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.

My new magazine: Digest

Posted on 29 July 2013 9 comments

Article illustration for My new magazine: Digest

If you’ve seen any of my recent Dribbble shots, you’ll be aware of Digest — a new magazine from me, my Viewport Industries cohort Keir Whitaker, and the incredible team of talented writers, editors, photographers, and illustrators we’ve assembled for the publication. I’ve not yet mentioned this latest side project on the blog, so this post is an attempt to rectify that.

First and foremost, I have a date for you: Wednesday 14th August. Put that in your diary, because that’s when issue one will go on sale. That’s just over two weeks away. Like 8 Faces, we have a limited print run.

So, what exactly is this new publication of ours? Put simply, it’s ‘a seasonal digest of culture that surrounds the world of the creative professional.’ Digest is not about the web, or design, or technology, but its content exists very much in our spectrum. It’s a lifestyle magazine. Allow me to quote from the issue’s introduction:

When we talk to our friends in the web / tech / design communities, we rarely talk about page composition theory or the latest Javascript library. (Well, not that much, anyway.) Instead, our discussions have a tendency to revolve around great coffee places that are a joy to work from; boutique restaurants that are perfect for treating our favourite clients; tucked-away corners of the world’s cities that are worth a visit on that spare day or two after a conference. Digest is an attempt to bring those conversations to the printed page. Conversations that — for the large part — are about the culture we’ve found on our travels around the globe: the world away from our desks.

With Digest we’re aiming to provide a seasonal dose of inspiration for the discerning traveller and a reminder that the world away from our computers is ripe for exploration. And we’re doing so on lovingly-crafted A3 pages. It’s big!

In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be blogging more about Digest: its production, its contents, and its raison d’être. I’ll also be posting more on Dribbble and my Instagram feed, so follow along for more pre-release details.

See that photo above? That’s one of the spreads (an article I wrote about craft beer), going through the press last Tuesday. (Here it is in action.) As I write this, the magazines are on their way from the binders to our distributor, and I’ll be picking up the very first copies tomorrow. I can’t wait to smell those pages!


  1. Spiros Martzoukos

    Spiros Martzoukos

    29 July 2013 @ 04:44PM #

    Sounds like Monocle for Web Designers. :)
    Looking forward to it!

  2. Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks

    29 July 2013 @ 04:48PM #

    @ Spiros: ‘Monocle for Web Designers’ is actually pretty close to the mark! ;)

  3. Thom


    29 July 2013 @ 05:11PM #

    As it’s A3, how much will shipping be?

    Also [off topic] how do you get your paragraph text to slide in when selecting right to left?

  4. Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks

    29 July 2013 @ 05:34PM #

    @ Thom: That’s a good question. Right now, we’re still sorting out the shipping costs with our distributor. It goes without saying that we’re trying to keep shipping costs as low as possible, but we’re trying to balance that with the (understandably greater) cost of providing quality packaging that will keep the magazine safe from the elements (and inept postmen of the world). Hopefully we’ll get costs nailed in the next week or so, so watch this space!

    Oh, and that text selection stuff is a WebKit bug, caused (I think) by anti-aliasing on the type rendering.

  5. Gray Gilmore

    Gray Gilmore

    29 July 2013 @ 11:12PM #

    That picture of the beer spread looks amazing – I’m in. Hoping it’s not going to break the bank getting it across the US/Canada border.

  6. Justin


    30 July 2013 @ 09:02AM #

    I just hopped on the site this morning on the off chance and to see this post has got me watering at the mouth. I meant to post a comment when I received the last 8 Faces. It was an experience just to open it (just don’t let anyone watch you as you caress the pages ;)) It also means something when you actually notice how well something is packaged. The postman nearly broke the letterbox trying to fit it through, but at least my copy was safe.

    Anyways, this would be an excellent edition to any designers collection. Despite not looking at any of the feeds yet, I just know this is going to be quality. If it is packaged as well as 8Faces, I’ll be snapping this up in a heartbeat.

    Can’t wait!

  7. Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks

    31 July 2013 @ 12:21PM #

    @ Gray: We’re working really hard at the moment to get the shipping costs as low as we can. It’s looking likely that we’ll actually offer two options: the slightly more expensive one will pay for better packaging. Either way, though, we’re looking at pretty reasonable prices (in my opinion).

    @ Justin: That’s very kind of you to say — thank you! I really appreciate the nice words.

  8. Rolando


    31 July 2013 @ 04:04PM #

    I really liked the phrase “… a reminder that the world away from our computers is ripe for exploration.” We definitely need to be reminded of that as we are so caught up in looking at life through a computer screen.

  9. Conor MacNeill

    Conor MacNeill

    31 July 2013 @ 05:38PM #

    Nice idea! If you need any photos of foreign places, feel free to use one of mine for free if you want (assuming it’s not already exclusive licensed of course).

    If it’s anything like 8 Faces, it’ll be awesome!

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