Mark Hayes 05/07/2012

Introducing: Keir Whitaker, Shopify Designer Evangelist


Hey Everyone! I'd like to introduce myself, my name is Keir Whitaker and over the coming months I will be working with Shopify to engage with designers. We are still thinking up a job title but you could happily say it's "Designer Evangelist". 

I am really looking forward to chatting with designers who use Shopify as well as those who don't - yet! I want to hear what you love about designing for Shopify, learn more about any problems you, and your clients, might be encoutnering and of course hear about what you want from the platform in the future. 

I'll also be writing about Shopify, attending events and running informal "designing for Shopify" workshops. There's also a few other exciting ideas that are currently in the hopper, more on those soon.

I have done many things web related over the years and worked for myself, doing design and development for a wide range of clients, as well as a range of companies big and small. I also curated the Coding section of Smashing Magazine for a year since it's launch in May 2011 and hosted the almost award winning podcast Think Vitamin Radio unitl Ocotber 2011. 

I will be combining my role at Shopify with my other business interest Viewport Industries. We are in the process of building our own Shopify store, selling both physical and digital products, so you might say I will be "eating my own dog food"! 

You'll find me online in a number of places including my own blog, Twitter as well as the Viewport Industries site which includes web design and development postings. Offline you'll often find me in my two favorite local coffee shops as well as at web related events both in the UK, where I am based, Europe and the US. If you are attending Port80, SmashingConf, Brooklyn Beta, Build or HDLive please do come and say hi! 

Above all I want to hear from designers using Shopify. We are here to help you make the most of the platform so please get in touch and let me know how you are getting on. My email address is

Photo Credit: Elliot