Club JDM

Community for Rebellious Engineers

Community for Rebellious Engineers

My Work

My Work

. Founder
. Print and Digital Design
. Producing Content . Photography and Words
. Website Development . Blog + Forum . Code + UI + UX
. Organising Events

. Founder
. Print + Digital Design
. Producing Content
.. Photography + Words
. Website Development
..
Blog + Forum 
.. Code + UI + UX
. Organising Events

Highlights

Highlights

. Founded in February 2008
. 2500 plus members
. Street Cars Summer Fest 2008 - Best Club  
. Founding Nordic Appreciation Award (NAA) 
. Presenting the winner of NAA at Dmpd in Holland '12 & '13
. Nominated for Best Forum at Greenlight Magazine Gala '12
. Website sold 2016 to a social media company

. Founded in February 2008
. 2500 plus members
. Street Cars Summer Fest 2008 - Best Club  
. Founding Nordic Appreciation Award (NAA) 
. Presenting the winner of NAA at Dmpd in Holland 2012 & 2013
. Nominated for Best Forum at Greenlight Magazine Gala 2012
. Website sold 2016 to a social media company

Inception

From local sites to big international boards, I’ve always found it pleasurable to read and discuss different topics with like-minded people. During my teenage years, circa 2008-2014, I worked on a number of different personal interest projects that reached a global audience.

Because of my interests—cars, photography, code, and design—my choices of websites were an array of mostly American domains with very few active Swedes.

I took my interests and mixed together Club JDM, a side project with the goal of building a forum for Swedish speaking people with an interest in Japanese modified cars.

Forums were a big part of my life during my early teenage years. From the local sites to the big international boards, I always found it pleasurable to read and discuss different topics with like-minded people. 

Because of my interests during the time; cars, photography, code and design, my choices of websites where an array of mostly American domains with very few active swedes. 

I took my interests, put it in the blender and mixed together Club JDM, a side project with the goal to build a forum for Swedish speaking people with an interest for Japanese modified cars. 

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Photo . Erik Gustafsson

Visual Identity

Club JDM took inspiration from 60s Japanese movie posters, as well as punk and Scandinavian design to form a raw but sophisticated look.

Our trademark Skull in a Helmet logo came two years after the launch of Club JDM, symbolizing our punk mentality—we don't just go with the flow. If you aren't brave, you will never experience success.

Club JDM took inspiration from 60s Japanese movie posters, as well as punk and Scandinavian design to form a raw but sophisticated look.

Our trademark Skull in a Helmet logo came two years after the launch of Club JDM, symbolizing our punk mentality—we don't just go with the flow. If you aren't brave, you will never experience success.

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1967 John Surtees, Honda Racing. The inspiration for the Skull in a Helmet logo.

1967 John Surtees, Honda Racing. The inspiration for the Skull in a Helmet logo.

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Website

The blog was a window into Swedish car culture, presenting inspiration and stories for the visitor. Content was produced mostly by myself, but the community pitched in regularly to show what they were doing in their local areas.

The blog was a window into Swedish car culture, presenting inspiration and stories for the visitor. Content was produced mostly by myself, but the community pitched in regularly to show what they were doing in their local areas.

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WordPress powered the blog, and phpBB supported the forum. Weekly updates drove interest with new content, feature updates, and design fixes. Club JDM as a website served as an invaluable platform for me to learn code.

The trial and error method, learning as I went, gave me a huge knowledge boost. Code, usability, SEO, UI, UX, content development, promotion and data analysis were a few of the topics I explored over the years while leading this project.

WordPress powered the blog, and phpBB supported the forum. Weekly updates drove interest with new content, feature updates, and design fixes. Club JDM as a website served as an invaluable platform for me to learn code.

The trial and error method, learning as I went, gave me a huge knowledge boost. Code, usability, SEO, UI, UX, content development, promotion and data analysis were a few of the topics I explored over the years while leading this project.

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Street Etiquette

Photo essay documenting the life of young rebellions and their unique cars in Stockholm.

Photo essay documenting the life of young rebellions and their unique cars in Stockholm.

Johan Cefiro - Arslan Golic
Kristoffer bredvid sin Nissan
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The Events

From attending gatherings with a few dozen cars at different events in Sweden, Norway, and Holland to arranging our own gatherings, Club JDM quickly grew beyond its internet forum roots.

From attending gatherings with a few dozen cars at different events in Sweden, Norway, and Holland to arranging our own gatherings, Club JDM quickly grew beyond its internet forum roots.

Autofest

Autofest was a recurring event arranged by Club JDM with steady growth to upwards of 120 participants in 2012. Autofest, our most popular event, went beyond what the scene was accustomed to at the time.

Activities, music, and food were combined with good hangout areas to form a unique space where people could meet like-minded members to form new relationships.

Autofest was a recurring event arranged by Club JDM with steady growth to upwards of 120 participants in 2012. Autofest, our most popular event, went beyond what the scene was accustomed to at the time.

Activities, music, and food were combined with good hangout areas to form a unique space where people could meet like-minded members to form new relationships.

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DFCO & CJDM

In 2013, Club JDM signed a collaboration deal with Downforce Clothing Co. This meant a step up in quality on many levels, one of them being our presence at events.

The 196 square meter DFCO & CJDM booth encapsulated both our brand values and commitment to quality experiences through our interest in cars.

In 2013, Club JDM signed a collaboration deal with Downforce Clothing Co. This meant a step up in quality on many levels, one of them being our presence at events.

The 196 square meter DFCO & CJDM booth encapsulated both our brand values and commitment to quality experiences through our interest in cars.

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Moments

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other things..

im Schlossone night of heavy dreaming

Autos 2016things moving fast

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