How Myspace Was Born

Posted on 20/2/08

How MySpace Was Born - By Matthew Inman

I was working on some myspace-related stuff today which required me to draw the infamous photo of Tom, Myspace's founder. I got a little creative with it and decided to create the above webcomic.

We all know myspace is terrible, so I'll spare you a lengthy blog post about all the things that are wrong with that abomination they call a website.

Instead, I'll talk about designer stuff. I'm trying to get better at using simple lines and shapes to represent things visually. With Fireworks I'm at a slight disadvantage because I can't simulate pressure when drawing with the pen tool, so I have to kind of hack it and manually draw thicker lines where needed. Normally, when a line simulates pressure it gets thicker around curves in the same way that a pen would. Photoshop and Illustrator both have this feature, and if I'm serious about doing more of this type of design I really need to get on the bandwagon and start using Illustrator full-time.

I was particularly happy with Tom's head and face. It still looks like Tom, but also has a happy-go-lucky 1950's illustration feel to it:

Myspace Tom's Face - By Matthew Inman

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  • Ginny writes on 4/3/08
    Too funny. BTW, your site is beautiful.
  • Will writes on 11/6/09
    How Facebook was born: Same thing. Zuckerberg vomiting, but the vomit is more pretentious-looking. Just joking, Facebook fans.

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