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Chen Blume is a graphic and interactive designer. She co-founded Specctr with Dmitriy Fabrikant. Together they aim to bridge the communication gap between designers and developers though innovative process design and software solutions.

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Blueprints For Web And Print: Specctr, A Free Adobe Illustrator Plugin

Have you ever submitted design files to a development team for production and a few weeks later gotten something back that looks nothing like your original work? Many designers and design teams make the mistake of thinking that their work is done once they’ve completed the visual design stage.

Blueprints For Web And Print: Specctr, A Free Adobe Illustrator Plugin

A design is more than a simple drawing on a canvas in Illustrator, Fireworks or Photoshop; it is a representation of function. “Form follows function” is a well-known principle, first coined in 1896 by the architect Louis Sullivan. How will the website work? How will that section fold? What happens when you hover over this button? How does that menu function?

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Blueprints For The Web: Specctr Adobe Fireworks Plugin

There is an aspect to Web design that no one likes to talk about: spec’ing. We all do it, we all hate it, but we also understand that specs are vital to both designers and developers.

Blueprints For The Web: Specctr Adobe Fireworks Plugin

For those who aren’t familiar with the term in this context, “specs” is short for specifications—in the case of design, they are instructions that specify colors, fonts, sizes, spacing and so on, just like a blueprint. Specs are a crucial part of the design and development process for companies with big teams and for small companies that have to outsource some of their development.

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