There’s a saying that nobody’s going to do the work better than yourself. So who else might have the best looking, supernaturally coded and most outstanding websites than the designers themselves? A portfolio is a designer’s best friend and it’s crucial to have a great one in the contemporary world where everybody’s an artist. Content must be the one to speak, but packing is also important.
For this roundup we’ve prepared 40 beautiful and inspiring web designer portfolios that’ll take your breath away.Each design is different and has its own cutoffs but there are still some main trends that loom out.
Show and tell
What’s the goal of having a portfolio? Of course, recognizability and nomination for web awards is important but most of the guys out there have a portfolio because they want to attract new customers. Ask yourself what’s the best way to do it. Again beautiful eyes might work but I bet they’re still going to be interested in what you can actually do. If you look at the websites collected below you can see that a lot of them have large thumbnails, nice descriptions and plenty of space for viewing the project from a-z. Portfolio is for showcasing your work. Think about the best ways of doing it. Or simply check out the websites below.
Your portfolio doesn’t have to contain information about your credit line or political views (of course, it might be so). So a lot of portfolios in this article are built-in single page where navigation is powered by some type of accordion. Simple, easily browsable and efficient. You and your work. Still remember when people tried doing these things with flash.
Finally when browsers (sorry IE) more or less support CSS3 it’s time for those crazy developers to shine. Huge headlines, beautiful fonts and catchy slogans. Be creative and present yourself.
It all comes together. You can find only dark schemed websites in the list (dark doesn’t exclude minimalism). Whitespace is still trendy, I guess. Simple, clean, with clear message presented in beautiful type. That’s how designer portfolios look at the moment.
Web Designer Portfolios: 2012 Edition
1. Tyler Smith
Tyler Smith’s website is awesome starting from the refreshable header. Minimal, well-aligned and responsive design.
Beautiful minimal website which really focuses on presenting designer’s work. Of course, a nominee for design awwwards.
Big headlines, strong layout and awesome typography. Adam Coulombe really make great ideas happen.
Took a notice of this design while searching for good icons (that’s right, Jeremy SallÈe also creates wonderful icons). Very popular layout but with few great tweaks.
5. Marc Thomas
Excellent color scheme and use of typography. I particularly love the navigation and it stays the same in mobile version.
Bold headlines and beautiful grid of monochrome work thumbnails. Also a nominee for design awwwards.
Clean design with clear message thanks to the typography.
8. Rich Dean
Portfolio focusing fully on showing off work. Navigation has some nice jQuery effects.
9. Marek Piatek
Simple grid-based layout with work in center. Also a decent list of CSS/web award featured in the footer.
10. Rosie Lee
Website might seem scattered at the first glance but I find it engaging and creative.
Danilo Marinaccio uses bold headlines and pleasant colors and the overall effect is great.
11.1 Rudermann – Premium $17
Rudermann is the awesome pixel-perfect responsive HTML template based on Twitter Bootstrap Grid System. It is optimized for Retina Displays (used in iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and MacBook Pro Retina). Best for the digital or creative agency, design studio, web-development company or freelancer. Template is provides a powerful way to showcase your work.
12. Greg Thompson
It might look a bit clumsy at the beginning but there’s something appealing in this website. Huge typography is definitely trendy.
13. Alexis Garnier
Nice, pixel-perfect blog type portfolio, a nominee for design awwwward.
14. Rob Davis
Huge welcome sign, textured background, ribbons – all of it is still trendy. jQuery accordion menu makes it easy to navigate site.
Minimal black and white design which just makes you click on those thumbnails.
16. Dawid Tomczyk
One of the few dark schemed websites in list. Navigation powered with horizontal accordion. A thing I don’t like though is the full size portfolio view.
17. Aleks Faure
Subtle and well aligned design which makes you feel like home. Be sure to check About page, it’s awesome.
18. Fitz Fitzpatrick
Kind of like standard layout but with really creative solutions.
19. Lassi Vehvilinen
Clean and minimal layout with all accents on showcasing designer’s work.
20. Ljuk Mynus Kovac
Cool single page layout powered with vertical accordion. Plus a great use of textures and typography
21. Casey Britt
21.1 Live – Premium $17
Live is a stunningly unique and interactive creative parallax theme with unlimited foreground + background parallax layers on a fully responsive layout built using Bootstrap framework version 2.3. The parallax layers can have unlimited vertical as well as horizontal scroll effect!
22. Phil Martinez
23. Jesper Dahlqvist
24. Kardo Ayoub
25. Joanna Ostafin
26. Hugo Socie
28. David Hellmann
29. Christian Mezˆfi
30. Alexander Munk
31. Jan Mense
31.1 Live – Premium $14
Kronos is a simple and clean one page portfolio template, perfect for any designer, photographer, illustrator, creative person or agency. It focuses on displaying a high quality portfolio, large typo presented in a really elegant way.
33. Pierre Georges
35. Simon Foster
36. Robbie Manson
37. Andy Mangold
38. Hannah Dollery
39. James Lutley
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