24 September 2010


The new Amazee Labs website is live!


I was recently asked by Swiss based Web Agency Amazee Labs to design their new logo/branding and website. They're a small, friendly, forward thinking web agency that specialise in building online community solutions.

I've recently been posting small tasters of the site design on Dribbble, so you might recognise parts of it. Anyway, the Amazee team ( who built the site ) have finished the build and it's now live!

Amazee Labs Homepage

The brief

Amazee supplied me with wireframes for the project but gave me total creative freedom to interpret them in any way I saw fit for the project. They wanted a site that was fun, creative and reflected their personality as a company.

I love taking on briefs like this as it allows me to get really creative. I had a ton of fun designing the site, creating the illustrations and the hand drawn typography for the main lightbulb illustration on the homepage.

People always ask about the fonts

For the titles on the website I used a lovely font called Clumsy by Kyle Steed which I think works perfectly in the context of this design. For the main strapline 'Making Your Web Work' I used the font Lietz Lindau Hamburg by Hannes Siengalewicz. The font I've used in the logo is based on a font called Lobster by Pablo Impallari which I've heavily customised. The body copy is good old Courier.

There are more screenshots of the site in my portfolio or view the live site.


  1. George Coltart

    24 September 2010 | 9:27 am

    Awesome work, you’re imperfections are perfect.

  2. Trino

    24 September 2010 | 9:27 am

    Awesome job!! Looks pretty good!.

  3. Niclas

    24 September 2010 | 9:31 am

    Really nice work! congrats!

  4. David Hellmann

    24 September 2010 | 9:42 am

    Oh mate, thats so wonderful!

    nice color and awesome style, love love love! :)

  5. David Hellmann

    24 September 2010 | 9:47 am

    i put it today online on http://www.makebetterwebsites.com :)

  6. Giles Talbot

    24 September 2010 | 10:22 am

    Mike, beautiful piece. I’m jealous of the freedom you’re given in your projects. It must of felt great when Amazee site went live. Thumbs up =)

    …I can’t subscribe to your feed, anyone else having the same problem?

  7. David Hellmann

    24 September 2010 | 11:19 am

    no problem here, it works.

  8. Mike Kus

    24 September 2010 | 12:11 pm

    @giles I’ll look into it as soon as I’m back behind my computer :)

  9. Rebecca

    24 September 2010 | 1:56 pm

    Really nice and fresh.
    Although, to me communities says green and consulting blue.

  10. Ilias

    24 September 2010 | 11:18 pm

    Too much freedom can be bad sometimes. In this case it obviously has not been. Awesome job!

    I have some remarks though:
    - The apostrophes don’t get rendered in Opera (10.62 OSX). I guess using the the character entity code should solve this. See also: http://img.skitch.com/20100924-njwrb9rafwu6ksmukeym713bkk.jpg and http://img.skitch.com/20100924-ffask2rkiiah847wpphej3gatx.jpg

    - By default webkit-based browser let you resize the textarea letting your users mess up the design in which you put so much effort.
    textarea{resize: none;} should fix this.
    See also: http://img.skitch.com/20100924-chq9k17h55usainfxjpn1frhn.jpg


  11. Giles Talbot

    27 September 2010 | 3:52 am

    @Mike Fixed. Chrome was giving me some jip (spitting out your feed in pure text, in a blank browser tab). Safari handled your feed just fine. Weird?

  12. Thorsten

    27 September 2010 | 7:57 am

    Looks fantastic…sooo beautiful.

  13. Tsvetelina Yovkova

    28 September 2010 | 9:56 am

    You`re amazing!!! Really love your work…

  14. Christopher Pinches

    28 September 2010 | 2:22 pm

    As ever loving your work Mike, but I would have loved even more if the lightbulb turned on in the form of a rollover when you hover over it! The moment of epiphany!

  15. Kyle Steed

    01 October 2010 | 8:18 pm

    Mike, again, thank you so much for deciding to use my font for this design. I really love how it all comes together. It feels so clean and organized all with a hint of hand-drawn quirkiness, which I love. I’m not sure if you’ve seen it, but I featured this site up on http://clumsy.kylesteed.com to show off the implementation of Clumsy. Hope you have a great weekend.

  16. Melody Sanchez

    04 October 2010 | 10:02 am

    Mike, I just wanted to say how much I love your work!! You have an absolutely amazing style that I’m in love with :) I am a recent graduate with a BS in Graphic Design and am working on launching my own website. Just wanted to let you know your work has definitely been a big inspiration! Take care!

  17. victor

    04 October 2010 | 4:51 pm

    What a great work! I really love it!
    Many thanks for some kind of magic.
    From Russia with love…

  18. Ghio Coste

    06 October 2010 | 1:44 pm

    Mike, I’m truly blown away.
    Your style is fantastic. Thank you for inspiring us! Great work.

  19. emt training

    12 October 2010 | 3:14 pm

    Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!

  20. Ryan

    04 November 2010 | 5:02 pm

    awesome site, love your style…

  21. Adele

    14 January 2012 | 11:31 pm

    Great work, Mike, this is fantastic! I love the whole retro, kind of hand drawn look.

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