Your design portfolio represent a window for the world to view your work and judge your talent, skills and experience. Whether you are a graphic designer, a product designer, an illustrator, a web designer or a multimedia artist, design portfolios are the prism through which designers are constantly evaluated by new clients and potential employers. A great design portfolio can propel you towards success, open up new opportunities and get you just the kind of work you want. However, failing at putting your best foot forward with your design portfolio can lead to rejects and spell doom.
Given that it can make or break your career, creating your design portfolio in itself becomes the most important design exercise of your career. With online design portfolio websites becoming the default medium of presenting your work to the world, its important to make sure that you understand the do's and don'ts of a successful design portfolio website. We had earlier put together a comprehensive guide on 20 pro tips that every designer needs to follow to create a successful online design portfolio website.
However, just following any guide is not enough. You also need to think out of the box, find your own expression and figure out how to present your work in the best way possible. That's where a bit of inspiration comes in handy. At Pixpa, we have witnessed (and helped) thousands of designers around the world create their design portfolio websites. We have curated a list of our favourite design portfolio websites for you to explore and learn from.
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Here's our selection of 24 of the best design portfolio websites for your inspiration.
1. MDZ Designs
MDZ is the design studio of London based designer, Stacey Mendez. Stacey has worked on a range of design projects including product design, graphic design and brand design. Her portfolio website lists her range of work in a structured, grid format which expands into a detailed project case study page for each project.
2. Marcus Artis
Branding and Packaging Designer, Marcus Artis's online portfolio is straight-to-the-point. Marcus makes a great first impression with a strong, vivid use of his own branding. The website presents his portfolio through simple, full image galleries that are easy to browse.
Fake Honey Pictures is a film and photography production team based between Vancouver and New York, working on fine art, documentary and commercial projects. With a portfolio that primarily consists of video projects, Fake Honey uses a grid-layout based multimedia gallery as their home page that let you click through and see the video right on their website.
4. Chris Tammar
Designer, Chris Tammar, presents his multi-faced graphic designer portfolio through a simple, intuitive website. Tammar's own logo design gives his graphic portfolio website its character and makes it stand out. The clean square grid on the home page puts his work centerstage and presents his portfolio without any fuss. Chris rounds up his portfolio website with clear links to his bio and contact details.
Tip: Chris Tammar's website is a perfect example of "less is more", with only three links in the navigation that present his portfolio, bio and contact details.
Creative Director, Brendan Dowling, takes a simple approach to presenting his designer portfolio. Brendan showcases a selection of his best projects directly in the website vertical menu. This makes it easy for site visitors to access his work and highlights the range of clients and projects he has worked on.
Made Architects is a multi-disciplinary design firm with architecture, interior design and furniture design projects. Made's online portfolio website showcases their awards and achievements on the home page. They have a projects section which has case studies on selected projects. Made's about page is structured nicely with their vision, team, awards and exhibitions establishing their experience.
Allison Bratnick is a freelance graphic and production designer based out of Boulder, Colorado. Alison chooses a dynamic grid on the home page of her graphic design portfolio website. Alison has used animated gifs in the grid to give it a dynamic, interesting feel.
8. Mingfei Yang
Game Designer, Mingfei Yang, uses a black background as the base to feature his game design artworks portfolio. Mingfei's artworks are edgy and surreal, and the black base with a clean presentation of one image at a time makes exploring his portfolio an immersive experience.
Greene Bean Design is the design studio of Rachel Greene, a graphic designer working and living in Philadelphia. Rachel's graphic design portfolio website is focussed on showing her print design work in action in real life. Clear focus, project categories and a minimal aesthetic make Rachel's portfolio website a treat to explore.
Elizabeth O’meara is a graphic designer currently working as a lead graphic/packaging designer for one of the best soap & toiletries. Her extensive portfolio in packing design along with her other works is showcased beautifully in her graphic design portfolio website which features a horizontal scrolling gallery on the home page. The visual design of the website is minimalist and uses a muted palette of pastel colours that complements Elizabeth’s portfolio.
