Adobe’s new Muse is a product aimed at helping print designers design websites without coding.
There are two things wrong here. The first is the idea that print designers should be designing websites. The second is that you can design a website without coding.
This is a troubling development from a company that is trusted by so many, and, in certain ways, is an industry thought leader when it comes to providing designers with tools that help them do their jobs. This is Adobe signaling they believe in tools that abstract away craftsmanship and instead rely on outdated paradigms, returning to the heyday of WYSIWYG IDEs that lull you into a state of thinking anyone can put together a successful website.
But it’s not true. Yes, print designers can learn to design websites. And print designers can be really fantastic designers. Print designers can also learn to write HTML, and do it well. Muse, however, implies neither of those things are necessary. No, it says, you just keep doing what you’re doing and this magical piece of software will handle the rest.
In the video on the Muse website, one of Muse’s product designers says ‘In five or ten years, I don’t think very many people will be coding to design websites.’ (via Elliot Jay Stocks)
How wrong you can be – it’s far more likely the opposite will happen.
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