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.

Version 5 of elliotjaystocks.com

Posted on 25 June 2009 117 comments

Article illustration for Version 5 of elliotjaystocks.com

I’ve been promising a new version of this site for over a year now, but after several false starts and failed attempts, temporarily nuking the old site ended up being the only thing that would force me to do it. And so today I unveil the beast (which is best experienced with Safari, by the way)…

So, hello world (again)

Before you read any further, please note: my focus right now is on getting the site out of the door and making essential tweaks as it gets on its feet, so – for now – I’m not going to waffle on for too long; instead, I’ll be writing several follow-up posts that talk specifically about the redesign, so, expect to see separate posts about the thoughts behind it, the portfolio, the content in general, and the WordPress implementation. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, please leave a comment.

You should also know this: I’m well aware that some — perhaps many — people will hate this redesign. This doesn’t bother me in the slightest. It’s a statistical inevitability and one I’ve not attempted to avoid. If you’re pining for the old site, you can find it archived on v4.elliotjaystocks.com (or at least you will be able to when I fix whatever’s gone wrong with it).

Like I said, I’m not going to go into too much detail today and you can read about my reasons for redesigning in my last post, but I’ll quickly draw your attention to a few of the key things that have changed. OK, everything’s changed, but here are the important bits:

  • Content. There’s bloody loads of the stuff. The previous version of the site was essentially just a blog, with two very simple pages (about and portfolio) tacked onto it. Not only was this a problem, but all of the other content I wanted to shout about – speaking gigs, publication, interviews, etc. – was either having to be crammed into the blog or not publicised at all. So this new version of the site makes good on all those accounts: there are dedicated pages about speaking and publication, the portfolio has been expanded massively to flesh out each project, and the blog is now a part of the site rather than the primary focus.
  • WordPressed properly. On the old site, the only WordPress-powered part was the blog; everything else was just static files. That’s all changed on this version, and the site is now content-managed up to its eyeballs. Virtually everything you see is controlled by WordPress, and I’ve only left ‘static’ content in the template files if it was easier to update them by hand than create a complex WordPress function.
  • A shift of focus. I mentioned moving the blog ‘back’ a bit in terms of its prominence on the site, but really this whole redesign was about shifting the focus entirely. My design services are now pretty much at the forefront, with elements of the portfolio spilling onto the home page, and calls-to-action for the contact page spread liberally throughout the site. I also wanted to give a lot of weight to the writing and speaking side of things, as well as create a kind of ‘archive’ of all the magazine articles, interviews, and gigs.
  • Aesthetics. How can we talk about a redesign without touching on aesthetics? Well, I’m going to save it for another post, and I’ll also be talking about why I decided to jump on the ‘giant footer’ bandwagon (heavily influenced by Mr. Santa Maria’s in particular).

It’s not finished yet

Although the site’s live, my work’s far from done. There are numerous things that need tweaking and it hasn’t been tested at all in any version of IE. But apart from all that usual post-launch stuff, there are some specific things that I have planned:

  • Books. You may notice that my recent reads have disappeared from the sidebar. Don’t worry – not only will they be appearing here sometime soon, but there’ll actually be more of a feature and there will be a dedicated books page.

  • Music. I’ve made virtually no mention of my music, and this is intentional, because I don’t want to be sending out too many mixed messages with a new site. I’m working out the best way to incorporate my musical side and will update the site accordingly in a month or two.

  • Improved comment display. I haven’t created an author style yet.

  • Sidebar. Once I’ve sorted out some issues with a couple of plugins, there should be some more useful stuff back in the (now relatively empty) sidebar.

  • Code improvement. Right now, it’s pretty messy and I’ve got a fair bit of cleaning-up to do. Please don’t expect it to validate at the moment.

Have at it

Right, that’s enough rambling for now. I’d love to know what you think, so please leave a comment!


