50 Fresh Portfolio Websites for Your Inspiration

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Creating personal portfolio website is probably the most challenging task for designers as it should reveal the talent and some special unique style of its author. Beautiful portfolio is like a good setting – it makes design works sparkle and grabs visitors’ attention immediately.

Look though this collection of stylish and exquisite portfolio designs to draw some inspiration for your own projects. Either through minimalist neat layout or via rich, color expressive design elements, each of these portfolios delivers an exceptional, truly inspiring visual experience to visitors. So this design showcase is worth seeing whether you are in a creative search or just looking for some entertainment.

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Creative and Exquisite Portfolio Designs

Alexarts2
Graphic designer Alexey Abramov featured his portfolio with a tilt-shift photo background and beautiful typo. As a result, you see a neat and original design.

Alexarts3

Soyuzno4
This portfolio belongs to Tokyo-based designer Soyuzno, so no wonder that Japanese laconism is the foreground theme of the design. Elegant solution, isn’t it?

Soyuzno5

thetoke6
Flexible 3D gallery and stylish typography give some unique flavor to this site. You can choose the way of showcase display.

thetoke7

Hello Monday8
Hello Monday’s portfolio featured with lovely chocolate color scheme and draggable navigation provides a memorable user interface.

Hello Monday9

magneticNorth10
magneticNorth’s portfolio brings an extraordinary interactive interface to the visitors. Drawing shapes on the page discovers company’s projects.

magneticNorth11

Weberica12
Scattered brushes, rich colors, subtle strokes of the paint brush – welcome to artist’s studio! This design is very attractive and tasty.

Weberica13

Beakable14
Iain Hamilton’s portfolio is interesting and unconventional. Maybe funny characters in the header make up the core feature that singles out this design.

Beakable15

Ft16
Background made in imitation of ebony, old paper effect in frames and ascetic typography make the portfolio of Alexey Chernishov look elegant and impressive.

Ft17

Alastaire Allday18
The main theme which runs all through Alastaire Allday’s portfolio is… Alastaire Allday. It makes sense as pure and sincere presentation arouses trust.

Alastaire Allday19

Daniel Gutierrez20
Beautiful portfolio design with captivating color scheme, simple but neat grid-based gallery and charming paper kitten in the header.

Daniel Gutierrez21

Zupadupa22
Romanian web agency Zupadupa offers visitors to take white or green pill to navigate the website. Doesn’t it remind you anything? No matter whether designers are quoting Matrix trilogy or not, this choose-a-pill-thing is something quite creative and interactive.

Zupadupa23

Charlie Gentle24
Charlie Gentle implements perfect jQuery style in his portfolio. Nice sketch elements, clean typo and illuminated centered content accentuate the original nature of the design.

Charlie Gentle25

Go On Web26
The following portfolio is created using HTML 5. Cloth imitating background that changes its color while you scroll is superb.

Go On Web27

John Likens28
Big typo, big showcase grid, big success.

John Likens29

IE Studio30
IE Studio created their portfolio with unusual stylish approach. Interesting collage in the center of the home page is a highlight of company’s identity.

IE Studio31

Inside Piet32
With this portfolio Belgian Flash developer Piet Dewinjgaert gives you an access to his own brain! it’s difficult to describe what is going on there, so you’d better visit and see it!

Inside Piet33

Greydient34
Another example of beautiful personal portfolio with draggable navigation and appealing interface.

Greydient35

M1 Design36
Incredible Flash portfolio of German design studio M1 Design provides a unique interactive project showcase.

M1 Design37

Kevin Lucius38
This original portfolio is a good example of one-page website design. It brings a really personal look and feel.

Kevin Lucius39

Rikcat Industries40
Rik Catlow’s portfolio is done in a simple minimalist manner. Neat layout and stylish black-and-white color scheme drive visitor’s attention exactly to designer’s works.

Rikcat Industries41

Loukotka Design42
Here vintage style of portfolio menu and website background is combined with trendy typography and up-to-date image transparency. Quite successful design mix.

Loukotka Design43

Dreamer Lines44
Very colorful and expressive portfolio of Janis Godins provides a really unique and rich user interface. It’s just brimming over with life, truly inspiring design.

