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.

My new magazine: Digest

Posted on 29 July 2013 Comments

Article illustration for My new magazine: Digest

If you’ve seen any of my recent Dribbble shots, you’ll be aware of Digest — a new magazine from me, my Viewport Industries cohort Keir Whitaker, and the incredible team of talented writers, editors, photographers, and illustrators we’ve assembled for the publication. I’ve not yet mentioned this latest side project on the blog, so this post is an attempt to rectify that.

First and foremost, I have a date for you: Wednesday 14th August. Put that in your diary, because that’s when issue one will go on sale. That’s just over two weeks away. Like 8 Faces, we have a limited print run.

So, what exactly is this new publication of ours? Put simply, it’s ‘a seasonal digest of culture that surrounds the world of the creative professional.’ Digest is not about the web, or design, or technology, but its content exists very much in our spectrum. It’s a lifestyle magazine. Allow me to quote from the issue’s introduction:

When we talk to our friends in the web / tech / design communities, we rarely talk about page composition theory or the latest Javascript library. (Well, not that much, anyway.) Instead, our discussions have a tendency to revolve around great coffee places that are a joy to work from; boutique restaurants that are perfect for treating our favourite clients; tucked-away corners of the world’s cities that are worth a visit on that spare day or two after a conference. Digest is an attempt to bring those conversations to the printed page. Conversations that — for the large part — are about the culture we’ve found on our travels around the globe: the world away from our desks.

With Digest we’re aiming to provide a seasonal dose of inspiration for the discerning traveller and a reminder that the world away from our computers is ripe for exploration. And we’re doing so on lovingly-crafted A3 pages. It’s big!

In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be blogging more about Digest: its production, its contents, and its raison d’être. I’ll also be posting more on Dribbble and my Instagram feed, so follow along for more pre-release details.

See that photo above? That’s one of the spreads (an article I wrote about craft beer), going through the press last Tuesday. ( Here it is in action.) As I write this, the magazines are on their way from the binders to our distributor, and I’ll be picking up the very first copies tomorrow. I can’t wait to smell those pages!

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