Pimp your space

There's no doubt that a MySpace page is a pretty useful tool for designers. Why? Because in this industry networking is important. Sam Gilbey reveals a way to transform an average MySpace template into something a little slicker.

A MySpace page in its default state is a pretty unattractive affair. But often customised pages can look far worse than that - the online equivalent of a teenager's bedroom; a cluttered collection of memorabilia that goes some way to give the individual an identity.

So while allowing everyone, with or without decent design skills, to go in and customise their pages is bound to lead to unspeakable crimes against design, let's try and look on the bright side. As a designer and/or illustrator, MySpace becomes another outlet for you to present your work, and get it seen by thousands of other designers, so it's definitely worth the effort.

At first it can seem a bit daunting, even if you're used to building your own web pages from the ground up, but there are plenty of resources available out there. Okay, so you're effectively talking about adding a background image, and then customising the page content via stylesheets that you paste into your Profile, but within that there's plenty of scope for creating a visually pleasing layout.

Knowledge of HTML and CSS will help you a great deal here, and while it wouldn't be practical to go through all the required code in this tutorial, we've included it in the support files.

Click here to download the support files ( 18MB)

Click here to download the tutorial for free