40 Super Creative And Crazily Unique Web Designer Portfolios: 2012

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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.

Portfolio Tips

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.

Single page

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.

Typography

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.

Minimalism

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

Tylerbuilds-beautiful-designer-portfolio

Tyler Smith’s website is awesome starting from the refreshable header. Minimal, well-aligned and responsive design.

2. Filip Slovacek

Slvczch-beautiful-designer-portfolio

Beautiful minimal website which really focuses on presenting designer’s work. Of course, a nominee for design awwwards.

3. Adam Coulombe

Adam-beautiful-designer-portfolio

Big headlines, strong layout and awesome typography. Adam Coulombe really make great ideas happen.

4. Jeremy SallÈe

Sallee-beautiful-designer-portfolio

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

Mrcthms-beautiful-designer-portfolio

Excellent color scheme and use of typography. I particularly love the navigation and it stays the same in mobile version.

6. Milan Chudoba

Kennymax-beautiful-designer-portfolio

Bold headlines and beautiful grid of monochrome work thumbnails. Also a nominee for design awwwards.

7. Julien Renvoye

Julienrenvoye-beautiful-designer-portfolio

Clean design with clear message thanks to the typography.

8. Rich Dean

Richdean-beautiful-designer-portfolio

Portfolio focusing fully on showing off work. Navigation has some nice jQuery effects.

9. Marek Piatek

Piatek-beautiful-designer-portfolio

Simple grid-based layout with work in center. Also a decent list of CSS/web award featured in the footer.

10. Rosie Lee

Rosielee-beautiful-designer-portfolio

Website might seem scattered at the first glance but I find it engaging and creative.

11. Danilo Marinaccio

Marinaccio-beautiful-designer-portfolio
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

Gregthompson-beautiful-designer-portfolio

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

Alexisgarnier-beautiful-designer-portfolio

Nice, pixel-perfect blog type portfolio, a nominee for design awwwward.

14. Rob Davis

Rdcreative-beautiful-designer-portfolio

Huge welcome sign, textured background, ribbons – all of it is still trendy. jQuery accordion menu makes it easy to navigate site.

15. Anders H. Mikkelsen

Andersmikkelsen-beautiful-designer-portfolio

Minimal black and white design which just makes you click on those thumbnails.

16. Dawid Tomczyk

Dawidtomczyk-beautiful-designer-portfolio

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

Alexfaure-beautiful-designer-portfolio

Subtle and well aligned design which makes you feel like home. Be sure to check About page, it’s awesome.

18. Fitz Fitzpatrick

Fitz-beautiful-designer-portfolio

Kind of like standard layout but with really creative solutions.

19. Lassi Vehvilinen

Narvik-beautiful-designer-portfolio

Clean and minimal layout with all accents on showcasing designer’s work.

20. Ljuk Mynus Kovac

Mynus-beautiful-designer-portfolio

Cool single page layout powered with vertical accordion. Plus a great use of textures and typography

21. Casey Britt

Caseybritt-beautiful-designer-portfolio

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

Philmartinez-beautiful-designer-portfolio

23. Jesper Dahlqvist

Jeda-beautiful-designer-portfolio

24. Kardo Ayoub

Kardoayoub-beautiful-designer-portfolio

25. Joanna Ostafin

Panthereonfire-beautiful-designer-portfolio

26. Hugo Socie

Hugosocie-beautiful-designer-portfolio

27. Mathieu Debruyere

Mathieudebruyere-beautiful-designer-portfolio

28. David Hellmann

Davidhellmann-beautiful-designer-portfolio

29. Christian Mezˆfi

Christianmezofi-beautiful-designer-portfolio

30. Alexander Munk

Alexandermunk-beautiful-designer-portfolio

31. Jan Mense

Janmense-beautiful-designer-portfolio

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.

