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by Ryan King

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The current design for Classics and Performance has been a long time coming.

I started playing around with ideas when I designed the current logo back in the beginning of 2010, but didn't come up with the design that would eventually evolve into what you see now, until the end of 2015.

As far back as 2012, I'd come up with a design for a site rich with interactive elements — which required extensive use of advanced web programming and an understanding of complex web architecture.

At the time, I couldn't even properly code a basic web page — my design ideas were simply way outside of my ability to achieve.

Even when I finished developing the current site back in September of 2017, I still imagined a more interactive experience than the one I ended up creating.

Well, now I've finally implemented one of those interactive elements.

The title image concept has been with Classics and Performance since the website's beginning in 2004 — that's the rectangular image that sits just above the story titles, like the one above this Bench Racing post.

With this current design, I had hopes of making that element interactive — that is, you'd be able to click on it and it would enlarge. It sounds simple enough until you beat your head against a proverbial wall without any success because basic webpage coding won't do the job — it requires a more advanced programming language I didn't know.

If you wondered why the image often seemed a little small for getting any useful visual detail from, it's because it was designed to be a large thumbnail to help draw you into and compliment the story, yet be unobtrusive, and only provide you detail if you wanted it — by clicking — similar to the images that I place in reviews which show up in a larger image gallery when you click on them.

Now, two years later, you can finally click on the title images in posts to have them pop up larger on the page so that you can see what's in them.

Ta da!

But wait, there's more!

While I was at it, I also managed to add another project to the Garage Projects section titled "Test Case." Its purpose is to construct the first building in my Hobby Complex, the Junk Box MRO Shed, and you can find it on the page for the Junk Box under the Projects section.

That's all for this week.

I know this Bench Racing post isn't heavy on automotive-related stuff, but I've got more exciting updates coming within the next few weeks.

I hope the end of your summer is going well and you've still got some nice weather left to enjoy before Fall comes to chase your hot rod back inside until next Spring.


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