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.

Speaking events in early 2009

Posted on 21 October 2008 11 comments

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UPDATE: I’ve got a promo code for WDN that’ll give you a discount on the ticket price. Scroll down for info…

I’m really excited to be announcing some more speaking events; this time for the first few months of 2009. I gots me some travellin’ to do!

Oxford Geek Night X

21st January / Oxford, UK

Although it’s a small event, I hold Oxford Geek Night quite dear in my heart, since it was the first speaking gig I ever had, back in the summer of last year. So I’m throughly chuffed to be presenting one of the keynote speeches at the tenth OGN; or ‘OGNX’ as it’s starting to become known. So if you’re feeling some post-Christmas blues come January, get your bums over to Oxford for some spirit-lifting and general web geekery.

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Web Directions North ’09

2nd – 7th February / Colorado, USA

I’m so excited about speaking at WDN that if I had to wait any longer before telling you, I surely would’ve exploded. Luckily for you and the walls of my office, my body and I remain completely intact and we’ll be speaking at this fantastic event on the cusp of The Rockies, giving a talk entitled Progressive Enhancement & Intentional Degradation 2, a sequel to the microslot talk I gave at OGN3 last year.

Not only that, but I’ll be teaching the half-day workshop From Photoshop To The Browser: The Successful Design Process. I can’t wait! I get to share the stage with people such as Dan Cederholm, Dave Shea, Derek Featherstone, Dion Almaer, and other speakers whose names don’t begin with D, such as John Allsopp, Jina Bolton, and Brian Fling. Plus we all get to try our hands (well, legs) at snowboarding or skiiing after the event.

Do you need any more reasons to come? How about a promo code? Enter WDN09ES when you register and you’ll get $50 off the prevailing price of the conference (making it just $745 before December 5th), or for those just attending the workshop, $50 off (making it just $195 – the rate for conference attendees).

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SXSW Interactive ’09

13th – 17th March / Texas, USA

I can’t take any credit for this, because the panel proposal I submitted didn’t make it through (boo!), but luckily for me I’ve been asked to speak on the web typography panel Quit Bitchin’ and Get Your Glyph On chaired by Samantha Warren of Viget Labs and featuring me, Jon Tan, John Boardley, and Ian Coyle. This will be first ever SXSW so I’m hoping it’ll live up to the stories I’ve heard about previous years.

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15th May / Leuven, Belgium

Given that I’m something of a Belgian beer geek, it will come as no surprise whatsoever that I’m rather fond of Brussels, so being invited over to nearby Leuven to talk about interface design sounds ok to me! Twiist.be is a new event, designed to replicate the dConstruct-like vibe in mainland Europe.

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…who’ll be attending? I’m aiming to speak at least 4 events every year, so it feels good to know that next year’s quota is already sorted. :)

If you want to see me speak this year, there are two events coming up: Spletne Urice in Ljubljana, Slovenia, next week, and the Web developers Conference in Bristol, UK, on 12th November. I hope to see you there!

(PS: When I get a moment I’ll sprinkle these event listings with some Microformats love, I promise.)


  1. JPH


    21 October 2008 @ 06:43PM #

    Congrats on the speaking events – you’ll have lots to share with everyone. Good luck.

  2. Tim Van Damme

    Tim Van Damme

    21 October 2008 @ 06:45PM #

    Belgium, hurrah! Now you’ll finally taste some of the goodness the other site of the water has to offer! Looking forward to it!

  3. Mike Robinson

    Mike Robinson

    21 October 2008 @ 06:52PM #

    I’ll be at OGN9 tomorrow night and will make sure I am at OGNX in January. I look forward to it :D

  4. matthew Smith

    matthew Smith

    21 October 2008 @ 07:23PM #

    Colorado! Them are my stompin grounds. I grew up in Fort Collins, north of Denver by about an hour. You’re in for a treat. If you have any Colorado questions, holler!

  5. Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks

    21 October 2008 @ 07:34PM #

    @ JPH: Thanks!

    @ Tim van Damme: Finally? Finally?!? I’ve been tasting your Belgian goodness for years, my friend… ooh er! ;)

    @ Mike Robinson: I can’t make OGN tomorrow, but I’ll look forward to meeting in January! Have a good’n and say hi to J-P for me…

    @ Matthew Smith: Thanks for the offer – I may well do that! By the way, I love (and have loved for a long time) your wonderful holding page with the waves that move on resize. Please make sure you archive it when you eventually put the actual site up!

  6. Jelle


    21 October 2008 @ 08:55PM #

    Belgium Elliot! But aww… just when I’m not there. Leuven is a pretty nice city. Don’t get sick from eating or drinking too much XP

  7. Joel Helin

    Joel Helin

    22 October 2008 @ 01:13AM #

    Will there be any videos or anything of this? :-)

  8. Guy Leech

    Guy Leech

    22 October 2008 @ 08:56AM #

    Joel, Web Directions North will have a podcast and slides of all the talks – I’m not sure about the others.

    And Elliot, hopefully I’ll catch you in Denver!

  9. Dainis Graveris

    Dainis Graveris

    26 October 2008 @ 03:58AM #

    Oh, didn’t know there were so much of events..coming..:)

  10. Jina Bolton

    Jina Bolton

    03 November 2008 @ 12:01AM #

    I can’t wait for WDN in Denver! :D

  11. Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks

    03 December 2008 @ 01:08AM #

    @ Joel: What Guy said! :)

    @ Guy: See you in Denver, man!

    @ Jina Bolton: Yes, it’s going to be exciting! Looking forward to catching up. :)

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