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    MySpace layouts

    I'm a web designer. I've been a web designer for 12 years. I have two teenagers and a soon to be 10 year old.

    I don't get MySpace.

    I get the concept of social networking. I do. What I don't get is the craptastic layouts. I mean some of these are really bad. transparency used incorrectly to the point that the text is almost invisible, super wide layouts, 30 videos from youtube all loading at once.

    So, I've started building layouts for myspace. This was a request from my 16 year old son. We started working on them together, but he's 16 and has the attention span of a gnat.

    So, what would you like to see in a myspace layout? I need suggestions. I'm posting about 20 designs tonight. once they are available I'll post a link. Feel free to rip me to shreds. All my layouts are free of course.

    Mods if this post violates board policy, feel free to remove it. I really am just looking for feedback.
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    Re: MySpace layouts

    I don't get MySpace.
    Web information gone awry... I refuse to go there.

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    Re: MySpace layouts

    I would love to see a Jody Shelley layout, from the Columbus Blue Jackets. I have been looking for one forever, but never have been able to find one. If you happen to have anytime to get this done, then THANK YOU so much!
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    Re: MySpace layouts

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Web information gone awry... I refuse to go there.
    As do I. I get a headache just looking at some of those sites. I also hate the surprise factor of automatically loading audio and video. I really don't want Nickelback blasting through my speakers just because I made the mistake of clicking on a link to your myspace page.
    Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.

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    Re: MySpace layouts

    Quote Originally Posted by TRF View Post
    I'm a web designer. I've been a web designer for 12 years. I have two teenagers and a soon to be 10 year old.

    I don't get MySpace.

    I get the concept of social networking. I do. What I don't get is the craptastic layouts. I mean some of these are really bad. transparency used incorrectly to the point that the text is almost invisible, super wide layouts, 30 videos from youtube all loading at once.

    So, I've started building layouts for myspace. This was a request from my 16 year old son. We started working on them together, but he's 16 and has the attention span of a gnat.

    So, what would you like to see in a myspace layout? I need suggestions. I'm posting about 20 designs tonight. once they are available I'll post a link. Feel free to rip me to shreds. All my layouts are free of course.

    Mods if this post violates board policy, feel free to remove it. I really am just looking for feedback.
    Great post, actually. My wife and I have a MySpace page for our songwriting and what I'd like is something that's cool and creative but "clean." Something music related without being "hip hop", "emo" or "booty-oriented." It seems every freaking MySpace layout has animated GIFs, backgrounds that obscure text and garish colors. People also seem to like to post images that make you scroll horizontally, I HATE THAT!

    I'd love to see the designs, myself.

    Anyhow, I'd love to see the designs.
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    Re: MySpace layouts

    Quote Originally Posted by Sean_CaseyRules View Post
    I would love to see a Jody Shelley layout, from the Columbus Blue Jackets. I have been looking for one forever, but never have been able to find one. If you happen to have anytime to get this done, then THANK YOU so much!
    I've done Red's one (obviously) and one for the BoSox. I hadn't thought about Hockey. But I can do one.
    Suck it up cupcake.

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    Re: MySpace layouts

    Check out mine - I used a divOverlay setup.

    As someone who does web design on the side - I think the myspace web design template is slightly above Geocities on the gag factor scale - so I spent an afternoon at least making mine palatable. It's not that hard once you get the hang of it.

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    Re: MySpace layouts

    What I don't get is the craptastic layouts. I mean some of these are really bad. transparency used incorrectly to the point that the text is almost invisible, super wide layouts, 30 videos from youtube all loading at once.
    Freedom of design run amok. People don't know HTML or CSS, but yet to make a different profile they have to attempt to use it or copy poorly made code from elsewhere, modify it and then an even worse version might circulate.

    A tolerable, customized layout in MySpace is so rare that it is a genuine surprise.

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    Re: MySpace layouts

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcclain19 View Post
    Check out mine - I used a divOverlay setup.

    As someone who does web design on the side - I think the myspace web design template is slightly above Geocities on the gag factor scale - so I spent an afternoon at least making mine palatable. It's not that hard once you get the hang of it.
    That's a better and cleaner look than the usual scroll-a-thons on MySpace. Splendid!
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    Re: MySpace layouts

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcclain19 View Post
    Check out mine - I used a divOverlay setup.

    As someone who does web design on the side - I think the myspace web design template is slightly above Geocities on the gag factor scale - so I spent an afternoon at least making mine palatable. It's not that hard once you get the hang of it.
    I thought about divOverlay, but for a lot of people it's too complicated. for now at least I'm just styling the table id's none of that..

    table table table table

    garbage. blech.
    Suck it up cupcake.

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    Re: MySpace layouts

    Quote Originally Posted by TRF View Post
    I thought about divOverlay, but for a lot of people it's too complicated. for now at least I'm just styling the table id's none of that..

    table table table table

    garbage. blech.
    TABLES! RUN AWAY!

    When I used to teach web design, I worked hard with my students to get them to use div tags with CSS and avoid using tables. I hate tables. Tables are the devil.
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    Re: MySpace layouts

    frames are the devil.

    tables have a use... tabular data. tables can be very powerful. for design they were a necessary evil for a long time.

    but frames? frames are truly evil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRF View Post
    frames are the devil.

    tables have a use... tabular data. tables can be very powerful. for design they were a necessary evil for a long time.

    but frames? frames are truly evil.
    Ugh. Frames ARE evil. Tables are worthwhile for tabular data, but I've had to clean up many a website with nested table upon nested table. It ends up being a tag hunt.
    Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.

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    Re: MySpace layouts

    I'd like to have the Reds layout. The Reds theme I have now blows as you might imagine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoydsOfSummer View Post
    I'd like to have the Reds layout. The Reds theme I have now blows as you might imagine.
    link? I'd like to take a look.
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