A Bit About Us

Nucleus is a Design, Marketing and Website agency, headed up by Barrie Ibbotson and Chris Aisthorpe. We’re a couple of design, marketing and web professionals doing what we love to do, designing and building your brands.

Together we’re a full service design agency, and we both get involved in every project, each bringing our own skills and inspirations. We’re pretty practical as well, some may say grounded. We know how important it is for you that we get our project right, so we stick to an agreed route, based on experience and we deliver practical solutions that help business.

Historically, we’ve worked for some of the areas larger agencies, but ultimately became disillusioned with the lack of direct contact between client and designer, and how extravagant offices and support staff overheads are passed directly to clients. So now we take our ‘small agency’ role seriously, and it means that  we’ll never be passing your projects to junior designers! it’ll be us every time.

But that larger agency experience has served us well, we’ve been involved in a number of big brand launches and re-launches, including some great names like Heinz Salad Cream, Airwick, Tropicana Orange Juice and our favorite, the Linda McCartney Vegetarian brand. We put that knowledge to good use on a daily basis and into every single piece of work we touch.

We build lasting relationships with our clients and we aim to keep coming back to them with great design that nails the brief every time. We’re good at what we do and passionate about what we produce, give us a call now and see what we can bring to the party.

Website design and identity design for kitchen manufacturer in Scunthorpe.

So, who are we?

Chris Aisthorpe, Graphic Designer and Director of Nucleus

Chris Aisthorpe
Designer / Director

Chris has honed his skills since graduating, working within several Lincolnshire and Yorkshire marketing and design agencies.

That’s over 30 years experience of bringing creative design solutions to companies and brands such as Young’s Seafoods, BBC Worldwide, Reckitt Benckiser, the NHS and Personal Group to mention just a few, giving him a well founded understanding of commercial design. But whatever the project he is happy to apply those skills to all, regardless of the sizes and types of business, be it a new start-up, a SME or bigger – “It’s all part of the joy of building our client portfolio.”

In his spare time, Chris likes to pick up a guitar and pluck a few tunes.

Barrie Ibbotson, Website Designer and Director of Nucleus Design

Barrie Ibbotson
Designer / Director

Barrie is a passionate about brands and identities and using his experience to help businesses grow. His background working with companies such as Heinz, Mars, the BBC and the NHS gives him a good grounding with some of the UKs top brands

Initially trained as an illustrator, Barrie worked for publishers and design houses in central London before heading home to East Yorkshire. ‘Working as a small boutique agency gives us more direct access to clients’ which is somewhat of a rarity in larger agencies that use account handlers.

Away from work, Barrie spends most of his time restoring and fighting with aircooled Volkswagons

Ready to Talk?

If you would like to have a chat about how we can help with your website, identity or marketing, then give us a call and we’ll come and see you. We love to talk and there’s no obligation, though we’re partial to a cup of tea. We’re more than happy to get out of the studio occasionally 😉

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