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The Back to Front Show

Keir Whitaker and Kieran Masterton discuss web design, web development and startups

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The Back to Front show was started in 2013 by web industry veterans Keir Whitaker and Kieran Masterton. Over the first 40 episodes they have discussed everything from web design and development to startups and dog related tech. Today the focus has shifted and includes topics including remote working, working in the web industry, productivity, hipster beards and much more. Released irregularly but always produced with passion The Back to Front Show runs for around 40 minutes per episode and c ...
 
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It’s been way too long and to be honest, we’d almost given up any hope of recording this landmark episode of our groundbreaking podcast! It only took a global pandemic and Kieran finally finding his mic to get us back from the brink of being a very slender footnote in podcasting history. In our 50th episode, we catch up on two very uneventful years…
 
Tap tap, is this thing on? After eight months or working out how to plug in our USB microphones, we finally figured it out and are back with 45 glorious minutes of chat! In this episode, we learn all about “New Kieran” — new job, new house, and a new laptop. We also discuss a great post on lessons learned running a subscription-based newsletter, di…
 
Happy 2018! Eschewing a long-standing tradition of not actually releasing shows we are kicking off the year as we mean to go on (for now) with a brand spanking new edition! Join us for 50 glorious high fidelity minutes (true for one of us) and celebrate five years of the show. We don’t dwell too long on our golden non-award winning archive and go o…
 
It’s hard to believe it’s only been one week, no really, since our last confession. Where does the time go? In this episode we catch up on what’s happened in our lives in the last seven days, discuss the latest goings on at Medium, ponder why the Guardian doesn’t write listicles and end on probably the best API in the world! Shopify Plus Canada 150…
 
In this episode of Back Stories, Keir chats with Oliver Lindberg— founder of the new Pixel Pioneers web conference series and all round content guru. Topics covered include how to find speakers for your conference, the role of a good editor, how to improve your writing skills, and how to pitch to an editor. Oliver Online Oliver’s personal web site …
 
Happy New Year to you all! Rather unsurprisingly we missed our end of year review but the outline was probably one of our best. Maybe we’ll do it next year! This episode we catch up on Kieran’s move behind the camera, argue over what exactly constitutes a pair of Daps and delve into the future of Medium in light of Ev Williams recent announcement. …
 
I’ll say this — time off between episodes certainly gives us plenty to talk about. In our 45th, almost hour–long, outing behind the mics we welcome new members to “the club“, discuss Kieran’s move into the world of coffee capsule commerce, ponder on new forms of web education, and learn more what Kieran receives in the post! David McCann Matt Wilmo…
 
In this episode of Back Stories, Keir chats with Kurt Elster — founder of ecommerce agency Ethercycle, host of the popular Ecommerce Hacks Weekly video series, author of Ecommerce Bootcamp, and the host of The Unofficial Shopify Podcast. Topics include the benefits of the “peacock” jacket, naming your company, specialisation, automating inbound lea…
 
Welcome to the second episode of Back Stories — a new series of one on one interviews hosted by Keir Whitaker (one-half of the team behind The Back to Front Show). In this episode, Keir is joined by Craig Lockwood — long time friend of the show and the man behind endeavours including software, events, co-working spaces, and more. In this very open …
 
Welcome to Back Stories — a new series of one on one interviews hosted by Keir Whitaker (one-half of the team behind The Back to Front Show). Each episode, unlike the usual show, will come in at 30 minutes and will attempt to delve into the interesting lives of people working in the web, design, tech, publishing, and creative industries. In this fi…
 
It feels like only last week that the two “K Units” got behind the Samson CO1UPRO‘s and recorded episode #43. So close in fact, that we even manage to think we are still actually recording episode #43! In this short 53 minute episode, we catch up on recent life goings on, learn that Kieran has been “tamping hard” in his role as “Digital Guy” at the…
 
This week we celebrate the internet’s very own Oliver Lindberg as we get #lostwithlindberg. Given our distinct lack of direction for this episode, it seemed only right and proper that our favourite editor of the internet takes this week’s naming rights. If you are ever lost, and if you can find him, maybe you can also get “lost with Lindberg”. Cue …
 
This episode is dedicated to our favourite Australian Gavin Ballard — all round good guy, world traveller, bon viveur and last but by no means least Shopify Expert. Gavin is a long time listener (we still aren’t sure why) and friend of the show. If we had a pin badge and sticker “care package” he’d be the first recipient! Topics covered in this meg…
 
In this week’s episode, we turn our gaze to the topic of ad-blockers and paid content. We discuss Vitaly from Smashing Magazine’s recent post looking at how they are funding their content strategy and discuss our own views on paying for digital content. As always we book end the show with some “bants” including heartfelt thanks to some of our favou…
 