  1. Sam Brown

    Sam Brown

    26 June 2009 @ 02:02PM #

    Fantastic work Elliot, you have done an exquisite job redesigning. I particularly appreciate the Enrichment CSS, border-radius, text-shadow, RGBA, box-shadow, all have been used very effectively, typography is A plus and the layered background is great too. An all round lovely redesign my friend! :)

  2. Ali Lane

    Ali Lane

    26 June 2009 @ 02:06PM #

    Inspirational work as always dude. nice one.

  3. Simon Willans

    Simon Willans

    26 June 2009 @ 02:07PM #

    Aww, was so going to post saying ‘First’. Anywho, this is quite a nice clean design. One thing that just jumps out that I don’t like is the default bullet points – they just seem a bit ignored. Really love the footer.

    I’m very impressed with the overhaul of your portfolio page. I guess it was time to reorganise them, considering the large amount of pieces you are showcasing.

  4. Jernej


    26 June 2009 @ 02:08PM #

    I like it !!

  5. Joey Pfeifer

    Joey Pfeifer

    26 June 2009 @ 02:09PM #

    Wow, awesome job, Elliot! It’s obvious how much attention you spent on the details. It’s also nice to see @font-face in use, too. Nice work!

  6. Ben Counsell

    Ben Counsell

    26 June 2009 @ 02:13PM #

    Excellent work Elliot. Love the use of CSS 3 across the site :)

  7. Erwin Heiser

    Erwin Heiser

    26 June 2009 @ 02:15PM #

    Really enjoy the portfolio section/pages the most. The search box in the footer is absolutely HUGE! :)
    Nice work man!

  8. Chris Rowe

    Chris Rowe

    26 June 2009 @ 02:16PM #

    Predictably awesome Elliot.
    Nice work!

  9. Illusiv


    26 June 2009 @ 02:16PM #

    Well done! I like the big footer idea!

  10. eraevion


    26 June 2009 @ 02:16PM #

    As whole website kicks ass, I especially love execution of forms. Big, transparent, rounded, big… sexy!

    Seriously, great job on this one.

  11. Jack Osborne

    Jack Osborne

    26 June 2009 @ 02:18PM #

    I’m loving the redesign, there are so many nice elements that I don’t really know where to start. I think my favourite, if I had to choose one, would be the chunky elements like the search and form elements.

    As Sam has said, the new techniques that you are putting in place make browsing the Internet a much more enjoyable experience. I think when people come back they’ll notice even more little gems that were initally noticable the first time round.

    Excellent work Elliot.

  12. Pete


    26 June 2009 @ 02:18PM #

    Nice work as ever mate, digging the super huge stuff and conversely the attention to the wee ’lil details too.

  13. Al Power

    Al Power

    26 June 2009 @ 02:18PM #

    Great work – impressive Wordpress wrangling, and I love the uber comment box, and helpful footer.

  14. Dustan Franks

    Dustan Franks

    26 June 2009 @ 02:18PM #

    Absolutely stunning. Truly beautiful and inspirational. Enough said……

  15. Andy McMillan

    Andy McMillan

    26 June 2009 @ 02:19PM #

    Nice work Elliot, as expected!

  16. Andy Arnold

    Andy Arnold

    26 June 2009 @ 02:19PM #

    Redesign looks cool… I love the grainy background texture with the watermarked sig/logo. The span tag positioning in the “Featured Projects” is awry in both versions of IE that I’ve viewed it with; The spans all appear above their respective image links and obscure the “I’m a designer…” heading. All looks good in Firefox 3.5.

    Nice one!

  17. Mike Robinson

    Mike Robinson

    26 June 2009 @ 02:19PM #

    Looks fantastic Elliot! Very nice design, quite different from your previous. The CSS 3 additions are great! Look forward to seeing what you add to it over coming months. :)

  18. Joel Helin

    Joel Helin

    26 June 2009 @ 02:20PM #

    There are somethings I love, and some I hate. The latter is mostly details, so I say great work, Elliot.

