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This article is very useful – I’m in the middle of compiling a similar checklist for the designers I work with – but there are some other points that need to be included as you can’t assume your designers will know these basic rules.

There are lots of design agencies setting print designers the task of designing websites when they don’t have a clue about the web. These designers will create their design in illustrator, in CMYK using a grid set to mm, and then they simply convert it into PDF format to deliver to the unsuspecting developer!

My very first points then, are that designs should be created in Photoshop or Fireworks, with a grid set in pixel units (with snap to grid on), in RGB colours. I will also ask for a list of font names, text and line-height sizes, text colours and rollover/on-states. I also need an indication of whether the site is left or center aligned (which is not always clear from the design comps).

About the new 24 ways design: I agree with Peter that it reminds me of the early CSS demos and designs of that period, but that is exactly why I love this new design. A contemporary, modern take on that classic style.