Three years ago we started this little adventure called The Back to Front Show. Since then we’ve somehow managed to record 39 shows. Not the best of averages but who’s counting? In our milestone 40th show, we discuss the cake that never happened, Keir’s favourite new TV show, standing desks and end with a discussion that starts with Sarah Parmenter…
 
Like a phoenix from the flames, we have risen. Our year long retreat for slightly overweight tech men from the South West of England is officially over. We’ve eaten the kale, cleansed ourselves, got the glow and are now itching to get back behind the mics. It’s out with the Yeti’s and in with a spanking new steed for Kieran and a less than great “M…
 
In a change to the announced billing, an impromptu early morning phone call made us think a chat about remote working might be in order. As many of us fight the January blues, and inevitable bout of illness that the new year often brings, it felt a timely opportunity to discuss the good, and the bad, aspects of working from a distance. Topics we di…
 
Happy 2015! We are back for the new year with a look at four links that caught our attention over the holiday season. We also spill the beans on some of the topics we’ll be covering this year. Featured in this weeks episode: TechCrunch Cribs 12 Startups in 12 Months Just Try and do a Good Job Moonpig Vulnerability If you like our little show we’d v…
 
It’s that time of the year when we look back on the past 12 months and dish out our (cough, cough) highly prized awards! This year in the 2014 BAFTAS we have eight categories and round off the show with a little bit of crystal ball gazing in which we both make our predictions for 2015. Without further ado here are the categories and winners: The aw…
 
This week Keir tries to speak “Somerset” and no surprises for guessing the outcome of that one. Once that’s done and dusted we take a look at the rise in Markdown based writing apps, examine a new ebook service from Liberio, try and fail to work out the implications of the new EU VAT place of supply rule for digital services and finally round it ou…
 
We are back once again (albeit a few days weeks late). Illness, travel and house moves put things on hold but we’ll be back in full force in the run up to the holiday season. This week we welcome in our new logo courtesy of Sean Johnson and pick out four links and topical stories we found of interest over the last few weeks. Sean Johnson Nomad Comm…
 
Back from our travels we retrun behind the Yeti’s to discuss everything from the hunt for the perfect email app to the sartorial elegance of modern tech CEO’s. This episode also features a rather spledid retreat venue only four hours from Spokane. The Web Is Beyond Tellerrand Berlin Punctuation Tips Google Inbox Define the CTO Business casual has b…
 
Due to logistical issues Kieran was unable to join the party today. Thankfully Marc and Ben from Neutron Creations kindly joined Keir for a chat over lunch (literally). This week we discuss the recent web.is conference in Cardiff put together by our good friend Mr. Craig Lockwood. The Web Is Christopher Murphy Benjamin Hollway David Hieatt Managing…
 
This week Kieran joins us live via a pair of Apple headphones from Coffee #1. Complete with baristas creating flat whites and the chitter chatter of remote workers typing away we throw audio fidelity to the wind and freestyle over a few links from Keir’s web site. Codebase Deploy Dial 9 Sirportly Keir’s 404 page MAMP Pro Apache Failed to Start on O…
 
As we reach the ripe old age of 30 we sit back and chat about a topic we often come back to over an artisinal flat white – why do people think everything on the web “should” be free? We discuss some possible causes, the backlash against app developers charging for previously free tools and ponder if the rise of big VC has played it’s part too. Oh a…
 
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! Mendip Hills Somerset L…
 
After discussing Kieran’s classic 90’s Peugeot 306 Turbo Diesel we turn our focus back to six cuts from our web travels. This week featuring the finest in USB protection and 15 of the best productivity hacks money can’t buy. USB Condom 1 Year as a Digital Nomad – How to Build a Business by the Beach iPhone ATM PIN code hack Improving Smashing Magaz…
 
In the first of our bi-weekly links shows we chat about the latest news on the Editorially team, have some friendly banter about startup culture and Kieran delves into the world of devices. Editorially team goes to Vox Media The 10 Things You Should Do When You Have Your Next Web Idea How Startup Funding Really Works (Infographic) Disney Engineers …
 
Just when you thought you could delete us from your podcatcher we are back and with a distinct lack of excuses for our absence. This week we discuss our new weekly formats and chat extensively about “transitioning”. Over the last few months both of us have found our main focuses shifting and as a result the way we present ourselves online has chang…
 
No it’s not a mirage, this really is #023 of our occasional podcast. We must do better! Excuses are in abundance after which we discuss a whole raft of topics – some even web related! Beyond Tellerrand Web Teaching Day New pricing for The Web.IS Mike Kus designed a t-shirt for Shopify Cakebrew Bringing Pan Am Back To Life Figuring Out Responsive Im…
 
Six links and just under one hour of chat, what are we playing at? Variety is the name of the game this week. We discuss Kieran’s new event, Getty Images big news, magazine web sites, Netflix, coding standards, text editors and round off with the Mark Cuban’s best ever investment. The Web Is Indie Direct Getty Images goes Free Digest Magazine Upper…
 