  19. Lastwebdesigner


    26 June 2009 @ 02:20PM #

    Really nice work Elliot, I love this design!

  20. James Cowie

    James Cowie

    26 June 2009 @ 02:20PM #

    Very nice progression from the last version, I have to agree with the comment above, that the forms are a great piece of work. very nice to use, and look at.

    You should be very pleased with the site, a great source of inspiration, Thanks.

  21. Ollie Kavanagh

    Ollie Kavanagh

    26 June 2009 @ 02:21PM #

    Very nice Elliot, worth the wait. Loving the textures and subtle transparencies used throughout the site. Really give a feeling of depth without being overbearing.

    And hurry up with the music section ;)

  22. Jonathan D'Mello

    Jonathan D'Mello

    26 June 2009 @ 02:22PM #

    Really nice design, Elliot. A nice mixture of small and BIG elements.

    In fact, the new design is so good that I bet that it is going to be 5 days before someone rips-off your new design.

  23. Ben Marsh

    Ben Marsh

    26 June 2009 @ 02:22PM #

    Loving the emphasis on the search box!

  24. Westley Knight

    Westley Knight

    26 June 2009 @ 02:23PM #

    Gorgeous design, nice use of CSS3, love the massive footer, but my favourite part is the code comment next to the sidebar!

  25. Lucian Teo

    Lucian Teo

    26 June 2009 @ 02:25PM #

    Love the varied text sizes!

  26. Marius Bastiansen

    Marius Bastiansen

    26 June 2009 @ 02:29PM #

    Congrats with the design! So many nice details to discover and the RGBA stuff on those images are severely sexy! :)

    Thanks for being an inspiration.

  27. David Parsons

    David Parsons

    26 June 2009 @ 02:31PM #

    Pushing the boundaries as always, great looking site – congrats!

  28. Chris Taylor

    Chris Taylor

    26 June 2009 @ 02:34PM #

    Great work Elliot, loving the attention to detail. The site seems to really reflect many of the things you’ve talked and blogged about previously. Looking forward to your next blog posts about the design process.

  29. Bart-Jan Verhoef

    Bart-Jan Verhoef

    26 June 2009 @ 02:36PM #

    Liking the organisation of content, as well as the overall look and feel. Also like the colorscheme, feels a bit like home :).

    What bugs me though, is how the main content area seems to be the same size as the sub content area, making it quite narrow. Not much distinction that way, and also rather short lines in the main column.

    Anyway, time for me to go and explore the rest of your new site.

  30. Christoph


    26 June 2009 @ 02:37PM #

    Hi Elliot!

    I’m afraid I don’t hate it, so ironing your face has to wait ;-)
    I have to say:
    Your new site really stocks ,erm, rocks!!!
    I love all this attention to detail, the light background (a good improvement to readability) and, foremost, it still has this special “Elliot-Jay-Stocks-Stile” that I liked from your old site. And allthough it’s totally new, it’s still comparable with the old one, a perfect evolution. Great work!


  31. Dan


    26 June 2009 @ 02:43PM #

    D for effort.

  32. Matt Dempsey

    Matt Dempsey

    26 June 2009 @ 02:43PM #

    Love it. I love that you’re comfortable pushing the boundaries technically and aesthetically. Especially love the JSM-esque footer, and the giant search and comment inputs.

    It’s unique and suits your needs perfectly. It’s a radically different design but yet very reminiscent of your previous, it’s still very Elliot Jay Stocks.


  33. Daus


    26 June 2009 @ 02:47PM #

    It’s visually engaging, Elliot. I like the boldness of your design. Congratz!

  34. Robert Westwood

    Robert Westwood

    26 June 2009 @ 02:49PM #

    The site looks absolutely stunning, very organic and a well-rounded experience. Allows your work to speak for itself while still giving it an interesting container, very hard to do!

