Hey there, welcome to the first part of the Bricks Maven video series. I’m excited to kick things off and guide you through the ins and outs of Bricks Maven, along with a nifty addition – the Figma file. In this initial episode, let’s uncover what Bricks Maven is all about and explore how the Figma workflow can become your secret weapon.
Unpacking Bricks Maven
So, what’s Bricks Maven? It’s like Frames, offering BEM-styled layout components for common website sections. If you’ve worked with Frames before, you’ll find Bricks Maven to be quite familiar. But no worries if you haven’t; we’ll dig deeper into the specifics as we progress through the series.
Navigating the Alpha Library
Bricks Maven comes with a treasure trove known as the Alpha Library, housing approximately 500 blocks. You can filter, search, and preview these blocks, making it a breeze to find the components you need. With categories neatly organized, locating elements like headers or CTAs becomes a walk in the park. There are three versions of Bricks Maven – a free version with 105 blocks and subscription-based versions (ACSS, Core, Vanilla CSS) with additional features.
The Hidden Gem: Figma File
Now, here’s the exciting part – the Figma file that accompanies Bricks Maven. This file is a game-changer, streamlining your design process. Import it into your design tool, and you gain access to a multitude of pre-designed components ready for customization and integration into your projects.
Exploring the Figma Workflow
Let’s dive into the Figma workflow. Once you import the Figma file, you’ll find primary color codes, making customization a breeze. Create a new project, set up a frame, and add components like headers and footers from the Bricks Maven library.
Building Your Template
With the Figma file, crafting templates for different pages becomes a breeze. Duplicate components, name your pages, and start building a wireframe for your project. The Figma file provides a structured approach to visualize the layout of your website.
Styling and Global Control
During the design process, it’s crucial to maintain global control. Any changes made to a master component reflect across all instances, ensuring a consistent design. Brendan emphasizes the importance of color customization, creating a color system, and setting up a global design structure.
In this introductory part of the series, we’ve uncovered the basics of Bricks Maven, explored its Alpha Library, and delved into the potential of the Figma file. The integration with Figma serves as a powerful tool for expediting the design phase of your projects. Stay tuned for upcoming videos, where we’ll dive deeper into designing with Bricks Maven and seamlessly transitioning to WordPress using the Bricks builder. Thanks for joining, and see you in the next video!