Like the proverbial phoenix, we have risen! Kieran is back and we finally wish each other a happy new year. This episode we try and get to the bottom of why we weren’t nominated for a Net Award, this as you might imagine takes a while. We ask the other burning question of the week, that being is Harry Roberts (the one and only CSS Wizard) really un…
 
In our first episode of 2014 I am joined by new guest co-host Marc Roberts of Neutron Creations. After a lengthy chat about his rather special coat we moved onto more web related links and finished up with a discussion on node.js. Big thanks for Marc for taking the time to come on the show. MKGN All Dayer EJS on being less social I can smell your C…
 
It’s the end of year Back to Front Show awards special. An opinonated, and occasionally tongue in cheek, look back over the last year in which we celebrate the events, the trends, the people, the apps, the podcasts, the magazines and the books that have made 2013 a great year. We also have details of our first ever guest co-host who will be joining…
 
We are back after a what can only be termed a travel enforced sabbatical. This week we chat about two new books focusing on remote working, Kieran regales us with more eco-living tales and we discuss why our industry seems obsessed on building businesses to flip. Brooklyn Beta Build Handheld Wood Grenade Automate Your Responsive Images With Mobify.…
 
This weeks episode is kindly supported by Squarespace, the all-in-one platform that makes it fast and easy to create your own professional website or online portfolio. For a free trial and a massive 10% off, go to squarespace.com and use offer code Backtofront10. In this episode we discuss Google’s foray into the IDE land, Brad Frost’s great post o…
 
Episode #015 is brought to you in partnership with Squarespace, the all-in-one platform that makes it fast and easy to create your own professional website or online portfolio. For a free trial and a massive 20% off (valid for September 2013), go to squarespace.com and use offer code Backtofront9. In this week’s micro edition we look at six great a…
 
Kieran goes back to school this week and in between setting assignments for his new cohort we manage to discuss Keir’s recent trip to Brighton for the rather good Reasons to be Creative event, a tool for getting your clients content in order, speed tips, Ken and Ryu and end with a discussion on the dream startup team. Reasons to be Creative Lanyrd …
 
Episode #013 is brought to you in association with Squarespace, the all-in-one platform that makes it fast and easy to create your own professional website or online portfolio. For a free trial and 10% off, go to squarespace.com and use offer code Backtofront8. This week there’s a change to our format as we strive to go weekly. In our new “8bit-min…
 
Episode #012 goes back to the code face with a good chat about some new online services, the hard topic of what to call yourself and an in-depth discussion about the often contentious idea of charging for software and online services. One Last Scare Digest Webby Podcasts Coffitivity Clipping Magic Kraken We are Makers Web industry job titles Twitte…
 
In the 11th instalment of our artisanal hand-crafted high-fidelity podcast we prove that despite being able to bring up a LAMP stack in under 12 minutes we are utterly incapable of running a competition. Listen in and find out who the two, yes two, winners of Keir’s lunchbox are! We also discuss Keir’s (and Elliot’s) latest publication called Diges…
 
As the web appears to have gone on holiday we present a mixed bag of goodness on Episode 010. We lament the loss of one of our zero’s, Kieran brings forth the news and the funny and we engage in a almost academic level of discourse on the issues associated with overfunding on crowdfunding platforms. Also included – a bit of Startup talk, a new Mac …
 
We are back behind the Yeti’s to discuss Keir’s trip to Beyond Tellerrand, the new Flickr subscription model, Digg Reader, Prism and our recent Mac email client woes. We round out the show with quite possibly the best use of technology we have come across – intrigued? You should be! Beyond Tellerrand Marc Thiele Jonny Belmont (Reasons to be Creativ…
 
This weeks show is kindly supported by Insites: ConfShop — A unique one day event for web workers focused on openness, sharing and learning taking place in London on Friday July 5th. Tickets are limited to 100 and are available for £125. In this episode we tell you about our new “studio”, discuss the route to inner nirvana (no really), the “prob…
 
But for pesky technical gremlins, this would certainly be our best episode yet. Apologies in advance for the background noise. Pre-recording testing was good, however it appears that an intermittent issue with a USB connector has caused us a few problems that can’t be edited out. Now we know we’ll do better next time. Moving on this week’s show foc…
 
Skype wasn’t kind to us this week so sincere apologies for the sound quality. We are instigating new audio fiedlity procedure moving forward! This week we discuss Teux Deux moving to a payment model, the demise of Google Reader, startup media icons and Kieran manages to top all previous “and finally” items. MK Geek Night The Startup Legitimizer Whe…
 
Thanks again to Handheld Conference for supporting this week’s episode. It’s a conference focusing on “big ideas for small devices” taking place in Cardiff, UK on November 27th – 28th. Grab your ticket today. This week we focus on Yahoo!’s decision to ban remote working, executing ideas, deep dish pizza and automagical open source cocktails. Handhe…
 
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