Keir Whitaker

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.

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The Berlin Wall “Lichtgrenze”

Berliners have been marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the city’s Wall with a 15km-long light installation which uses 8000 illuminated balloons to trace the path of where the wall once stood — a stunning reminder of a divided city.

The Magazine Diaries — A magazine about magazines!

Over three months, more than 100 magazine professionals took the time to write 100 words for the Magazine Diaries on how they felt about what they do for a living and the products they make. They wrote in support of MagAid, a charity using magazines to develop a love of reading in under privileged school children, but they also just wanted to get stuff off their chests.

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Starting in 2015 I'll be sending out a regular newsletter called "Byte Sized Bites". Each issue will feature a round up of blog posts and links from this site as well as exclusive newsletter only content. In addition I'll be sharing details of new podcast episodes and future writing projects..

The Podcast Method — Dan Benjamin's podcast equipment guide, based on experiences since 2006 as a podcaster and the founder of

How They Did It: ShopifyJonathan Cutrell gives an in-depth overview of how the new Shopify site was built

The Back to Front Show #033: Back behind the Yeti’s — Back from our travels we return behind the Yeti's to discuss everything from the hunt for the perfect email app to the sartorial elegance of modern tech CEO's. This episode also features a rather splendid retreat venue only four hours from Spokane.

Goodbye -9999px — A new alternative to a hardy perennial CSS "trick"?

The Back to Front Show #032: The Club Sandwich Special — Due to logistical issues Kieran was unable to join the party today. Thankfully Marc and Ben from Neutron Creations kindly joined me for a chat over lunch (literally). This week we discuss the recent conference in Cardiff put together by our good friend Mr. Craig Lockwood.

2015 Calendar — Beautiful wall calendars designed by independent Stockholm based designer Erik Olovsson and shipped worldwide

Basecamp Meetup — For a company that thrives on remote working Basecamp have one of the nicest offices I have seen.

Seeing Past the Highlight Reel — A great post by Rachel Andrew on A List Apart:

I am not the sort of person who "airs her dirty laundry in public." I wouldn’t walk into a mixed group of friends, colleagues, and complete strangers at a party and announce something deeply personal, and so it is with Twitter. For me, Twitter is a place to chat, a replacement for the Telnet Talkers I was so fond of in the 1990s. I share things I think are interesting, I keep up with what people I know are doing, but I see it as a public place.