Question for UX Designers —
Do you know a good way to show all submenu copy/content without needing a separate copy deck or a dozen slightly different variants of the same screen layout?

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If I’m reading what you’re asking correctly, the best thing I have done is have the screens laid out by the designer first. Then, under each individual screen, the copy team writes the copy and outlines what it’s for.
For instance, you have a login screen that the designer laid out, under that screen, copy can write:
HEADING: Lorem ipsom
SUBHEADING: lorem ipsom
USERNAME BUTTON: enter your username
and so on..

They can also write the copy in the screen in order to see the spacing/if wording fits.

If there’s more they can also link their Google sheet etc in the figma file. So now, all the copy matches with each screen.

In order to avoid making many screens prior to prototyping like your Animal example, you want have a default screen and in addition, the list of animals to be in a component set as variants. The set of variants can live on the side of the screen it is meant for and/or in your pattern library. So you can have a default screen and maybe 2-3 other screens that show the other states, or selections when you prototype it as opposed to 20 screens. Figma has YouTube tutorials to follow on components and variants. It’s great for your designers to learn this and if your copy team has an understanding of how it works as well.

Hope that helps!


A visual would be helpful


Update: I believe I misread your original post. For prototyping large menus I would chose Figma for its Components library.

I think you can also use XD and Sketch + the right plugin (Craft maybe) with that managing info in table form is a breeze, then changing the layout display in any way you might want without mocking out 2000 versions.


What context is this submenu in? On a navbar? In the middle of a page? Desktop or mobile?


Ok imagine a simple mobile screen:


Favorite Animal
[Select animal]

( OK )

Let’s say there’s 20 animals to choose from.
We don’t need it prototyped.
In Sketch/Figma, you either make this same screen 21 times (1 in the default state, with 20 other variants showing each animal), or you refer to a separate copy deck (or other document like an Excel spreadsheet) showing all 20 animals.

My company is transitioning to Figma and I find it wasteful for the content strategists to have to write the “real” copy in a separate Word document, which causes version control issues with Figma. Or if we do everything as in-situ hifi layouts, it’s also wasteful for the visual designer to have to lay out so many screens for every small thing; this makes even simple sections of an app balloon to hundreds of screens.

I was wondering if anyone knew of a graceful way to show all content (copy) inside of Figma without needing separate documents or excess screens.


Are you thinking about using a sticky sheet to show all the copy? Where you have your layouts/comps but then on a separate sheet you show different headers and or copy that you don’t fully show in the comps?

Yes something like redlining/spec docs, but nowhere near as technical. I’m trying to shepherd a bunch of reluctant content strategists and UX writers into using Figma.


Those 20 animals should be nested within some parent which could be a category such as species. That would break it down to maybe 4-6 parent categories with expandable rows that list out the respective animals

Google doc, bc we have a QA process and don’t want them in figma. If it’s a 20 item drop down, we put it inside the google doc, or link to a separate google sheet (like if you have a full directory!

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