11. Kim Dero
Graphic Designer, Kim Dero's graphic design portfolio comes alive through his clean, minimalist website that features large dynamic grids that accentuate the beautiful imagery of Kim's portfolio. Lots of negative space, consistency in the style of portfolio images and an understated, simple portfolio website design makes Kim's online portfolio a winner.
Obladee is a UK based design studio focussed on branding projects. Obladee’s simple, to-the-point portfolio website delivers on this brief by presenting selected brand design projects in a 3x2 rectangular spaced-out grid right on the home page. Visitors can click through to get more details on the project with more images and a project description available for each project.
13. Brandon Perez
Brandon Perez's graphic design online portfolio does a great job of showing his diverse range upfront on the home page. Brandon uses a eye-catching green and greyscale color combination with strong typography to create a high recall value. The website layout is kept simple yet smart with a fantastic use of a small grid on the home page.
14. Justin Maelzer
Justin Maelzer uses a dynamic grid to present his graphic design print portfolio. Justin keeps his website navigation simple and small and keeps the focus on his portfolio projects, all of whom can be accessed directly from his website home page.
15. Brook Perryman
Brook Perryman's graphic design portfolio website is a perfect example of how a graphic designer should approach her portfolio website. Brooke clearly lays out her strengths right on the home page, has a well-curated portfolio section that showcases her work, includes a client testimonials section and a bio/resume and contact section that's well laid out and presents all the information needed clearly.
16. Heather Wilde
Instructional Designer, Heather Wilde's portfolio website is exactly that - instructional. Heather gives detailed insights which elaborate on the brief, process and output of each project. She also links all her projects to live, working demos and provides details on her own certifications. Both of these, work well for Heather in establishing her credibility and experience.
17. Matthew Park
Matthew Park's web designer portfolio website presents his digital art works, web design projects and UI/UX projects through vertical scrolling galleries with large images and captions for each work.
18. Ling K
Ling K's brand design and communication design portfolio is bright, colorful and dynamic. Ling's online portfolio website brings her works alive through a clean, minimalist interface and use of large grids that encourage visitors to click through to see project details.
Tip: Ling K does a great job of showcasing her graphic design portfolio through evocative imagery. She uses real life images or creates real-like mockups to showcase her design in action
Inaki is a furniture design studio based in Guatemala. Inaki's website also follows the minimalist, clean design style that it uses for its furniture. The furniture pieces are present through large images which present the furniture in a nicely photographed setting.
20. Lindsay Zautke
Based in Colorado, Lindsay is pursuing her career as a professional designer. Through her visual design skills, she wants to create beautiful and impactful designs for businesses to help them achieve their goals.
21. Michael Collins
After pursuing his master's degree in Film at UCLA, Michael went on to make a career in design. He believes in asking the right questions and combining the actionable insights with imagination and openness before starting a big project. Through his work, Michael has led the design of award-winning products.
Amelia has been working as a strategic communication professional and graphic designer for more than 15 years. She studied graphic design at Moore College of Art and Design. She specializes in creating effective designs and tailored messages for political and community campaigns.
23. Thida Ungtrakul
Thida studied at the College of Fine Arts in Thailand and Arts College of New Zealand, She is working as an illustrator and graphic designer, and loves creating fun and whimsical designs. She is open to learn and discover new ways to improve her skills.
24. Alyssa Johnson
Based in Wisconsin, Alyssa has been passionate about design since childhood. She studied interior design at the South Bank University in London. Alyssa desires to grow and make her living in the artistic interior design field.
Pro tip: If you are showcasing a product design, its best to photograph it in a real setting and present vivid imagery of the product actually being used.
Its important to see how other designers are putting together their online portfolio websites (see more examples) - to learn from them before you start creating your design portfolio website. We hope that the examples above gave you insights, inspiration and ideas on how to approach creating your own portfolio website.
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