Living Characters is the unified public label for costume character events organized by a bunch of enthusiastic people, like I am, in various regions of Europe. This is a project created and maintained completely by myself.
In early 2014 I determinded together with a few fellows that finding commercial partners like zoos or museums to hold character events is a common problem for all of us. We agreed on the fact that having a more professional appearing would allow us to get permissions more easily and host better events. After several concept ideas we finally decided to go with a decentralized design, keeping event creation completely in the hands of the organizers, but market the individual events as managed by a single association.
After three months of work the initial website launched in March 2015, but based on the interest of organizers as well as performers it won't stop growing any time soon.
Arend Studios is a small company based in California, which creates unique mascot costumes and offers a variety of repair and refurbishment services. I'm in charge of network related topics, but mainly for maintaining the website.
Back in early 2007 I started to work on an independent international version of the original English-only website with different design and texts, but all in all a similar experience. Just one year later the management and me decided to develop a major overhaul of the web presence with all languages unified in a single system.
Three years later, in mid-2011, I developed a second complete revision of the companies website, but this time with a different approach. I wanted to transform the mostly static and redundant pages into something dynamically and vivid. You can see the result by clicking on the link below. And don't worry, I still have enough ideas for future versions.