WebHealer + Griffen Mill = Beautiful Effective Websites
Griffen Mill Pixel Factory is a co-operative of independent designers providing design services for the following key strategic partners: WebHealer
and PHD Interactive Ltd
. These are strong relationships that have been thriving for many years. Of them, our closest partner is WebHealer, for who's clients we have created hundreds of bespoke and customised designs over the last 10 years. We also provide design and multimedia services directly to WebHealer. Some examples of our direct client work are listed lower down the page (including some examples for clients of our other strategic partners), or visit our client examples
page for more summaries. There are also examples below of WebHealer strategic projects which our designers have supported.
The strength of our partnership is that clients of WebHealer are not limited to one designer, but are able to tap into a rich vein of design expertise from different designers with varying skills and areas of knowledge.
WebHealer are a specialist website provider catering to the needs of professional therapists, primarily counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and complementary therapists. The designers in Griffen Mill are proud to have created almost 500 bespoke or customised designs for clients of WebHealer who were looking to take their websites to another level of design. To see some examples of design work we have carried out for WebHealer visit pinterest.com/webhealer
In addition to bespoke client design, we support WebHealer directly with projects such as design and coding for the Feel Good Friday
project, the current WebHealer logo, and a great many of the off-the-shelf designs available to WebHealer clients. We also have experience designing user interfaces and are currently working on enhanced functionality within a number of sections of the PHD Interactive control panel, known as the Administration Area.Gold, Silver & Bronze
To simplify the design options for WebHealer clients and to enable them to realise the best possible design at the lowest price they need to pay we created the Gold, Silver and Bronze design options. Gold designs use the latest design methods and involve careful attention to detail by an experienced Griffen Mill designer, however many WebHealer clients can achieve the professional quality they are looking for using the fixed cost silver design service, carried out by a less experienced Griffen Mill design technican. The options are more limited but the results can be just as elegant and compelling. The bronze option is self customisation with the support of the WebHealer customer support team. Below you can see examples of Gold and Silver designs.
WebHealer Client Example
Nicola Gadsby is a counsellor based in Cheltenham and a WebHealer client. She was looking for a unique design which expressed her personal approach to her work and created the right emotional impact for visitors. It needed to be subtle and conservative but not boring.
The design created for her by James Morrison of the Griffen Mill team is a beautiful realisation of her own ideas combined with James's keen creative eye and technical ability. It is mobile friendly, using one of our latest "superhero" formats which look fabulous on a wide screen but equally stylish on a phone or small screen format. We all love the design, but most importantly so does Nicola.
“Thank you very much for doing a great job, producing a great design, fielding my witterings about the images, and calming my uncertainties all along the way. It’s been a pleasure to work with you.”Nicola Gadbsy, www.ngcounselling.co.uk
WebHealer Client Example
This design was created by Becky Lister of the Griffen Mill team using our low cost Silver Design service. The silver service sets out to offer tremendous value for money by delivering individual design built around strong emotive imagery set within a predefined range of styles, thus avoiding the time and cost of full bespoke design. This design was created for counsellor and psychotherapist Stephen Weaver.
“As my practice expanded to include a new location, I took the opportunity to redesign my existing site as ‘sister' to a new one. The process seemed daunting at first, but from start to finish I was encouraged and expertly advised by Becky at Griffen Mill Design and the team at WebHealer. Even my most nagging enquiries received the same patient and helpful response. I am delighted with the results and warmly recommend this service to anyone who is seeking to upgrade their online presence.”Stephen Weaver, www.counsellingetc.co.uk
WebStall, WebVilla & Motor-Web
Although the majority of our work is for WebHealer, we have also carried out a great many design projects for clients of WebStall, WebVilla and Motor-Web. This work has given us experience designing for antique dealers, holiday property owners, small hotel proprieters and the motor trade, including classic vehicles. Finally a small proportion of clients in different sectors reach us directly via PHD Interactive Ltd, which has given us experience working for the professions such as accountants, as well as many trades such as plumbers, carpenters, builders and painter decorators.
Quality Assured and Value for Money
Although bespoke design work can easily run into hundreds or thousands of pounds with other designers, the team in Griffen Mill have developed a lot of expertise working to tight budgets of just a few hundred pounds or less. Most of our non strategic client work comes via WebHealer, and these are typically sole practitioner therapists who don't have the luxury of a marketing budget. This is the reason they often select WebHealer in the first place, and so those looking to enhance their design expect that we can offer the same value for money they have received from WebHealer. In fact our therapist design projects are quality assured by PHD Interactive to ensure that we do achieve high standards of quality in design for a fair price. All designers in the Griffen Mill team work independently, and have their own working methods, but it is typical for all of us to offer an obligation free quotation before starting any work, and very often we will show a mock up of design ideas before asking for any financial commitment.
Bespoke Design, Ease of Use, Powerful features
The advantage of working with a Griffen Mill designer, as opposed to a local web designer, is that all our design work is built on the PHD Interactive website system. This means that clients get a unique, high quality design without being restricted to a static website which can't be updated without additional design assistance.
Small businesses especially, with limited technical know-how, will appreciate the very simple updating tools provided by the PHD Interactive content management system, as well as powerful industry leading search engine optimisation and marketing advice.
