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50 Fresh Portfolio Websites for Your Inspiration


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.

You might also like the previous article:

Creative and Exquisite Portfolio Designs Link

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.


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?


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


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

Hello Monday9

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


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


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


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


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

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.


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

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


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

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.


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

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.


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

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.


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

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


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!


…and for dessert Link

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.


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

  1. 1

    First to Comment…. Great List !!!!!

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    Wow! Really inspirational showcase! Thank you much!

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    Truly amazing!

  4. 4

    Some pretty cool designs!
    The biobak url is wrong.. It links to also-online :)

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    Fantastic! Great list.

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    great and inspiring showcase!

    Loukotka makes me think of the design used in envelop

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    great collection! esp like Edelwwweiss.

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    very inspiring!

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    There are some really good portfolio sites featured over at siteInspire too:

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    Nice list – but one thing I’m getting fed up of seeing on portfolio sites is, “Hello, my name is … and I …” in really big type. It was a nice idea the first time I saw it, but come on, time to move on!

  11. 11

    really great list, thats a million!

    I found a site on that i believe should be on the list:


  12. 12

    It’s all about the cargo collective portfolio’s – simple, elegant, easy to use/edit/update..

  13. 13

    Hey you missed my new portfolio ;)

  14. 14

    Some quality work here, well done to each of the respective site owners, very nice indeed.

    Cheers for the Look See SM.

    Muchos Gracias.


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    Does a portfolio list like this exist for corporate websites? This would be extremely useful.

  17. 17

    Would like to see less flash sites, but nice list.

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    Its really SAMSHING!!!!!

    great work.

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    You have to be kidding me…. While some of these designs are interesting and push the envelope, many of them are closely if not completely unusuable. At the very least they leave the user thinking how do I see the site, what is this, and how much longer til this loads. Not the best list for clean elegant USUABLE design.

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    Another list of second-rate crap from one of the worst design related sites ever made. There is also some of the worst copy I’ve seen in a while.

    Time to delete SmashingMagazine from my bookmarks.

  21. 22

    @Daphne Earley I hate to be negative but I agree many of them are quite difficult to use, though the post isn’t about usable portfolios but beautiful portfolios. My own site is very usable but it is not beautiful like many of these.

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    Some of the comments on here are from meat heads. Seriously.

    Good Web design is finally starting to become standard on the web instead of ugly and boring. Craigs list and digg are the exception.




  23. 24

    Looks like John Likens was heavily inspired by Delete London ( just like Jane Fonda ( was!

    Shame on him, looks like he’s getting credit owed to someone else! :(

  24. 25

    Some beautifully designed sites there, but the more impressive the less intuitive. I find some of them really difficult to get around.

    Surely if you want to show off your work, then show it off simply, the work should shine for itself.

    However, if you are a web designer then I can understand some of the interactivity.


  25. 26

    Thanks for the list. It is always inspiring to see other people’s work. You may also check more portfolio sites here.

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    Am I the only one who thinks that a portfolio website should only be the frame for the content. And that it is the content whou should be amazing. I really don’t understand why the website itself has to overpower the content? Why is everybody mixing up the message with the messenger?

    For webdesigners I know that they probably want to show what they can do. But what are they showing me what they can do? Make unusable sites full of eyecandy?

    I don’t want to say, websites should be ugly, but they shouldn’t be made “look good” for the price of beeing pain in the ass un-fucking-usable. That’s not what good design is.

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    Great list.

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    Resn-Interactive is amazing. i love it

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    some really great ideas and design!

  30. 31

    nice collection.


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