    Great job!!

  35. Paddy


    26 June 2009 @ 02:52PM #

    Loving the site Elliot! the insanely huge text fields and buttons are great :) Keep up the good work!

  36. Mitchell Renton

    Mitchell Renton

    26 June 2009 @ 02:57PM #

    Great work elliot. I’m wondering why some of the fonts are different in firefox than safari? never seen that before.

  37. Tim Pensom

    Tim Pensom

    26 June 2009 @ 03:00PM #

    You said:

    “I’m amazed that there are not more haters. I really thought this one would piss people off. Must try harder next time. ;)”

    Okay, let me start.

    I think it’s awful and looks like it’s been designed by a six year old.

  38. Alex Older

    Alex Older

    26 June 2009 @ 03:03PM #

    Looking good so far,

    I know its not finished but there seems to be a bit to much empty space, everything else looks good.

  39. Sam Wieck

    Sam Wieck

    26 June 2009 @ 03:11PM #

    Best contact form ever! Lovely re-design. Love the CSS3 detailing and the strong palette.

  40. Dmitry Chebakov

    Dmitry Chebakov

    26 June 2009 @ 03:11PM #

    A new version is very inspirational! Welcome back!

  41. Daniel m

    Daniel m

    26 June 2009 @ 03:18PM #

    Looks amazing Elliot. Really nice work. I love the HUGE elements.

  42. Francis


    26 June 2009 @ 03:23PM #

    Great job Elliot !!

  43. James Lipscomb

    James Lipscomb

    26 June 2009 @ 03:24PM #

    Hi Elliot – Impressed by your new site, was not sure at first but the more I look around it the more I like it. Special mention goes to the big buttons – lovely!

  44. Phil


    26 June 2009 @ 03:24PM #

    Really good job on this. I particularly like the background and the layout of the blog pages.

  45. Dan


    26 June 2009 @ 03:25PM #

    I think it’s great!

    It’s awesome how well you’ve used wordpress to content manage all your content. Really well done.

    The big forms for search and comments are lovely and the simple but effective colour change on focus of the fields is spot on.

    My only gripe is the layout of the home/blog page. I think it’s a bit too spaced out and the way it reads in a downward zig-zag seems a little counter-intuitive.

    That really is my only gripe though. Your code is great, the giant footer, the colours, the use of CSS3…. it’s all amazing. Great work!

  46. Matthew Kempster

    Matthew Kempster

    26 June 2009 @ 03:26PM #

    I definitely like it.

    Love the detail and think it’s a level up from what we’ve seen before, especially the big search and comment fields!

  47. Ian P. Hines

    Ian P. Hines

    26 June 2009 @ 03:57PM #

    Excellently done. I particularly like the gigantic form fields… they’ve got a fun feel to them.

  48. Tilman


    26 June 2009 @ 03:58PM #

    Ok, I won’t bore you all with another praise, let’s stick to the things I DONT like about the redesign:

    First, the footer is a total rip-off of Jason’s.

    Second, Graublau is a good choice, but does not go too well with the grungy logo in my book.

    Third, ehm, third… oh, I cannot find anymore to nibble about. Sorry. Everything I did not mention really is spot-on, great design and evenly executed. Great job. Wish I could do that to MY site. Congrats!

  49. Paul Davis

    Paul Davis

    26 June 2009 @ 04:08PM #

    I really like it, although this comment form is a little big, for me.

    Found an error on whatever version of Safari the iPhone has (OS 3.0).
    Here’s a screenshot: http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamoneman/3661750741

  50. J-P


    26 June 2009 @ 04:08PM #

    Elliot, its beautiful, but there is one thing I don’t like. The box behind the Fusion Ads. I think it would probably look nicer without the box. It’s a little thing though. Fantastic job overall!

  51. Varick Rosete

    Varick Rosete

    26 June 2009 @ 04:17PM #

    Hey Elliot! I am actually diggin this. Although we haven’t met formally yet, I think this feels more like you. Great job!

