45 brilliant design portfolios to inspire you

Design portfolios come in all shapes and sizes - but these examples show what a great one looks like.

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The internet is full of thousands upon thousands of awe-inspiring creative resumes and 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 creative director or 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 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. Femme Fatale

Nice Velvet Underground reference, too

Based in Paris, Femme Fatale is a creative studio focused on culture, luxury, editorial & art. It pitches itself as being somewhere between sophistication and simplicity, and its portfolio site reflects this tone excellently, combining swish parallax effects with bold imagery.

02. Alexandre Rochet

It looks dark here but the colour soon kicks in

Also based in Paris (but looking for a job in New York), Alexandre Rochet is a French designer who's passionate about image and specialises in web design, identity & interface design. His site's packed with parallax effects and smart colour fades, but easy to get around with everything presented well.

03. Bert

Big and bold, Bert's site is in your face with all the facts you need

Netherlands-based Bert's creative specialists work on an international level at branding, design and development, and its single-page case studies are a joy to look at, packed with punchy imagery interspersed with informative chunks of text.

04. Yul Moreau

Welcome to the neon jungle

Born in Seoul, based in Paris and raised by the 80s, Yul Moreau's site grabs your attention from the off with its splendidly garish background montage of retro video. The single-pager site does a brilliant job of showcasing his work, combining video, images and clever scroll effects to show everything off nicely.

05. Steven Mengin

Just watch this undulate for a few hours and everything will be fine

To be honest we could happily sit and gaze at Steven Mengin's WebGL splash page, with its gently undulating cloudscape, for hours, but it's worth dragging your self away and down from it to enjoy his work, ever so slightly spiced up with a light ripple effect on each image as you mouse over. Great work by Samsy.

06. Studio Schurk

Studio Schurk design portfolio

Studio Schurk bring humour to their animated site design

Animation studio, Studio Schurk (meaning Studio Rogue in English) show off their sense of humour in their bold and punchy site design. The animations show off their talent while being interesting and fun, scroll down to see their equally bold designs.

07. Melanie Daveid

Melanie Daveid design portfolio

Melanie Daveid's site shows that simplicity come sometimes say it all

UX Designer and Art Director, Melanie Daveid's portfolio is simple yet beautiful. Her intricate illustrated logo opens and closes the (almost) infinite scroll design that brings her resumé to life on your screen.

"Artworks and illustrations were my gateway to the creative industry," she says, "which led to the foundation of my own studio and to first steps in the digital world." Something that is crystal clear from her portfolio.

08. A Dandy Punk

The Dandy Punk design portfolio

The Dandy Punk expresses his multifaceted talents through a multimedia portfolio

A Dandy Punk hasn't just created a beautifully intricate illustrated portfolio but an online presence and alter-ego. The site mirrors this, with the character "existing to inspire and motivate creativity, non-conformity, whimsy, intense curiosity, do-it-yourself mentality and everyday eccentricity in everybody," and the site reflecting that.

09. Sean Halpin

Sean Halpin design portfolio

Sean's simple, yet cute portfolio site contains everything it needs to in one neat design

Scroll through Sean's kitsch little green world to discover how he can help you build your perfect site. His design is simple and easy to read, yet effortlessly displays his skills and talent for bold, stand-out web design.

10. Christopher Lee

christopher lee design portfolio

Multidisciplinary designer and illustrator, Christopher, displays his passion for toys and 90's cartoons in his designs

Chris doesn't just share his name with legendary actor, Christopher Lee but apparently a creative talent too. His design site, The Beast is Back, showcases his punchy designs and illustrations influenced by 90's cartoons and urban street culture.

11. Instinct

Instinct design portfolio

Instinct's portfolio is an interactive cornucopia of visual delights

Russian design agency, Instinct's portfolio is a stunning flash interactive site. Pick up various items and chuck them into their bizarre, surrealist steampunk pot and reveal their work via videos. It really is quite the show, and if you want more of the "boring" snippets of info, just pull the curtain chord - voilà!

12. Gisele Jaquenod

Gisele Jaquenod design portfolio

Gisele's cute cartoons capture her personality and design style perfectly

Art has dominated much of Gisele's life, and that is evident from her quirkly cartoon-styled portfolio. The designer's site expresses her personality, from her obvious love of animals to doodling. However, she doesn't overcomplicate it, with menus remaining simple and easily navigated, and strategically, her Etsy selling page taking centre stage on the homepage.

