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“Meet the Team” Pages: Examples and Trends

In any industry where the people behind a company are as important as the company itself, you’re likely to find a kind of expanded “about” page that includes information on individual employees. “Meet the Team” pages are popular among web design and other creative firms, but are also found on sites within various other industries. These pages are a valuable addition to any site where human contact is an important part of the industry. It adds a personal touch to the company and can lend trust to visitors.

There’s suddenly faces behind the names, and it becomes a “real” company to the visitor, rather than just another website. This builds credibility for many, especially considering how concerned many people are with online scams and phishing schemes. Adding information to a website on a company’s key employees is a simple but effective way to make that company stand out in the mind of its prospective clients. Below are a handful of trends and some interesting examples of “Meet the Team” pages.

In reviewing “Meet the Team” pages, a few trends began to emerge. While some are present on almost every site (employee photos), others are used less often (animations). All were present on at least a handful of sites, though, and are worth mentioning.

1. Employee Photos Link

Virtually all of the pages included here have images associated with each employee. Most opt for photos of each employee, though some opt for avatars or other images to represent each person. This is a great way to let an employee’s personality shine through while keeping the design professional and consistent.

Object Adjective1 has a simple team page, with a photo and brief bio about each member, as well as their contact information and a link to their downloadable vCard.

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Considering how many professionals are likely to have LinkedIn, Twitter, or other social media accounts, linking to those accounts can be a great way to let current and potential clients connect with employees. Some of the pages featured include only professional accounts, while others include virtually any account the employee has. Some sites use icons for each social media service, while others use text, or a combination of the two.

A word of warning, though: if employee accounts are going to be linked to a professional website, make sure the content they’re posting on those sites is appropriate and won’t damage the company’s reputation.

Chromatic3 only includes profiles for their leadership team. They include a pic and brief bio of each team member, as well as links to their Twitter and LinkedIn profiles. Each team member also has their latest tweet featured next to their profile.

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3. Unique, Humorous or Campy Features Link

A lot of the sites featured have unique, humorous or even campy takes on the more traditional “Meet the Team” format. For some, this is done through the employee photos, while others have added in additional content that lets team members better express themselves.

Be aware, though, of how this information can come across to professionals from different industries. What might be acceptable for a creative site might not go over so well in the finance or legal industries. It’s also important to consider how a site’s visitors will perceive a humorous or campy touch. While it adds personality, if overdone or done in the wrong industries, it can come across as unprofessional.

Th_nk uses animated photos for each of their team members, and modal windows to display information about each team member.

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4. Animations Link

A significant number of “Meet the Team” pages have incorporated some kind of animation into their designs. For most, this is done through employee photos or avatars, though some take it even further, with the entire page animated.

Ola Interactive Agency5 uses an animated meet the team page, with each team member’s photo part of the animation. Click on a team member and their profile appears, including links to their Twitter and LinkedIn profiles, and their email. It’s a very casual, fun page design.

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5. Expanded Profiles Link

While many sites opt to only include basic information about each of their team members, others opt to include extended profile information. For some, this is done through the use of sliders or modal windows, but for others it’s done on an entirely separate page. Extended profile information is a great way to give clients and prospects more insight into the employees behind a company.

9miles Media uses photos of each of their members, which, when clicked on, display each person’s profile information, including links to social media accounts. It’s a simple but effective design.

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More Examples Link

Below are twenty examples of great “Meet the Team” pages.

StationFour7
StationFour has a very clean and streamlined team page, though they inject a bit of personality by categorizing their employees as “The Chrises” and “The Non-Chrises”. They also include links to each employee’s LinkedIn profile, Twitter, and blog posts.

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Efelle Media9
This is another simple team page, with a brief quote about each team member. Also included are links to each member’s full profile.

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MW Design Interactive11
This is about as minimal as team pages get, with just a photo, name and title for each major member of the team.

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Wax Creative Design13
Wax Creative Design keeps each team member’s information organized with an unordered list, but also adds personality to their page by included each member’s favorite cupcake.

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HBCWeb.com15
HBCWeb.com keeps their meet the team page casual, with candid photos of each team member as well as a brief bio of each.

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Arc90
Arc90 adds some punch to their meet the team page by having each team member’s photo change upon rollover from a straight-forward, business-casual-style pic to a candid shot. They also included a color-coded key for determining what each team member does.

