Wireframing Website Layouts in Adobe Muse

Our web design team has been using the Adobe Muse software now for the past few months, also known as the graphic designer’s favourite web-building app, to create wireframes for clients’ prospective websites.

Adobe Muse

Adobe’s newest product, Muse, is an ultra-simplified, graphically focused tool for making websites, which aims to make life easier for designers. It’s biggest selling point for designers is that they no longer have to learn code, like HTML, CSS or Javascript.

Muse’s engineering director, Joe Shankar, says “We’re going to change the way websites are built for graphic designers.”

Using this high impact web design software reflects the recent notion that the creative process for web design is moving to online. Wireframes are being displayed online, digitally, rather than in a PDF format or printed.

Wireframing Website Layouts

For Rooster, the benefits of this transition are that it makes our client’s designs easily accessible, as they can now view their new website structure as to how the final website will appear.

Whereas with Adobe Muse, our designer sends links of the wireframes to a developer, which they export to HTML; from there, the developer sends links to our client, allowing them to view their designs in a web browser. There are already links to the programme, therefore our developers can upload those links without the need for code to be involved.

This system allows our clients to view the frame of their website within a browser, right from the start of the design process. This provides our client with a full viewer experience, in which they can get a feel of the end product from the get go.

“Using Muse for wireframes has many positives for both me as the designer and the client. Seeing the initial structure of the website online and navigating as you would on the final product, gives both me and the client a much better understanding and grasp of the website at an early stage.”

Seeing their designs within a browser communicates the scale and proportions of the project to our client, compared to viewing them within a document where the perspective isn’t correct.

Posted by Nikki Osborne on 10 Aug 2015