A little bit of history

Hello, my name is Keir Whitaker. I’m the UK based Shopify Designer Advocate, one-half of Viewport Industries, co-host of The Back to Front Show podcast and occasional web developer. You can find me on Twitter unsurprisingly as @keirwhitaker.


I have worked with Shopify since 2012 in the role of Designer Advocate. It’s a great company and I feel very privileged to be part of it. I am based in the UK but regularly travel to host workshops and participate at events and conferences in Europe, Canada and the USA.

Side Projects Business

In 2011 my good friend Elliot Jay Stocks and I started a small business as an umbrella for our joint side projects which we called Viewport Industries. Over the last couple of years it has grown into a small side business. Together we published Insites: The Book and most recently a new large format magazine called Digest. We also run occasional small industry focused events like Insites: The Tour and ConfShop — sometimes for fun and occasionally for profit (we hope).


In January Kieran Masterton and I launched a new podcast called The Back to Front Show. Every two weeks we try to get behind the mic and discuss topical news and an in-depth subject. It’s fun and people seem to enjoy it.


For much of 2011 I worked as freelance web developer, with a focus on HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and WordPress.

From May 2011 until April 2012 I was honoured to work with the amazing team at Smashing Magazine on their Coding section. I helped curate and edit the articles that appear weekly and have been privileged to work with amazing writers at the forefront of the web industry.

2008 – 2010 was spent working in a variety of roles at Carsonified (acquired in 2011), the UK based company well known for web focused events such as The Future of Web Design and The Future of Web Apps. I hosted and produced the podcast “Think Vitamin Radio” (site no longer active). The show made the shortlist for the annual .net awards two years running, which was nice. If asked I say it came joint second in 2010!

Prior to moving to the West Country in 2008 I worked at a small London web development agency with a focus on large scale data driven web applications as well as undertaking a variety of freelance projects. Before moving into web development full time I held a number of mostly web related positions in the NHS (National Health Service) in East London.

(Photo Credit: Dan Edwards – taken at Reasons to be Creative 2013)