WebVilla Client Example
Brittany Spa Cottages
This WebVilla client operates a number of holiday cottages in Brittany, and needed a simple but professional website to show their all important property and local area photographs. Unlike the kind of website we may create for a WebHealer client, holiday property websites are often, as is the case here, very clean and minimalist. It is important not to distract from the impact of the photographs themselves. In this case the client had a logo which they were looking to incorporate, so a simple colour palette of green and blue was chosen, although we leaned towards subtler shades rather than anything too vibrant which can cheapen the overall appearance. Websites created for therapists via WebHealer can often afford to be a little more punchy in their design, as the content is largely text based, however this kind of website is fairly typical of our work for WebVilla clients.
WebStall Client Example
20th Century Geometrics
This WebStall client was looking for an elegant design which would act as a smart showcase for his 20th century glassware items. The choice of a dark colour scheme with muted accent colours was deliberate to enable the items to be the stars of the show, rather than have the website design itself compete for attention. This type of design decision is crucial in ensuring a design is effective in its communication objectives. WebHealer designs for example tend to have slightly stronger design elements, as our WebHealer clients are not typically showing products, instead being primarily text based.
WebHealer Feel Good Friday Therapy Map
The original WebHealer Feel Good Friday Therapy Map was created by the Griffen Mill team in 2012. The purpose of the map was to promote therapists who participated in the Feel Good Friday fundraiser organised by Samaritans. WebHealer developed the therapy map concept as a way to make it easy for therapists to join in, by committing to donate a proportion of their fees on Feel Good Friday (first Friday in February) to Samaritans. Our design work was complemented by some excellent JQuery and Google API subcontracting. The finished map was very popular with WebHealer clients, of which over 100 signed up to support a worthy cause.
The 2013 version of the interactive Google map became so popular that we got involved to extend it over multiple pages, in a TV region style. Over 150 therapists took part in 2012. Also WebHealer committed to match funds raised by therapists in 2013. To see it in action, visit the live Feel Good Friday
Therapy Map on WebHealer's website.
Email Newsletter Video
This was a project for all divisions of PHD Interactive. They recently launched an email newsletter feature for their clients, but were concerned that clients might struggle to visualise how it would operate. After a lot of time fine tuning the script and multi media concepts, we created this video to help. A professional voice over was organised to ensure the whole effect was very polished and easy to watch and listen to. To ensure maximum compatibility we used technology from Dark Onyx which supports both HTML5 and Flash.
Our partner was delighted with the finished result, and feedback from their clients has also been very positive. See the video on the WebHealer Channel
Curvy colourMAX design
The Curvy colourMAX project was an exciting challenge. The aim was to create a new, simple and elegant design for PHD Interactive that would become one of the standard off-the-shelf designs available to clients via their design library. It should also have the widest possible scope for customisation to allow for very individual versions of the design. On top of this we wanted to avoid the boxy look that normally accompanies customisable designs. That makes it challenging when clients with only the most basic of PC skills need to be able to customise the entire colour scheme and frame image themselves.
The solution was to work with complex layers of alpha transparency PNGs, to allow smooth curves in a range of colours as well as smoothly integrated images that don't require prior photoshop work. We were all delighted with the result, and it has become a very popular choice for WebHealer clients, in particular in the areas of counselling and reflexology.
WebHealer A La Carte Design Service
The A La Carte design service was one of our most ambitious projects carried out for our key client WebHealer. It started out with a primary goal. We needed to find a way to offer unique customised designs for WebHealer clients, that were superior to the standard library designs, and were based around the client's own preferences of colour, imagery and style, and yet could be offered for a fraction of the price of full bespoke design. In the end there were two main strands to the project, which took almost a year to come to fruition. The first was a standard design platform, which offered a huge variety of options, in the same way that many types of cars under different brand names are built on the same underlying chassis or platform.
This was the work carried out by the Griffen Mill design team. The second part was a streamlined workflow system which allowed communications between client and designer to happen much more efficiently, as very often a high element of cost and design time is spent on communications, whether by telephone or email. This side of the project was built by the WebHealer database team. Fortunately, after all the effort that went into this, the final result exceeded everyone's expectations, to no small extent due to our decision to focus this very tightly around the typical styling requirements of WebHealer clients, rather than try to build a one size fits all system. We are currently creating 5 to 10 designs per month, and we recently completed WebHealer A La Carte design
Mobile colourMAX design platform
Mobile colourMAX was created in Summer 2013 for WebHealer and partners. Its a very flexible responsive design, primarily focussed on being mobile friendly, and represents the first of a series of mobile optimised design platforms. In addition to the responsive technology, we introduced a huge number of new technologies such as Google Fonts, and dynamic creation of layered custom graphics using the ImageMagick system. This allows clients to switch colours as well as logos and graphics, and the system will auto-create a set of colour-matched graphics to accompany the new colour scheme.
The next mobile optimised design in the range will be Social colourMAX, which we are currently working on intensively. With our new design, we are taking our mobile optimised range to a new level with a new multi column layout that adapts and also repositions itself to accommodate the screen it is showing on. As the name suggests, Social colourMAX also integrates social networking as a core component of the layout, rather than a squeezed in addon. A final innovation with Social colourMAX will be the introduction of design variants. At present, the colourMAX range seeks to allow maximum scope for restyling with colours and replaceable primary images, but with our design variants we will be able to offer quite different layouts built on the same robust mobile optimised platform. One application of this design approach we intend to make available is for WebHealer clients who have upgraded to a WebHealer A La Carte design to have the option to convert that design into a special version of Social ColourMAX which incorporates their chosen primary images and colour schemes from the A La Carte design. Timing for the new design is this Autumn 2013.
If you'd like to speak to a Griffen Mill Pixel Factory designer, please go to our Contact Page for more information about how we work.
Latest on Twitter
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