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.

I’m speaking at the London Design Festival

Posted on 01 September 2007 6 comments

Article illustration for London Design Festival

I’m honoured to announce that I’ll be speaking at ‘iDesign: design for life’, a one-day event that’s part of September’s London Design Festival. To quote the website, “the conference examines the impact of digital interactive media on all of our lives. Bringing together some of the foremost practitioners and thinkers from online, mobile, film, games and tv, the delegation will discuss how our collective digital future will pan out, and the importance of good design principles and practices for both social and economic benefit.”

Please come along! The event only costs £55 for the day (which is insanely resonable if you’ve seen the price of these things usually) and will also be the main digital-centric focus of the whole London Design Festival. It’s on Tuesday 18th September in the Purcell Room, located in the heart of London’s Southbank Centre. Although it’s on all day, my session will be in the afternoon.

I’m still working out the format of my talk, but it’ll probably focus around the ‘transparent creative process’ we’re known for at Carson Systems. There’ll be a Q&A session from the chair after my talk and then a Q&A session with the audience, so come along and throw awkward questions at me (or if I can bribe nice questions out of you with an after-show pint, that’d be smashing). I’ll join the day’s other speakers at the end of the afternoon for a big panel mash-up type of thing.

Whilst bowing repeatedly to the organisers in thanks, I’m also humbled to announce my fellow speakers: Clive Grinyer (Director of Design at Orange), Adam Gee (New Media Commissioner at Channel 4), Dr. Nick Bayliss (whose life’s work focuses on the study of happiness), and Helen Keegan (founder of BeepMarketing). Wow! To say I’m a little nervous about sharing the stage with these guys is something of an understatement.


  1. Matt Munsey

    Matt Munsey

    01 September 2007 @ 10:10PM #

    I am sure it will be great, Elliot. I only wish that I could some how join in. It sounds like a great event.

    However, it is looking very likely that I will be able to make it to SXSW. I managed to get a new job as a web designer for a large clothing company here in the states (I actually just got it yesterday). There seems to be a good chance that they might even pay for me to go. Here’s to hoping!

    Good luck with the talk!

  2. Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks

    02 September 2007 @ 01:58AM #

    Thanks Matt! And congratulations on the new job!

  3. Matt Munsey

    Matt Munsey

    02 September 2007 @ 02:21AM #

    Thanks Elliot! I posted all about it here.

  4. Serge Lescouarnec

    Serge Lescouarnec

    02 September 2007 @ 08:48PM #


    Did not realize that you had this blog.

    I like the feel of it

    Reminds me of Cocteau Twins and 4 AD album covers.

    Take care


  5. Steve Killen

    Steve Killen

    03 September 2007 @ 05:21PM #

    No sooner have you escaped London, then you are dragged back to it.! Good luck Elliot, I’m sure you’ll hold your own against those heavyweights, remember you have age on your side.

    I going to try to make it as its on my tube line and would like to hear you speak. Shame its on a weekday but I will try to get the time off work.

  6. Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks

    04 September 2007 @ 02:55PM #

    Thanks, Serge and Steve!

    @ Steve: it’d be great if you can come. Hope to see you there! :)

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