  52. Ian Stewart

    Ian Stewart

    26 June 2009 @ 04:26PM #

    What’s to hate? This is terrific! Great job, Elliot.

  53. Deborah


    26 June 2009 @ 04:59PM #

    Congrats! Really like the color and textures; forms look great. Sent you an email message about Opera display issues.

  54. Florian


    26 June 2009 @ 05:19PM #

    The new design is really fantastic! Excellent work! I especially like all the little details that create a distant resemblance to your old site.

  55. Matthew Smith

    Matthew Smith

    26 June 2009 @ 05:33PM #

    You sir, are a lovely designer geek. You have spanked the web this day. Well done brother. I am in love with the organic flow of grids, type, shape, light and texture. I am in love with this form as I type through it. I’m in love with the great font stacking :) – GrauBlau!

    Go drink something wonderful at as soon as possible!


  56. joao


    26 June 2009 @ 05:43PM #

    very good web site as usual from you but the incredible thing is “56 comments in 3 hours” that is just phenomenal.
    well done for you new website.

  57. JR


    26 June 2009 @ 05:48PM #

    Found you via @ryancarson’s tweet… Nice new site! found a typo on your contact / faq page:
    “How do I * insert XHTML / CSS tecnhique here”
    (tecnhique vs. technique)

  58. Samantha Warren

    Samantha Warren

    26 June 2009 @ 05:56PM #

    I’m not sure I can really follow “You have spanked the web this day” from Mr. Smith… But lovely job. I particularly like the over sized form fields and buttons. Rock on!

  59. Jake


    26 June 2009 @ 06:08PM #

    Awesome redesign EJS. I’m pretty excited to see what else will come of it. I absolutely love the style for the comments. They are more prominent and very well organized.

  60. BoltClock


    26 June 2009 @ 06:09PM #

    Gotta love how HUGE things have become!

    Do you use transparent PNGs liberally? Should I also use them liberally when I make my web design portfolio?

  61. Martin Tajur

    Martin Tajur

    26 June 2009 @ 06:11PM #

    Very nice, indeed. However, on Portfolio page, I experience a flicker when I roll mouse over the site screenshots – especially when I roll it over a bottom of the screenshot where a label is placed. I use Firefox 3.0.11 on Mac.

  62. Jorge Piñon

    Jorge Piñon

    26 June 2009 @ 06:11PM #

    Love the very subtle parallax. Gorgeous site, Elliott. As expected.

  63. Brett Goulder

    Brett Goulder

    26 June 2009 @ 06:17PM #

    Looking good.

    The Twitter feed on the footer is messed up though, it says “No public twitter messages”

  64. Ritchie


    26 June 2009 @ 06:20PM #

    WOW! Nice new design.. Very simple and very clean.. nice job Elliot.

  65. Tom Kenny

    Tom Kenny

    26 June 2009 @ 06:22PM #

    Absolutely love it. The best use of typography I’ve seen on the web for a while (well if you use a browser that supports @font-face anyway!).

    I’m a bit of a form design geek and the comment form I’m filling out right now is superb.

    Great work!

  66. Adrian Quevedo

    Adrian Quevedo

    26 June 2009 @ 06:26PM #

    Awesome!, like the new works on your portfolio, but I think the portfolio section can be a little confusing. Anyway… great job!

  67. Nick Burd

    Nick Burd

    26 June 2009 @ 06:41PM #

    I love this version of your site Elliot,

    I especially love this commenting form and the large fonts!

  68. Mike Madison

    Mike Madison

    26 June 2009 @ 06:48PM #

    I really dig it!!! Nice work

  69. Jose Burgos Jr.

    Jose Burgos Jr.

