Back to the Future
This really is a blast from the past.. and one of the very first websites I worked on. The website was made in 2006 in the days of coding with tables. Websites then were just about breaking free of HTML restraints with the advent of CSS. Web designers were becoming more creative and able to use Flash which added interactivity and animation. At that time I was very much inspired by Zen Garden, a community website designed to showcase CSS designs using the same HTML file.
The client was an eccentric chap who just so happened to be my dear ole dad. He had a dream to own a Delorean, and not just any delorean but the delorean from the film Back to the Future! After retiring from the RAF and needing something to do he set about replicating the car, sourcing parts from around the world and making props.
As the dream car was edging its way to reality I set about creating the website which was to showcase the car.
It was a great first project to have as I could be as creative as I wanted to be. It had to be geeky too so that anyone who had watched the films could recognise different parts of the website.
A must have for the website was a blog, so that people could be updated as to where the car was. I decided to use Wordpress to make this aspect, installing it in a sub folder so that I could keep the rest of the website separate but able to use the same domain.
All of the graphics of the website were created with Photoshop. These included:
Some crocodile clips with a lightening bolt running along. (I used Flash to animate this on page load).
Doc Brown's blueprint for the background with equations taken from the film.
Business cards clipped to the blueprint with a paperclip as well as some latest photos.
And then finally on top of the blueprint an opened journal where the website writing would appear.
Lots of adventures were had with the delorean as you can imagine and I got to meet some of my idols with my dad too as the car was featured every week on a Saturday night show, and also for various TV events. I have to say though out of all of the people we met, Chris Barrie was my favourite. It was a freezing cold day and he was very professional, at lunch he sat with us at the airfield cafe and I was too shy to say hello!
Last year the Delorean was sold to a new owner who loves the car as much as we do. Dad had a great decade of fun with it and he's already hatching a plan for his next project… I can see another website on the horizon!