Elliot Jay Stocks is a designer, writer, speaker, and author, currently serving as the Creative Director of Maido, and the Co-editor and Creative Director of lifestyle magazine Lagom. Previously, he was the Creative Director of coffee roaster Colonna, the founder of typography magazine-turned-book 8 Faces, and the Creative Director of Typekit (now Adobe Fonts). He’s also an electronic musician, recording as Other Form and releasing on the Berlin-based label Unterwegs.

Hello, my name is Elliot. I live and work in the countryside just south of Bristol, England.


About me

I consider myself to be extremely fortunate, because my 'job', such as it is, simply entails doing what I love. I call myself a designer as it's a nice umbrella term for the web design / print design / illustration / branding work that I do, although I spend a great deal of time talking about design at numerous conferences around the globe and writing about design for online and offline publications. I wrote a book with a very silly title, but let's not dwell too much on that.

More recently, I'm the co-founder and co-editor of a brand new lifestyle magazine called Lagom and until the end of 2015, I balanced that with my role as the Creative Director of Adobe Typekit. Now I do it pretty much full-time, along with some select client work. Prior to that I founded 8 Faces, a bi-annual printed magazine dedicated to typographic design. Occasionally I dabble with the idea of being a musician, but by and large my focus is on design and all of its connected parts.

Lots of nice people have been kind enough to interview me and showcase my work over the years, including Creative Review, Computer Arts, The Independent, .Net, Design Week, and numerous blogs, podcasts, and online magazines.

Notable former clients include Microsoft, Virgin Group, MailChimp, EMI, Founders Fund, Campaign Monitor, Brooklyn Beta, Smashing Magazine, Carsonified, WooThemes, and Fusion Ads... which is nice.

About this website

A designer without a portfolio? What's the world coming to? I know, I know.

Unless otherwise noted, the type is set in David Březina's Skolar, served via Typekit. For the art-directed posts, I'm indebted to Dave Rupert for his excellent lettering.js and fittext.js scripts. Many of the background textures on said posts are from Subtle Patterns. The photograph of me above was taken by Maykel Loomans for Urban Beardsman magazine.

Huge, massive thanks to David Parsons and Cole Henley for making the Google Maps stuff work on the 'speaking' page.

If you'd like me to advise on your project, speak at your event, write for your publication, or just say hello, please feel free to [get in touch via email](mailto:elliot@elliotjaystocks.com?subject=Website enquiry). Please note that I'm now once again taking on select client work.

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