About us

Hello / About us

So just who is Halogen? We’re a straight talking, no-nonsense, down to earth North East marketing and design agency. We have studios in Durham and Newcastle. We pride ourselves on creating strategic solutions that work for our clients, on time and to a tight budget when needed. We don’t do flat screen presentations or have an expensive reception area but we do give you direct access to design and marketing specialists.

Halogen is a leading full service Newcastle marketing agency with a reputation for excellence. Full service means that you’ll soon start to reap the benefits of working with an agency that offers graphic design, website design and sound marketing solutions all under the same roof.

Just make sure if you’re coming to see us you call first so you don’t find us trying to catch up on some sleep in an electrical appliance!

Work with our award winning team.
Talk to us, call 0191 226 7321

The founders

Matt Haycock


Over 20 years experience in graphic design and marketing. 17 years working in website design and digital applications, and in 2004 founded Halogen Creative; a full service design and marketing agency.

Accomplished, results driven, digital design and marketing professional with experience across a wide variety of sectors and channels.

High level of personal integrity and a strong, progressive project manager. A proven ability to effectively design, develop and manage digital projects and applications with enthusiasm, creativity and accuracy to ensure clients maximise their ROI.

A genuine understanding of the complex marketing mix required today, devising and managing multi-dimensional digital solutions to deliver highly personalised and successful experiences to the right audience, at the right time.

Accountable for the conceptual, structural and detailed design and delivery of online applications to achieve agreed objectives.

Working with business startups, SME’s and large national accounts across many sectors to develop websites/apps and online marketing campaigns.

Winner of two prestigious Tourist Board Website Design Awards.

Likes and dislikes

Likes: Eating out, Guinness, climbing, mountain biking, outdoors, canoeing, Moto GP, spending money, gadgets, ebay, countryside, my kids, family and having a laugh.

Dislikes: Biscuits that you can’t dunk, speeding tickets, fixing things, alarm clocks, ties, suits, bananas, comic sans, title case, bad weather, potholes.

Ian Clarkson


A creative designer with vast knowledge and skills in design having worked on regional and multi-national design projects, including Galaxy, Procter & Gamble and the Co-operative Group on various marketing campaigns creating brochures, direct mailings, advertising and packaging.

He understands the need for good design that works with the target market and relishes building working relationships with clients and getting the right result. He knows that design must communicate and not just look nice and wants every client to feel better for having worked with him.

Twenty plus years as a graphic designer.

Began his career as a graphic designer for Durham Constabulary working at Police Headquarters in Durham before moving to an agency in Washington working with large pharmaceuticals Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, Sanofi-Winthrop and Allergan. He then moved to Robson Brown Communico in Newcastle, the largest agency outside London, working on various accounts including Forbo, Sealy Beds, Newcastle United, University of Sunderland, and DeVere Hotels. His experience also covers packaging on large accounts such as Galaxy, Milky Way and You Are What You Eat, while also developing marketing campaigns for the Co-operative Group.
likes and dislikes

Likes and dislikes

Likes: Music: plays drums, football, people watching, Spain and sunshine, House, Grey’s Anatomy, good design, drawing and sarcasm.

Dislikes: Rudeness, bad management; and there’s a lot, soaps, flat beer, manufactured pop bands, bad design and England shirts.

Share in our success

Halogen’s success has been built around a collaborative of branding, design, marketing and web specialists.

Halogen was formed in 2005 by Matt Haycock and Ian Clarkson, both of whom were instrumental in developing the company to the success it is today. In recent years the agency has grown through the formation of strategic partnerships with marketing and digital specialists to form a highly effective and formidable team. Our collaborative approach delivers a powerful suite of design and marketing services at a highly competitive rate.

From copywriters and creative designers to web designers and programmers, marketing analysts and print specialists to system designers and illustrators, each play an important role in delivering marketing success and a great return on investment.

Staying focussed on our strengths, credibility, honesty and hard work, our team delivers maximum value for your business.

If you’re looking to inject a fresh, intelligent and creative approach into your design and marketing collateral, or to meet a design agency in Newcastle that shares the same passion for your success as you do; then it’s time to see what we can do for you. Based in Newcastle and Durham we cover the whole North East and further afield.