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50 Mindblowing Portfolio Sites To Inspire Yours

Laura Busche March 31, 2021 · 2 min read

Successful portfolio websites strike a delicate balance between engaging visuals, clear layouts, and persuasive copy. It’s a complicated sweet spot. One that can mean the difference between a new client and an immediate bounce. While we’d love to splash graphics all over our visitors’ faces, it all comes down to one crucial question: are you hirable? And trust me when I say this: being hirable and appearing hirable are two completely different things. So practice some restraint, make good use of the red marker, and scrap what needs to go.
These six elements are particularly crucial to succeed at your first encounter with a visitor:

  1. Is there a clear call to action where they can learn more about you? Is the layout confusing?
  2. Is there wordiness in the way you are promoting your talents?
  3. Does the site take forever to load? (Slow portfolio sites are the equivalent to being late to a job interview. Avoid at all costs.)
  4. Is the site focused on your client’s core issues or simply displaying your success?
  5. Would this site load properly if your prospective client was using a mobile device?

I spent some time scouting the web for the most creative examples of portfolio sites, and have included them in this list. As you take a look at these websites, take note of how certain design solutions might inspire your own portfolio:

Josh Miller

Josh Miller

Billy French

Homepage | BIlly French

Bell Brothers

John and Dan are the Bell Brothers, an award-winning independent game and design studio based in South Jersey.

Denise Chandler

The web design portfolio of Denise Chandler

Melanie Daveid

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Alex Gilev

Alex Gilev specializes in user interface design and usability for web apps, mobile apps, desktop applications and websites.

Gin Lane

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Panic

PANIC is an animation studio rocking the world from Riga, Latvia. motion graphics, animated storytelling and graphic design is our way of making stories come alive.

Marielle Bordewijk

Home - Marielle Bordewijk

Orchid Création

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Juraj Molnár

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400

400 – is a leading London based branding and design consultancy dedicated to delivering strategic and creative solutions that stand out from the crowd.

Shape

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Toi

Toi - A Web and Mobile design agency

Sassi Holford

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Alfoart.com

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Peter Vachon

The Portfolio of Peter Vachon

We Ain’t Plastic

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Nathan Riley

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Durkan Group

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Yondr

Home | Yondr

Urban Ape

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Denys Nevozhai

Denys Nevozhai is a Ukrainian product designer living in Shanghai

Joanchong

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Moran Palmoni Architects

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Zac Halbert

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‎Claudio Calautti

I’m a freelance creative front-end developer with 6+ years of professional experience. #html5 #css #js

Grid & Flow

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Alessio Santangelo

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Licorn Publishing

Bienvenue sur le nouveau site de Licorn Publishing. Vous pourrez retrouver ici toutes les nouvelles créations graphiques pour le web, l'illustration, le print, ou encore le textile. Bonne visite !

Nick Sigler

Nick Sigler - Design & Illustration

Jim Basio

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Hermes Tocchetti

Hermes Tocchetti Photographer official website, sito ufficiale del fotografo Hermes Tocchetti

I Shot Him

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Most Probably Me!

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Michelle Lana

Michelle Lana Illustration and Design

Have You Met Janet

Graphic designer with a passion for life and design. Loves laughs, banter  and little friendly pranks. Strong desire for knowledgeand adventures. Avid  snowboarder, mountain biker and sportsaholic. Volunteer, nature lover, yogi  and book nerd at heart.

Davide Cantelli

I am web designer, web developer and graphic. I am 25, I live in Bologna - Italy and I love my job. I am web designer, web developer and graphic. I am 25, I live in Bologna – Italy and I love my job.

Abbas Monfared

The Protfolio Of Abbas Monfared, Front-End Developer, UI Designer

Cher Ami

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Mathilde Jacon

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Nice and Serious

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Cuberto Agency

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Gweno

Portfolio et Blog de Gweno, alias Gwénolé Jaffrédou, Graphiste. Graphisme, Web design, Motion design, User Interface, Print, Identité et Illustration.

Brian Delaney

Brian Delaney - UX / UI Designer and Front-End Dev in San Francisco, California

Beloesuhoe Production

Beloesuhoe is a full-service production company with capabilities ranging from commercial production to television shows and series

Always Awake

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Robby Leonardi

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Marc Thomas

Marc Thomas - Freelance Digital Designer and Frontend Developer based in London, UK

Joe Schlaud

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Brand strategist. Creating design tools to empower creative entrepreneurs. Author of the Lean Branding book. MA in Design Management from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

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5 Comments
  • These are awesome portfolio sites! Thanks for sharing 6 years ago
  • These are brilliant! Thank you for sharing! 6 years ago
  • Amazing websites and portfolios, thanks for sharing! 3 years ago
  • Thank you for sharing, Laura :) 3 years ago
  • There is a few really good design portfolio's in the list although surprised http://www.g3creative are not on the list. 3 years ago