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July 11, 2016
13 CADC Awards Get Added to the Collection!
Kristen Stanise

To say the least, we are PUMPED to have had so many works recognized at this year’s CADC awards ceremony. We’re so focused on improving our work that we sometimes forget to stop, celebrate, and smell the awards, but these are hard to miss – 4 Silver Medals, 1 of FIVE Judges Awards, and EIGHT awards of excellence to be precise. It really compliments all the dedication and long hours the team has put into creating these marvelous pieces. Take a peek at this year’s work that stole the show…

2016 Judge’s Award & Excellence Award – Newman’s Own Challenge Brochure & Letter – High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.


Visit the CADC 2016 Awards Page


2016 Silver Award - Scully Land Design Website


Visit the Scully Land Design Website


2016 Silver Award - Pickett’s Press Emails


Visit the Pickett’s Press Website


2016 Silver Award - Scully Land Design Logo System


Visit the Scully Land Design Website


2016 Silver Award & Excellence Award - Just The Right Book: Pop-up Shop, Emails & Ads


Visit the Just The Right Book Holiday Website


2016 Excellence Award – Holiday Market | Poster Series - High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.


Visit the CADC 2016 Awards Page

April 6, 2016
JUL: Websites With Heart™


In honor of small business week, Julia Balfour is now offering small businesses top-of-the-line, custom, WordPress websites for all your needs. We’ve taken our experience building websites for enterprise-size businesses and streamlined the process to make it easier for everyone to make the web beautiful and friendly again. We’ve even created custom systems (we call them the JUL Rows) designed for the everyday webmaster to easily maintain – so your site is 100% yours. We never want to stand in between you and your content.

These sites are completely responsive, so they look as amazing on your phone and tablet as they do on the desktop computer. Also, it’s worth mentioning again that every site is CUSTOM. That means no one-size-fits-all, hey-that-site-looks-just-like-mine. This is your website, with heart.

A bit about WordPress: it’s the leading CMS (Content Management System) that allows businesses to be in complete control of their content without having to know how to write code. 25% of all websites are on WordPress, including The New York Times, Spotify, Fortune, TED, and Vogue. Your site will be the heart of all your marketing, it will be positioned for all digital marketing to drive to – your social media, search engine, or display advertising will bring your customers here to make that sale.

Here are four sparkling examples of JUL websites we made for Scully Land Design, Alicia Winalski Custom Jewelry, Katrina A Wall – Essex Dentist, and Caulfield & Ridgway recently.

Call the JUL team for more info. We’d love to chat.
(860) 577-0340












December 10, 2014
GDUSA Health + Wellness Awards

We HEART our healthcare clients, and so does GDUSA! 3 of our excellent clients have been honored with GDUSA Health + Wellness Design Awards for their websites. Check out the winners here:

Encircle Healthcare


Comprehensive Research Center



The William W. Backus Hospital




December 10, 2014
Our GDUSA Print Design Winners!

The GDUSA Awards have announced winners are we are psyched to be included! Here are a few of the logos and design pieces that won:

Lyme Consolidated School Logo


Hadlyme Country Market Posters

The Lift Factor Shop Talk Mailer #1


The Lift Factor Shop Talk Mailer #2

Hadlyme Country Market Holiday Card


High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Holiday Market Series


High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Symphony Invite

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Save the Date


The William W. Backus Hospital Cancer Kiosk for the Boutique at Backus



October 30, 2014
We’re GDUSA American Graphic Design Award Winners!

JB is at it again! Our wonderful clients have been honored with FIFTEEN GDUSA American Graphic Design Awards, and we are so proud. These awards honor both print and web work, so everyone gets to join in on the fun.

These five websites were winners:  Sanford L. Smith & Associates, The Fashion Class, Peanuts & Panko, BOLD Public RelationsEncircle Healthcare.

Here they are below, stay tuned for our PRINT winners!

Sanford L. Smith & Associates




The Fashion Class



Peanuts & Panko



Bold Public Relations



Encircle Healthcare


April 9, 2014
3 Reasons To LOVE Twitter

We’re all atwitter for our social media crush! If you don’t LOVE Twitter like us, here’s a few reasons why you should embrace it. For those of you who Tweet daily and have hundreds of thousands of followers, to those that signed up for an account 3 years ago and never Tweet because you still don’t “get” hashtags (it’s ok, they really aren’t that scary, we promise), and anywhere in between, you will appreciate this.