13. Adhemas Batista

Adhemas Batista design portfolio

Adhemas Batista's portfolio reflects his passion for colour

A Brazilian-born graphic designer and artist based in Los Angeles, Adhemas Batista has worked with some of the world's biggest brands, including Adidas, Coca-Cola and Sony. His awe-inspiring portfolio reflects his passion for exploring vibrant and colorful concepts, all of which pop againt a bright white backdrop.

14. Ryan Scherf

Ryan Scherf design portfolio

Web developer Ryan Scherf's one-page portfolio site is simple but very effective

Inbetween web designing, developing, writing, teach and building, Ryan Scherf found the time to create this eye-catching portfolio site. A gorgeous example of a one-page site, simply scroll down past the beautifully illustrated landing page to a number of example websites that he's worked on, followed by contacts at the bottom. Simple but very effective.

15. Charlotte Tang

Charlotte Tang design portfolio

Tang's portfolio lets her work do all the talking

Toronto-based interactive designer Charlotte Tang 'strives to marry the love of web and graphic design by finding a harmonious balance between functionality and aesthetics'. And is something that she's clearly applied to her portfolio site.

Users are greeted by little port holes, featuring a black and white taster of her work. Hover over each and they come to life in full colour. Click and it leads to a short description, which is completely overshadowed by a beautifully big image of said work.

16. Robby Leonardi

Robby Leonardi design portfolio

Robby Leonardi stars in his own interactive design portfolio

Robby Leonardi is a multidisciplinary designer based in New York City. Specialising in illustration, graphic design, animation, and front-end development, he has worked with the likes of Fox, Speed TV, FX Networks, myNetworkTV, and G4. This incredibly fun interactive design portfolio will have you scrolling for hours.

17. Lizzie Seymour

Lizzie Seymour design portfolio

Dive into the world of Lizzie Seymour with this adorable portfolio

Lizzie Seymour is a designer that loves to dabble in character design, illustration, installation, a bit of coding, and stuff that moves. This adorably crafted portfolio will give you a sense of her brilliant work and her impeccably cute characters.

18. Björn Meier

Bjorn Meier design portfolio

A beautifully simplistic and easy to navigate portfolio

This beautifully minimal, easy to navigate portfolio from Björn Meier is a feast for the eyes. Designed by German based agency BASICS09, the portfolio went on to become recognised on the AWWWARDS.

19. Jeremy Sallee

Jeremy Sallee design portfolios

Some wonderful icon designs ensure Jeremy's portfolio stands out

Jeremy Sallee is a self-taught French graphic designer. Creating wonderful icons, Sallee uses a very popular portfolio layout but with a few precision tweaks to make it stand out from the creative crowd. Salle has an impressive array of work on offer that you can navigate using some very cute mini icons.

20. Marc Thomas

Marc Thomas design portfolio

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

This portfolio from designer Marc Thomas teams a sleek layout with a handful of striking shades. His use of typography is masterful, plus the look and feel of the site stays consistent on mobile screens.

21. Rosie Lee

Rosie Lee design portfolios

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

Rosie Lee is a hybrid creative agency, with on and offline expertise in branding, advertising and retail design. We love the unique layout and the use of complementing colours makes it a winner in our eyes.

22. Studio Airport

Studio Airport design portfolio

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

Studio Airport is a design agency based in the Netherlands, with a strong online presence embracing airport graphics, large photographs and strong typography. We love the little animated reordering of contents that takes place in its Projects section when you switch options in the left-hand menu.

23. Paul Currah

Paul Currah design portfolio

The design portfolio of Paul Currah is clean and simple

Paul Currah is an award-winning multi-disciplinary graphic designer, delivering creative, innovative and engaging solutions to communication problems across brand identity, print, packaging, environmental, and digital. His portfolio is a clean and simple offering, with each project photo fading in and out, showcasing different aspects of the creation.

24. Smart!

Smart! design portfolio

The online portfolio of Smart! has a simple structure

Smart! is a multidisciplinary team of professionals in graphic design, communication and information technology that have two offices in Buenos Aires and Perú.

Their online portfolio has a simple structure, with the grey turning to full colour once you hover over each project. We love that the selected images from each project are presented in a horizontal line.

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