Menu Search
Jump to the content X
X

50 Fresh Portfolio Websites for Your Inspiration

Advertisement

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

Alexarts
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.

Alexarts

Soyuzno
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?

Soyuzno

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

thetoke

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

Hello Monday

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

magneticNorth

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

Weberica

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

Beakable

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

Ft

Alastaire Allday
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 Allday

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

Daniel Gutierrez

Zupadupa
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.

Zupadupa

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

Go On Web

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

John Likens

IE Studio
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 Studio

Inside Piet
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 Piet

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

Greydient

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

M1 Design

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

Kevin Lucius

Rikcat Industries
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 Industries

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 Lines
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 Lines

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

Resn
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.

Resn

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

Rich McNabb

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 Thing
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 Thing

Siminki
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.

Siminki

Teo Skaffa
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 Skaffa

Elliott Kember
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 Kember

Steve Mullen
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 Mullen

Serial Cut
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 Cut

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

Sebastian Nitu

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

Form Troopers

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

Snopp Media

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

Soft Whiteroom

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

Chuck U

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

Edelwwweiss
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.

Edelwwweiss

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 Abraham
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 Abraham

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

Jack Herbert

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

Josh Sender

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

Sofa Surfer

Area 17
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 17

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

Thought & Theory

Joe Nyaggah
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 Nyaggah

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

Jounce

Also
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!

Also

…and for dessert Link

Bio-Bak
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-Bak
Smashing Book #5

Hold on tiger! Thank you for reading the article. Did you know that we also publish printed books and run friendly conferences – crafted for pros like you? For example, Smashing Book 5, packed with smart responsive design patterns and techniques.

↑ Back to top Tweet itShare on Facebook

Julia May is a freelance copywriter and digital marketing consultant who's been helping great teams (TemplateMonster, MotoCMS, Onyx) implement great ideas since 2009.

Advertisement
  1. 1

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

    2
  2. 2

    Wow! Really inspirational showcase! Thank you much!

    6
  3. 3

    Truly amazing!

    3
  4. 4

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

    0
  5. 5

    Fantastic! Great list.

    1
  6. 6

    great and inspiring showcase!

    Loukotka makes me think of the design used in envelop

    3
  7. 7

    great collection! esp like Edelwwweiss.

    2
  8. 8

    very inspiring!

    3
  9. 9

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

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

    -3
  10. 10

    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
  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

    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

    -2
  14. 14
  15. 15

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

    0
  16. 16

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

    0
  17. 18

    amazing…!

    Its really SAMSHING!!!!!

    great work.

    -3
  18. 19

    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
  19. 20

    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
  20. 21

    @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
  21. 22

    ..

    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
  22. 23

    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
  23. 24

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

    -2
  24. 25

    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.

    4
  25. 26

    Great list.

    0
  26. 27

    Resn-Interactive is amazing. i love it

    -1
  27. 28

    some really great ideas and design!

    -2
  28. 29

    nice collection.

    -1
  29. 30

    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.

    4
  30. 31

    Beautiful portfolio

    -1

↑ Back to top