Elliot Jay Stocks is a designer, illustrator, speaker, and author. His work is regularly featured in books, blogs, and magazines, and his portfolio includes projects for clients such as Virgin, Microsoft, Smashing Magazine and MailChimp. A common face on the speaking circuit, Elliot gives talks at design events across the globe, including An Event Apart, Brooklyn Beta, Future of Web Design, South by Southwest, and Web Directions.
He writes for publications such as .Net, Computer Arts, and Codex: The Journal of Typography, is the author of Sexy Web Design (Sitepoint, 2008), and sits on the judging panels of design competitions, as well as Smashing Magazine’s Experts Panel.
Elliot is the founder of typography magazine 8 Faces co-founder of Viewport Industries. He lives and works in the countryside between Bristol and Bath, England.
Flash turned the web from a bland mess into a rich, interactive playground. Web Standards brought the web a much-needed sense of unity, clarity, and accessibility. Web fonts gave the web print-level typographic control. Responsive Web Design returned the web to its roots as an inherently fluid medium. All of these revolutions in design and development, and all in such a short period of time!
Elliot has not had an online portfolio in over five years. In assembling a new portfolio for September 2013 and attempting to collate over ten years' worth of work, he's accidentally documented the evolution of the web design industry: its highs, its lows... even its pixel fonts.
In this deeply personal talk, Elliot uses the process of creating his new portfolio — and highlighting the ground-breaking work of other designers and developers — to examine where we are now and from where we have come. And perhaps most importantly: where next?