Dreamer Lines45

Midtone Design46
Due to stylish typography, advanced carousel effect applied to project showcase and unconventional approach to “About” section, Jonatan Castro’s portfolio has an ultra-modern high-tech look.

Midtone Design47

Resn48
The portfolio website of Resn Interactive Agency is like a magic box – it contains an inconceivable amount of various design techniques. Rich motion graphics, big typography, controllable 3D elements – this portfolio is very hard to forget.

Resn49

Rich McNabb50
Rich McNabb’s portfolio is shown as a business card which breaks up into website menu categories when you click on it.

Rich McNabb51

Scratch 2252
Zarne Dravitzki provides a nifty carousel user interface which decreases the need to scroll and allows design layout to stay compact. Old-school grunge frame is a tasty feature.

Scratch 2253

My Favorite Thing54
Light and clean layout meets simple grid-based work showcase. However, a thumbnail gallery available on each single project page would be an advantage.

My Favorite Thing55

Siminki56
Illustrations and crazy typography hints at the designer’s liking for experiments and most daring ideas fulfilling. Or maybe it’s just a little trick to keep visitors’ longer stay? In any case, this portfolio is worth viewing.

Siminki57

Teo Skaffa58
One can’t help smiling while viewing this portfolio. This incredible piece of pixel art will allow you to make an exciting journey through time.

Teo Skaffa59

Elliott Kember60
Another pleasant memories evoking website. You can play old-time “Snake” game while browsing Elliott Kember’s portfolio. But be careful – don’t forget the initial purpose of your visit!

Elliot Kember61

Steve Mullen62
Steve Mullen uses common “grid with lightbox” design technique for his portfolio. However neat frames, attention to details, beautiful typography and eye-catching recent work showcase, make this portfolio design exquisite indeed.

Steve Mullen63

Serial Cut64
These guys don’t waste valuable website space and use each page as a ground for project presentation. Project list is available at the right side of the page. Wonderful example of design creativity.

Serial Cut65

Sebastian Nitu66
Perfection in simplicity. The portfolio of Sebastian Nitu proves this statement one more time. This website uses HTML 5 as well.

Sebastian Nitu67

Form Troopers68
Outstanding and stylish portfolio featured with flashing photo backgrounds and usable project showcasing technique.

Form Troopers69

Snopp Media70
Truly creative and lively portfolio design which introduces Snopp Media in a sincere and outgoing manner.

Snopp Media71

Soft Whiteroom72
Another beautiful minimalist portfolio. Grid-based project gallery shows colorless thumbnails, hovering over them will slightly revive images by filling them with color.

Soft Whiteroom73

Chuck U74
The portfolio of Chuck U delivers graphic design of inimitable beauty. This is what can be called a web design delicacy.

Chuck U75

Fabrik Agency76
Unique and usable interface, which shows portfolio as a stapled stack of cards, elegant typography and backgrounds provide a quite pleasant navigation experience.

Fabrik Agency77

Edelwwweiss78
A bit muted colors give this portfolio a soft and friendly look. While recent works are showcased using a carousel effect, the main portfolio is displayed in light box grid.

Edelwwweiss79

Web Talents80
Space related theme and nifty navigation technique make this portfolio worthy of being included to the collection of most beautiful and creative portfolio designs.

Web Talents81

Sandrine Abraham82
Clean and somewhat cartoon looking background together with simple and usable project showcasing make up a lovely portfolio design which brings a positive feel to visitors.

Sandrine Abraham83

Jack Herbert84
Great typography based personal portfolio. Jack Herbert simply laid his projects on the shelves (in literal sense only).

Jack Herbert85

Josh Sender86
This portfolio brings a fresh and young look and feel. Maybe that’s because Josh Sender is just 17 years old.

Josh Sender87

Sofa Surfer88
A captivating personal portfolio with excellent structure. Again, simplicity and usability rule.

Sofa Surfer89

Area 1790
Area 17 is an obvious trend-maker in the world of design. Perhaps the style of their portfolio can give you some tips and hints for creating an outstanding portfolio of your own.

