Keir Whitaker

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Briefly — Every project starts with a brief. But very few projects end up with exceptional results. Why? As a disruptive brand and design strategy firm that creates briefs across multiple creative disciplines including Advertising, Design, and Innovation, Tom Bassett, CEO of Bassett & Partners (and founder of MindSwarms), was curious to understand how some of the world’s most consistently exceptional creative talents thought about – and used – the brief.

21 Examples of UX Innovation in EcommerceChris Lake raises a toast to ecommerce UX innovation by highlighting a bunch of inspiring examples

Introducing GIFV

With Project GIFV, Imgur is reimagining the looping GIF video with all the richness it deserves as a key piece of Internet culture

The Back to Front Show #029: Around the Web — This week it's our links show in which we ask the question "does having a beard make you a better dev" as well as discuss a very meta podcast and a new team collaboration tool. You may notice a slight audio disparity towards the end. Unfortunately Kieran's Yeti cable fell out (professional to the end) — a new mic is on order!

How To Iron A Shirt In 90 Seconds — Not sure I could ever not do the whole shirt but interesting tip about using the "wrong" end of the board

The Secret to Making a Healthy Profit from SaaS — A post by me over on Web Designer Depot talking about how web designers can make a great living from working with SaaS platforms

Prompt by Engine Yard — A community initiative by Engine Yard and a means of encouraging a conversation about mental health at tech conferences and meetups

3 Monitor Mac Setup

Too much screen?
Too much screen?

My Mac setup is relatively simple. I have a 2013 Mac Book Pro Retina which I plug into an Apple Thunderbolt display when working from the home “studio”. For many years I’ve had an ageing Dell monitor (it must be a decade old by now) sat in the corner of the room. I kept it mainly for use in shared offices — always preferring to keep the Thunderbolt at home. I’ve never quite been able to give it up.

Earlier this week I started to wonder whether I could use it as part of my home setup. Given that I use a boom arm for my podcasting mic I often can’t see the show notes that well on my main display (it’s a hard life I know). I was therefore toying with the idea of investing in a dual head adapter so I could hook up my trusty Dell and place the show outline on it to the right of my main screen. — Read full Article »

The Back to Front Show #028: Domains — Behind every great idea lies a great domain, or is it the other way round? This week on The Back to Front Show Kieran and I discuss the domains we keep renewing in the hope of one day using, the original ideas behind them and whether or not they will ever see the light of day. Special thanks to Deploy for supporting this weeks show - please support us by checking out their extremely easy to use deployment service.

Shopify Myth #02: It’s not “Responsive”

Is Shopify Responsive?
Is Shopify Responsive?

A regular question I get asked is whether or not Shopify is “Responsive”. To which I always answer “it is if you build your themes that way”. This often surprises people.

A common assumption is that platforms such as Shopify somehow restrict your access to the underlying HTML and CSS of the front-end and even if you do have access that there are certain elements, ID’s and classes that are required for everything to work. This isn’t the case with Shopify — how a theme looks and feels is entirely up to you. — Read full Article »