Building an empowering community

The concept of a mastermind

A mastermind is a monthly meeting where members openly discuss, give and take feedback on their personal issues, aspirations, successes, failures and anything else related to their personal development. 

Amstermind is an online community created by 5 friends from Amsterdam with the intention of a) spreading the idea and value of participating in a mastermind group, b) creating a community of people interested in their self development and c) creating high quality personal development material for those people.

The branding of Amstermind was created out of the need for an image that would communicate a sober and yet powerful idea free of superfluous elements and distractions. 

“We are bound by our passion for personal growth”

The logo

The logo of Amstermind was created to communicate the core values of the group in an elegant yet strong manner.

The upwards pointing triangle represents elevation, a movement upwards, what self development is all about. It also hints at the shape of the A from the name Amstermind. It is bold and vibrant just like the personalities of the group.

The hexagon represents the idea that life is multifaceted. The Amstermind blog explores different categories of life which all together make a solid entity. And that's the shape of the 3D cube that can be seen arising from silhouette of the hexagon. 

Lastly, the shadow of the triangle makes it look like it has volume underneath, like it's a solid object seen from the top and not just a flat surface, which along with the hidden 3D cube represent the fact that things in life are much deeper that they appear and Amstermind people are exploring those depths in their articles.

The book

One of Amstermind's flagship products is the e-book “The Mastermind Handbook”. It’s a comprehensive guide to starting your own mastermind group. The book was designed in a way that is easy to read and easy to scan for the information you need.

Although it's actual form is digital we created a number of print representations of the book for promoting purposes.

The website

Amstermind is an online community and since it's on its infancy we designed a website that would help promote the most valuable material it has to offer in a way that is also easy to absorb.

The goal of the design in this case is to be unobtrusive. The most important things are communicated through the quality of the website's content so our main priority was to make the content as accessible as possible.

For this reason the navigation elements are kept to a minimum through the use of a hamburger menu and simple buttons for navigating through the pages. 

The main articles are presented with big clear typography and short description in a minimal one column layout.

Breaking down the homepage design.

In the homepage we wanted to promote the high quality content with a visual style that adds credibility to the newly founded Amstermind company.

  • 1

    Unobtrusive navigation

    We get navigational elements as much out of the way as possible to give way for the main conversion goals.

  • 2

    Gain your interest

    A brief explanation of the value proposition of Amstermind serves as a way to raise the interest of the visitor who might not know what this community is about.

  • 3

    Promoting the content

    The main conversion goal is to get users to read the articles posted weekly on the Amstermind website. We facilitate that with clear typography, short titles and summaries as well as information about the category, the author and the amount of time needed to read each article.

  • 4

    Secondary action 

    At the end of the content list we find a promotional box with a call to action for the newsletter subscription and the free e-book.

Breaking down the e-book landing page design.

We created a landing page for the promotion of The Mastermind Handbook as a free downloadable material.

  • 1

    Getting your attention

    Above the page fold we present the free e-book with a short description of the value of the product to incentivise the user to download and read it. The email text field in focus by default so that the user can start typing without having to click inside.

  • 2

    Value proposition in detail

    With minimal icons in line with the brand identity and small, easy to read chunks of information we present the value of the product in detail.

  • 3

    What’s inside

    A more comprehensive overview of the product contents.

  • 4

    FAQ

    Answering user's most common questions helps further to motivate conversion.

  • 5

    Repeat call to action

    Another call to action at the end of the page provides an easy way to get the product without scrolling back to the top.

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