1. Twitter is an AMAZING listening tool. If you run the Twitter account for a brand, LISTEN to your customers! Talk to them, too, because they want to talk to you (we’re all just humans trying to connect to each other, after all). FOLLOW all of the big boys (and girls) in your industry, and hear what they have to say. You’ll always be in the know about the next big thing.

2. Those big boys and girls that we talked about, are easily accessible on Twitter. Where else can you talk directly to company CEOs, or your favorite bands and brands? TALK TO THEM! Ask about their ideas on new trends. If you have a question for a chef on recipe substitutes, ASK! If you want to tell an idol how much you admire them, go for it! Look at you being proactive and forward.

3. Get HIRED! Twitter can absolutely be professional. Our most recent recruit came to us through Twitter. He tweeted some awesome logos that got our attention, and we reached out. Don’t be afraid to send love letters to your DREAM job to get them to notice you.

Got it? Now get Tweeting! @juliabalfour


April 7, 2014
Beyoncé & Bulldogs: 3 Secrets to Being a Badass

This weekend, our fearless leader gave a presentation at the CADC Student Conference at UCONN. We thought we should share her wisdom with you here.

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January 31, 2014
Backus Hospital’s Cancer Kiosk won an American Package Design Award

We couldn’t be prouder to tell you all that Backus Hospital’s Cancer Kiosk for the Boutique at Backus WON a GDUSA American Package Design Award! We absolutely LOVE this piece: it helps people in their hour of need by providing support and resources, while looking stunning and sleek. We are SO glad to hear that GDUSA loves it too!




January 24, 2014
INSPIRE Healthcare
Julia Balfour

The team at Julia Balfour, LLC are continually INSPIRED by the healthcare industry and their unwavering commitment to helping people. As such, we are honored to help THEM help their COMMUNITY. Here are some examples of how we have done just that.


Established in 1893, The William W. Backus Hospital health system includes a not-for-profit, 213-bed hospital in Norwich and numerous off-site locations. We completely redesigned their website to make it uncluttered and easy to navigate. Their old site was very content rich, but users were overwhelmed and confused by how to find the right content. The goal was to redesign, refine, and simplify the site’s content and user flow so that users could connect and engage with the hospital. The site allows visitors to access the information that they need and eliminate excess information. Content pages have a singular and clear “call to action.” More people go online to learn about their health than to shop or read the news. We utilized the rich content Backus had to build a hub for health information and resources in Connecticut.



Encircle Healthcare is a technology solutions company specifically geared towards providing healthcare partners with the most efficient solutions to optimize communications and strategy. Encircle had a site that was out of date and did not reflect their position as a leading technology provider. They were looking for a new site that would reflect their commitment to the most innovative medical technologies and also highlight their list of 300+ partners. Using a responsive, Julia Balfour Signature WordPress website and a fresh logo system, we were able to give them that and so much more. We also designed for Encircle a custom, informative exhibit display to engage potential partners.



Hamburg Cove Endodontics needed to establish a brand for the new office location in Lyme, Connecticut. The location directly on Hamburg Cove, a well-known and picturesque waterfront location on the CT shoreline, along with the OUTSTANDING office space set this practice apart from the rest. They can offer a truly luxurious experience, previously unheard of in root canals. Dr. Safaian needed a professional, clean, and easy to navigate website for her patients to experience the quality of her work at a glance. We accomplished that goal with a Julia Balfour Signature WordPress website that showcases the beautiful space on Hamburg Road and entices patients to come from near and far.



Comprehensive Research Center is dedicated to performing clinical research trials that help improve the medical industry by providing community feedback, information and developments. CRC was an emerging branch of Comprehensive Psychiatric Care that required its own site to showcase the important work being done in medical research and clinical trials. Julia Balfour created for them a Signature WordPress website that focused on providing the maximum amount of information in an organized, uncluttered, and easy-to-navigate layout and design. Participants, doctors, researchers, and community members will find everything they need here.



January 6, 2014
New to Beta: the-e-list

The-e-list’s new website is ready for beta! We’ve put countless hours into this website, and we think it is absolutely beautiful – so we are sending our baby out into the world! Since 2008, the-e-list has been the go-to resource for info on the best of the best of the CT shoreline, and we are ECSTATIC to be a part of bringing Erica’s vision to the web. We hope this website will help locals and visitors alike eat, shop, and live well.



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