15 March 2018 - Call to Action Graphics
With the recent launch of Active Images
, PHD Interactive have added a great facility to their website editor that we recommend clients make use of. It aids navigation and provides us designers with a great tool to engage visitors and encourage them to take a look at what's on offer... ideally resulting in an enquiry, subscription or some form of action. The website editor includes some free 'call to action' graphics (such as the one opposite) and we're also enjoying making custom graphics for our clients. Get in touch if you'd like us to make something for you.
6 November 2017 - New Look Coming
Yes we know this design is dated and clunky. Like all good cobblers we're so busy creating beautiful designs for clients, we've neglected our own footwear. The new design is however ready for final testing and go live. Here's a teaser.
20 Sep 2017 - The Value of Gold Design
We just completed some very interesting analysis to assess the business benefit of the design work we do here at Griffen Mill. We looked at the before and after impact of a Gold Design, specifically looking at designs by James Morrison of Blue Squash, who is part of Griffen Mill. The bottom line was an average benefit of over £1,800 per year to clients. To see the full analysis visit the WebHealer blog
27 June 2017 - PHD Interactive Redesign
Top designer at Griffen Mill, James Morrison of Blue Squash Design just completed a fresh new redesign of our key partner's website www.phdinteractive.co.uk
. As ever he's been pushing design boundaries and developed a few very useful techniques that will get brought to other client websites in the near future. Yes, we know, it's high time this website got a facelift. Don't worry work is in progress.
5 May 2017 - Silver RewardsThere's a new way for WebHealer clients to get their hands on a custom Griffen Mill design. Up until now you could either choose one of our fully bespoke Gold designs or the special WebHealer Silver Design service which is a rapid simplified approach. Now the Silver Design team has made arrangements with WebHealer to support their Silver Rewards programme. The way it works is that WebHealer clients who introduce two or more therapists to sign up to the WebHealer service are entitled to a Silver Design as a thank you, and WebHealer will pay for it!
23 March 2017 - Super Hero PromotionWe had a great response to our promotional offer during January and February 2017 for the new Super Hero design, with a take up of over 40 WebHealer customers going for the new style. In total there are now almost 250 Silver designs live and as we continue to refine and improve the styling we expect this service to become more and more popular.
17 Jan 2017 - Brand New Super Hero
We've relaunched our Super Hero silver design. It's a much fresher cleaner design whilst offering more sophisticated enhanced mobile responsiveness with enhanced design elements. This relaunch is part of our new "trickle down" approach of borrowing ideas and innovations from our gold design team and working them into packaged silver designs, enabling great modern design at super low silver costs.
22 Nov 2016 - 200 Silver Designs
This has been a great year for design innovation. Recent technology enhancements have added a lot more flexibility for beautiful and engaging gold designs. We'll show some examples shortly, however the work that has been giving the most benefit to the most people has been our low cost silver design service. We've worked hard to streamline the process this year and we just notched up our 200th design. Here's a recent example.
15 Sep 2016 - Go To Pages
Those therapist icons we designed for WebHealer clients became even more useful in the last few days. The PHD Interactive content management system just added a simple "Go To Page" system to make it very easy to use our icons as a way to click through to your special offer page or discount voucher page. This is much more intuitive and likely to increase click through rates for those using these offers. Go To pages can be enabled via the new Special Features section of the Administration Area.
27 July 2016 - Therapist website icons
Back in 2013 we made a set of animated graphics which could be used by therapists to enhance their websites, primarily with customers of WebHealer in mind. Today we agreed with WebHealer that the graphics could be built into the image libraries of all WebHealer clients so they can be selected and displayed on WebHealer websites with a simple selection from a pull down list. The work has now been done, so if you're a WebHealer client go try them out. See Therapist Website Icons
for a reminder of what they look like.
8th March 2016 - Paragraph Styles
Our latest design tool has been great fun to work with. We call it paragraph styles and it provides a way to style different paragraphs for different purposes, allowing the client to produce very elegant content without having to worry about the design styling. The content management stays just the same with very simple editing and just the addition of a code in the paragraph to determine the style. See www.bespokemassage.org.uk
for a great example.
3rd December 2015 - Gold Designs
It is now 2 years since we created the social media and mobile friendly design platform Social colourMAX for clients of PHD Interactive. It can look great in its standard form, but we've really been enjoying pushing the boundaries of the design for customers choosing our bespoke ("Gold") redesign service. Lots of small technical improvements over the last 2 years have made some lovely design possible, such as this example for therapist Marie Fleming. Marie was delighted with the design as were we. See www.lifewithpassion.co.uk
7th October 2015 - 100 Silver Designs Completed
We get a steady stream of requests from WebHealer these days for Silver Designs, so much so that we have just completed our 100th. Not bad considering it is such a new offering. Clients love the results that can be achieved for such a modest outlay of typically £25. The Personal Hero format is particularly popular, as depicted in this example recently created for Toby Ingham www.counsellingbuckinghamshire.co.uk
. Action Hero is another great looking design. For more information about the options available using our Silver Design service see WebHealer Design Options Tour
1st Sept 2015 - Administration Area Redesign
Last month we completed the redesign of all administration pages behind the PHD Interactive system. This has been an ongoing process over the last couple of years, as most of the pages have had a significant functionality upgrade as well as cosmetic/usability improvements. The last page to get a makeover with the new black background look is the Visitor Statistics page depicted, which we improved with a new dynamic chart to replace the clunky old bar chart. The database guys at PHD Interactive also did a fantastic job providing a lot more data for analysis than had previously been available so overall this is something we're all proud of. This page is in beta test with customers of WebHealer at present and will be available to all within a month.
