50 Beautiful And Creative Portfolio Designs

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Design portfolios come in various forms. Traditionally, they have been print-based and something you would carry to a client pitch or meeting to showcase what you’ve done and how you did it. Today, many designers take advantage of the Internet to publish and showcase their work via their online portfolios. Having your work displayed online removes the geographical restraints that traditional portfolios impose on you.

With many portfolios online, it’s often hard to stand out from the sea of competition out there. It takes a creative design to grab the user’s attention long enough for him or her to enjoy sifting through your work. Adding rich interactive elements, framing your work in a unique way, and concocting a means of providing a unique experience can not only get the user’s attention but also show your capabilities as a designer.

In this showcase, you’ll find a variety of beautiful, unique and highly creative portfolio designs. The aim here is to stimulate your creativity and inspire you to create your own portfolio or re-think your existing one. You’ll see portfolios from a wide range of fields, including Web design, product design, illustration, photography and even animation. So, we now present to you 50 beautiful and creative portfolio designs.

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50 Beautiful and Creative Portfolios

Pikaboo2
This portfolio showcases a creative navigation scheme; use the scroll button on the mouse to navigate up and down the showcase. Alternatively, the designer gives you a columned view of the showcased work if you click on “Overview.”

Pikaboo screen shot3

Lyndon Wade4
This portfolio effectively integrates the interface of the design. Clicking a category link of the portfolio expands a “film-strip” view of the thumbnails in the section. Upon clicking a thumbnail, it expands to a full-screen view; clicking on the left or right allows you to navigate through all of the showcased paragraphs in full-screen mode.

Lyndon Wade screen shot.5

Jesse Willmon’s fall 2008 DESIGN-TACULAR6
Jesse Willmon presents his portfolio in a unique fashion, through “doodles,” giving it a memorable user interface.

Jess Wilmon screen shot.7

Daniel Stenberg8
Daniel Stenberg frames each of his works beautifully and allows users to navigate through them horizontally. The result is a clean and simple but effective portfolio design.

Daniel Stenberg screen shot9

Domenico Tedone Design10
Unconventional navigation schemes can be a great way to leave a lasting impression on users (but they can also make users leave in an instant); Domenico Tendone capitalizes on Flash’s strength of being responsive to user events by showcasing his work via a revolving 3-D wheel. Use the scroll button to scroll through his work.

Domenico Tedone Design screen shot.11

Marc Dahmen12
Marc Dahmen gives us a creative user interface by showing his projects as business cards. Clicking on a business card gives you a nifty animation as it enlarges. To make navigation easier, the portfolio provides keyboard shortcuts (you can see them at the top left of the page).

Marc Dahmen screen shot.13

SuperLover14
The excellent selection of colors in this portfolio complements the showcased artwork, and the organization of each piece makes it stand out.

SuperLover screen shot.15

Aline Caron Portfolio16
The presentation of the thumbnails in this portfolio gives it a unique interface, reminiscent of the chemical table of elements.

Aline Caron Portfolio screens hot.17

chris woods18

Minimalist portfolios focus the user’s attention on the works being presented, as seen in the portfolio of Chris Woods.

Millice screen shot.19

Deep20
Deep’s portfolio gives users a unique navigation interface; the plain solid background and text make the showcase the highlight of the home page.

Deep screen shot.21

Dave Werner’s Portfolio22
Dave Werner’s portfolio gallery is shown as an artistic collage; clicking on a piece in the collage expands it.

Dave Werner's Portfolio 2006 screen shot.23

Booreiland24
Booreiland’s portfolio gives users a “breadcrumb” navigation scheme so that they can easily jump through sections.

Booreiland screen shot.25

vivified26
In this showcase, the projects dominate the entire page, and a thumbnail gallery on the right-hand side gives you a way to browse through the projects.

vivified screen shot.27

nisgia.com28
Interactive designers can show off their creative skill in user interaction by having a portfolio with distinctive interactive elements, as shown by nisgia’s portfolio.

nisgia.com screen shot.29

Rob Young30
Rob Young frames his projects in a MacBook Pro laptop, alluding to the nature of his job as an art director and designer.

Rob Young screen shot.31

Sid Lee32
This clean and simple portfolio gives focus to the active work being viewed by allowing it to take up a large part of the viewing area. Hovering over the right-hand side of the page opens up an alternate navigation menu.

Sid Lee screens hot.33

Nile Inside34
Artwork is displayed in a “film-strip” view, and clicking on a piece expands it without navigating away from the film strip. Even with the rich interactivity of the portfolio, it doesn’t rely on Flash.

