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Musings on Muse

For graphic design students with an interest in web design, I thought I’d share a little bit about Adobe’s latest new software, Muse. Not officially released (but with an open beta), Muse has been designed to be what many designers thought they were being promised with dreamweaver: to create functional websites without a speck of code being written.
Muse is targeted at print designers who don’t want to learn to code or have to pass off their work to web designers. I’ve given it a small test run, and I must say I’m impressed. It functions like a cross between dreamweaver and indesign, so expect master pages and web functions, but it has all the ease of most adobe products that let you drag, slide, and shape anything with ease. The awful annoyances of web design like measuring, slicing, and fitting compounded div structures vanishes completely.
Definite highlight features are the ability to do jquery-like functions such as lightbox, tooltips, presentation slides, and more with simple drag out, place, and adjust method to insertion into pages.
Muse poses an interesting new wrench in the grand scheme of how people may design for the web. It is not meant to kill or replace dreamweaver, but print centric designers may find it hard to justify fighting with code when design should be the main goal. I expect with the advent of muse the amount of difficulty we assume goes into designing sites may vanish, while dedicated web developers will have to work even harder to justify their services.
It is also worth noting that while muse may make the web much easier and more intuitive to create for, you shouldn’t feel this should remove your need to learn any hard coding. You’ll still want to learn the vocabulary and how things are typically done, as muse does prompt you for the pixel dimensions for new documents. Little things like that aren’t the easiest for brand new print designers to know the answer to.
Check out some of the sites people have made in Muse and share your impressions and what you think might happen to the web because of it.




  1. yvonne cramer wrote:

    I’m not sure if I’m bitter or thrilled about this. One the one hand I’m happy because this would make web design easier, on the other I’m angry because I spent a lot of time learning how to deal with divs in Dreamweaver…

    Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 6:27 am | Permalink
  2. Bret Mueller wrote:

    I knew this was coming. I felt it in my bones. The consolidation of skills and methods is where everything is headed anyway. Designers nowadays are expected to be able to design a website, but code it too. This kind of tool just takes the step to efficiency that much close. I guarantee that within the next 10 years, web coding will be obsolete (for the average person). It will we something kids can do. Advanced coding, however, won’t go away, highly specialized skills in that field will be the only reason to learn it.

    Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 2:55 am | Permalink
  3. mguinand wrote:

    This is a really cool new software that Adobe made, but it kind of stinks for web designers. Now it allows for anyone and everyone to be able to create their own site. This means that there is going to be some awful web designs out there.

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink