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.

Best of CSS Design 2007 / Top Blog Designs of 2007 / snap2objects interview

Posted on 12 December 2007 13 comments

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Last week was a good week for this site and promotion in general. First it was featured in Web Designer Wall’s ‘Best of CSS Design 2007’ and then in Adii’s ‘Top Blog Designs of 2007’. The latter placed elliotjaystocks.com at #12 but also featured my recent carsonified.com redesign at #4. Hooray!

Both of these features were followed on Friday by an interview with me on snap2objects, amusingly titled “The guy who told us to destroy the web 2.0 look.” In it, Mao asked me about combatting design cliches, building up a portfolio, and of course that presentation. Apparently it’s going to be the first of many interviews.

I was chuffed to see elliotjaystocks.com on a great new site called CommandShift3, which is “like Hot or Not. Except, instead of clicking on hot babes, you click on hot websites.” At the time of writing, it’s won 268 out of 380 battles, and I’m happy to see that the sites it ‘loses’ to are generally pretty good ones from well-respected designers. Despite initial reservations about the site (can you really judge how good a site is from a thumbnail?), I’m now addicted to CommandShift3 and I think you’ll find it rather fun as well; if for no other reason than it’s a more interesting source of inspiration than all of those CSS gallery clones out there.


  1. Sam Hardacre

    Sam Hardacre

    13 December 2007 @ 03:37AM #

    Great interview and well deserved placements! both sites are truly two of the best I’ve seen for a long time : )

  2. Polo


    13 December 2007 @ 02:54PM #

    Thanks for this very interesting interview & Well done for your apparitions in the differents ranking of WebDesign, you deserve it.

  3. mao


    13 December 2007 @ 11:51PM #

    Congrats elliot! Well deserved!

  4. Derek


    14 December 2007 @ 11:42PM #

    Elliot, thanks for the posting the interview. I especially love what you said about getting away for the web for inspiration, to not be persuaded by trends on the web. Thanks

  5. Grant


    16 December 2007 @ 09:09AM #

    All well deserved accolades. I had no idea about CommandShift3 – great find. I think I shall find myself addicted soon!

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    amitgupta.com [PING]

    18 December 2007 @ 02:26AM #

    […] Zeldman (Happy Cog), Airbag Industries, Cameron Moll, Ben Brown, Josh Spear, and Elliot Jay Stocks (Carsonified) also gave us some link […]

  7. Paul


    19 December 2007 @ 12:47AM #

    Elliot some amazing stuff on here. Im inspired. (p.s. I followed the link from Web designer Wall). ;o)

  8. Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks

    19 December 2007 @ 01:17AM #

    Thanks for all your support, guys! I really appreciate the kind words. :) The guys behind CommandShift3 have since asked me to record a video for them, so look out for that soon…

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    03 January 2008 @ 09:41PM #

    […] before Christmas I was catching up on reading some of my favourite blogs including this post by Elliot Jay Stocks. He mentioned a new-ish site from Jelly called CommandShift3 which apparently “is like Hot or […]

  10. rama


    20 February 2008 @ 10:15AM #

    yup, this is one good website.. nicely designed. bravo

  11. Web Designer Group

    Web Designer Group

    23 February 2008 @ 12:00PM #

    Congratulations. Both sites are really great.

  12. Axioftilliree


    05 April 2008 @ 03:00PM #

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    05 June 2008 @ 03:37AM #

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