Elliot Jay

Elliot Jay Stocks


In 2009, author Andy Clarke called Elliot "a designer with the balls to push the boundaries of design for the web.

Elliot Jay Stocks is a designer, illustrator, speaker, and author. His work is regularly featured in books, blogs, and magazines, and his portfolio includes projects for clients such as Virgin, Microsoft, Smashing Magazine and MailChimp.

A common face on the speaking circuit, Elliot gives talks at design events across the globe, including An Event Apart, Brooklyn Beta, Future of Web Design, South by Southwest, and Web Directions.

He writes for publications such as .Net, Computer Arts, and Codex: The Journal of Typography, is the author of Sexy Web Design (Sitepoint, 2008), and sits on the judging panels of design competitions, as well as Smashing Magazine's Experts Panel.

Elliot is the founder of typography magazine 8 Faces co-founder of Viewport Industries. He lives and works in the countryside between Bristol and Bath, England.


With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Recent developments in web technologies like HTML5 and CSS3 have allowed us to build a richer web, full of advanced visual treatments like web fonts, animations, transformations, and drop-shadows.

But have we got carried away with our new toys? Just because we can use a drop-shadow doesn't mean we have to. In this new and often controversial talk, Elliot looks at solid design principles that will turn a good website into a great website, examines the scenarios where it's better to stay away from unnecessary visual effects, and attempts to find the sweet spot in between the two extremes.

'With great power comes great responsibility,' said Uncle Ben, and Spidey hadn't even used border-radius!

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