Keir Whitaker

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The Commuters — Having commuted in London for well over a decade I think I have come face to face with each type on more than one occasion. Sadly they failed to include the "intimidating man with pitbull at the top of the double decker stairs" from the mix. As an aside the Mr. Porter Journal is worth a look.

Shopify Myth #01: It Costs £$€ to Develop Themes for Shopify

The Shopify Stand at Reasons 2014
The Shopify Stand at Reasons 2014

I’ve recently returned from working hosting the Shopify stand at this years Reasons to Be Creative. Naturally you get asked a lot of questions and there’s one that always raises a happy smile from the questioner when I answer.

It takes various forms but boils down to asking how much it costs to develop and build themes for Shopify. I happily reply with “nothing”.

Quite a few people I have spoken to over the last couple of years have used the free store trial to investigate theme building. This is one way to do it of course – however after the trial ends you need to start a paid subscription to carry on. This is perfect if you are a merchant but not so good if you are a designer looking to hone your theming skills or building themes for clients. — Read full Article »

Reasons to be Creative Opening Titles

John certainly knows how to commission great titles for his events. 2014 was no exception and featured a rather amazing production by From Form inspired by the funfair of yesteryear on Brighton Pier.

The Back To Front Show #024: Transitioning — As promised the latest episode of the podcast I co-host is now out with the focus being on "transitioning" and how we represent ourselves online

Closing the Shutters on Viewport Industries

Viewport Industries 2011 - 2014
Viewport Industries 2011 - 2014

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 back story, it’s all very amicable! 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 »