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1 - Macintosh HD - 500MB for system files only
2 - Hot Spare - 500MB - hot back up of system
3 - Applications - 5 gig
4 - Test area - for new systems and downloads - 4 gig
5 - Documents - for all Docs - 2 gig
This way you keep a nice clean system + a backup + your system does not get very fragmented. It also makes it very easy to migrate to new OS relases.
I'm not sure if this is covered by the "Hot Spare," but I'd also have a small (500MB) partition to use as a swap for memory when you're running Photoshop, Quark, and the other big, bad boys of graphic design.