26 Jan 2015 - Colour Scheme Designer
We've just completed development of a powerful new feature for the PHD Interactive Administration Area for clients. The Colour Scheme Designer is a live colour scheme design and preview tool enabling clients to personalise the look of their website to match their branding or personal taste.
4 July 2014 - Silver Design Service
Griffen Mill is delighted to be launching a new approach to custom website design, which is now available for clients of WebHealer. It is called the Silver Design service and sits between the full bespoke service (Gold) and the self-service approach with help from WebHealer's customer service team (Bronze). Its an approach that works really well with the new mobile friendly Social colourMAX design and offers some really high impact stylish and individual looking website design at great budget prices, such as this example alongside. See the WebHealer Design Options Tour
for more information.
4 February 2014 - Bespoke Social colourMAX Designs
An exciting day for us at Griffen Mill. The new Social colourMAX design running on a 960 grid platform is up and running, and we're starting to get stuck into creating some lovely bespoke designs using it. Its the latest technology running HTML5 and fully responsive it looks great on big screens, laptops, tablets and phones. Our very first bespoke client is Pamela Roper for her site www.amicusinsurrey.co.uk
6 January 2014 - Therapist Icons for the New Year
Our original Therapist Website Icons
were very popular, so we've made a couple more specifically focussed on helping therapists reach out to those thinking of making a new year's resolution to reduce the stress in their lives. See New Year's Resolution Icons
2 October 2013 - Mobile Optimised Designs
After recently creating the Mobile colourMAX design platform for PHD Interactive, we're working on a series of mobile optimised designs to complement it. Not only are they responsive, but to address issues with cross device font inconsistency we're going with the Google Fonts system of dynamically loaded web based fonts. The next one which is now very advanced in development will be Social colourMAX, an exciting development for WebHealer, as we are taking a completely new approach to the underlying website structure. If you think you can recognise a WebHealer website, this will look very different.
12 August 2013 - New graphics for searchMAX system
searchMAX is the system used by PHD Interactive to enable clients to reach top placement on Google. It encompasses a wide range of consultative processes, monitoring tools, and embedded and non embedded optimisation. PHD Interactive recently gave it a major upgrade, and asked us to make some new reporting charts, which are now built into the searchMAX section of every single PHD Interactive client. There's a little more write-up of what's involved on the WebHealer Blog
31 May 2013 - Mobile friendly responsive design
Responsive website design is the new standard to ensure that your website is as readable on a phone, as it is on a wide screen laptop. We've been developing and testing a solution to this over recent months, and are now able to offer it to Griffen Mill customers on a bespoke design basis. The key is for the website to detect screen width and adapt the display accordingly, adjusting menus, font sizes and positioning as required.
22 Apr 2013 - 500 A La Carte Designs
The A La Carte Design system we created for WebHealer clients in 2009 has just passed the 500 mark, meaning 500 WebHealer clients have now had an A La Carte website redesign completed. We're rather pleased with this, so we created a press release together with our partner WebHealer
15 Mar 2013 - Therapist website icons
We have just completed a fun project for our strategic partner WebHealer. They asked us to make some icons that could be used by therapists on their websites to add some visual appeal, and to help the client promote their services during this continuing tough economy. We settled on four different icons which most therapists should find useful. The icons were primarily designed for use by WebHealer clients, but they asked us if we'd let other therapists use them for free too, so we came up with an option for that as well. Find out more by visiting our new Therapist Website Icons
20 Feb 2013 - Webkit for mobile
People want mobile friendliness for their websites these days, and whilst our strategy is to develop flexible and fully responsive sites, we're doing some very interesting work in the meantime using webkit. A fully responsive website will adjust the entire layout of content to better suit the device's display. With some simple webkit CSS though, key problem areas such as font sizes can respond to the requirements of a smaller display without the need for wholesale changes to rendering.
26 Jan 2013 - Feel Good Friday Redesign Work
This week we've been working on some new graphics and design work for our strategic partner, WebHealer
and their Feel Good Friday
project in partnership with Samaritans
. We helped create the original interactive Google Map for WebHealer in 2012, but this year the fundraising campaign has gone so well that we had to split the map and participating therapist directory into regional sections. See Feel Good Friday Therapy Map
or monitor the progress of the campaign on the WebHealer Blog
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With the recent launch of Active Images, PHD Interactive have added a great facility to their website editor that we recommend clients make use of. It aids navigation and provides us designers with a great tool to engage visitors and encourage them to take a look at what's on offer... ideally resulting in an enquiry, subscription or some form of action. The website editor includes some free 'call to action' graphics (such as the one opposite) and we're also enjoying making custom graphics for our clients. Get in touch if you'd like us to make something for you.
Recent Client Work
I am delighted with my new website, courtesy of David at Griffen Mill. The professional, client-centred approach has produced a truly great result - thank you See full case study