Recently I have begun to use Adobe’s Muse. It is a program specifically made for building websites, the same as Dreamweaver.. and yet, not. There is a drastic difference that you can’t fail to notice: there is absolutely no code in Muse. None. Zip. Interested yet? It sure interested me! Upon using it, I’ve fallen in love with the interesting interface and easy-to-use, InDesign-esque features. It uses many features found in InDesign, such as Masterpages, Paragraph and Character Styles, Cmmd+D for Placing, as well as others. It’s every designers dream and, if you haven’t already tried it, and you can’t be bothered with coding, then this is definitely a must try.
There is a 30 day trial available for you and a great start-up video you can watch. I will make sure to include it at the end of this article. Just watching it will show you just how amazing Muse is. Building websites has become a lot easier. It makes me excited just thinking of the possibilities! I hope you find excitement in it as well, because it truly is amazing. Check it out!
Those two fateful words that, when spoken, evokes either a groan or makes you sit up straight in your seat in anticipation. Web design, like most interests, is not for everyone. I thought at first that it wasn’t close to being something I would enjoy. But there’s something to be said about designing something so intricate and having to go through the frustrations of coding errors to come out on the other side with a beautifully designed site that thousands (hopefully) will someday visit. There’s an immense satisfaction in it. I think that there’s definitely a form of glory in designing these hair tearing, nail biting, scream-inducing websites, if only to see the end result. Knowing what kind of websites are out there makes me a little dubious as to how I’m ever going to pull off the big stuff. But that’s the job of a designer: to get through the impossible and create a masterpiece that works, is creative, and that amazes people.
Here is a website with some great links to the amazing designs out there today. Make sure to reply to let me know which your favourite was. (Make sure to say what category is was in, there are many!)
I thought I would take this chance to introduce to you the skills and achievements I have accumulated so far in my three years of schooling and work in the graphic design world:
– Extensive skill in Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.
– A blooming knowledge of Dreamweaver
– Problem solver
– Research and accumulate good reference
– Can more easily recognize and use the Golden Ratio.
It may not seem like too much, but there is so much involved in learning all of these things that it takes immense practice and patience to effectively use them all. When I started, I knew none of these things. So far so good!
A couple of sites that helped me out when I started learning (and that I still use all the time) comprise of the following:
and who could forget…
Although no images can be used from this site to use in any of my creations, it is a vast expanse of unending ideas inspirations for shapes, colours and divisions of space.
Hello! If you’ve stumbled upon this page, it may be for three reasons: the first, of course, is Google. Google is amazing that way, you may have been searching for something completely different and, ‘lo and behold, you’re here.
The second reason could be that I told you about it and you took the time to check out my graphic design pieces. That thought gives me warm and fuzzy, happy feelings. So thank you if that is the reason you are here.
The third reason is, I suppose, that you are interested in my work and are going to be visiting my portfolio page in the next minute or so. If that is the case, I hope you enjoy what I have designed. There will be much more to come, I assure you!