    26 June 2009 @ 06:50PM #

    Wow, I really enjoy the site… I particularly enjoy the paragraph / menu nav for your portfolio it’s a nice touch and something different.. Definatley “Sexy Web Design” ;b

  70. Simon


    26 June 2009 @ 06:56PM #

    Forms are exquisite, subtle parallax classy but I think @Malarkey might be upset he didn’t make your ‘My friends’ list?

  71. franz


    26 June 2009 @ 06:57PM #

    This new look is fantastic! You are able to put together all sources of inspiration found around the site and create a truly original…You are big designer! :)

  72. Kevin deLeon

    Kevin deLeon

    26 June 2009 @ 07:04PM #

    Top notch job as usual. I love the use of CSS 3, spacing, color, and typography.

    Only problem I have is that I am not sure I particularly care for the placement of the search box. Reason being, I would quite often look for articles on your site using the search. It was much quicker than trying to navigate based on category, etc… I am sure there is a statistical reasoning behind the placement.

  73. Chris Wallace

    Chris Wallace

    26 June 2009 @ 07:33PM #

    Very cool. I’m not sure what the site is “supposed” to look like in Firefox 3.0.6 , but I’m sure I am not seeing what you Safari 4 freakbags are.

  74. Melissa


    26 June 2009 @ 07:33PM #

    I like the new design very much. You might want to check it in IE – several elements are breaking for me (IE7 on Vista). In particular, the small portfolio boxes are overlapping your titles on the homepage and on the portfolio page, and your “Unlike most designers and agencies” blurb runs off the right side of the page.

    I realize you already pointed out that you had some things to tweak, just seemed like you might not have been aware of these particular issues, as they seem like the kind of things you would have corrected before going live if you’d known about them.

    All in all, very impressed with the new look!

  75. Adrian


    26 June 2009 @ 07:45PM #

    Brilliant as always! Very inspiring indeed.

    Great work

  76. Matt Wiebe

    Matt Wiebe

    26 June 2009 @ 07:53PM #

    Congrats on reaching the light at the end of the tunnel. It looks terrific!

    You might want to look into why the @font-face stuff isn’t working properly in Firefox 3.5, which supports @font-face just fine.

  77. Philipp Schmitt

    Philipp Schmitt

    26 June 2009 @ 07:54PM #

    Great redesign!
    But I’ve spotted a bug:
    The “URL www.website.com” link does not always work properly (at least in Firefox 3)
    Greetings from Germany
    (Sorry for my bad english :)

  78. Tim Hopkins

    Tim Hopkins

    26 June 2009 @ 07:54PM #

    I’m working on my own redesign based largely on JSM’s site, the brilliant one over at squaredeye.com and yours. I’m enjoying your new design for its simplicity, clarity and design based on solving your problem, which is, as you say, trying to promote the various things you do in one space effectively. Great job.

  79. Chris Auel

    Chris Auel

    26 June 2009 @ 08:24PM #

    Awesome redesign!

  80. Brendan Falkowski

    Brendan Falkowski

    26 June 2009 @ 09:09PM #

    Will take some getting used to, but digging the speaking and publication sections thus far. The big (and non-standard) type is fantastic. Change is good.

  81. Marcy


    26 June 2009 @ 09:24PM #

    It’s a beautiful site, and I love your new book. Can you please fix the link to v4. of your web site? I can’t seem to get to it. I think that’s a look that I have been trying to find for a few weeks now. Thanks!

  82. Kevin Crafts

    Kevin Crafts

    26 June 2009 @ 09:53PM #

    The Safari enhancements are nice. Great job Elliot.

  83. Brian Delicata

    Brian Delicata

    26 June 2009 @ 09:57PM #

    Love the redesign. One of the best designs for 2009!

  84. Terris


    26 June 2009 @ 10:12PM #

    Mark Rothko said, “They are not pictures, I have made a place.” Yeah, I think you’ve done just that, Elliot. And it’s a fantastic place too.