Area 1791

Thought & Theory92
It’s amazing how some absolutely simple and unpretentious designs can be so much attractive. Thought & Theory Portfolio is definitely among them.

Thought & Theory93

Joe Nyaggah94
Joe Nyaggah combines unobtrusive color scheme along with easy and usable navigation. Orange owl grabs attention straight away. This portfolio is clean, simple and featured with some spicy details – great design!

Joe Nyaggah95

Jounce96
Portfolio of M. Jackson Wilkinson has an appealing slightly gradiented background and quite simple but original header.

Jounce97

Also98
This portfolio was created a while ago, but its unique creativity puts it beyond time limits. So it would be a mistake not to share such a design treasure with Smashing Magazine audience. Absolutely stunning portfolio. Bravo Also!

Also99

…and for dessert

Bio-Bak100
A little bonus for everyone who enjoys laughing and likes a bit cuckoo design style which stands out of all rules. While browsing this portfolio, it becomes clear that Bio-Bak could appear nowhere but in Netherlands.

Bio-Bak101

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/26/50-beautiful-and-creative-portfolio-designs/
  2. 2 http://alexarts.ru/en/index.html
  3. 3 http://alexarts.ru/en/index.html
  4. 4 http://soyuzno.com/
  5. 5 http://soyuzno.com/
  6. 6 http://thetoke.com/
  7. 7 http://thetoke.com/
  8. 8 http://www.hellomonday.net/
  9. 9 http://www.hellomonday.net/
  10. 10 http://mnatwork.com/
  11. 11 http://mnatwork.com/
  12. 12 http://www.weberica.net/web-design-en.html
  13. 13 http:http://www.weberica.net/web-design-en.html
  14. 14 http://www.beakable.com/
  15. 15 http://www.beakable.com/
  16. 16 http://ftdesigner.net/
  17. 17 http://ftdesigner.net/
  18. 18 http://allday.cc/
  19. 19 http://allday.cc/
  20. 20 http://www.degt.cl/
  21. 21 http://www.degt.cl/
  22. 22 http://www.zupadupa.ro/
  23. 23 http://www.zupadupa.ro/
  24. 24 http://www.charliegentle.co.uk/
  25. 25 http://www.charliegentle.co.uk/
  26. 26 http://www.go-on-web.com/
  27. 27 http://www.go-on-web.com/
  28. 28 http://johnlikens.com/
  29. 29 http://johnlikens.com/
  30. 30 http://www.iestudio.co.il/en/index.html
  31. 31 http://www.iestudio.co.il/en/index.html
  32. 32 http://www.insidepiet.com/
  33. 33 http://www.insidepiet.com/
  34. 34 http://www.greydient.com/
  35. 35 http://www.greydient.com/
  36. 36 http://www.m1-design.de/
  37. 37 http://www.m1-design.de/
  38. 38 http://www.kevinlucius.com/
  39. 39 http://www.kevinlucius.com/
  40. 40 http://www.rikcatindustries.com/
  41. 41 http://www.rikcatindustries.com/
  42. 42 http://www.loukotka.com/
  43. 43 http://www.loukotka.com/
  44. 44 http://www.dreamerlines.lv/
  45. 45 http://www.dreamerlines.lv/
  46. 46 http://www.midtonedesign.com/
  47. 47 http://www.midtonedesign.com/
  48. 48 http://www.resn.co.nz/
  49. 49 http://www.resn.co.nz/
  50. 50 http://www.richmcnabb.com/
  51. 51 http://www.richmcnabb.com/
  52. 52 http://www.scratch22.net/
  53. 53 http://www.scratch22.net/
  54. 54 http://www.myfavoritething.it/
  55. 55 http://www.myfavoritething.it/
  56. 56 http://www.siminki.co.uk/
  57. 57 http://www.siminki.co.uk/
  58. 58 http://www.teoskaffa.com/
  59. 59 http://www.teoskaffa.com/
  60. 60 http://elliottkember.com/
  61. 61 http://elliottkember.com/
  62. 62 http://www.stevemullencreative.com/
  63. 63 http://www.stevemullencreative.com/
  64. 64 http://www.serialcut.com/
  65. 65 http://www.serialcut.com/
  66. 66 http://www.sebnitu.com/
  67. 67 http://www.sebnitu.com/
  68. 68 http://formtroopers.com/
  69. 69 http://formtroopers.com/
  70. 70 http://snopp.no/portfolio
  71. 71 http://snopp.no/portfolio
  72. 72 http://www.soft.se/
  73. 73 http://www.soft.se/
  74. 74 http://chucku.com/
  75. 75 http://chucku.com/
  76. 76 http://fabrikagency.com/
  77. 77 http://fabrikagency.com/
  78. 78 http://www.edelwwweiss.com/
  79. 79 http://www.edelwwweiss.com/
  80. 80 http://www.webtalents.pl/
  81. 81 http://www.webtalents.pl/
  82. 82 http://www.du-bout-des-yeux.com/
  83. 83 http://www.du-bout-des-yeux.com/
  84. 84 http://www.jackherbert.com/
  85. 85 http://www.jackherbert.com/
  86. 86 http://www.joshsender.com/
  87. 87 http://www.joshsender.com/
  88. 88 http://www.sofasurfer.eu/
  89. 89 http://www.sofasurfer.eu/
  90. 90 http://www.area17.com/
  91. 91 http://www.area17.com/
  92. 92 http://www.thoughtandtheory.com/
  93. 93 http://www.thoughtandtheory.com/
  94. 94 http://danjoedesign.com/
  95. 95 http://danjoedesign.com/
  96. 96 http://jounce.net/
  97. 97 http://jounce.net/
  98. 98 http://www.also-online.com/
  99. 99 http://www.also-online.com/
  100. 100 http://bio-bak.nl/
  101. 101 http://bio-bak.nl/
  102. 102 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/22/50-new-beautiful-blog-designs/
  103. 103 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/28/showcase-of-elegant-and-original-blog-designs/
  104. 104 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/06/07/50-beautiful-flash-websites/
  105. 105 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/01/best-practices-for-effective-design-of-about-us-pages/

