Adobe Muse – Create websites as easily as you create layouts for print. You can design and publish original HTML pages to the latest web standards without writing code. Now in beta, Muse makes it a snap to produce unique, professional websites.
The quote is taken from the homepage of Adobe Muse’s website. Its sell, to lead you into Adobe’s brand new piece of kit.
As a web designer myself, I’m feeling slightly insulted by Adobe Muse. Why? It feels like a slap in the face regarding my skills and my job. I’m not taking it personally, but there are so many fly-by-night web designers out there who claim to be professionals and produce sub-standard websites, I dread to think of a world wide web inhabited by websites created with Adobe Muse.
The comparison of creating layouts for print to layouts for web enrages me just that little bit. Why? Designing for web is nothing like designing for print! There are core fundamentals that apply to designing for the web. The target audience for Adobe Muse won’t understand or appreciate these. You can’t just create a print layout and use the exact layout for the web. It just doesn’t work. @lrenhrda describes it best:
The prob with print designers trying to make “no-code websites” isn’t the tools they use, but the mindset they have. – @lrenhrda
In a time where websites on the Internet should be getting more standardised to be able work across multiple platforms, I feel that Adobe Muse is a step backwards. It’s great that Adobe are trying to look to the future and get more people onto the web, but is this really the right way?
Twitter’s been alive with loads of reactions to Adobe Muse. This tweet is the one that was similar to my first reaction:
Oh great, Adobe Muse is yet another application that undermines the work of a whole profession. – @disco_lu
This is not an in-depth look at Adobe Muse. Merely my thoughts, initial reactions and musings on the software. For something a little more in-depth take a gander at this. I felt my head nodding all the way through reading that.