Nile Inside screen shot.35

Les illustrations de Lapin36
Illustrations displayed side by side beautifully showcase the illustrations made in the artist’s sketchbook, giving the portfolio an unprocessed, raw, natural look.

Les illustrations de Lapin screen shot.37

Contrast38
Conventional design portfolios are visual, but that isn’t the case with Contrast’s portfolio, which displays its “thumbnail” gallery in a text-based format.

Contrast screen shot.39

sroown40
sroown effectively uses its logo to frame its design gallery. Note the red “Jump back to top” element along the right-hand side that follows you along as you scroll down the page, a subtle enhancement of the interface that gives you insight into the small details they pay attention to in their designs.

sroown screen shot.41

OnWired42
OnWired showcases its design process by taking us from conception to final product in each of its projects.

OnWired screen shot.43

Michael Muller Photography44
Michael Muller’s portfolio directs the user’s attention to his photographic work by making it the focal point of the page. Hover over each piece to navigate through his work.

Michael Muller Photography screen shot.45

EveningLab46
A creative interface makes EveningLab’s portfolio stand out.

EveningLab screen shot.47

Die Neue Modern48
Irregular shapes and sizes of the thumbnails in this portfolio give it a unique and “systematic disorder.”

Die Neue Modern screenshot.49

Made Like Me50
This portfolio shows the typical way of displaying thumbnail galleries; but by leveraging the artwork’s vivid colors and placing the art against a dark background, each piece pops out of the page and the gallery achieves a unified look.

Made Like Me screen shot.51

Marius Roosendaal52
An accordion user interface gives Marius Roosendaal’s portfolio a nifty way of showcasing his work while allowing it to remain compact, thus maximizing valuable screen real estate.

Marius Roosendaal screen shot.53

Jason Reed Web Design54
Jason Reed’s portfolio features a horizontal accordion menu, which minimizes the need to scroll and, again, makes the design compact.

Jason Reed Web Design screen shot.55

Thibaud’s portfolio56
Thibaud’s portfolio uses color swatches57 as interactive elements, which not only hints at the nature of his work but also effectively showcases his skill, experience and creativity in interactive design.

Thibaud's portfolio screen shot.58

standardimage59
Standardimage features a unique navigation scheme that auto-scrolls down the page when you click on a menu item. The portfolio design is clean, simple and minimal, which makes each piece stand out.

standardimage screen shot.60

bcandullo.com61
Brad Candullo beautifully frames his creations with worn notebook pages, giving them an organic look and feel.

bcandullo.com screen shot.62

James Lai Creative63
James Lai Creative’s portfolio sits on the front page. Each thumbnail is in a frame, and you can navigate through them horizontally.

James Lai Creative screen shot.64

formrausch65
This portfolio puts each project in a beautiful frame, showing the designer’s meticulous attention to detail.

formrausch screen shot.66

Serial Cut67
Another minimalist portfolio design that focuses attention on the artwork.

Serial Cut screen shot.68

Dawghouse Design Studio69
Dawghouse Design Studio displays its projects on a notebook paper background. The hand-drawn concept is carried through with each graphical element, including the “View site” button and the “Next” and “Previous” buttons.

Dawghouse Design Studio screen shot.70

Hot Meteor71
Eye-catching, smooth animation that uses horizontal and vertical movement creates a memorable user experience.

Hot Meteor screen shot.72

Oneover.com73
The unconventional 3-D showcase seen in this portfolio provides a great user experience.

Oneover.com screen shot.74

13 Creative75
13 Creative houses its portfolio on a steno pad. A beautiful navigation scheme and subtle, fluid animation make this portfolio a memorable design.

13 Creative screen shot.76

TROZO GALLERY77

Eduardo Valdivieso’s style of art transcends the canvas and works well as part of a Web design, allowing the two media to complement each other.

TROZO GALLERY screen shot.78

Danny Blackman
79Danny Blackman’s animated navigation makes navigating through his projects a pleasant experience.

Danny Blackman screen shot.80

Frisk Web81
Frisk Web displays thumbnails of its projects as taped-on Polaroid shots, giving the portfolio design an uncommon and remarkable layout.

Frisk Web screen shot.82

foxie’s graphic design83

This creative portfolio interface uses books sitting on a bookshelf for navigation.

foxie's graphic design screen shot.84

Visualbox85
Visualbox takes advantage of the vivid colors of its work by placing its portfolio against a plain dark background, effectively emphasizing the “Visual” in its company name.