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Julia May is a freelance writer now working with FlashMint, the top-class provider of Flash templates.

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  1. 1

    People are easily impressed. Some of these didn’t work or took forever to download.

    People who say that the CONTENT and USABILITY should be the focus are correct. It’s like putting rims and a new paint job on a clunker.

    a personal pet peeve is non-native english speakers with bad english on their portfolio sites. Unacceptable (coming from a non-native English speaker). Use it right or don’t use it at all.

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  2. 102

    These are some cool layouts. How is the CSS and so forth? Just google “factopo” for more.

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  3. 203

    nice list. good for a little visual inspiration first thing in the morning.

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  4. 304

    wow. these are rad

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  5. 405

    Wow… they all nice….

    Very love teoskafa one……

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  6. 506

    Dear Julia, Smashing Magazine, and community!

    I know that it is an old post but I was finished my brand new portfolio site, and I feel that it befits here and I want to ask you to take a watch on it! I want to amaze people with it, and this is the reason I would be very proud if I can be published here, at Smashing Magazine. It could be my pleasure to get some feedback from you! Thanks in advance, and keep rockin’ ! :)

    Aaron @ aaronkato.co.uk/

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  7. 607

    Vera from Bucharest

    January 9, 2010 7:19 pm

    I’ve just checked the first website: Alexarts. The background’s width of the main page is too small, so the picture tiles ugly. Also the website doesn’t fit in a <=17 inches monitor window.

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  8. 708

    Really u r Live ????

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  9. 809

    good list…can few more

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  10. 910

    you guys always have great lists of work for inspiration. keep it up…and I thought I would throw in my portfolio for anyone interested.

    -3
  11. 1011

    Great collection of portfolio websites the Rich Mcnabb one is very creative and clean. I saw this site and I liked it because it was clean, but not boring.

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  12. 1112

    Hmmm… they all nice!
    …but i have one more web site and portfolio with music on background.

    http://www.iconsday.com

    …enjoy it.

