Licensing question

Two people in my organization need Figma Professional licenses in order to create wireframes / mockups. We have many others in the organization who need to see those and play around in them, but they do not need to be able to create them on their own. Are we okay if the two creators get Figma Professional licenses, and the rest just have free licenses?

It is my experience that Figma will now charge you for every user you add to one of your projects, regardless of whether or not they have their own license. It’s pretty expensive for freelancers who may already have their own licenses but not have a parent organization to put the files/payments under. Also feels like Figma is double-dipping.

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I’m trying to figure this out as well.

From the research I have done, there appears to be two types of “seats”: 1) “view only” and 2) “editor”. Editor access is where Figma charges the account. If you share a file/project with someone and give them “editor” access, you will be changed for that “seat” regardless if that person you shared the file with already has their own paid Figma account. View access appears to be free.

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This is the response I got from Figma support –

“The Professional plan is billed per editor role. As long as those 10 users are given the viewer or viewer restricted role, they will not be included in your team’s billing.”

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I’ve discovered this issue recently too and to be honest I find it to be a really unfair billing structure for the creative industry. It’s definitely double-dipping.

I’m a freelance web designer/developer and work with a lot of other designers/creative agencies. This poses the constant need to collaborate on files, which then means one of two things: they either have the extra expense of giving me access to the file, or I do. This is EXTREMELY difficult to predict and expense for, considering some projects span over a few months.

I think Figma really needs to re-think this billing structure if they want to keep positioning themselves as a collaborative platform. Designers will just stop sharing files with each other and create PDFs or equivalent instead, which will only get messy and inconvenient.

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