Toronto website designer

Adobe Muse is my most cringe-worthy career moment

If you have visited my website at all circa 2015-2018, I’m sorry. It’s been on a rollercoaster of a ride with Adobe Muse and I hope you’ve been able to forget it.

I recently Tweeted that Adobe Muse is probably one of my most embarrassing moments. And I’m not exaggerating. In 2015, I signed up for Adobe Creative Suite (something like $80/month) to play around with a software that made me feel like a designer. Fake it till you make it, right? I was more than happy to watch all the tutorials, and get this new skill under my belt. I could finally have a website and include it in my portfolio of creative and digital marketing services. At the time, I was also managing social media accounts, and doing product shots, and freelance writing.

My website has gone from having all the bells and whistles downright hideous. When you’re not designer you don’t realize there’s a massive difference between a 10 pt font and a 16 pt font. You also don’t realize how much important design principles like white space and alignment really do matter. Both Adobe Muse and design have been a huge learning curve for me.

So now it makes me cringe when I think of how I promoted myself as a website designer, while my website was kind of a joke. Of course, with work (writing, designing other people’s sites, etc.), I would let it sit there. For months it would be missing information, highlighting glitches and showcasing my amazing design skills. Over the years, there’ve been iterations of my website that I’ve really liked but for whatever reason, I’d revamp again.

So where does this all leave me now? Well, for one, I’m still cleaning up a mess over at Adobe Muse, even though my website is now with WordPress.org. The problem is, even though I wish I could put Adobe Muse in the past, I still have several clients with websites on the software (which deteriorates by the day and costs approximately $25/month, not to mention the hosting that’s required). Some of these clients really like the look of their website and those ones will be difficult to duplicate elsewhere. Others have a lot of files, which means a redesign will be time consuming. If you have used Adobe Muse and are facing similar circumstances, let’s talk!

In the meantime, I’m nearly 100% up to speed on all the ins and outs of WordPress (both .com and .org). Even though I’ve changed the look of my website a hundred times, I can say almost certainly it will never look as terrifying as it once did with Adobe Muse.

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