  85. Jina Bolton

    Jina Bolton

    26 June 2009 @ 11:01PM #

    I want to steal your form fields.

  86. Jeff Bridgforth

    Jeff Bridgforth

    26 June 2009 @ 11:24PM #


    Great job. I am really liking the texture to your site. It took me awhile to figure out how you were doing it. Finally saw the div classes near the end of your markup.

    I like that it is very simple and yet rich in the details, especially with the textures.

    Always great to see how Wordpress can be pushed beyond the original intention.

    Cheers. Jeff

  87. Daniel Conderman

    Daniel Conderman

    27 June 2009 @ 12:02AM #

    Look at your website on IE8, terrible.


    PS thanks for the massive form fields, even Matt Murdock can see it!

  88. James Bloor

    James Bloor

    27 June 2009 @ 12:41AM #

    Really nice re-design Elliot.

    Great textures, use of CSS3 and the very effective use of space.

    Also love the tongue-in-cheek class names in your code – a man who clearly enjoys his work!


  89. Jacob


    27 June 2009 @ 01:04AM #

    Nice elegant design! Its been a while since I have had the luxury of large form fields. Heart those sweet hover effects. need some panic mode attention in ie8. I would be more inclined towards the clean lower part of the website. :)

  90. Riccardo


    27 June 2009 @ 03:23AM #

    Bravo Elliot! it’s a plesure to read your post with this nice bg and trendy js… the site is very clean and as usual inspirational…

  91. José Carlos

    José Carlos

    27 June 2009 @ 04:01AM #

    Great job with the new look Elliot, congratulations!

  92. Darren Hoyt

    Darren Hoyt

    27 June 2009 @ 05:06AM #

    Cool how some elements were subtly carried over from the old site – V5 feels like a nice, natural evolution. The parallax effect is clever too!

  93. Eli


    27 June 2009 @ 04:14PM #

    Stunning redesign. Jolly-good show.

  94. om ipit

    om ipit

    27 June 2009 @ 05:21PM #

    this is a good redesign site…
    i love your site typo..

  95. Max.W


    27 June 2009 @ 06:35PM #

    Yes there’s a tonne of work to do here.
    I get quite lost at the top of every page, theres just stuff throw around all over that takes time to focus on. You do write a lot content yet you have this tiny column for writing in.
    I dont know how many times I’ve seen designers introduce themselves in the header and highlight all the keywords as well, same goes for all sections too.
    The individual portfolio pages are good but theres something missing, there’s no real focus on the page. The portfolio is cleaner and more organised which is great.

    The footer of this site to me looks exactly the same as Jason Santa Maria’s one.

    But as always I am interested to see how this site evolves over time.

  96. Ian P. Hines

    Ian P. Hines

    27 June 2009 @ 11:25PM #

    Holy cow! I just used the Search bar, and realized that it automatically highlights the search terms in the text of pages. Quite cool!

  97. Suzanne Morrison

    Suzanne Morrison

    30 June 2009 @ 05:24AM #

    This is wonderful work Elliot and an inspiration to us here. I like the use of whitespace especially. One thing that I will probably get bashed for but here goes.
    You mentioned on Twitter that it looks better in Safari, well I have to say I prefer to view your site in Firefox, as it is easier on the eyes as far as typography goes.
    Other than that a job well done, congratulations!

  98. Ricardo


    30 June 2009 @ 02:17PM #

    I think it’s nice.
    Very original and have many details that makes it great.

  99. antonioricotta


    30 June 2009 @ 11:41PM #

    hey this dont work in IE7?? oh my god, great webdesigner… u cant do things that really work in all browsers?

    the design its beatifull, but DONT WORK NICE IN IE7!!!

