust component sizes, padding, and margins to the proper pixel values. To get an idea of the extra effort, I started recording the workload I have on pushing pixels by maintaining our components in the design system. On an average workweek, I adjusted 23 components where I spent 3,1 minutes on average. This resulted in 1h 11min per week and 4h 45min per month.

Manual adjustment of components from 6px to 8px.

How to approach this problem?

I looked into some exciting plugins but could not find anything that supported such a problem at this time. After looking into how difficult it is to create a Figma plugin, I discovered that it is in fact relatively simple. Figma has a well-documented process for creating plugins, as well as tools built into the software to support the development of Figma plugins.

Design process overview

The Solution

To make things efficient I focused on the two things I did the most, which are sizing shapes to the next bigger or smaller 8px grid value. For this purpose, I created a button that does this automatically, and then 4 additional buttons making it possible to change this value in the X/Y direction to the next bigger or smaller 8px gird value to make a visual adjustment possible. Luckily this was not a big effort and just an easy mathematical equation on the current values of a shape.

Change the size of the input fields with the plugin from 6px to 8px


It took me about 5 hours to learn and develop. If the results of the tests are correct, the tool will increase productivity after 5 workweeks. Furthermore, the tool enables you to focus on what is truly important rather than being distracted by calculations or pixel-by-pixel item movement.