Visualbox screen shot.86

Ed Peixoto87
An unconventional layout for a thumbnail gallery and subtle yet memorable hover-over animation make this portfolio design impressive.

Ed Peixoto screen shot.88

Odd Web Things89

Odd Web Things stays true to its name by showcasing its work in an unusual fashion. You just might think about the design long enough to remember the company’s name, or even explore the rest of its website looking for an explanation.

Odd Web Things screen shot.90

NANAMIart91
NANAMIart integrates its portfolio in the design by displaying it near the header, giving users access to it at all times.

NANAMIart screen shot.92

Vault4993
This portfolio is text-based until you click on the name of a project; the name then expands to show a preview of the artwork.

Vault49 screen shot.94

SKINS INTERACTIVE95
Fluid, smooth 3-D animation makes browsing through Skin Interactive’s portfolio an enjoyable user experience.

SKINS INTERACTIVE screen shot96

adncom97
A rotating display that revolves around an illustrated sheep gives adncom’s portfolio a unique twist.

adncom screen shot98

SeymourPowell99
The deck-of-cards introduction gives users a sense of what SeymourPowell is all about in a matter of seconds.

SeymourPowell screen shot.100

hellokarl101
hellokarl combines subtle, fluid animation along with great large-scale product shots to create an engrossing mood.

hellokarl screen shot.102

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/04/creating-a-successful-online-portfolio/
  2. 2 http://www.pikaboo.be/
  3. 3 http://www.pikaboo.be/
  4. 4 http://lyndonwade.com/
  5. 5 http://lyndonwade.com/
  6. 6 http://www.jessewillmon.com/
  7. 7 http://www.jessewillmon.com/
  8. 8 http://www.dantestyle.se/
  9. 9 http://www.dantestyle.se/
  10. 10 http://www.dotedesign.com/
  11. 11 http://www.dotedesign.com/
  12. 12 http://www.marcdahmen.de/
  13. 13 http://www.marcdahmen.de/
  14. 14 http://superlover.com.au/
  15. 15 http://superlover.com.au/
  16. 16 http://www.enila.fr/
  17. 17 http://www.enila.fr/
  18. 18 http://chriswoods.ca/#/sports/
  19. 19 http://chriswoods.ca/#/sports/
  20. 20 http://www.deep.co.uk/
  21. 21 http://www.deep.co.uk/
  22. 22 http://okaydave.com/
  23. 23 http://okaydave.com/
  24. 24 http://www.booreiland.nl/
  25. 25 http://www.booreiland.nl/
  26. 26 http://www.vivified.net/
  27. 27 http://www.vivified.net/
  28. 28 http://www.nisgia.com/
  29. 29 http://www.nisgia.com/
  30. 30 http://www.eisforeffort.com/
  31. 31 http://www.eisforeffort.com/
  32. 32 http://www.sidlee.com/#/works
  33. 33 http://www.sidlee.com/#/works
  34. 34 http://inside.nile.ru/#years-2008/
  35. 35 http://inside.nile.ru/#years-2008/
  36. 36 http://www.lesillustrationsdelapin.com/
  37. 37 http://www.lesillustrationsdelapin.com/
  38. 38 http://www.contrast.ie/
  39. 39 http://www.contrast.ie/
  40. 40 http://www.sroown.com/
  41. 41 http://www.sroown.com/
  42. 42 http://onwired.com/portfolio/
  43. 43 http://onwired.com/portfolio/
  44. 44 http://www.mullerphoto.com/
  45. 45 http://www.mullerphoto.com/
  46. 46 http://www.eveninglab.com/
  47. 47 http://www.eveninglab.com/
  48. 48 http://www.dieneuemodern.com/
  49. 49 http://www.dieneuemodern.com/
  50. 50 http://www.madelikeme.com/
  51. 51 http://www.madelikeme.com/
  52. 52 http://www.mariusroosendaal.com/
  53. 53 http://www.mariusroosendaal.com/
  54. 54 http://www.jasonreedwebdesign.com/
  55. 55 http://www.jasonreedwebdesign.com/
  56. 56 http://www.thibaud.be/
  57. 57 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:PantoneFormulaGuide-solidMatte-2005edition.png
  58. 58 http://www.thibaud.be/
  59. 59 http://standardimage.jp/
  60. 60 http://standardimage.jp/
  61. 61 http://www.bcandullo.com/
  62. 62 http://www.bcandullo.com/
  63. 63 http://www.jameslaicreative.com/
  64. 64 http://www.jameslaicreative.com/
  65. 65 http://www.formrausch.com/
  66. 66 http://www.formrausch.com/
  67. 67 http://www.serialcut.com/
  68. 68 http://www.serialcut.com/
  69. 69 http://www.dawghousedesignstudio.com/webfolio.html
  70. 70 http://www.dawghousedesignstudio.com/webfolio.html
  71. 71 http://www.hotmeteor.com/#web
  72. 72 http://www.hotmeteor.com/#web
  73. 73 http://www.oneover.com/
  74. 74 http://www.oneover.com/
  75. 75 http://www.13creative.com/portfolio.htm
  76. 76 http://www.13creative.com/portfolio.htm
  77. 77 http://www.introzo.com/
  78. 78 http://www.introzo.com/
  79. 79 http://www.dannyblackman.com/
  80. 80 http://www.dannyblackman.com/
  81. 81 http://www.friskweb.pl/
  82. 82 http://www.friskweb.pl/
  83. 83 http://foxie.ru/
  84. 84 http://foxie.ru/
  85. 85 http://www.visualboxsite.com/
  86. 86 http://www.visualboxsite.com/
  87. 87 http://www.edpeixoto.com/
  88. 88 http://www.edpeixoto.com/
  89. 89 http://oddwebthings.com/portfolio/
  90. 90 http://oddwebthings.com/portfolio/
  91. 91 http://www.nanamiart.com/
  92. 92 http://www.nanamiart.com/
  93. 93 http://www.vault49.com/
  94. 94 http://www.vault49.com/
  95. 95 http://www.skinsinteractive.com/
  96. 96 http://www.skinsinteractive.com/
  97. 97 http://www.adncom.fr/#/news/2008-09-15-0/
  98. 98 http://www.adncom.fr/#/news/2008-09-15-0/
  99. 99 http://www.seymourpowell.com/#/
  100. 100 http://www.seymourpowell.com/#/
  101. 101 http://www.hellokarl.com/
  102. 102 http://www.hellokarl.com/
  103. 103 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/04/creating-a-successful-online-portfolio/

