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. Daniel Spatzek
Daniel Spatzek is freelance graphic designer and art director from Austria, and his site does a brilliant job of showing off both his design and web skills. Using plenty of WebGL and CSS tricks to bring everything to life, it's a selection box of hot web techniques that's packed with animation, but all put together in a restrained way so as not to overload the viewer.
02. Arturo Wibawa
Arturo Wibawa's site is worth checking out just for his detailed breakdowns of projects he's worked on, complete with wireframes, flowcharts, palettes, fonts and plenty of information about his process, but it's also a slick, brilliantly executed site with loads of smart effects and visual tricks, including some masterful use of SVG animation.
03. Femme Fatale
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.
04. Alexandre Rochet
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.
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.
06. Yul Moreau
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.
07. Steven Mengin
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.
08. Studio Schurk
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.
09. Melanie Daveid
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.
10. A Dandy Punk
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.
11. Sean Halpin
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.
12. Christopher Lee
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.
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!
14. Gisele Jaquenod
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.
15. Adhemas Batista
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.
16. Ryan Scherf
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.
17. Charlotte Tang
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.
18. Robby Leonardi
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.
19. Björn Meier
20. Jeremy Sallee
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.
21. Marc Thomas
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.
22. Rosie Lee
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.
23. Studio Airport
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.
24. Paul Currah
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.
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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