Mario Macari is an award winning illustrator, animator and graphic designer that fell in love with writing code. He develops and codes for major corporations and teaches coding classes at a couple of colleges in Southeastern Wisconsin. Mario Macari holds a BFA in Illustration and certificates galore from software companies.
Introduction and Project Overview Hi, everyone. My name is Mario Macari. I am a frontend developer, designer, artist, cartoonist to freelancer. I've been working with computers a long, long time and have been creating interactive projects for my entire career. In this course, we are going to get our first taste of Adobe Muse, the product Adobe built for designers so they could create beautiful websites without all that annoying code. Our goal here is not to learn everything about everything in Adobe Muse, but rather to give you a compelling taste of the software and why designers are excited and have embraced it enthusiastically. Some of the key takeaways from watching this course include learning how to create a modern and cutting edge website without knowing how to code and without hiring a developer. Learn the Adobe Muse interface and setup a site map. Create master pages with headers and footers. Add pages and use fonts. Build a menu, add a Google Map and contact form with Muse widgets. Plus a whole lot more. By the end of this training, you will have completed a full working website and uploaded it to Business Catalyst. You'll know the basics of Adobe Muse, along with a few of the most popular bells and whistles in current website development. I'm excited to share these tips and techniques with you, so let's get started with the first lesson.
Your First Day with Muse In this lesson, we'll take a look at existing websites created with Muse and the site we're about to build. This is a website called musethemes. com. There are also Muse templates on themeforest. net and templatemonster. com. I just wanted to show you one of the popular templates on musethemes. Here is a teaser to see what's possible with Adobe Muse. For instance, here is a template called Anchorside. Let's preview the template. This sample site even incorporates parallax scrolling, light boxes and other popular wizbang stuff. When you have a chance, go to these websites and take a look at some of the other templates. You'll be mighty impressed by what's possible with Muse. There are simple templates, as well as what the cool kids are creating templates. Templates are used in WordPress all the time. You don't need to use a template with Muse like you do with WordPress. In fact, in this course we'll be building a site from scratch with no template. Adobe does a great job of keeping Muse cutting-edge. Muse is updated several times a year and new bells and whistles are always being added. We won't be doing anything quite that fancy here. After all, this is just the beginner's course. I'm just trying to whet your appetite is all. Here's the site we'll be building. It's a satire site for the popular internet meme sensation, CrabbyCat. Any resemblance to any other popular internet meme cat is purely coincidental. And the power of Muse is that we're creating this entire site without a lick of code. Muse is created for graphic designers that know Adobe InDesign inside and out. If you don't know InDesign, that's okay. We'll start from scratch. You don't even need to be a graphic designer to use Muse. That's where the templates come in. You can buy a template where the graphic design is already done for you. So that's a look at the exciting websites created with Muse, and the site we're about to build.