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I appreciate that Affinity Designer has symbols, but the feature is still very bare bones.
To make it more usefull in case of. f.e. interface design, symbols with states would be very helpful.

Design a navigation with highlighted items. You don't want to have a single navigation symbol for each state.
Instead you want to design your navigation once and reuse it in all the subpages of your interface, ensuring a consistent style across your project.

Solution A
The user can define states in the symbol. This could be an initial, hover and active state for a button. Or  the active items of a navigation.
When using the symbol, the user can select the state of the symbol.
(See Photoshop with layer compositions in smart objects, or Sketch)

Solution B
The user can create layers and folders in the symbol. The visibility of these layers can be toggled when using the symbol.
In the case of a navigation, the user can create an active state for each navigation item. When using the symbol, he only makes the current active item visible.
(See Gravit Designer)




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