Elliot Jay Stocks is a designer, speaker, and author. He is the Creative Director of Adobe Typekit, co-founder of lifestyle magazine Lagom, founder of typography magazine 8 Faces, and an electronic musician.

Web Directions North 2009

Posted on 16 February 2009 Comments

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of flying over to the States and speaking at Web Directions North. I had a fantastic week in Denver, got to hang out with the usual conference regulars, and made lots of new friends (who I hope I’ll be seeing again soon). Oh, and we got to go skiing in The Rockies. It was brilliant.

Web Directions North actually turned out to be one of the best events I’ve been to in a while, with some fantastic talks by Dan Cederholm, Dave Shea (and many others), plus an absolutely incredible closing keynote from Bob Harris (no, not that one), which had more than a few of us feeling rather watery-eyed.

I did a talk called ‘ Progressive Enhancement & Intentional Degradation 2’ (try saying that three times) and also got to teach a half-day workshop called ’ From Photoshop To The Browser: The Successful Design Process’. I promised attendees that I’d post the slides online, so – finally – here they are…

Progressive Enhancement & Intentional Degradation 2

This presentation took my first Oxford geek Night talk as its inspiration and then returned to the subject to see what has changed in the last 18 months or so. It also includes the keynote session I did at OGNX called The Trouble With Type. You can download a PDF of the slides (4.1 MB) and I’ve embedded a SlideShare presentation below. I believe the WDN team are in the process of putting up the audio from the event, so you might even be able to follow along quite soon.

You can also view this over on SlideShare, along with most of my other slides from the last two years.

Disclaimer: the PDF export has messed up a few bit of transparency, and most of the links aren’t active. I’ll try and sort these out at some point!

From Photoshop To The Browser:
The Successful Design Process (workshop)

As I said to students on the day, I wanted to make these slides password-protected. There are two reasons for this: firstly, I don’t think these slides will make much sense without my commentary, so there’s no point in you looking at them if you didn’t attend the class; secondly, I thought it was only fair to keep the content restricted, given that the attendees paid a decent amount of money to take the workshop.

So, without further ado, here’s the link (please see your email for the username and password).

Thank you

Thanks to everyone who turned up for my presentation and workshop! It was a great turn out considering how tight budgets are at the moment, and when speaking at a two-track event, it’s always a pleasure to see attendees choosing your talk over someone else’s. :)

Lastly, I’d just like to say a massive thank you to John Allsopp, the brains behind the whole operation. He did a superb job (as did his veritable army of helpers) and a great time was had by all. Cheers!

Did you have fun?

I certainly hope so! Please let me and other know about it by sharing your thoughts in the comments below…

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