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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 Monday4
Hello Monday’s portfolio featured with lovely chocolate color scheme and draggable navigation provides a memorable user interface.

Hello Monday5

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 Allday14
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 Allday15

Daniel Gutierrez16
Beautiful portfolio design with captivating color scheme, simple but neat grid-based gallery and charming paper kitten in the header.

Daniel Gutierrez17

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 Gentle
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 Gentle

Go On Web20
The following portfolio is created using HTML 5. Cloth imitating background that changes its color while you scroll is superb.

Go On Web21

John Likens22
Big typo, big showcase grid, big success.

John Likens23

IE Studio24
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 Studio25

Inside Piet26
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 Piet27

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


M1 Design28
Incredible Flash portfolio of German design studio M1 Design provides a unique interactive project showcase.

M1 Design29

Kevin Lucius30
This original portfolio is a good example of one-page website design. It brings a really personal look and feel.

Kevin Lucius31

Rikcat Industries32
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 Industries33

Loukotka Design
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 Design

Dreamer Lines34
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 Lines35

Midtone Design
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 Design

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 McNabb38
Rich McNabb’s portfolio is shown as a business card which breaks up into website menu categories when you click on it.

Rich McNabb39

Scratch 22
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 22

My Favorite Thing40
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 Thing41

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 Skaffa44
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 Skaffa45

Elliott Kember46
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 Kember47

Steve Mullen48
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 Mullen49

Serial Cut50
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 Cut51

Sebastian Nitu52
Perfection in simplicity. The portfolio of Sebastian Nitu proves this statement one more time. This website uses HTML 5 as well.

Sebastian Nitu53

Form Troopers54
Outstanding and stylish portfolio featured with flashing photo backgrounds and usable project showcasing technique.

Form Troopers55

Snopp Media56
Truly creative and lively portfolio design which introduces Snopp Media in a sincere and outgoing manner.

Snopp Media57

Soft Whiteroom58
Another beautiful minimalist portfolio. Grid-based project gallery shows colorless thumbnails, hovering over them will slightly revive images by filling them with color.

Soft Whiteroom59

Chuck U60
The portfolio of Chuck U delivers graphic design of inimitable beauty. This is what can be called a web design delicacy.

Chuck U61

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

Fabrik Agency

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 Talents
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 Talents

Sandrine Abraham64
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 Abraham65

Jack Herbert66
Great typography based personal portfolio. Jack Herbert simply laid his projects on the shelves (in literal sense only).

Jack Herbert67

Josh Sender68
This portfolio brings a fresh and young look and feel. Maybe that’s because Josh Sender is just 17 years old.

Josh Sender69

Sofa Surfer70
A captivating personal portfolio with excellent structure. Again, simplicity and usability rule.

Sofa Surfer71

Area 1772
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 1773

Thought & Theory74
It’s amazing how some absolutely simple and unpretentious designs can be so much attractive. Thought & Theory Portfolio is definitely among them.

Thought & Theory75

Joe Nyaggah76
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 Nyaggah77

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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  1. 1

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

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    Vanilla Man

    July 30, 2009 2:06 am

    Wow! Really inspirational showcase! Thank you much!

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    July 30, 2009 2:07 am

    Truly amazing!

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

  5. 5

    Fantastic! Great list.

  6. 6

    great and inspiring showcase!

    Loukotka makes me think of the design used in envelop

  7. 7

    great collection! esp like Edelwwweiss.

  8. 8

    very inspiring!

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    Phil Tebbit

    July 30, 2009 2:15 am

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

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    Robin Parker

    July 30, 2009 2:19 am

    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!

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    James Kirkup

    July 30, 2009 2:45 am

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

  12. 12

    Hey you missed my new portfolio ;)

  13. 13

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

    Cheers for the Look See SM.

    Muchos Gracias.


  14. 14

    Check my website:

  15. 15

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

  16. 16

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

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    Its really SAMSHING!!!!!

    great work.

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    Daphne Earley

    July 30, 2009 4:34 am

    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.

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    July 30, 2009 5:15 am

    @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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