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Wildbit17
Wildbit shows only one (random) team member’s profile at a time under the list of team members. They also include links to each member’s Tumblr, Twitter, and Flickr profiles, if applicable.

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AtlanticBT
AtlanticBT has a number of interesting features on their team page. Each employee has a photo that, upon hover, slides down to show their name and position. There’s also a drop-down menu at the top that lets you switch between their main photos, action figures, sports teams, movie posters, and favorite foods.

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Blue Sky Resumes19
Blue Sky Resumes uses consistent photos for each of their team members, something that isn’t often seen. In addition to a bio for each team member, they also provide links to their Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

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MetaBroadcast21
MetaBroadcast uses a straight-forward and simple design, with icons for social media accounts for each of their team members.

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2Cs Communications Ltd23
2Cs shows photos of their team members just below the header, with low opacity except for the active profile. Images also come into full color when they’re hovered over. It’s a great way to manage a large team, while still giving everyone equal space.

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glue Isobar
glue Isobar uses animated pixel artwork for each of their team members and Top Trumps-style profiles appear for each when clicked on. It’s a really unique and fun design.

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CampaignMonitor25
CampaignMonitor uses brief profiles for each team member, accompanied by photos of each. What sets them apart is that in the background of each photo is a map, showing the location of each employee.

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WooThemes
WooThemes uses a simple design that puts the focus on the founders of the company, but also gives plenty of space to the other team members. Links to Twitter and each team member’s blog are also included.

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nGen Works27
nGen Works uses a simple avatar/name/campy title format, with a link to more in-depth profiles for each team member. It’s unique and fun while also maintaining a professional appearance.

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BrightSpark
BrightSpark uses a simple, one-column layout for their team page, with pics of each team member as well as a couple paragraphs about each.

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Etsy29
Etsy takes a unique approach to their team page by putting different departments into separate columns, and displaying photos of each team member within that department. Each photo then links to more information about that employee. It’s a neat format, since it gives an immediate impression of how large each department is (the Engineering department gets 3 columns, and Support gets 2).

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SmallBox31
SmallBox uses a simple grid of employee photos, each with the person’s name and title underneath. What sets them apart, though, are the individual team member profile pages. In addition to the usual bio information, they include each person’s top 5 strengths in “StrengthsFinder 2.0”. It’s an interesting and personal touch.

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Caxiam Group33
Caxiam Group is another site where the individual team member profile pages are what make it stand out. On these pages you can find a keyword cluster that describes the team member, as tabs that give information on their inspriations hidden talents, unknown facts, and more.

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Tumblr35
Tumblr has the simplest “Meet the Team” section of any site on this list. It just consists of the avatars of each of their employees, with a link to each person’s Tumblr blog. It’s simple but works well, considering what the company is all about.

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://objectadjective.com/about/team/
  2. 2 http://objectadjective.com/about/team/
  3. 3 http://www.chromaticsites.com/about-us
  4. 4 http://www.chromaticsites.com/about-us
  5. 5 http://www.olainteractiveagency.com/
  6. 6 http://www.olainteractiveagency.com/
  7. 7 http://www.stationfour.com/about-s4/team.aspx
  8. 8 http://www.stationfour.com/about-s4/team.aspx
  9. 9 http://www.efellemedia.com/profile
  10. 10 http://www.efellemedia.com/profile
  11. 11 http://www.michaelwilliamswebdesign.com/about-new-york-web-design/about_team.asp
  12. 12 http://www.michaelwilliamswebdesign.com/about-new-york-web-design/about_team.asp
  13. 13 http://www.waxcreative.com/profile/team.php
  14. 14 http://www.waxcreative.com/profile/team.php
  15. 15 http://www.hbcweb.com/about/team/
  16. 16 http://www.hbcweb.com/about/team/
  17. 17 http://wildbit.com/
  18. 18 http://wildbit.com/
  19. 19 http://www.blueskyresumes.com/about-us/#our-team
  20. 20 http://www.blueskyresumes.com/about-us/#our-team
  21. 21 http://metabroadcast.com/team
  22. 22 http://metabroadcast.com/team
  23. 23 http://www.2cs.com/Meet-The-Team/
  24. 24 http://www.2cs.com/Meet-The-Team/
  25. 25 http://www.campaignmonitor.com/meet-the-team/
  26. 26 http://www.campaignmonitor.com/meet-the-team/
  27. 27 http://www.ngenworks.com/team
  28. 28 http://www.ngenworks.com/team
  29. 29 http://www.etsy.com/about.php
  30. 30 http://www.etsy.com/about.php
  31. 31 http://www.smallboxweb.com/about_small_box_web/our_team/
  32. 32 http://www.smallboxweb.com/about_small_box_web/our_team/
  33. 33 http://www.caxiamgroup.com/about/
  34. 34 http://www.caxiamgroup.com/about/
  35. 35 http://www.tumblr.com/about
  36. 36 http://www.tumblr.com/about
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Cameron Chapman is a professional Web and graphic designer with over 6 years of experience. She writes for a number of blogs, including her own, Cameron Chapman On Writing. She’s also the author of The Smashing Idea Book: From Inspiration to Application.

