So, here we are again. It’s the 31st of December and we’ve seen all the social media networks pull together their round-ups of the top moments of 2014. Trumping them all however was Google. It seemed very fitting that, in a year where the algorithms finally began to favour the user, their retrospective glance at 2014 was all about user search, the data behind it, and the power of great, contextualised story telling.
This year was a year of change for JohnHenry too. We thought we’d take our own look back at 2014…
Bright Blue Villas
Cobblers Cove and Constellation Hospitality Group
This year was a big year when it came to data. As we continue to improve our reporting tools and to bring sense to the traffic coming in to our sites, it was another popular year for infographics and for exploiting the latest technology that Google has to offer in terms of data display. From the visual presentation of data, to using it to predict and analyse, this was (and will continue to be) fundamental to our work this year and next.
ESPA life at Corinthia
Gore and Pelham Hotels
No, we’re not going into event management. JH Events was a facility developed within our content management system, custom built to handle events bookings. You’ll have to watch this space to see it rolled out next year, but it will be a great service, and one we will be very proud to offer our clients in 2015. A sneak preview…
Keeping it in the family
We welcomed a 3rd Romagnuolo to the JohnHenry team this year: Gianluca. He has joined us as Project Manager. One Romagnuolo brother left, and we’ll have the full set! Not only do we keep bumping up our Italian numbers, we were also delighted to bring Serkan, a new Front-end Developer, to the team. He has been a real asset in the last few months, so we asked his wife to join us too! Ezgi joins us full-time from January, and has created some beautiful site designs already.
Website navigation is constantly evolving, forever adapting to the needs of the user. This year’s take on minimal design included paring back the main menu and in some cases hiding the full navigation behind a ‘hamburger menu’ icon which only opens on interaction. It was a design technique first used for mobile but we are increasingly adapting this to full desktop sites for that extra clean look. We have also been using forms of navigation that allow people to flow from page to page more naturally, ‘ghost buttons’ being a good example. The thinly bordered and normally transparent ghost button is not designed to be distracting call-to-actions, but instead enrich the content encouraging the user to discover more if they so choose.
The great Office Move!
In the spring of this year, we were elevated from the basement of 36 Grosvenor Gardens to the bright lights of the first floor. In an attempt to become ever more integrated with the PRCo Group, this was another step at bringing us closer together as a team. Why not drop in and see us?
Private Residences by SLH
Quaffing specialist Somerset ales at the summer party.
Ok so Q is not an easy one to weave in… If truth be told, we took SQL queries to new levels this year, but, let’s face it, they don’t make so pretty a picture as the London skyline…
RAC My Club
Six Senses mobile
The Lowry Hotel
Urban Meadow Cafe
We certainly had a busy year! As for 2015,
Here’s to veering ever closer to the PRCo Group…
…to bring a well rounded, integrated offering to all our clients in 2015.
This year, we spent our fist year exploring Dubai and the Middle East
…and take a lot away from living and working in the PRCo Dubai and London offices. From this and from the inspiration brought to us from the ever changing technology we work with, from our new colleagues, and from the exciting challenges brought to us by our clients, we intend to hit the ground running in January.