    -1
  13. 1213

    I wish my site was ready at the time this post was posted here. Here is my personal clean and professional looking portfolio site webcomers.com

    0
  14. 1314

    left a comment and forgot the link, here’s my portfolio for anyone interested…
    peytongreendesign.com

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  15. 1415

    If you need to create a Free Professional Website Portfolio, visit http://www.bleidu.com.

    There are many choices to choose from for you online portfolio gallery.

    Thanks.

    -1
  16. 1516

    the bio-bak is awesomeee.

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  17. 1617

    Well, maybe our portfolio site http://bnet.su can also add to the list?)

    -2
  18. 1718

    Great list i must say, i just launched my own portfolio. wonder if it will have a place in this list..:)

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  19. 1819

    Great list. Very inspirational. Really liked the Greydient and thetoke. Thanks for sharing this list.

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  20. 1920

    Rustan Roxas Capal

    July 5, 2010 9:26 am

    ..its such a great list! It inspired me!

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  21. 2021

    very nice design, thank you

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  22. 2122

    amazing stuff, gg :)

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  23. 2223

    very inspiring!
    I am web designer contact me 7737218997 , 9929012320

    -1
  24. 2324

    really amazing
    I don’t find any word to explain ..

    -1
  25. 2425

    Enjoyed the whole collection , but Alexart stays on top in my list!

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  26. 2526

    Once a beautiful list from smashingmagazine! It would be nice if you guys looked down south, here in Durban and selected us guys at goldtree.co.za next time but if you dont then no-love-lost ;D

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  27. 2627

    Excellent and Truely inspirational list, thanks for sharing.

    Murali

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  28. 2728

    Great resource for web designers. Thanks for the list.

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  29. 2829

    Abhilash R nair

    March 2, 2012 7:31 pm

    Nice collection of websites for inspiration. I think the image for weberica is linked wrongly :(

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  30. 2930

    Harshad Khandare

    March 21, 2012 11:45 am

    Yes, this is what I’m looking for.. Excellent, creative & yes it is inspirational & fresh .
    every artist must appreciate your designs.
    Thanks for this Creative portfolio website layouts.

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  31. 3031

    Create your portfolio on the nicest designed online portfolio tool there is: ALLYOU (www.allyou.net). Very easy, no coding involved and super-good-looking!

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  32. 3132

    Thanks for the extensive collection and impressive samples. I am actually asking (myself) how many additional words are necessary to show a portfolio page, in case design is shown. I am actually not sure, how much informational texts are necessary, as many of the portfolio sites say more or less the same (user centered, creative, open minded, … ). Just am searching for really interesting reads. I tried out a wordpress theme (Gridly) which allows to post different formats and proportions in pinterest-style ( http://www.chrisschubert.de ) – with no additional texts beside work descriptions. Before this I tried pctures only ( http://www.siegweg24.de/gallery.html ). For me the WP model works well, what do you think? Chris

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  33. 3233

    This is a nice list for reference, and while I’m leery of non-conventional navigation, some of these are good food for thought.

    P.S. When did “typo” become short for “typography”? It’s just bad, lazy writing.

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  34. 3334

    Form troopers is my favorite on this list – I love how people manage to incorporate a 3d sort of perspective into the design to try and bring it out. On this site, http://www.designweb.co.za, I kept the 1st background fixed so it sort of sucks up the bottom background when you scroll the website.
    I was just messing with the code so there can be a much better way to do what I did with a better bg design of some sort.

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  35. 3435

    I saw a lot of very nice portfolio here. Just I’ve started a useful portfolio, to offer free css menus to the visitors: http://www.css-menus.com still working on it, hope in one day will look more better :)

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  36. 3536

    Sorry but the 8th from the top sucks.

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  37. 3637

    I have to disagree. while these samples were pretty – mostly – there were far too many flash dependent sites and way too many splash page portfolios – Once a user finds your site they have to figure out how to see what it is you do? or wait for a monster download? or maybe just have to sit through a commercial first? these types of portfolios get lost quick. They are pretty – but functionality should be considered when thinking portfolios – how many of these were mobile ready? that is important when mobile devices outsell desktop.

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