Question Time is Back (and more!)

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It has been a while but Question Time is back! In this week’s video I go for a low-fi approach using my Mac’s built in iSight camera. I pulled out a series of questions from the last video, so here we go!

This week’s questions

  • What’s the most fun you’ve had on a project and why?
  • How often and when do you start paying for plugins for WordPress, galleries, jQuery code and so on?
  • What education establishments (college/uni) would you suggest for someone with no qualifications in art and design?
  • Do you deal with your own accounting or do you get another company to do it?


I want to know what you think to the Question Time video series. Do enjoy them more than my usual list of news links and would you like to see just questions or a mini news section in the video?

In other news, I recently set up a special YouTube channel for my new found hobby of Call of Duty Black Ops gameplay commentary. It isn’t design related but I’m sure there’s a few of you out there who might be interested. Check it out and subscribe at

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  1. Danstyled says:

    What are your thoughts on Sheffield as a media city? Do you think it’s growth occured quickly?

  2. Jorden Tually says:

    I missed this!

  3. Jorden Tually says:

    And, the iSight camera is perfect!

  4. Ed Baxter says:

    Nice to see you back on camera Chris. I personally prefer the mixed way where you answer some questions and also talk about some of your favourite links.

    The low tech way seems to work fine!

  5. Ian Lunn says:

    Hi Chris, low-fi approach works perfect.

    I much prefer Question Time opposed to the sites of the week. You’re probably aiming at a smaller audience but as somebody who hasn’t long started out, your answers are really useful.

    Nobody else is doing this as far as I know so I say stick with this and keep your favourite sites of the week on Line25.

  6. Niki says:

    Chris you looks handsome :) I hope I’m following “Don’t be an idiot” notice

  7. Awesome question time. Happy I tuned in to it. Video and audio was good.
    I liked your answer to question 3. Where I live there isn’t access to schools that teach design, and so one has to look for other ways of learning. And I have found blogs and sites with tutorials very helpful in learning new techniques and tools. Overtime you combine/apply all that you’ve learn and you could become a brilliant designer.
    I am self taught and the training I’ve gained from blogs, like yours has truly been an inspiration.

    Keep up the good job!

  8. I agree with Ed, having the mix is good and the low-fi approach is just as good as before.

  9. Mark says:

    Great blog Chris! I’ve been doing a couple of your tutorials and they are very interesting!

  10. Shane says:

    I LOVE the Question Time videos, really interesting in my opinion. The Weekly Faves are good too but i like your videos so please keep on doing them.

  11. Web Design says:

    finally, sometimes a useful website first-class post , thanks

  12. Victor says:

    Hey Chris, I’ve been following you for some time, and I definitely enjoy the Q&A. I hope you do more of it. I actually have a question if you decide to.

    I was wondering, how do you work out deals with your affiliates to offer discounts on their services with your premium content? Is there a method or formal approach you use? Or was it just networking or inquiring? What do you offer in return?

    Thanks so much

  13. Gavin says:

    Good video. I really do enjoy these videos, can’t wait for more. :)

    The lo-tech approach definitely works to. if you had a laptop with a camera in it you could put it on something near a wall or back drop too if you are missing that aspect of the “hi-tech” approach. Just an idea.

  14. dasjessi says:

    hi chris!
    i come here regularly, sorry i never wrote before.
    but now i have to say: really good job done. checked out your youtube cannel and your vid is crazy. liked it very much. (will watch some more after this.) playin´ BO on xbox360 myself. there you don´t have the possibility to make such great vids (only 30 sec.), so i guess you´ve done it on pc? if not, we could play together sometimes.
    (sorry for my bad english)
    greetings, dasjessi

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  16. Leslie says:

    I’ve stumbled on your blogs several times, and I think this was very helpful. Thank you for offering so many of your ideas/ suggestions/ tuts to new designers. It’s amazing that people can learn so much online without having formal training. Great work!

  17. Joogle says:

    Where does the inspiration come from. If you want to make something new?

  18. Sean says:

    Glad you brought this back

  19. Great vid Chris. It’s great that you have an accountant next door. I have a close-contact too — my wife works for the HMRC, which helps :)

  20. Nj says:

    Do you find yourself getting into a design funk where a lot of the designs in a certain timeframe start to look the same or you catch yourself using same design elements in projects that are close together?

    I get that and don’t have a good tip to break the habbit except step away from it for days, which isn’t always best option.


  21. Brad says:


    Love the questions and honest feedback. Nothing at all missing with the iSight cam as this is a case where content matters more than presentation. Keep up the great work mate!



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