Keir Whitaker Shopify Design Advocate & Podcaster

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

Recent Posts & Links

The Show is Dead – Long Live the Show

Back in January 2013 Kieran and I launched the Back to Front Show — a podcast focusing on back and front end technologies. Since then, almost two and a half years ago, we have notched up 38 shows. Averaged out that’s just over one a month. Not bad — that is until I admit that we once billed it as a weekly show!

The last show was back in January. As I write this post it’s fast approaching mid May and despite our best efforts to dust off the Yeti’s we haven’t managed it. It’s been a fun ride but it feels right to admit that it probably won’t be back for a while. Let me explain. — Read full Article »

Startup Class — First Class and Business Class are fine. But what if an airline offered Startup Class? Vooza once again bang on the money!

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NY Times Cover — A nice post on the It's Nice That blog about how the artist JR created a 150-ft high image for The New York Times Magazine cover right in the heart of Manhattan. The video is worth two minutes of your time.

Wow Wall — A nice post on the always interesting HelpScout blog about how Modify Watches uses a Wow page to showcase their exceptional customer service. On a side note they achieve a conversion rate of circa 30%! Industry standard is 2-3%! They must be doing something right.

Maqtoob — Online tool to help you find the best available tools to start and grow your business

Lazy: A Manifesto — An audio extract from Tim Kreider's book We Learn Nothing. I am sure you'll find yourself nodding along.

PaymentFont — A sleek webfont containing 95 icons of all main payment operators and methods

wwwhere — A curated list of resources and tools for people who make websites