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.

Web Directions North 2009

Posted on 16 February 2009 11 comments

Article illustration for Web Directions North 2009

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of flying over to the States and speaking at Web Directions North. I had a fantastic week in Denver, got to hang out with the usual conference regulars, and made lots of new friends (who I hope I’ll be seeing again soon). Oh, and we got to go skiing in The Rockies. It was brilliant.

Web Directions North actually turned out to be one of the best events I’ve been to in a while, with some fantastic talks by Dan Cederholm, Dave Shea (and many others), plus an absolutely incredible closing keynote from Bob Harris (no, not that one), which had more than a few of us feeling rather watery-eyed.

I did a talk called ‘Progressive Enhancement & Intentional Degradation 2’ (try saying that three times) and also got to teach a half-day workshop called ’From Photoshop To The Browser: The Successful Design Process’. I promised attendees that I’d post the slides online, so – finally – here they are…

Progressive Enhancement & Intentional Degradation 2

This presentation took my first Oxford geek Night talk as its inspiration and then returned to the subject to see what has changed in the last 18 months or so. It also includes the keynote session I did at OGNX called The Trouble With Type. You can download a PDF of the slides (4.1 MB) and I’ve embedded a SlideShare presentation below. I believe the WDN team are in the process of putting up the audio from the event, so you might even be able to follow along quite soon.

You can also view this over on SlideShare, along with most of my other slides from the last two years.

Disclaimer: the PDF export has messed up a few bit of transparency, and most of the links aren’t active. I’ll try and sort these out at some point!

From Photoshop To The Browser:
The Successful Design Process (workshop)

As I said to students on the day, I wanted to make these slides password-protected. There are two reasons for this: firstly, I don’t think these slides will make much sense without my commentary, so there’s no point in you looking at them if you didn’t attend the class; secondly, I thought it was only fair to keep the content restricted, given that the attendees paid a decent amount of money to take the workshop.

So, without further ado, here’s the link (please see your email for the username and password).

Thank you

Thanks to everyone who turned up for my presentation and workshop! It was a great turn out considering how tight budgets are at the moment, and when speaking at a two-track event, it’s always a pleasure to see attendees choosing your talk over someone else’s. :)

Lastly, I’d just like to say a massive thank you to John Allsopp, the brains behind the whole operation. He did a superb job (as did his veritable army of helpers) and a great time was had by all. Cheers!

Did you have fun?

I certainly hope so! Please let me and other know about it by sharing your thoughts in the comments below…


  1. Keith


    17 February 2009 @ 12:12AM #

    Had a great time man. Loved your talk and was great hanging out with you a bit. I can’t wait for SXSW!

  2. Brian Warren

    Brian Warren

    17 February 2009 @ 12:21AM #

    Elliot, thanks for coming down to Denver. It was great to meet you and I really enjoyed your talk. Gorgeous slides with some really excellent content. Most excellent! Can’t wait to hang a bit more in March.

  3. Eric Nance

    Eric Nance

    17 February 2009 @ 01:00AM #

    Elliot, great presentation! It was a please to meet you, and to have the opportunity to introduce you on stage. Have fun at SXSW, hopefully we’ll catch up at another conference soon.

  4. Karina


    17 February 2009 @ 01:35AM #

    Thank you so much for your efforts, Elliot! It was great to meet you, and I really enjoyed your Photoshop to the Browser presentation.

    Have a great time at SXSW, yeah? I’ll be watching you, in a non-stalkery, Twittery sort of fashion. :D Cheers!

  5. Chris Wallace

    Chris Wallace

    17 February 2009 @ 04:25AM #

    I’ll be watching you in a very stalkery, non-twittery sort of fashion. Beware. >:|

  6. Cheryl Gledhill

    Cheryl Gledhill

    17 February 2009 @ 09:54AM #

    Hey I had such an awesome time in Denver, and loved your talk…

    Have fun at SXSW, really jealous that we’re not going.

  7. Dave S.

    Dave S.

    18 February 2009 @ 11:13AM #

    I distinctly remember a moment in the elevator after you had got off on your floor where Dan Cederholm, Brian Warren and myself all looked at each other and asked, have you ever met that guy before? No? But he just seems like an old friend, doesn’t he?

    It was great to meet you Elliot, here’s to more of the same in a few weeks.

  8. Brian Warren

    Brian Warren

    18 February 2009 @ 11:21AM #

    I do remember something like that. Well said, Dave! Sometimes you meet someone and you realize you’re about to become old friends.

    The only annoying thing about hanging out with you people is that it has to end, and we all live so far apart, dangit!

  9. Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks

    18 February 2009 @ 03:50PM #

    Cheers for the comments, everyone!

    @ Keith: It was great to see you again, man. Too short, as always!

    @ Cheryl: Thanks! It was so nice hanging out with you lot, and I’m glad you enjoyed the talk. I hope we can see you in Sydney later this year!

    @ Dave & Brian (& Dan if you’re out there): Aw, cheers guys! I’m chuffed! Really looking forward to seeing you chaps again at SXSW. :)

  10. john Allsopp

    john Allsopp

    27 February 2009 @ 02:17AM #


    happy you had a great time in Denver (what a fantastic place that is), and thank you for the nice words about the event. The vibe was fantastic, and given the current economic climate (non US readers might not appreciate just how strongly the US has been affected), which is a great testament to the speakers, and above all attendees.

    Thanks again, and look forward to working with you, and seeing you, soon!


  11. mildo


    10 March 2009 @ 03:43PM #

    Great work! :)

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