Elliot Jay Stocks is the Co-editor and Creative Director of the bi-annual lifestyle magazine Lagom. Until the end of 2015 he was the Creative Director of Adobe Typekit, and prior to that he founded and ran the typography magazine 8 Faces, which has now been turned into a hardcover book after a successful Kickstarter campaign.
His design work, for clients such as Colonna, Virgin, Microsoft, Brooklyn Beta, and MailChimp, has been showcased in publications such as Communication Arts, Creative Review, Computer Arts, Page, The Independent, .Net, and Design Week. He lives and works in the countryside near Bristol, England, and creates electronic music by night under the alias ‘Other Form’.
Now is Always the Wrong Time
Side projects have always been a big part of Elliot's career in design, publishing, and music — some successful, others not — and in latter years the line between ‘side’ and ‘full-time’ has become increasingly blurred, as has the line between client work and making products.
In this talk, Elliot reflects on the pros and cons of his various projects, and the concept of productivity and creativity as a whole. He proposes that because creativity always seems to manifest itself at the ‘wrong’ time, now has actually never been a better time to follow our passions and make a living from what we love the most.
Advanced Typography for the Web & Print
Advanced Typography for the Web & Print is an all-day workshop by Elliot Jay Stocks, the former creative Director of Adobe Typekit, and the founder of typography magazine 8 Faces.
It aims to give attendees the skills needed to take their typesetting to the next level and, crucially, spans print and digital media. From making informed decisions when choosing and pairing typefaces, to understanding the effect spacing has on the reader, right the way through to the intricacies of web font loading, the workshop equips participants with a broad knowledge of typesetting practices, ready to apply across multiple media. Designer or developer, junior or senior, there’s a little something for everyone.