Adobe is buying Figma, and creatives have... concerns

So Adobe is buying Figma, and unsurprisingly the news is causing some controversy in the creative world. The software giant behind tools such as Illustrator, Photoshop and Premiere Pro is snapping up the collaborative design platform for an incredible $20 billion, and creatives are worried about what that might mean for the platform.

Since its release in 2016, Figma has become a hugely popular online tool for user interface and user experience design. It's praised for its streamlined form and collaborative tools, while free access for those in education have made it a hit with students – in fact, Figma currently tops our own list of the best UI design tools. Adobe, meanwhile, is behind some of the most fully featured industry-standard programs in the creative sector, but its subscription-based pricing is sometimes a bone of contention for users (although Adobe Creative Cloud discounts can be found).

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.