10 Questions for 10 Years – Chris Batt Edition

Our Senior Artworker, Chris Batt, recently hit his 10-year anniversary at Ponderosa and the gang wanted to ask him some burning questions to commemorate this milestone. And boy, did they deliver! Here are some of the highlights:

Q: What was the hardest project you have worked on?  

A: The yearly ABI brochure was definitely the hardest project I have worked on. It was a massive undertaking and took a lot of graft, teamwork and collaboration with the client.

Q: What’s your top piece of advice for those starting out in the industry?

A: Don’t sweat the small stuff – have fun with it!

Q: Best pork pie in Leeds city centre? 

A: No contest – the butcher in the market sells the best pork pie in town.

Q: Where’s the cheapest beer in Leeds city centre?

A: If you’re after a pint on a budget, you can’t go wrong with The Palace.

Q: If you could invite anyone (6 guests, can be dead or alive, famous or not) to proper chew the fat over a pint or two down the Palace, who would they be? And why?

A: This is a tough one. I think I would invite Jesus, Adolf Hitler, Margaret Thatcher, Oscar Wilde, George Orwell, Abraham Lincoln, Bernie Sanders, Gandhi, Keir Hardie, and Joan of Arc. It would be an interesting mix of people with very different perspectives.

Q: What’s the secret to hitting 10 years at Ponderosa?

A: Keep breathing! But seriously, stay curious and never stop learning.

Q: What’s your Ponderosa highlight/proudest moment?

A: My proudest moment at Ponderosa was working on the Crabbie’s Grand National branding. It was a massive project, and it was great to see it come to life.

Q: Snog, marry, adore. Soph, Midge and Steve. Who you doing what with?

A: (laughs) That would depend on the mood of the day and how much drink had been taken – take that how you want.

Q: What was your very first job?

A: Apart from a paper round, I worked as a studio junior doing artwork at a place called Hewitt Taylors.

Q: And lastly, what did you dream of doing when you were a kid?

A: Climbing trees and building dens was the dream.


We want to thank Chris for his dedication to our team for the last 10 years, and all the entertainment he provides along the way!

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