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 Link

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 Link

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

Footnotes Link

  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

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

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  2. 2

    Wow! Really inspirational showcase! Thank you much!

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  3. 3

    Truly amazing!

    3
  4. 4

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

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  5. 5

    great and inspiring showcase!

    Loukotka makes me think of the design used in envelop

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  6. 6

    great collection! esp like Edelwwweiss.

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  7. 7

    very inspiring!

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  8. 8

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

    http://siteinspire.net/showcase/category/type/portfolio

    -3
  9. 9

    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!

    3
  10. 10

    really great list, thats a million!

    I found a site on cssmania.com that i believe should be on the list: http://sean-nieuwoudt.com

    J.c

    -3
  11. 11

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

    http://cargocollective.com/jameskirkup

    -2
  12. 12

    Hey you missed my new portfolio ;) http://andyshaw.me

    -2
  13. 13
  14. 14

    amazing…!

    Its really SAMSHING!!!!!

    great work.

    -3
  15. 15

    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.

    2
  16. 16

    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.

    -4
  17. 17

    @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.

    -1
  18. 18

    ..

    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.

    .

    .

    .

    -2
  19. 19

    Looks like John Likens was heavily inspired by Delete London (http://www.deletelondon.com) just like Jane Fonda (http://www.janefonda.com/) was!

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

    -2
  20. 20

    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.

    Nick

    -1
  21. 21

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

    -2
  22. 22

    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.

    3
  23. 23

    Great list.

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  24. 24

    Fantastic! Great list.

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  25. 25

    Resn-Interactive is amazing. i love it

    -1
  26. 26

    some really great ideas and design!

    -2
  27. 27

    nice collection.

    -1
  28. 28

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

    Cheers for the Look See SM.

    Muchos Gracias.

    Tim

    -1
  29. 29

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

    -1
  30. 30

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

    -1
  31. 32

    Awesome!

    Thanks for including my portfolio in this list! ( Loukotka Design )

    This is my 2nd project to get featured on Smashing, it’s always great to read everyone’s comments. Really good stuff on here. I agree, some sites have bizarre navigation, but I think this list is about pushing design, and doing something different. All really cool, thanks for putting me on there, Smashing overlords.

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  32. 33

    Beautiful portfolio

    -1
  33. 34

    Jônatan Fróes

    July 30, 2009 3:49 am

    mft is the best!

    -1
  34. 35

    Great list. A lot of inspiration. Thanks

    -1
  35. 36

    huge list inspiration!

    -1
  36. 37

    zupadupa made one of my projects (clujlife.com). good guys ;) congrats to them

    -1
  37. 38

    Hmmh, a little disappointed here.
    It looks very much like the ones you did post during last year, so nothing very new…

    -1
  38. 39

    Some of these are good but most of these look like wordpress themes that have been modified just a little bit.

    It seems web design has reached a weird phase. If you do a Flash site, your site is original and interesting but you are not taking advantage of social networking.

    If you do a WordPress site, the usability is there but the site can look very cookie cutter.

    What is a web designer supposed to do?

    0
  39. 40

    amazing

    -1
  40. 41

    I think the people above me are being drama queens, this post offers some great examples of out of the ordinary sites.

    @JC
    If you are seriously that bothered by what goes on here then I’m puzzled what keeps you coming back, I think you have some pretty over exaggerated remarks, Smashing Magazine offers the design community a great deal, as proven by their top 10 Technorati rating.

    -1
  41. 42

    another great post !

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  42. 43

    Fresh indeed!

    -1
  43. 44

    Well done smashing magazine, featuring John Likens ripped website of Delete London. Muppets.

    -1
  44. 45

    Portfolio roundups are always inspiring. Thanks :)

    0
  45. 46

    My envy is dancing with my awe.
    So freakin’ awesome!
    (And very interesting that many are non-U.S. people…)

    -1
  46. 47

    Bio-Bak is certainly one of my favorite ;)

    -1
  47. 48

    @SM: could you please purge all these irritating “First!” comments again?

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  48. 49

    Thanks a lot for the feature guys.

    Cheers, Jonatan.

    0
  49. 50

    Alastaire Allday

    July 30, 2009 8:50 am

    Thanks for featuring my site. I just got a call from a client who said he’d seen my mug up here so I thought I’d stop in to see where my grinning face was being displayed…

    My site was designed by a friend at http://youlove.us — I think you’ve featured their work before. I wanted a minimalist site that reflected my preferred writing style — clean and simple… and easy for a typewriter monkey like me to update.

    I think when you’re a one man band making people remember your name and your face (especially when it’s as hard to spell as mine is!) is vital. I’ve blogged about a similar marketing campaign from the King of Shaves on my site.

    I like the Area 17 and Rikkat Industries websites you’ve listed, too — I really think the high contrast black and white works well with high impact copy.

    Thanks again for the feature!

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    Daniel Gutiérrez

    July 30, 2009 9:05 am

    Thanxs for featuring!

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