It seems the topic of design for spec is something we could use a thread for reference at later dates. I'm hoping Peter Bain contributes as his thoughts on this matter are both articulate and thoughtful.
Design for spec, in my eyes, is degrading for the professional community at large. Personally--because it is a personal decision--I do not design on spec. If I am putting mouse to desk, or pencil to paper, I have an agreement in place for compensation.
The site http://www.no-spec.com/ has many interesting things on this topic and is worth reading.
What are your thoughts? How do you handle it? Please don't use this thread as a place to vent or rant. Thoughtful contributions only please.