If you want a start page for your iPad that blends in with the iPad's interface, the iPhone Icon Generator combined with a tiny bit of HTML is the foundation for a customisable and eye-catching start page.
Lifehacker reader Jack Kennedy wasn't impressed with available start pages so he designed his own, seen above.
I think it looks great on an iPad in landscape mode.
If you're following in Jack's footsteps you can hit up Google Images to grab site logos like Facebook, Gmail, Twitter and more. Once you have all the logos you want, head over to iPhone Icon Generator and tweak your logos the way you want.
When you've polished up all your icons with the generator it's just a matter of throwing them in an HTML editor and making a simple 6x9 table and picking a background image. Alternately you could view the source code on Jack's page and copy it, updating the icons and links to fit your new shortcuts.
Have a tip, trick or bit of code to share? Let's hear about it in the comments. Thanks Jack!