|Montréal-based multimedia developers Slipstream Online recently launched their inventive Flash-based Dubmodder project, allowing for the web-based customisation of VW vehicles based on mod-friendly parts as supplied by Dubmodder's affiliates.
I recently chatted with Slipstream co-founder Michael Chaput about the Dubmodder project.
UM - What sparked the Dubmodder idea?
Slipstream - Being VW enthusiasts ourselves, we were having dinner one night and thought how cool it would be if someone were to create a tool to allow you to customize your VW. We then came to the conclusion that we have the ability to do it so why not give it a shot? It was a spur of the moment decision.
UM - Where did the name "Dubmodder" come from?
Slipstream - Dub comes from the VeeDub "VW" nickname and modder comes from enthusiasts who "mod" or "modify" their cars. We thought Dubmodder had meaning and would work well for the enthusiast community.
UM - What is the concept behind Dubmodder and what exactly does it allow people to do?
Slipstream - Dubmodder allows VW enthusiasts to "mod" their VW online without spending a dime. Users can customize anything from wheels and bodykits, to the height of the suspension. It is meant to be an accurate representation of what your dream car "could" look like.
UM - What does Dubmodder mean to the auto enthusiast community?
Slipstream - Well we hope it means a lot but only time will tell. We have received amazing feedback since the release, almost everyone is thankful there is a tool to accurately customize your car online. Many enthusiasts are writing us and expressing their own ideas, and what they would like to see incorporated. We will listen to them of course.
UM - What is the ultimate objective with Dubmodder?
Slipstream - We have long term goals for Dubmodder, there are too many ideas to mention here but the core would be to port Dubmodder to a database environment and link the parts directly to the sponsors shopping cart. We also want to expand Dubmodder to different generation Volkswagens as well. The objective is for Dubmodder to be the tool to use before you begin customizing your VW. We want it to be a rule book to modding your car.
UM - What creative possibilities & features does Dubmodder present in the future?
Slipstream - Well we are already looking at new features with Dubmodder and have plans to add in many new products on a weekly if not daily basis. The sky is the limit and it all depends on how far up we want to take it.
You can easily design your own custom Flash-based Dubmodder vehicle for free on the Dubmodder website. The steps are as simple as selecting a colour, then choosing specific parts from a list of categories and watching the results unfold automatically before you.
Here is what my own Dubmodder creation looks like, whipped up in 10 minutes (print screen, opened in Photoshop):
- Dubmodder - dubmodder.com
- Slipstream Online - slipstreamonline.com
- Volkswagen - vw.com
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