32. Rodolphe CÈlestin

Rodolphecelestin-beautiful-designer-portfolio

33. Pierre Georges

Nerval-beautiful-designer-portfolio

34. Denise Chandler

Denisechandler-beautiful-designer-portfolio

35. Simon Foster

Simonfoster-beautiful-designer-portfolio

36. Robbie Manson

Robbiemanson-beautiful-designer-portfolio

37. Andy Mangold

Andymangold-beautiful-designer-portfolio

38. Hannah Dollery

Hannahdollery-beautiful-designer-portfolio

39. James Lutley

Jameslutley-beautiful-designer-portfolio

40. Damian Simpkins

Damiansimpkins-beautiful-designer-portfolio

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WIX

Wix-beautiful-designer-portfolio

WIX is the most popular website builder on web. You can build a fantastic website in a matter of minutes. And whether you’re an artist, a small business owner or a touring musician, there’s a fully customizable Wix template for you. You can check out the showcase of portfolios built here.

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  • Fully compatible with mobile devices
  • Blog support
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Cargo Collective

Cargo-beautiful-designer-portfolio

Cargo is a creative publishing platform where everything, from the ever-changing visual appearance of people’s personal websites to the user interface, is built around the work shared by its members.

Cargo’s goal is to dramatically increase the accessibility and exposure of creative individuals on the Internet, while aspiring to build a networked context that will contribute to the culture as a whole.

Deviantart Portfolio

Deviantart-beautiful-designer-portfolio

Within a matter of minutes you can fully configure your very own portfolio and start submitting your creative work for review by potential employers, art schools, or clients.

Behance Prosite

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Create beautiful and fully customizable portfolios that can be synchronized with your Behance account.

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16 Comments Best Comments First
  • Ashley

    Sunday, June 17th, 2012 20:31

    1

    Thank you for this great article! I just got out of college, I’m working very hard to improve my design skills and portfolio. Seeing these portfolios is inspirational!

    +6
    • Dainis Graveris

      Monday, June 18th, 2012 03:45

      3

      Thanks Ashley, well college hardly prepares for real life, at least it was for me so..!

      +3
      • Ashley

        Monday, June 18th, 2012 19:45

        6

        Yep, I realize that. During my last year of college, I tried to treat every assignment like it was from the real world. I knew that wouldn’t adequately prepare me for the real world either, but perhaps get me started with the right mindset. There’s no grades in the real world, only the satisfaction of your client, and sometimes what you think is right and what they think is right is totally different. To please someone other than yourself is a real challenge. I saw some of the assignments made by my peers and thought “… no client is gonna pay for that.”

        0
        • Dainis Graveris

          Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 05:31

          9

          So right, Ashley! I also look at my works created few years ago and I am surprised I created S*** like that and how somebody wanted to pay for that!

          And interesting in our web design college, just the students which were already working as freelancers in design field, continued to do that after the college! All of those people who were just learning it in school and not actually did it..just work now in usual shops or move out from our country not really working in their field. This experience made my point even more valid, oh and I also left college 1 year before finishing because college was hardly teaching anything I will use in future working in design world!

          Keep yourself challenged and take college as your client with each new assignment!

          0
  • Dawid Tomczyk

    Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 00:18

    13

    thanks so much for featuring my portfolio, i’ve already changed full size image view, hope you like it :)

    0
  • kristin zwickau

    Monday, June 18th, 2012 09:40

    5

    Great article, I am a specialized recruiter in the creative market. Many of the people I meet with are faced with the challenge of putting together a solid web based portfolio that will display their work in the best light. This article should be read by all in the design field.

    0
  • Rich Dean

    Thursday, June 28th, 2012 09:48

    15

    Hi Dainis,

    Thanks so much for featuring my site, it was really kind of you! Really appreciate it. And thank you for the nice comments from the other guys on here.

    The calibre of work on here from the other examples is really high, I’m really impressed. Some of the guys just starting out in their careers are producing great work. I’d definitely hire some of them!

    I’m actually already working on a new version of my site, just because I get bored easily and like keeping things fresh, so that will be along some time soon.

