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Elliot Jay Stocks

Elliot Jay Stocks

Elliot Jay Stocks is a designer and musician, known for his work with Google Fonts and Adobe Fonts. He is the author of Universal Principles of Typography (Quarto, 2024).

His 20-year career as a designer and design leader started in the music industry in the early days of web design, before expanding to web, app, print, and branding projects for clients such as Microsoft, Virgin, InVision, and MailChimp. After founding the typography magazine 8 Faces in 2010, Elliot joined Typekit (now known as Adobe Fonts) as Creative Director, before going on to take CD roles in companies big and small. He and his work have been profiled in publications such as Communication Arts, Creative Review, Computer Arts, Page, The Independent, .Net, and Design Week.

Since 2007, Elliot has been a familiar face at design and tech conferences around the world. Past highlights include TYPO, An Event Apart, South by Southwest, and The Type Directors Club NYC.

Elliot was also the co-founder, along with his wife, of the award-winning lifestyle magazine Lagom. Since closing the magazine, he now records electronic music as Other Form. He lives just outside Bristol, UK.

Elliot Jay Stocks's Talk

Better Type for the Web

Tuesday, 5th – 14:40

The things we can do with type on the web these days are pretty amazing, but are you making the most of the features contained in your fonts, and the smarts inside your browser?

In this quick-fire talk, Elliot takes us through the opportunities offered by variable fonts, colour fonts, optical size adjustments, and fluid type scales. He also covers the headaches often caused by misunderstanding line height, and how all of these factors can help us when it comes to choosing typefaces in the first place.