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Keir Whitaker

Hello! I'm Keir Whitaker. I work at Shopify & co-host The Back to Front Show. I write about, and share links on, ecommerce, the web industry, podcasting, travel & culture. Learn more about me and my recent work.

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My 24 Indispensable Mac & Web Apps

Over the years I have tried literally hundreds of apps for time management, project management, writing, presenting, email, communicating, sharing – you name it I’ve probably installed it.

Only a handful of apps have stood the test of time and are used on a daily basis. I’ve always enjoyed reading about what other people use so thought I would document my own setup here. — Read full Article »

How a Jet Engine Works — I am fascinated by how jet engines work and having watched countless explanatory videos this is the best and clearest by far

The Give and Tell Challenge

I hate being late but as the saying goes “better late than never”. I haven’t as yet poured a bucket of cold water on myself but was recently nominated for the “Give and Tell Challenge” by Sean Johnson. He gave me 24 hours- apologies for the tardiness Sean.

The “Give and Tell Challenge.’ You donate to a cause, or causes, that have meaning to you and you say why. You then challenge 3 other people to do the same thing.

Today I donated to Cancer Research UK. Like so many other people in the UK cancer has deeply affected me and my family. Four years ago my father died from a very aggressive brain tumour – only 5 months after being diagnosed. I miss him daily. Cancer Research UK do amazing work and this challenge is a stark reminder to donate more often.

To complete my “challenge” I nominate three of my webby friends:

Good luck! You’ve got 24 hours, the clock is ticking (but I won’t mind if you are late).

Happy Quarter Birthday To My Business — Ashley Baxter on the first three months of her new business Insurance by Jack. It's a great post with lots of insights from her varied marketing campaigns.

SumoMe — Nice suite of free to use tools to help you grow your newsletter subscriber list from the team behind AppSumo

Dropbox 1TB — As my friend Kieran just said "Dropbox just smashed it outta the park and ensured I continue paying my subs".

Layovers — An air travel-centric website covering innovation in the industry. But most of it all, it's about airline geekery.

Discovering APIs — Blockspring lets you create, share, and discover API's. Found in the consistently good Smashing Newsletter.

Transactional HTML Email Templates — An open-source collection of common responsive templates for transactional email from the folks at Mail Gun including:

  • Action emails e.g. activate your account, reset your password
  • Email alerts e.g. reaching a limit, there was a problem
  • Billing emails e.g. monthly receipts and invoices

Favicon Generator — Take the pain out of generating favicons and the accompanying HTML. Found via a great article on CSS Tricks.

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