Google Sheets Plugin for Adobe XD
Working with data is something many of us take part in frequently, but it’s not always simple. Let’s take a look at how the Google Sheets plugin for Adobe XD can improve your design workflow.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN IN THIS VIDEO
Creating a repeat grids
Accessing the plugins panel
Using the Google Sheets plugin
Work Faster with Repeat Grids
If you spend any time designing repeated elements, such as photo galleries, contact lists, or menus, you’ll definitely want to take advantage this.
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Hey, everyone – I’m Howard Pinsky – Senior XD Evangelist at Adobe. Working with data is something many of us take part in frequently, but it’s not always simple. Let’s take a look at how the Google Sheets plugin for Adobe XD can improve your design workflow.
On this project, I’m building out the menu for an at-home cooking service, where each card will display quite a bit of information including an image, the meal’s category, the dish name, how long it takes to prepare, how many people it serves, and a star rating. I’ve also made sure to name each layer with a unique name that will help us map the data to the various elements within the menu. You’ll see that in action in a moment. With one card set up, I’ll go ahead and create a repeat grid, then drag out a few across and down the screen, then adjust the padding a touch.
With the grid set up, we now need to populate it. Over in my browser, I have a Google Sheet that was provided to me by the marketing team which contains all the information I’ll need for the cards, and each column is titled and aligned to the layer names within the repeat grid. Now, in order for the plugin to pull in your data, your sheet needs to be public, but only those you share the link with can see your data. Copying the Sheet’s URL, I’ll hop back over to Adobe XD, and jump into the plugins panel where I already have Google Sheets installed, but if you haven’t grabbed it yet, hit the plus button and install it. (Browse, search)
Now that we’re ready to go, I’ll make sure the repeat grid is selected, then choose Paste Public Link, but if you’re working with a local CSV file, you can load that in, as well. Within the options, we’ll want to make sure that the layer names that we set up earlier align with the columns, and if any were not mapped automatically, you can set them manually.
Finally, if you want the content to be randomized, you can check the box at the bottom, otherwise content will be populated from top to bottom.
With everything set up, all there is left to do is hit Apply and watch all the content, including the images, flow into your repeat grid.
Once it’s all in place, one of the benefits of working with a plugin like this, is the ability to keep your content up to date. For instance, if the marketing team changes a few of the items within this menu, as I’ve just done, I, as the designer, simply need to select the repeat grid, then hit Refresh Content within the plugin.
And that’s a look at the Google Sheets plugin for Adobe XD – allowing you and your team to work more seamlessly. For more XD tips & tricks, head on over to LetsXD.com, and I’ll see you soon.