Adobe Muse – How I build websites

Adobe Muse - Screen shot
Screenshot taken from the Adobe CC website

Adobe Muse a Website Builder

Adobe Muse is the main application that I use to design and build websites.  I have been using it for the last three years.   Before Adobe Muse my main application of choice when I left design college, was Adobe Indesign.  While it can be used to build websites it is most effective in the print environment.  The main method to build a website that works on many different browsers and devices required designers to be a proficient coder.  With the exponential growth of tablets and smartphones and the plethora of devices that can browse the web the task of creating a website is enormously complex.

The Freedom to Design

This is where Adobe Muse comes in as it allows me to design a website using a freeform design canvas.  I can literally move pixels or images around the screen and Muse generates modern HTML, CSS and Javascript and code in order to ensure that the design will be consistent across all browsers and devices. I can then use my coding skills to tweak functionality rather than form.

Creative Cloud Suite

Adobe Muse is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription service and as web standards evolve, Adobe Muse is updated to support those standards.  For someone who was conversant with the print design environment, Adobe Muse has taken the familiar features from Adobe Indesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.  Similiar to the workflow in a traditional print environment, vector elements and content can be created in applications like Illustrator and photographs can be made ‘web’ ready in applications like Photoshop or Lightroom and can be conveniently combined with the features of  Muse.

Muse allows me to focus on the visual ‘look and feel’ of the websites I design.  Any web elements that I add to a web page can be optimised from the very large, desk top browser, down to the smallest low bandwidth smartphone.

teamSimon is a Sydney based digital designer. He is the Director of a boutique digital design studio, Bailey Street Design located in the vibrant inner west suburb of Newtown.  Simon studied graphic design at Shillington College and specialises in web design for small and medium size businesses.  Simon and his team (Toby the studio dog) are passionate about visual communication in the digital environment

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