  1. 1

    Very nice article with some great examples.

    May I suggest looking at Digital Marmalade’s Meet the Team page, which uses the idea of designer top trumps to display the info.

    http://www.digitalmarmalade.co.uk/meet-the-team/

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    We also have Vox Teneo (http://www.voxteneo.com/), a Belgium company wich have a team page with funny description of them. It illustrate the spirit of the company !

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    This is really awful listicle! Lot of these are so straightforward that probably they had to pay to get listed here..!

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    Thx smashing for great inspiration.
    here is another funny design of a small team:

    http://www.vierblatt.eu/agentur.html

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  6. 6

    I was just looking for some inspiration on team pages!

    Thanks sm :)

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    Th!nk Graph!cal

    June 1, 2010 3:48 am

    The Creative Stores has also a cool humorous “Meet The Team”-page

    The Creative Stores – Team

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  8. 9

    Yeah! not very interesting. I’m looking for more creative team pages.

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    • 10

      Actually I like some of these. I think there’s a fine line between being fun, conservative, and looking like a stock photo.

      The first example is the BAD, I think.

      Object Adjective… wow. I do not think that a potential client would want their work in the hands of an Emo Crispin Glover scratching his head. And seriously, lose the bird. Personally (from experience) one should save that for a portfolio site if they wish, but not a business site.

      I hesitate to use a designer whose photos appear to be lifted from Myspace or Facebook, and not more professional looking.

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    • 11

      Agreed… those are some pretty basic pages

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      Try taking a look at the Nerdery: http://nerdery.com/people

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    Nick Pomeroy

    June 1, 2010 4:02 am

    Nice examples. I love this one as well.

    http://www.twelvepr.co.uk/people.html

    Colourful with some great stop frame animation.

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  10. 15

    You missed one trend, it’s called “Identify the IT Consultant”:
    http://www.deansproperty.com.au/Home/Profiles

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      I love how Matt can’t smile for pictures without his eyebrows raising a good inch. This only happens in photos or moments of extreme sarcasm.

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    This company uses humor (in addition to all the other techniques above) to add an incentive to click on people. capstrat.com.

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    Nice collection, I love to see a face when I see something pretty and are curious to who made it. It is always a good thing to show who you are and what you look like. Makes it more personal.

    We at Yummygum tried to stay minimal in our photos as well → http://www.yummygum.nl/over-ons

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  14. 22

    great! i love your posts Chapman! ^^

    thx alot!

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  15. 23

    I really like the Etsy team page, because they also show you the different company departments.

    I’ve also found this one http://www.opensoft.pt/opentour/team/, which looks quite nice.

    Keep up the good work SM.

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  16. 24

    Great article.

    A couple of my favorites are http://littlelines.com/about and the “Us” section of the sidebar on http://www.viget.com/inspire/ … Photos are nice, but stylized or illustrated photos show that you gave it a little more thought and tried to bring your artistry to the task, plus they give the overall feel of a site more personality.

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    Drew Clarke

    June 1, 2010 5:01 am

    Really interesting

    This is from one of the agencies we use
    http://www.rkh.co.uk/team/
    I like the quirky, we don’t take ourselves too seriously avatars. A lot of their seasonal communications follow this theme as well I like it, its fun.

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  18. 26

    Just what I wanted.

    Long live Smashingmagazine.

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  19. 27

    Our “our people” page is fun, too. http://www.planitagency.com/our-people

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  20. 29

    Those are pretty cool. Thanks for the post!

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