    FAIL ELLIOT, fix that

  100. Riccardo


    01 July 2009 @ 03:09AM #

    Dear Elliot,
    I checked the site with ie tester and it seems not working so great for 7 and 8. I saw you didn’t hack the site at all… any particular reason?
    ….love the GraublauWeb font ;)

  101. Raymond Selda

    Raymond Selda

    02 July 2009 @ 08:35PM #

    Really amazing redesign Elliot! It’s like you turned on the lights. I really love your design style and I want to be like you when I grow up. You will always be an inspiration. Keep up the good work.

  102. Bob Jones

    Bob Jones

    03 July 2009 @ 04:18AM #

    Nice work Elliot, congratulations. The re-organisation of content gives a much more coherent UX for your, now varied, audience. I’m sure it’ll prove a great success in driving your reputation as a unique designer.

  103. taufiq


    03 July 2009 @ 06:29PM #

    Great Design as always elliot, u are rock!!

  104. Terjin


    04 July 2009 @ 01:39PM #

    Great re design work as usual mate! I also have re designed recently. Take a look and let me know what you think!

  105. sefat


    04 July 2009 @ 07:41PM #

    lovely redesign..absolutely loving it..this is amazing how you implemented the layered background…It feels like Photoshop when you toggle on/off the background layers in Firebug..:)


  106. Tyce


    08 July 2009 @ 08:20AM #

    Brilliant, great looking redesign Elliot.

  107. John Pitchers

    John Pitchers

    09 July 2009 @ 08:17AM #

    Love the new design. Well done. But, I couldn’t find the search box. I think it’s a little too small. You really should make it a little bigger. I think I’ve got about 10 pixels left that you could fill with it.


  108. Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks

    09 July 2009 @ 09:04PM #

    Ok, sorry it’s taken me so long to get round to replying, guys. I do thoroughly appreciate you leaving your thoughts and my lack of response is purely down to workload. Speaking of which… expect a new post soon!

    Unfortunately I can’t reply to every comment but I’ll make a few general points:

    The most important thing is really just to say thanks! It’s made me so happy to receive all this positive feedback.

    It’s quite funny that so many people have mentioned that they’re enjoying the big form elements. I guess they are pretty big! Oddly, they were last-minute additions!

    I’m really happy to hear that people are spotting elements or motifs that have made it over from the previous site, too. Although both sites are drastically different, there certainly are intentional similarities to be found.

    @ Bart-Jan Verhoef: You’re right: the main post column is pretty thin, although this was because I was trying to achieve a good line length. It’ll probably look better once I’ve filled out the sidebar content a bit!

    @ Mitchell Renton: It’s due to @font-face. It’s now supported by Firefox 3.5, so you should be seeing the ‘correct’ fonts if you’ve since upgraded.

    @ Paul Davis: Thanks for the screenshot. Yeah, the site is yet to be optimised for mobile viewing, I’m afraid. There are a fair few display errors that I’ll eventually get round to fixing.

    @ Brett Goulder: That happens when Twitter is over capacity, or when there have been too many requests made.

    @ Melissa: Yeah, no IE fixes yet, I’m afraid. They’re on their way, but not a priority, due to the very low number of IE visitors I have.

    @ Matt Wiebe: This has now been fixed. It was a cross-domain issue.

    @ Daniel Conderman: Look at what I said in the post: no IE8 testing yet.

    @ antonioricotta Again, please read the post before commenting.

  109. Ardhian Satrya

    Ardhian Satrya

    09 July 2009 @ 09:36PM #

    I love your new lay-out. The new background is fresher than the old one. I think I’m getting bored with dark web design :p Even thought it’s “half” finished, but it looks great! I like it when you’re playing with CSS3 :) Too bad for those who are using IE…but do we really care? :p

    Once again, well done! Cheers!

  110. franz


    12 July 2009 @ 08:35PM #

    Hi Elliot, In addition to the renewal compliments for your web site for the code you’ve written, I
    wondering why you have not used HTML5?

  111. Sam Wilson

    Sam Wilson

    20 July 2009 @ 07:26PM #

    The design is kinky, like it… I love the huge comment box also!!!

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