Brilliant Design Portfolios To Inspire You

Design portfolios come in all shapes and sizes – but these examples show what a great one looks like, whatever your discipline.

The internet is full of thousands upon thousands of awe-inspiring design portfolios. To enable you to stand out in this tough market, it’s important to make your online portfolio as impressive as you can.

It’s not just the examples of work that need to blow away your potential clients (although they do help) it’s the way that they’re presented. You don’t have to be a superstar web designer; a touch of creativity and innovative thinking will get you a long way. And there are plenty of free online tools, such as Behance, to help you build a portfolio without any coding knowledge.

So, check out these 39 inspiring examples of online design portfolios, both for individual designers and design agencies – to help you angle your own in just the right way…

01. Robby Leonardi

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Robby Leonardi stars in his own interactive design portfolio

02. Lizzie Seymour

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Dive into the world of Lizzie Seymour with this adorable portfolio

03. Björn Meier

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A beautifully simplistic and easy to navigate portfolio

04. Hayk

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Check out the brilliant choice of colours on Hyak’s site

05. Stereo Creative

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A creative portfolio site for Stereo Creative

06. Fieldwork

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A clean-cut portfolio for the team at Fieldwork

07. Jeremy Sallee

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Some wonderful icon designs ensure Jeremy’s portfolio stands out

08. Marc Thomas

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Simple colours and a responsive layout makes this a portfolio to die for

09. Julien Renvoye

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A unique and original approach to the usual portfolio layout

10. Rosie Lee

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It may look scattered at first but we love the layout of this portfolio

11. Frank Chimero

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Leading designer Frank Chimero’s portfolio takes a minimalist approach

Frank Chimero is a designer and illustrator based in Missouri with clients including The New York Times, Nike, Wired, Facebook and many others. He believes great design comes from sharp thinking and reflective practice and every solution creates unexpected problems. His online portfolio is minimalistic, which makes it easy to navigate. We love the overlaid imagery that displays his portfolio of work.

12. Studio Airport

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The content in the Projects section reorders itself when you switch menu items

13. Paul Currah

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The design portfolio of Paul Currah is clean and simple

14. Teacake

Teacake’s portfolio is nothing if not eye-catching

15. Smart!

The online portfolio of Smart! has a simple structure

16. Olly Gibbs

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The online portfolio of Olly Gibbs shows real attention to detail

17. Pollen

Pollen’s online portfolio is beautifully structured and reminiscent of editorial layouts

18. Viget

The online portfolio of design agency Viget shows just how important photography is becoming in the industry

19. Laureano Endeiza

We love the illustrated wire and circuits in the online portfolio of Laureano Endeiza

20. Super Awesome

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The online portfolio of web design agency Super Awesome is, well, super awesome

21. I’m Tawn

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The design portfolio of Ashleigh Downer is immediately attention grabbing

22. Small Studio

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The online portfolio of Small Studio showcases great use of horizontal scrolling

23. Bleed

Bleed aims to challenge conventions with its work

24. Kendra Schaefer

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The online portfolio of Kendra Schaefer is packed with personality

25. Cast Iron Studio

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The online portfolio of Cast Iron Studio is full of creative flair

26. DJNR

The online portfolio of DJNR truly stands out

27. Gareth Strange

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The design work of Gareth Strange is showcased well, with the colours complementing each other perfectly

The phenomenon of Pinterest has meant a huge rise in Pinterest-style layouts. Whilst some may grit their teeth at the sight of yet another ‘copycat’, graphic designer Gareth Strange manages to make this one his own. The homepage directly focuses on his illustrations, with the colours nicely complementing each other. The visitor is able to immediately gauge Gareth’s design approach, which certainly makes for a successful portfolio.

28. Emil Olsson

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The design portfolio of Emil Olsson offers a great scrolling experience

29. Steven Bonner

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The design portfolio of Steven Bonner is reminiscent of Pinterest’s layout

30. Ion Drimba Filho

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The design portfolio of Ion Drimba Filho is based around a revolving cube

31. Jesse Willmon

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The design portfolio of Jesse Willmon has a playful sense of fun

32. Odd Web Things

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Peter Godek showcases his work using numbers

33. Seymour Powell

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The design portfolio of Seymour Powell offers both Flash and HTML versions

34. Lounge Lizard

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The design portfolio of Lounge Lizard, who describe themselves as ‘brandtenders’

35. Trademark

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The design portfolio of Tim Lahan is perfectly laid out

36. Justin Maller

Justin Maller’s portfolio lets the vibrant imagery do the talking

37. Tim Smith

The blue sidebar on Tim Smith’s site isn’t just for social links

38. Delete

Delete’s action-packed site has plenty going on, but it gets away with it

39. Studio Contents

We love the smoothly responsive images on Studio Contents’ site

Have you seen any awesome design portfolios? Or maybe you’d like to share yours? Let us know in the comments box below!


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