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.

Tutorial in Computer Arts magazine

Posted on 09 June 2007 11 comments

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If you pick up this month’s issue of Computer Arts magazine (issue 137), you should find a tutorial on page 60 by yours truly. It’s called ‘Simplify Your Navigation’ and aims to spread the word about the technique that involves using only one background image for all of your nav items. It’s aimed at the more middleweight Web Designer, but CSS newbies should still be able to follow along.

It feels great to be published in Computer Arts, as the magazine is so highly regarded in the industry and reprinted across the world. UK residents should see the magazine in their locals WHSmith right now (i.e: from 7th June); the international editions might follow later.


  1. jate


    09 June 2007 @ 04:58AM #

    oh.realy? i’ll goin to buy 1 thanks for information :)

  2. Sherwin Techico

    Sherwin Techico

    09 June 2007 @ 12:06PM #

    Congrats on the publication Elliot!

    PS. Hmmm $350-375 for CA+CAprojects or lynda.com… =)

  3. Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks

    09 June 2007 @ 05:27PM #

    Thanks guys!

    @ Sherwin: I’m sorry to hear how expensive the CA subscription is for you. I guess it’s imported rather than reprinted over there. You should be able to find most of the tutorials online, though, and for free. Check computerarts.co.uk/tutorials, as they tend to upload most of their tutorials over time.

  4. Francis Booth

    Francis Booth

    11 June 2007 @ 05:21PM #

    Congratulations on a great tutorial. A cool idea for exposure too.

  5. Timothy Henty

    Timothy Henty

    12 June 2007 @ 07:31PM #

    Not having anything to do with computers or web design I’ve shied away from writing here so far. However in your support I went out to buy a copy of Computer Arts magazine, and although I don’t possess the necessary knowledge to fully appreciate your tutorial, I felt I had to say congratulations. You’ve always been a talented writer and I’m delighted to see that you haven’t lost your touch. If I understood CSS, I feel certain I’d find your tutorial informative, concise and inspiring. Of course I’m biased as your friend, but I think it’s worth mentioning that I found it interesting whilst not having the necessary background knowledge to fully understand it.

    I shall stop clogging up your blog now, but I think it’s worth mentioning that I’d love to see some of your visual art up here. I think your other visitors might like to see some of your stuff up here? I still have copies of some of your earlier work. Much of it is really stunning – something for your vault? Sorry that’s off topic…

    Many congratulations again. T

  6. undisco


    22 June 2007 @ 06:14AM #

    all due respect and hats off and all but…

    “regularly published worldwide?”

    anyway…i do actually have zip’d Jesu albums i just have to get round to the YouSendIt stuff…

    speak soon — any Norway photos?

  7. Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks

    22 June 2007 @ 12:35PM #

    @ Francis: Thank you! You know, I wouldn’t be here at all if it hadn’t been for your teachings. It was you who first taught me that technique, in fact! :)

    @ Tim: Thank you! I’m amazed that you could still find it interesting, although I suspect you’re just being polite! ;) I am planing on putting some of my old (school days) art on here, and yes, you’re right in guessing that it’ll be destined for The Vault.

    @ Undisco: Just to clarify the truth behind “regularly published worldwide”, last month’s .net magazine featured my Trojan site, this month’s Computer Arts magazine features my tutorial, and next month’s .net magazine is going to have a mini feature on my site and a little interview with me. And from around September, I will be a regular tutorial writer for .net magazine. Both of these are published worldwide.

  8. D7


    26 June 2007 @ 07:58PM #

    cool I’m gonna buy one!
    By the way, it’s really nice to know you and this website!

  9. anna


    30 July 2007 @ 08:53PM #

    I just wanted to say I do not know you but love your site so much I am going to buy that issue.. Thanks for being awesome!

  10. Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks

    06 August 2007 @ 01:23PM #

    @ D7 & Anna: Thank you, guys! It’s great to have you here! :)

  11. ganex


    10 August 2007 @ 05:46PM #

    this is a wonderful site … i was outof webdesigning for 2years, a lot has changed ! elliot this is great stuff !

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