A colleague recently brought to my attention an article which stated in rather axiomatic fashion that website design is dead, period. As this would obviously concern many a practicing web designer with existentialist questions - if website design has indeed expired, well then, have I? Are my current projects being shaped by forces beyond the grave? - I figured it might be beneficial to explore the question in depth and offer constructive criticism instead of outright dismissal (spoiler alert: you’re not dead).
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Disclaimer: this is not an actionable guide on website design. Just carefully measured thoughts on background and trends of designing for web, a discipline that is entering its third decade.
Last week we reviewed About Muse and its promise of full cycle design and development. Today, we are looking at Edge Reflow, which we think is a much better candidate for integration into workflow process by designers and developers alike when designing responsive sites.
Short answer - it is not. Adobe is always torn between noble aspirations of creating unified design / development software and the less elevated urge to make money by selling that same tool as multiple products. Hence the ongoing parade of various stiffs, headlined by ImageReady and closely followed by Fireworks, that have either gone to oblivion or are on the way there. Adobe Muse awaits a fate no different.