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  1. 1

    really nice porfolios ….
    thanks for this….

    http://www.yaweb.fr

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  2. 52

    Visually very appealing websites, most of them.

    BUT what I find totally disgusting is websites with music turned on by default……… How can a web site professional do such a stupid thing?………….

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  3. 103

    Great list! I also really like the layout of BrettNyquist.com. Very clean, and cool designs.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  4. 154

    An observation: all of Smashing Mag’s screenshots are taken on a PC. Typography is an eye sore, IMHO.
    Jason

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  5. 205

    While I’m a huge fan of simplicity, I couldn’t help but notice vivified’s site looking strikingly similar to the Superfamous site. Not sure who’s came first but my money’s on Superfamous.

    In other news, love Smashing Magazine. Good source and collection of inspirational imagery.

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  6. 256

    look at http://www.pxforce.com … its so cool and simple portfolio design too :)

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  7. 307

    great portfolio design here.
    i like it.

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    Alexandre Plennevaux

    December 8, 2008 3:20 pm

    Hey guys, what do you think about this image gallery portfolio, turned into an interactive barcode ? http://www.lisapram.com

    Here were my intentions: The interface is a specific design approach to online image galleries aiming to produce an integrated graphical product based on the work itself. The result of this search is an “interactive barcode”, generating a unique representation of Lisa Pram’s work in a non-metaphorical manner, through indexing of her image sets according to four main keywords, which stand for the main areas of her work – Professional, Experimental , Advertising and Editorial. Clicking on each of them allows the visitor to filter through her image galleries. Each gallery is represented by a line which thickness reflects the number of images it contains – 1 image is 1 pixel width. This simple principle leads to the barcode representation. Clicking each of these lines unfolds its pictures in a continuous strip inside the barcode, thus introducing the user into the colors and contrasts of her work.

    Thanks Smashing !

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  9. 409

    Ah man, not my cup of tea. Every portfolio screams ADHD designers with starburst vomit. Come the fudge down PEOPLE!

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  10. 460

    great work! i like a lot!

    =)! =)! =)!

    congratulations guys

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  11. 511

    It’s such an honor to be part of the list! Thanks for including me! – JAN

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  12. 562

    nice websites!

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  13. 613

    I liked Pikaboo. It is really cool. Can someone demystify its great layout structure? It would be a great tutorial.

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  14. 664

    Coll post! Very good !!!

