• Ryan TeuscherRyan Teuscher, almost 9 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )

    Our team discussed working on a SaaS product a few months ago focused on specs. Ultimately, we decided it felt a bit like a feature of LayerVault. Looks like we might be right :)

    Design documentation has rightly become lighter as we move to code faster, and as the products / websites / apps themselves become the best form of documentation. However, I don't think we'll ever fully get away from some level of documentation, nor should we. Our vision of the future was a service for product managers to create high level product plans and roadmaps, designers to contribute thoughts, ideas, flows, mocks, and interactions as efficiently as possible, and engineers to get what they need right when they need it.

    • The Perfect Spec™ would be a tool where engineers could provide feedback to designers, and perhaps even collaboratively contribute (write) the specs for a feature or product.
    • No more pixel spec'ing by hand. Automate measuring abilities, color picking, and perhaps even css rule generation.
    • Instead of creating motion studies for standard interactions, you'd have a library of interactions displayed as animations that a designer could select from to include in the spec.
    • As the spec is updated, designers would have the option of notifying engineering of what they changed, and there would be an auto-generated change log.

    We'd love to see something like this come to fruition.

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