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Dmitriy Fabrikant is the developer half of the designer-developer partnership that founded Specctr. (UI designers use Specctr to quickly create design blueprints containing the essential type, color, and spacing information developers must have to turn design into beautiful product, all from inside their favorite design tools.)
Before stacking bits as a web developer, Dmitriy stacked bricks as a real estate developer. In real estate development no one would dare start construction without a blueprint. Working as a front-end developer Dmitriy saw it happen all the time, often to the project's detriment. That's why when talented designer Chen Blume approached him with the idea for Specctr, he knew they had to build it together.
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In the physical world, no one builds anything without detailed blueprints, because people’s lives are on the line. In the digital world, the stakes just aren’t as high. It’s called “software” for a reason: because when it hits you in the face, it doesn’t hurt as much. No one is going to die if your website goes live with the header’s left margin 4 pixels out of alignment with the image below it.
But, while the users’ lives might not be on the line, design blueprints (also called design specifications, or specs) could mean the difference between a correctly implemented design that improves the user experience and satisfies customers and a confusing and inconsistent design that corrupts the user experience and displeases customers.
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