Ballpark is the fastest way to capture high-quality feedback on questions, marketing copy, designs and prototypes using task driven questions.
A Figma interactive component test prompts users to interact with (or just observe) components and then provide feedback on it by answering a series of questions.
Ballpark allows you to embed your Figma frame containing your components directly in your test, allowing you to gather feedback on the specific elements of your design system or interactions. That means you don’t need to test an entire prototype flow, only the individual components.
Figma interactive component tests are used for gathering feedback on the usefulness, accessibility, usability, and aesthetics of Figma components in a design or design system.
While this doesn’t replace prototype testing, which is used to find out how well users are able to complete real-world tasks in the context of the problem space, Figma interactive component tests are incredibly useful for when you want users to focus on individual components and describe how effective they are at serving a general purpose such as searching, sorting, or calling to an action.
In addition to this, prototype testing often requires a lot of planning and resources, and results in feedback that focuses more on the bigger picture rather than, for example, the visual affordance of a tap target.
More specifically, designers can use Figma interactive component tests to check that a component’s UI copy is clear and actionable, that the aesthetics appear visually appealing and feel on-brand, or that the component is even necessary for inclusion in the design or design system.
Figma interactive component tests can still be task-based but on a much smaller scale, focusing more on the microinteractions within a component rather than entire interactive prototypes.
Figma interactive component tests are used by designers to make sure that their design and design system components are as lean and as effective as they can be. The tests can be conducted with real users to find out how well the components are meeting user needs, or they can be conducted with stakeholders (usually other designers), which isn’t as effective but is faster and will still yield useful insights.
That being said, one particular use-case for carrying out Figma interactive component tests with designers is to evaluate whether or not a component should be included in a design system, taking into consideration its reusability, adaptability, and how ready it is for inclusion.
Figma interactive component tests are usually qualitative, asking open-ended questions about the component overall and then some more specific aspects of it such as how on-brand it is.
If you’d like to test multiple variations of a component (i.e. A/B testing or multivariate testing), you’ll want to ask respondents which one they prefer, which’ll naturally result in some quantitative data too.
In addition to this, our template can also be customized to include as many extra questions as are needed (these can be open-ended questions, multiple-choice questions, rating scales, and so on depending on the type of feedback that you’re looking for).
The first part of the template is the test itself where the component is shown to the respondent, which is actually just a Figma embed that links to a specific Frame. If you’d like to utilize A/B testing or multivariate testing to test multiple variations of the component, the Figma embed can link to a parent Frame that displays the variations side-by-side. In this case, you’ll want the first question to be “Which variation do you prefer?” and the second question to be “Why did you choose that variation?”. If the component doesn’t have any variations then you’ll want to dive straight into the overarching “What do you think about this component?” question.
Next, the template focuses on how on-brand the component is using one open-ended question and, if utilizing A/B testing or multivariate testing, one “Which variation…?” question.
After that, you can customize the template to ask about the usability, the aesthetics, whether or not the component should be included in the design system, or whatever you feel is relevant.
Figma interactive component test template FAQ