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.

Three things

Posted on 08 July 2011 15 comments

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Please forgive me for this shamelessly self-promotional post; I wanted to quickly talk about three projects I’ve got coming up very soon…

8 Faces #3

It’s July, which means that a new issue of 8 Faces is on the horizon. If you’ve been following along on Twitter and Dribble, you’re probably aware just how close we are to finishing it off. We’re currently waiting to get the second proof back from the printer, and once that’s been proofread, fact-checked (by Mr. Spiekermann, no less!), and tweaked, the final proof will be prepared, ready for release towards the end of the month. Watch this space for an exact release date.

Here’s a little teaser for you – one of Jon’s beautiful spreads:


Can you guess whose typeface choices they are?


We’re closing ticket sales for Activate in just under a week, so if you haven’t got yours yet, now is the time! We’ve put a load more information about what the day will actually entail on the site.


We’re also holding a competition to win a VIP pass to the event, which includes free entry, free accommodation both before and after the day, and all of your travel paid for. To be in with a chance of winning, just buy a ticket between now and Thursday 14th, leave a comment below, explaining why you should be a VIP, and we’ll pick someone at random. (Your ticket purchase will be refunded if you win, of course.)


Keir and I are organising and hosting Insites: a series of four evening events, held on consecutive nights in four cities across the country. We’ve got some fantastic swag to give away, including some beautiful letterpressed coasters courtesy of MailChimp (a different one for each city):


Look great, don’t they? They were designed by the talented Aaron Robbs.

That’s all, folks! Thanks for indulging me. Don’t forget to leave a comment below if you’ve bought an Activate ticket and want to be in with a chance of winning the VIP pass!


  1. Jamie Brightmore

    Jamie Brightmore

    08 July 2011 @ 03:59PM #

    That spread looks delicious! Will be interesting to find out who those choices belong too. I’m a massive fan of VAG Rounded myself, and use it (via Cufon) on my company website.

    Looking forward to the Bristol Insights event :)

  2. Jeff Porter

    Jeff Porter

    08 July 2011 @ 07:33PM #

    Looking forward to it (if I can get hold a copy of 8Faces this time), but did I read correctly ‘We’re currently waiting to get the second proof back from the printer, and once that’s been proofread…’ May be understandable if it’s digitally printed, possibly, but why are proofs coming back from a printer for proofreading? I’ve never heard of that one before.

  3. Simeon Galabov

    Simeon Galabov

    09 July 2011 @ 09:15AM #

    Very inspiring stuff by Aaron Robbs! My cup of coffee needs that kind of coaster.

  4. Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks

    09 July 2011 @ 09:48AM #

    @ Jeff Porter: We always do our proofreading on a printed proof; you always encounter things you simply miss when reading on screen. And yes, these are digital proofs (litho proofs would be very expensive!).

  5. Pete


    11 July 2011 @ 01:19PM #

    Totally with you on that one mate. Digital prints are a seriously important step, not just for typo checking but for margin and sizing too.

    I often find things look smaller on screen (often when you set in a small-ish typeface or use tiny icons) than they actually are or appear in a physical proof.

    The other thing I’ve run into is how close things can look to margins sometimes when the pages are trimmed and bound. What looks ample on screen often isn’t optimal.

    Looking forward to seeing V3 mate, if you need any proofing help just give me a shout

  6. warren jerzyszek

    warren jerzyszek

    12 July 2011 @ 05:27PM #

    Hi Elliot,

    Seems like you’ve got a busy schedule ahead of you. The work looks awesome, and I agree with the point made about proof reading prints… you’ll be surprised at how often your team proof read something on screen then when it’s printed there’s a spelling error! Really frustrating, so definitely proof read proofs :P that’s what they’re there for.

    As for the Activate, looks awesome but unfortunately the closing date doesn’t work with my pay day. I know a few of my mates at work are also thinking about it so maybe they can ‘lend’ me some money :P.

  7. Paul Annett

    Paul Annett

    13 July 2011 @ 12:31AM #

    Sounds like you’ve keeping yourself busy, at least ;-)

    Look fwd to seeing you at Activate!

  8. Dan Donald

    Dan Donald

    13 July 2011 @ 11:09AM #

    Finally got my Activate ticket! Thanks for organising this, mate. Should be great fun ;)

  9. Peter Lenagh

    Peter Lenagh

    14 July 2011 @ 10:58AM #

    Hey Elliot!

    I should be a vip because my friends paid for my ticket, and if I was a VIP I could buy them nice things with the money I owe them?!

  10. Phil Ricketts

    Phil Ricketts

    14 July 2011 @ 12:06PM #


    Just booked for Activate after finally getting the time secured – can’t wait! Thanks for making this event happen, should be highly enjoyable.

    I think I should win the VIP thing, because I’m a very unimportant person.


  11. Jonathon Valentine

    Jonathon Valentine

    03 August 2011 @ 10:58AM #

    Looking forward to Activate, If theres a VIP ticket going, I’ll take it since it’s only right the winner of the day gets the VIP ticket as well :)

    See you there.

  12. Natalie Downe

    Natalie Downe

    03 August 2011 @ 12:55PM #

    Looking forward to Activate on Friday! Naturally I would also like the VIP ticket, no special reason I should get it but I’ll exchange it for a hug :)

    Our coasters for Insites arrived the other day, thanks again to you and Kier, they look lovely on our makeshift coffee table!

  13. Stuart McMillan

    Stuart McMillan

    03 August 2011 @ 05:01PM #

    Hi Elliot,
    I’d love a VIP ticket to Activate please! I’ll be there with 3 fellow web developers, however they do consider me to be a leader, an Übermensch if you will. I know they would whole-heartedly support my application for a VIP ticket, being their intellectul, physical and cultural superior. I’ve hacked code, climbed mountains, created and destroyed entire civilisations, the other guys are just plained old socially awkward.

    So, how’s about it?


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