I L L E S S O D E S I G N
Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. My name is Mathew Wain and to be honest i'm just a normal, friendly guy trying to keep the dream alive. I live and operate out of a small town in County Durham, North-East England. I am a published hand lettering artist, illustrator and an Award-Winning Graphic Designer. My specialism is firmly perched in Typography and Illustration but I like to dabble in most aspects of design.
I have difficulty writing about myself and I tend to veer off on multiple tangents - but, HERE GOES. Hopefully, you'll get the gisty gistingtons.
Each interview I attended after graduating from University provided good preparation for the next. However, it was the same rejection each time - "We like you, your work and your personality - you just lack work experience". At the time, I wasn't sure how I could attain work experience if no company was willing to hire me. I offered to work for free in order to gain this valuable experience in which many young designers so desperately need, but again no company would entertain.
That's when I embarked on this fantastic solo venture.
Illesso Design began in 2015, with the simple aim of pursuing my passion. I live by design. For as long as I can remember, my life has been to create. From pencils and crayons to constructing Hot Wheels garages out of old shoe boxes. I practice my craft each and everyday without fail. Scribbles on a napkin or brush to canvas. It all adds up and counts towards something. I knew I could make this work. I've always believed in my art - granted there are times you feel you're going backwards but that's the same in anything isn't it? Family has always been very important to me and I'm really thankful I was raised under the notion of believing I could be anything I wanted to be.
Even though I can be overwhelmingly self-critical of my work, I know that this is essential in order to grow.
I don't believe in being content, it's all about evolving and changing perspectives in order to separate from the norm. My mind is a constant state of play - I want to adapt, problem solve and most importantly I always want to learn. I hope to be the centre-point, the go-to guy for all brands, large or small, established or start-up. Work with me, give me an opportunity and throw me a challenge.
I can do it.
I have tried to showcase a variety of my work and not focus on overloading my site. I want to let my design speak for itself and leave a lasting impression. However if you would like to see more of my work then please visit my Instagram page where I aim to upload work daily. @ILLESSO_