    To all the guys just starting out – just keep at it! It’s a competitive industry but just work hard and alway make sure you’re designing for both the client and the user (not yourself) and you’ll do well.

    Rich

    0
  • Dan Bakan

    Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 12:39

    16

    Very nice collection. I currently like the ones with huge typography best. Just launched my own portfolio site last week. Maybe I’ll be featured in one of your lists myself one day. Would be an honour

    0
  • Paul Weston

    Monday, June 18th, 2012 03:39

    2

    Thought this was a great article and it showcases some interesting and inspiring websites. I loved all the examples you have included and they each have aspects I love about them. The one that stood out for me was the Rich Dean portfolio site. I love the design and layout of the site through the use of typography, layout and graphics. I really like how the site has used simple but effect creative techniques, especially when it comes to the use of parallax scrolling. It gives the site a very fresh and modern feel. Great article and I look forward to more like this from yourself.

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Monday, June 18th, 2012 04:26

      4

      Thank you Paul, yes Rich Dean site is indeed outstanding, awesome inspiration right? :) Good luck on creating such beautiful site yourself, existing is pretty good already!

      +2
  • Nikhil Malhotra

    Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 04:46

    7

    Hi.Please let me know is mine portfolio worth showing in similar kind of list.

    0
    • Nikhil Malhotra

      Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 05:31

      10

      Great.Hope to see it in next round up.Thanks for the appreciation.

      0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 05:26

      8

      Hi Nikhil, we could consider your site in the next roundup, it’s not bad!

      +1
  • Apel

    Sunday, June 24th, 2012 04:02

    12

    Thank you for this great article! I am surprised I created S*** like that and how somebody wanted to pay for that!
    And interesting in our web design college, just the students which were already working as freelancers in design field, continued to do that after the college! All of those people who were just learning it in school and not actually did it. I saw some of the assignments made by my peers and thought “… no client is gonna pay for that.”

    0
  • Earl Varona

    Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 16:05

    11

    Very nice article! This is the type of article that inspired me to make my portfolio website. I would love to have my work become an inspiration to others (like how others inspired mine) and keep passing that torch along. Thank you and keep it up! =)

    0
  • Sarah

    Thursday, June 28th, 2012 09:46

    14

    Some great sites! I’ll be honest – I didn’t look through aaaall of them, but did find an issue with number 3 – Adam Coulombe. It looks nice, but its not very user friendly… I saw the numbers and assumed they indicated the number of pictures in the section, but it took me a while to work out how to get to the second or third image. Then I realised that the tiny little lines were the way to navigate between them… definitely not “accessible”… I think to show that you’re one of the best – at the top of your game – these things need to be considered. You have to be an all-rounder. Which is why some of these sites are SO good: inspirational design AND development is obviously key, but usability has to play a part too.

    -2
  • Dan Bakan

    Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 12:39

    16

    Very nice collection. I currently like the ones with huge typography best. Just launched my own portfolio site last week. Maybe I’ll be featured in one of your lists myself one day. Would be an honour

    0
  • Rich Dean

    Thursday, June 28th, 2012 09:48

    15

    Hi Dainis,

    Thanks so much for featuring my site, it was really kind of you! Really appreciate it. And thank you for the nice comments from the other guys on here.

    The calibre of work on here from the other examples is really high, I’m really impressed. Some of the guys just starting out in their careers are producing great work. I’d definitely hire some of them!

    I’m actually already working on a new version of my site, just because I get bored easily and like keeping things fresh, so that will be along some time soon.

    To all the guys just starting out – just keep at it! It’s a competitive industry but just work hard and alway make sure you’re designing for both the client and the user (not yourself) and you’ll do well.

