Keir Whitaker


Hello! I'm Keir Whitaker. I work at Shopify & write about, and share links on, ecommerce, the web industry, podcasting, remote working, travel & more. Learn more about me and my recent work.


Hello, my name is Keir Whitaker. I work at Shopify helping grow the Partner Program and building a community around designers working with the platform. As well as posting here you’ll also find me on Twitter.

Photo Credit: Heidi Laughton

What’s Here?

Having tried, and failed, for many years to maintain a personal site I decided mid way through 2014 that the benefits of regular blogging and sharing outweigh the cons of actually finding the time to do it.

I rejigged the theme in August 2014 to allow quick posting and sharing of links and have set myself the target of producing one blog post per week. I also publish my Instagram photos here.

I have many interests and you’ll find me talking about most of them here. However the main focus will be on ecommerce, the web industry, podcasting, and travel.


Today I work at Shopify having joined in 2012 as their Designer Advocate. It’s a great company and I feel very privileged to be part of it. More details about my role and related Shopify projects can be found on my work and projects page.


  • 2013-2015 — Co-host of the Back to Front Show podcast with good friend Kieran Masterton. We’ll be bringing the show back with a new focus later this year (probably).
  • 2011-2014 — For three years I worked on a number of projects with Elliot Jay Stocks under the banner of Viewport Industries. You can find more about these on my work page.
  • 2011-2012 — I worked as freelance web developer, with a focus on HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and WordPress.
  • 20112012 — 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 I hosted and produced the podcast “Think Vitamin Radio” (site no longer active).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 from London in 2008 I worked at a small web development agency with a focus on large scale data driven web applications as well as undertaking a variety of freelance projects.

Prior to moving into web development full time I held a number of mostly web related positions in the NHS (National Health Service) in East London, UK.

Before the internet was even a thing I worked at the Royal Albert Hall in the box office. I have many funny tales from this era, feel free to quiz me if we meet.

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