Keir Whitaker Shopify Design Advocate & Podcaster

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Closing the Shutters on Viewport Industries

After three fun packed years Elliot and I have decided to pull down the shutters on Viewport Industries – the company we formed together back in 2011. The announcement on the site sums it up nicely:

We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved together since we formed the company back in 2011: we’ve hosted Insites: The Tour, Insites: ConfShop, and Insites: The Xmas Special; published the 256-page Insites: The Book; created the Countdone iPhone app; and published last year’s Digest magazine. However, due to our multiple commitments, it’s time to turn off the lights at VI HQ, and we’ve now officially closed the business, as of September

There’s no big story — you can read more about our decision on Elliot’s blog.

It’s been an amazing journey and the lessons learned have been many. I’ll be sharing some of those over the next few months here on this blog. I’d also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who purchased a book or magazine or attended one of our mini events.

Finally special thanks to each and every partner who supported our creative endeavours. Especially MailChimp, Shopify and (mt) media temple. We couldn’t have done it without your continued support and belief.

The Return of The Back to Front Show

Microphone designed by Diego Naive from the Noun Project
Microphone designed by Diego Naive from the Noun Project

If The Back to Front Show had a blog it would be littered with apologetic postings about the lengthy gaps between episodes. As it stands most of our recent output starts off with an excuse, followed by another and probably another.

Regardless of the how you define the success of any project not doing it, or doing it occasionally is a sure fire way to not succeed. Our irregularity is a bit of a standing joke – it’s time to change. — Read full Article »

How a Jet Engine Works — I am fascinated by how jet engines work and having watched countless explanatory videos this is the best and clearest by far

The Give and Tell Challenge

I hate being late but as the saying goes “better late than never”. I haven’t as yet poured a bucket of cold water on myself but was recently nominated for the “Give and Tell Challenge” by Sean Johnson. He gave me 24 hours- apologies for the tardiness Sean.

The “Give and Tell Challenge.’ You donate to a cause, or causes, that have meaning to you and you say why. You then challenge 3 other people to do the same thing.

Today I donated to Cancer Research UK. Like so many other people in the UK cancer has deeply affected me and my family. Four years ago my father died from a very aggressive brain tumour – only 5 months after being diagnosed. I miss him daily. Cancer Research UK do amazing work and this challenge is a stark reminder to donate more often.

To complete my “challenge” I nominate three of my webby friends:

Good luck! You’ve got 24 hours, the clock is ticking (but I won’t mind if you are late).

Happy Quarter Birthday To My Business — Ashley Baxter on the first three months of her new business Insurance by Jack. It's a great post with lots of insights from her varied marketing campaigns.

My 24 Indispensable Mac & Web Apps

"There's an app for that"

Over the years I have tried literally hundreds of apps for time management, project management, writing, presenting, email, communicating, sharing – you name it I’ve probably installed it.

Only a handful of apps have stood the test of time and are used on a daily basis. I’ve always enjoyed reading about what other people use so thought I would document my own setup here. — Read full Article »

SumoMe — Nice suite of free to use tools to help you grow your newsletter subscriber list from the team behind AppSumo

Dropbox 1TB — As my friend Kieran just said "Dropbox just smashed it outta the park and ensured I continue paying my subs".

Layovers — An air travel-centric website covering innovation in the industry. But most of it all, it's about airline geekery.

Discovering APIs — Blockspring lets you create, share, and discover API's. Found in the consistently good Smashing Newsletter.