Elliot Jay Stocks is a designer, speaker, and author. He is the Creative Director of Adobe Typekit, the founder of typography magazine 8 Faces, one half of Viewport Industries, and an electronic musician.

Hello, my name is Elliot. I’m the Creative Director of Adobe Typekit, the founder of typography magazine 8 Faces, and one half of Viewport Industries. I live and work in the countryside just south of Bristol, England.

About me

I consider myself to be extremely fortunate, because my ‘job’, such as it is, simply entails doing what I love. I call myself a designer as it’s a nice umbrella term for the web design / print design / illustration / branding work that I do, although I spend a great deal of time talking about design at numerous conferences around the globe and writing about design for online and offline publications. I wrote a book with a very silly title, but let’s not dwell too much on that.

More recently, I’m the founder and editor of 8 Faces, a bi-annual printed magazine dedicated to typographic design. Occasionally I dabble with the idea of being a musician, but by and large my focus is on design and all of its connected parts. At the end of 2011 I formed Viewport Industries with my friend Keir Whitaker and we released the rather epic Insites: The Book. In 2013, we launched Digest — a lifestyle magazine for the discerning creative.

Lots of nice people have been kind enough to interview me and showcase my work over the years, including Creative Review, Computer Arts, The Independent, .Net, Design Week, and numerous blogs, podcasts, and online magazines.

Notable former clients include Microsoft, Virgin Group, MailChimp, EMI, Founders Fund, Campaign Monitor, Brooklyn Beta, Smashing Magazine, Carsonified, WooThemes, and Fusion Ads… which is nice.

In mid-2013 I gave up client work to join the Adobe Typekit team as Creative Director.

About the site

A designer without a portfolio? What’s the world coming to? I know, I know. It’s on its way. Really, it is.

Unless otherwise noted, the type is set in David Březina’s Skolar, served via Typekit. For the art-directed posts, I’m indebted to Dave Rupert for his excellent lettering.js and fittext.js scripts. Many of the background textures on said posts are from Subtle Patterns.

Huge, massive thanks to David Parsons and Cole Henley for making the Google Maps stuff work on the ‘speaking’ page.

If you’d like me to advise on your project, speak at your event, write for your publication, or just say hello, please feel free to get in touch via email. Please note, however, that I’m no longer accepting client work.

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