Keir Whitaker Shopify Design Advocate & Podcaster

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How to pass variables to get_template_part() — Keith Devon shows us an easy way to avoid globalising variables for use in an included, via get_template_part(), snippet in WordPress

How to Measure Social Shares — A super simple and free tool that allows you to enter any URL and find out how many times it was shared on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn. I cross referenced with a few other online tools and the results were the same and much faster to be returned.

Podcast or Video? — Sean McCabe breaks down the pros and cons of podcasts and videos, discusses which one is better, and where you should start. You’ll also get to see all of the gear he uses. As an aside I have really been enjoying his podcast recently.

Manuals 1 by Unit Editions

Sadly I am yet to own this book, it’s a little on the high price side but likely worth every penny. Manuals 1 is a comprehensive study of corporate identity design manuals featuring 20 examples from the 1960s to early 1980s and includes manuals created for institutions and corporations such as NASA, Lufthansa and British Steel. One for the birthday wish list.

Unit Editions – Manuals 1 from Unit Editions on Vimeo.

Play the Long Game — Found via Neil Kinnish's Twitter stream this post talks about the long process from learning about to actually converting his team over to it. The end paragraph sums it up nicely:

The long game is creating as many of these “touch points” as you can: memorable content, users who share their stories, and having positive interactions with the public. This is another reason why building an audience is important: it gives you the opportunity to stay in touch with folks that could become customers.— Justin Jackson

A Look Inside the Design Team at Typekit — I really enjoy the articles on the InVision blog, even more so when you happen to know the folks being interviewed. Bristol friends can surely recognise the locations.

Designing the Home Page Last — Great post from my friends at fffunction. It's probably the hardest page to design first.

WordPress Custom Post Type Admin Menu Icons — A great article on how to use Dashicons in the WordPress admin area for personalising the custom post type menu

Map Brush — An easy way to create postcards of your favourite Instagram moments. Really nicely done but I am a bit of a sucker for maps. — An online tool for reducing the size of your images and photos