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.
4 Feb 2013 - Responsive Designs with 960.gs
Ever since we built the new Griffen Mill website on the 960.gs
system we've been planning to build a new platform for the PHD Interactive system based around these principles. It will be a great step forward for clients of PHD Interactive, offering smartphone friendly responsive designs, a wider frame for screens that can accommodate it, and space for twitter feeds and fresh news. On top of that it will be fully HTML5 compliant to keep up with the latest standards. We've got a few good ideas in the labs already, and hope to have something fully tested in the next couple of months or so.
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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We haven't set up our own Twitter account yet, so in the meantime why not take a look at what our strategic partner WebHealer is up to.
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.
Recent Client Work
WebHealer have managed my website for the past 8 years. I was introduced to bespoke designs a while back but due to a busy counselling and supervision practise I held back. In hindsight I wish I hadn't because when I did finally make the call to James to modernize my site the service he provided was welcoming, quick and very effective. In no time at all my thinking for a fresh new design was out there for all new potential clients to view. The changes have initiated many new enquiries which has enabled me to pay for the work already. I would not hesitate to come back in the future, so thanks James its been pleasure to work with you. See full case study