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.

Forthcoming speaking events

Posted on 09 September 2008 12 comments

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UPDATE: I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be speaking at Spletne Urice in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 29th October. The itinerary below has been updated.

SkillSwap Brighton

I spoke at the Bristol wing of SkillSwap last year and had a great time. This time around, I’ll be sharing the stage with my mate Paul Annett (Senior Designer at ClearLeft), who has a great-sounding discussion lined up. I’ll be talking about how to find inspiration amidst evil looming deadlines and why we should all care about creating great design. Here’s the description of the talk I provided for the SkillSwap site:

Crushed into submission by the weight of impending deadlines, battered and bruised by insane client demands, and reduced to a quivering mess by technical problems, how does the web designer inject care, passion, and polish into a project? When and how is it possible to add that extra layer of TLC when all you want to do is get it finished? Complementing Paul Annett’s talk on web design niceties, Elliot Jay Stocks looks at the motivation behind great design, and attempts to inspire by removing the client from the picture and focus on the importance of design evolution.

SkillSwap is a very informal affair and is more about audience participation than me just waffling on about nonsense on stage, so come along for a fun night out.

Spletne Urice

I absolutely love Slovenia, having stayed in both Bled (north) and Piran (south) a couple of years ago when Sam and I travelled around Europe by train, so I’m really excited about going back!

I’ve been invited by the kind organisers of Spletne Urice to speak at their intimate event held every week in Ljubljana. I can’t wait to hang out with some Slovenian web geeks, so come along if you’re in the area! I’ve heard great things about the event from Richard Rutter, who spoke there recently.

Web Developers Conference

Fast forward from the summer sun of Brighton beach to the pre-Christmas excitement of Bristol in November (yes, November is almost Christmas!). At the Web Developers Conference, I’ll be joining a great line-up (speakers include Chris Garrett, Patrick H. Lauke, and James Box), except that instead of the usual speaking thing, I’ll be on a panel, which means I get to sit down. Hurrah! We’ll be answering questions focused on what it’s like to work in the web industry.

Please note: The Web Developers Conference is an event designed for students of the Web Design degree course at the University of West England.


On 5th September, I’ll be in Brighton once again for this year’s dConstruct. I’m not speaking at the event – I’m just there as an attendee – but I will no doubt be consuming some Belgian beer with my chums Sam Brown, Tim van Damme, and Sarah Parmenter – as well as the usual suspects from the worldwide intertubes – so come and say hello if you’re there!


  1. Gavin


    28 July 2008 @ 08:33PM #

    Will you or are there any events further ooop north you will be attending Elliot?

  2. Tanya


    28 July 2008 @ 08:33PM #

    thanks for the quick glance of your speaking engagements in your sidebar.

    Will they be taped?

  3. Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks

    28 July 2008 @ 08:55PM #

    @ Gavin: Not that I know of, I’m afraid. But if you hear of any, please let me know!

    @ Tanya: I don’t think these ones will be taped, although I might be wrong. It tends to be the bigger events that get recorded. Bigger events that I hope I can announce in the not too distant future!

  4. Pete


    28 July 2008 @ 09:37PM #

    Hi Elliot

    It will be good to see you in Bristol in November, I’ll have to collar you for a beer (my shout) and a chat as I didn’t get chance at FOWD in April.

    See you there


  5. Chris


    29 July 2008 @ 07:00AM #

    Hi Elliot,
    You’re very scholarly looking in this photo. I’d love to attend if I’m in the UK at the right time.

  6. David Rapson

    David Rapson

    01 August 2008 @ 10:55PM #

    Hi Elliot,

    This is not really related to this post but I just thought I’d let you know that I’ve finally got round to finishing my personal site, which may not be interesting in itself, but I have just posted an article on other personal sites I admire and which helped me in the process of designing my own site.

    Yours is one of them

    Designing for yourself


  7. David Rapson

    David Rapson

    01 August 2008 @ 10:56PM #

    Hmm the live preview thing confused me when checking that link, I didn’t think it would work without the closing quote.

    Designing for yourself

  8. Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks

    05 August 2008 @ 07:05PM #

    @ Pete: Nice one! Looking forward to it!

    @ Chris: Scholarly, eh? I’ll have to work on that! ;)

    @ David Rapson: Thanks for the kind words on your site, David! Much appreciated indeed. :)

  9. David


    06 August 2008 @ 12:04AM #

    You’re welcome. Glad you enjoyed it.

  10. Davorin


    10 September 2008 @ 02:00PM #

    Good news, everyone!

    As I’m a regular at Spletne urice, I’m sure I’ll be there! See you in Ljubljana in October.

  11. James


    10 September 2008 @ 10:02PM #

    FOWA FOWA FOWA! Yea, you should speak at FOWA in Oct:)

  12. Mitja Ribic

    Mitja Ribic

    11 September 2008 @ 06:43PM #

    Hey, that’s great news about coming to Slovenia. I’ll sure be there on 29th. Looking forward to it.

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