    Rich

    0
  • Sarah

    Thursday, June 28th, 2012 09:46

    14

    Some great sites! I’ll be honest – I didn’t look through aaaall of them, but did find an issue with number 3 – Adam Coulombe. It looks nice, but its not very user friendly… I saw the numbers and assumed they indicated the number of pictures in the section, but it took me a while to work out how to get to the second or third image. Then I realised that the tiny little lines were the way to navigate between them… definitely not “accessible”… I think to show that you’re one of the best – at the top of your game – these things need to be considered. You have to be an all-rounder. Which is why some of these sites are SO good: inspirational design AND development is obviously key, but usability has to play a part too.

    -2
  • Dawid Tomczyk

    Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 00:18

    13

    thanks so much for featuring my portfolio, i’ve already changed full size image view, hope you like it :)

    0
  • Apel

    Sunday, June 24th, 2012 04:02

    12

    Thank you for this great article! I am surprised I created S*** like that and how somebody wanted to pay for that!
    And interesting in our web design college, just the students which were already working as freelancers in design field, continued to do that after the college! All of those people who were just learning it in school and not actually did it. I saw some of the assignments made by my peers and thought “… no client is gonna pay for that.”

    0
  • Earl Varona

    Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 16:05

    11

    Very nice article! This is the type of article that inspired me to make my portfolio website. I would love to have my work become an inspiration to others (like how others inspired mine) and keep passing that torch along. Thank you and keep it up! =)

    0
  • Nikhil Malhotra

    Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 04:46

    7

    Hi.Please let me know is mine portfolio worth showing in similar kind of list.

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 05:26

      8

      Hi Nikhil, we could consider your site in the next roundup, it’s not bad!

      +1
    • Nikhil Malhotra

      Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 05:31

      10

      Great.Hope to see it in next round up.Thanks for the appreciation.

      0
  • kristin zwickau

    Monday, June 18th, 2012 09:40

    5

    Great article, I am a specialized recruiter in the creative market. Many of the people I meet with are faced with the challenge of putting together a solid web based portfolio that will display their work in the best light. This article should be read by all in the design field.

    0
  • Paul Weston

    Monday, June 18th, 2012 03:39

    2

    Thought this was a great article and it showcases some interesting and inspiring websites. I loved all the examples you have included and they each have aspects I love about them. The one that stood out for me was the Rich Dean portfolio site. I love the design and layout of the site through the use of typography, layout and graphics. I really like how the site has used simple but effect creative techniques, especially when it comes to the use of parallax scrolling. It gives the site a very fresh and modern feel. Great article and I look forward to more like this from yourself.

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Monday, June 18th, 2012 04:26

      4

      Thank you Paul, yes Rich Dean site is indeed outstanding, awesome inspiration right? :) Good luck on creating such beautiful site yourself, existing is pretty good already!

      +2
  • Ashley

    Sunday, June 17th, 2012 20:31

    1

    Thank you for this great article! I just got out of college, I’m working very hard to improve my design skills and portfolio. Seeing these portfolios is inspirational!

    +6
    • Dainis Graveris

      Monday, June 18th, 2012 03:45

      3

      Thanks Ashley, well college hardly prepares for real life, at least it was for me so..!

      +3
      • Ashley

        Monday, June 18th, 2012 19:45

        6

        Yep, I realize that. During my last year of college, I tried to treat every assignment like it was from the real world. I knew that wouldn’t adequately prepare me for the real world either, but perhaps get me started with the right mindset. There’s no grades in the real world, only the satisfaction of your client, and sometimes what you think is right and what they think is right is totally different. To please someone other than yourself is a real challenge. I saw some of the assignments made by my peers and thought “… no client is gonna pay for that.”

        0
        • Dainis Graveris

          Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 05:31

          9

          So right, Ashley! I also look at my works created few years ago and I am surprised I created S*** like that and how somebody wanted to pay for that!

          And interesting in our web design college, just the students which were already working as freelancers in design field, continued to do that after the college! All of those people who were just learning it in school and not actually did it..just work now in usual shops or move out from our country not really working in their field. This experience made my point even more valid, oh and I also left college 1 year before finishing because college was hardly teaching anything I will use in future working in design world!

          Keep yourself challenged and take college as your client with each new assignment!

          0

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