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 25 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.
Dart Creative is Graphic Design and Illustration studio based in UK, headed by David Wildish. Dart Creative design portfolio website take a bold and fun approach with an especially quirky brand design.
3. Belen Roldan
Belén Roldán Franco is a Spanish Designer currently based in Berlin. Belen is passionate about visual communications and practices graphic design as an "art" where structure, color, typography and other aspects of the design have to come together to create something original. Belen's website reflects his structured approach with a clean, minimalist design and clearly categorised projects.
4. 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.
5. Gent Design
Gent Design presents its brand and logo design projects through a simple, structured grid that enables you to see the breadth of its work in a glance and also lets you click through to view the bigger images.
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.
7. 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.
10. Allison Bratnick
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.
11. 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.
13. Elizabeth O'meara
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.
14. Kim Dero
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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. Olexs Studio
Olexs is a freelance graphic designer, a lettering maker and font maker based in Indonesia. Olexs Studio’s website presents his font making portfolio with graphic examples of fonts to use, download and buy online links. Olex also gives away font freebies and has an active blog to add interest to his portfolio website.
22. Ahmed Hussain
Ahmed AKA Eddie, is a 3D modeller and environments VFX artist , based in Los Angeles, California. Ahmed's portfolio website showcases his multimedia works that include illustrations, videos, images through a clean, minimal interface. Ahmed uses a black background as the base which makes his work pop out even more.
23. Ling K
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
24. Jason Eichhorst
Jason Eichhorst is a Designer based in Salt Lake City and works at the Process Agency. Jason has worked for marquee clients such as Merit Fit Bike Co., Disney, Urban Bloom, Barebones Living and Under Armor amongst others. Jason presents his product design portfolio through an oversized square grid that magnifies each project and makes it come alive.
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.
Pro tip: If you are showcasing a product design, its best to photograph it in a real setting and present vivd 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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