A little about me

I have been working as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator for over a decade.

In 2007, I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts for Graphic Design from New York Institute of Technology. In recognition of demonstrated artistic excellence throughout my college years, I was awarded the Graphic Design Faculty Award at my graduation.

After college, I began my professional tenure as the Associate Designer for HOOP Magazine in New York City. This position provided me with the ideal environment to begin developing and nurturing the skills that I had learned as a student. Working directly with the Design Director and Editor-In-Chief of the publication, along with a team of talented writers and editors, I was able to gain valuable experience working as part of a team to produce bi-monthly publications. This position taught me invaluable lessons about layout, typography, photgraphy and other essentials that I have continued to develop. Although my professional career has moved on from HOOP Magazine, I still continue to work with them on a freelance basis as an Illustrator.

During the past couple of years, I have been fortunate enough to begin working with several additional freelance clients, which has helped me broaden my experience and skills. I have worked closely with individuals, as well as small, medium and large scale businesses on logo design and branding, web design, illustrations, brochures, posters, merchandising and signage. My experiences working in this freelance capacity has aided me to hone in on management skills beyond just my design and artistic abilities.


"Our experience with Matt has been flawless. He focuses on our wants and needs, helps us find our vision for a project and delivers a final product that is exactly what we envisioned. I appreciate that he thinks outside of the box, introduces new ideas and doesn't deliver designs that are the same as others we have seen used.

To date, we have hired Matt for logo design, marketing material design and he is currently redesigning our website. His creativity and design skills have and continue to exceed our expectations and I am happy to recommend him to anyone looking for a top notch Graphic Designer."

Lisa Vasilyadis
Director of Marketing & Business Development
Paragon Group, LLC (Syosset, NY)

"Matt Candela is a creative Graphic Designer; versatile, responsive and competitively priced. Matt is also a pleasure to work with."

Joann Saul
Market Research Administrator
The Rochlin Organization (Jericho, NY)

"Working with Matt is a pleasure. His ability to illustrate conceptual pieces is exactly what we are looking for. His realist style of illustration and use of colors, fits the look and style of HOOP magazine.

Currently Matt is illustrating full body portraits for us. His ability to capture the players' look is uncanny. The level of detail that goes into his illustrations is meticulous. The light and shadow in his illustration can only be captured by a true artist's interpretation.

Matt's ability to work under short notice is much appreciated, especially when there is no degradation in the illustration. But when given the time his illustrations are beyond expectation."

Kengyong Shao
Design Director
HOOP Magazine (New York, NY)