Kaiyou Idols (from the Japanese word for “Ocean”) is a cosplay group based in Massachusetts. They perform as characters from the Love Live franchise, and wanted a site that would let them show off their costumes and dance moves, while helping them engage with their audience and the larger Love Live community.

The site was built in WordPress over about five weeks. The largest challenges came from the nature of the Love Live franchise itself, which follows two different fictional Idol groups (a type of Japanese performing arts troupe) in their quest to save their high school from being shut down.

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For the last few months, most of my time has been spent building an exercise app called Fantastic Fitness. The app is very much still a work in progress, but with the Kickstarter coming up this fall, we had to get a site underway.

We decided to go with WordPress. The blog format would let us publish regular updates, engage with our users, and keep in touch with our fans, while the highly customizable nature of the platform would let us maintain our own identity and create a site that feels the way we want it to.

We’re currently live at fantastic.fitness, if you’d like to check it out.

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Wizard School Dropout was an art and philosophy blog that ran for about a year. The site’s down for now, as the author decides whether or not he wants to keep producing either art or philosophy.

The site itself was a fairly basic WordPress blog, with a striking theme that put the text front and center. It featured numerous custom jQuery widgets, which expanded on and added to the text based on user interaction.

The final result was highly interactive storytelling experience, with several posts taking on a sort of “choose-your-own-adventure” reading style.

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