Those of you who remember the glory days of web design, Web 2.0, Flash and ActionScript, when FWA and Deviant Art were just getting started, and everything seemed new and exciting, almost like a Far West of the Internet, then our next guest will put a smile on your face.
Elliot Jay Stocks is a legend in the world of web design. He started working as a junior designer for EMI Music, which he admits was lucky thanks to his portfolio, which contained all the websites he designed and built for groups of friends while studying. contemporary media practice at university.
Some of you will remember Elliot’s time at Carsonified – the website he designed for that agency entered the web design hall of fame and is still considered a watershed moment for the company today. industry.
With all of this experience, Elliot has given a ton of talks around the world and written for magazines such as Computer Arts and Dot Net. In 2010, he launched a print magazine called 8 Faces, dedicated to fonts, typography and lettering. Later, he joined Typekit as creative director, which has since become Adobe Fonts. Then, after getting married and becoming a father, he and his wife Samantha started their own magazine on the elusive idea of work-life balance.
Today he works with Google on Fonts Knowledge, a library of original guides to the world of typography. Interestingly, he’s been remote since 2013, working from his quiet garden office near Bristol and where I’ve been invited to sit and chat about his journey so far.
Surrounded by many keyboards and instruments, showing an obvious passion for making music in parallel, we wanted to know if Elliot never moved and if side projects and experiments had always been the focus. We wanted to ask him how he felt about working for Google. And if he succeeded in achieving the ultimate goal that we all dream of: balancing life and work and being happy.