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  15. 715

    It’s really a wonderful list best portfolios on the web! Thanks for the post! ;)

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    Nathan Latterell

    March 26, 2009 10:23 am

    These are all great portfolios, but some lack usability, and have mystery meat nav. above all very inspirational

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  17. 817

    I just finished mine… Tried to keep it very simple. Hope you like!

    http://www.27something.com

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  18. 868

    very inspiring!!!

    gr8 portfolios!!!

    congratulations to all hard worker behind the curtain.

    :)

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  19. 919

    I love this list! I think anyone who likes design like this should also check out stuff from Identity Withheld and THS. I can appreciate clean designs but I love the ease of use and off-beat quirkiness of both these websites. My favourite from the list has to be Trozo though; I’ve had that one bookmarked for quite a while!

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  20. 970

    Webdesign Portfolio

    April 22, 2009 2:31 pm

    Very interesting portfolios! Thanks!

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  21. 1021

    wow these are beautiful! Thanks for sharing. great work

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  23. 1123

    VBVaw3 comment1 ,

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  24. 1174

    This gave me a lot of inspiration!
    Thnx a lot

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  25. 1225

    i dearly love this site. but may i make a suggestion? everytime you have lists with images, you place the title and description of the picture you are describing ABOVE the image. when i think natutally the user will look for it to be under, like a caption. i spend like a couple of mins each post figuring this out cause i get disoriented.

    maybe this is just me! in which case i say – ignore me! haha. but this is just my 2 cents.

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  26. 1276

    Very very nice, love to get some inspiration. Maybe another one for the list, fresh from the drawing table.
    Link. Hope you like it.

    And to add two cents two ‘la’ (post 76) I do get a bit confused sometimes as well, reading the next caption with the previous image. Maybe a little more spacing above the titles?

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    Fernando Portela

    July 30, 2009 10:43 am

    Some of these are very nice others seem to have the layout and navigation in the way of showcasing the works, where ultimately should be where focus needs to be.
    This is my attempt to keep the works grabbing all the attention.

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  28. 1378

    Nice post. I wonder why this site was not included

    http://www.jimmymercado.com

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  29. 1429

    hey realy nice and helpful website.

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  30. 1480

    Great article!! Thanks For sharing.

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  31. 1531

    Not only are some of these NOT GOOD, they’re down right AWFUL! :|

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  32. 1582

    Great collection. Many people out there do have time and of course great ideas to build their portfolios. http://www.aliirfaan.com

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  33. 1633

    Some really interesting portfolio techniques here! It’s always nice to see how other web designers present their work! Love the simple designs! Great post!

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  34. 1684

    Thanks to be my inspirations !
    A great help for somebodies in graphic school!

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  35. 1735

    Thanks to be my inspirations !

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  36. 1786

    Hey! That was a really great inspiration for me! My brand new portfolio site has been lunched, take a look at it if you want!

    If you like it, or not, and if you have some spare time, please send me some feedback! I’m wondering what’s the opinion of others!

    Aaron

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  37. 1837

    HI there im looking to do a online portfolio now… wondering if i should do my layout on photoshop? is that the best thing to use as i want mine to reflect me and my creativity. Not interested in too much flash but just basics such as buttons etc. can i do that after i use photoshop? I want high quality pages…. slicing i will learn. so photoshop or dreamweaver?

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  38. 1888

    Well n good Portfolios in designing….. good work

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  39. 1939

    Great list some really creative people out there. i also like this australian site http://www.yourvillageidiot.com.au

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  40. 1990

    Here’s another one worth checking out http://www.fuseboxcreations.com

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  41. 2041

    I found this article with portfolio designs very useful and inspirational, thanks. :-) It helped me to create my new, fresh looking portfolio: http://www.peterrepta.com

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  42. 2092

    really great works :www.webdezz.com

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  43. 2143

    Nice post, great portfolios

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    Francis Anton Pado

    May 22, 2010 8:46 pm

    Great and Professional!

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  45. 2245

    Really help-full and great one

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    Vishakan Dinesh

    June 5, 2010 12:09 am

    Awsomeeee List…….I just launched my own portfolio. would it fit in this list?..:). check it out
    mrdthedesigner.com/

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    • 2347

      hi there…….i jus wachd ur portfolio…….it luks gr8…..gr8 texture n choice of color is cool…….red color you used catches the eye…….gud wrk…

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  47. 2398

    Amazing Portfolio’s, check out my Portfolio sk-line.eu/
    Thanks for sharing!

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  48. 2449

    Everything is cool except the kitschy site Booreiland. Yuk!

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  49. 2500

    I am looking forward to visit all these portflios soon.

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  50. 2551

    You forgot http://www.bio-bak.nl. Which actually goes out of it’s way to be hard to navigate, and still somehow sucks you in.

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