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Elliot Jay Stocks

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Elliot Jay Stocks is a designer and musician, known in typographic circles thanks to his time as Creative Director of Adobe Typekit, founder of typography magazine 8 Faces, and for his recent collaboration with Google that lead to the creation of Google Fonts Knowledge

  • Location

    Bristol, UK

  • Passions

    Typography, music–making, & outdoor family time

  • Day job

    Designer & Type Nerd

Describe yourself in five or fewer words

Designer, musician, type nerd

Describe your ideal day

A sunny day, starting with some coffee, with a solid burst of creativity and productivity in the morning, a tasty lunch, very little in the way of admin to do, no meetings, and plenty of breaks to spend outside with my family, coming in early for a beer.

What's your favorite book and why?

Sing Backwards and Weep, by Mark Lanegan, purely because I’m reading it right now, and find it impossible to pick a favourite book.

If you could time-travel back to a single point in history, where would you go and why?

To be a spectator, or an active participant? I’d like to revisit parts of my childhood and teenage years, and leave myself notes on how to not be an idiot.

If you could be any animal other than human for a day, what would you be and why?

One of our two dogs, who quite frankly have it as good as it gets when it comes to life as a dog and perhaps just life in general.