Keir Whitaker

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My 24 Indispensable Mac & Web Apps

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.

Transactional HTML Email Templates — An open-source collection of common responsive templates for transactional email from the folks at Mail Gun including:

  • Action emails e.g. activate your account, reset your password
  • Email alerts e.g. reaching a limit, there was a problem
  • Billing emails e.g. monthly receipts and invoices

Favicon Generator — Take the pain out of generating favicons and the accompanying HTML. Found via a great article on CSS Tricks.

How to Capture High Quality Product Photos With Your SmartPhone — I often mention in my Shopify workshops the importance of great product photography. Here's all you need to know about how to achieve great shots with a few $$$'s and your smartphone.

A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film

Tony Zhou asks “Is there a better way of showing a text message in a film? How about the internet? Even though we’re well into the digital age, film is still ineffective at depicting the world we live in. Maybe the solution lies not in content, but in form.”

A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.

Eight Newsletters worthy of your Email Address

Email icon designed by Simple Icons from the Noun Project
Email icon designed by Simple Icons from the Noun Project

For many of us email is the communication tool we love to hate. Regardless email is here to stay and remains a great marketing tool.

Done well product related email campaigns often convert to sales higher than other forms of marketing. Nathan Barry writes regularly on the power of email marketing – his blog and marketing tools are worth a look.

Also given that they are (or should be) permission based you are communicating directly with people who actually want to hear from you – unlike other forms of advertising.

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