But, with so many portfolios to browse through, it can be difficult to know where to start. So to make things easy for you, we've done the hard work and picked 30 of the top graphic design portfolios that are definitely worth a look...
For exciting graphic design work (plus a masterclass in how to present your Behance portfolio) look no further than TwoPoints.Net. Co-founded by Dr Martin Lorenz – who specialises in flexible visual systems - and graphic designer Lupi Asensio, the Hamburg and Barcelona-based studio creates cutting-edge design for clients large and small.
The studio’s Behance portfolio is a tightly curated affair. Like their main site, it’s regularly updated with their latest projects - with details of the brief included at the top of each project page, above a series of stunning images.
02. Chad Michael
Chad Michael launched his studio of the same name in 2014 after working as lead designer at a range of New York-based agencies, including Landor, Pearlfisher and Stranger & Stranger.
He specialises in branding and package design – he’s worked with the likes of Jack Daniels and Entertainment Weekly – and his work is can be seen in over 20 print publications which include Los Logos, Logo Lounge, CA Magazine, and HOW.
03. Marta Cerdà
Amsterdam-based graphic designer Marta Cerdà boasts a stunning Behance portfolio. If you’re interested in typography, you’ll find a whole host of glorious experimental type and editorial design work to feast your eyes one. And the ADC Young Gun updates her Behance portfolio regularly, so you won’t have to wait long for more visual inspiration.
Sure, Pentagram is one of the world’s most famous design firms and has the luxury of a dedicated communications team to maintain its online presence. But the international team’s Behance portfolio is packed with best-in-class graphic design work across every media you can think of – which means Pentagram deserves its place in this list. Whether you’re interested in logo design, editorial, packaging or more, it’s all here.
05. Shane Griffin
Born in Ireland and based in New York, Shane Griffin is a designer and artist whose work spans a range of disciplines, from animation and illustration to film direction and photography. His clients have included Nike, Bacardi and Adidas, and he's a founding partner at New York-based studio and artist representation agency Sunday Afternoon.
06. Andrew Fairclough
A self-taught illustrator, designer and art director working in Sydney, Andrew Fairclough started out designing skate and snowboard graphics and has moved on to work with top clients including GQ, American Express, Jack Daniels and Penguin Books. His work is inspired by mid-century spot illustrations with a dash of vintage sci-fi and comic art, and he enjoys working with a limited palette to evoke the nostalgia and tactility of found art.
07. Maria Grønlund
Specialising in logos and branding, Maria Grønlund is an independent graphic designer based in Lystrup, Denmark. Using vibrant colours to stir the senses, much of her work has an abstract, dream-like quality to it. "I love to play around with words, colors, shapes, and styles to make all the aspects play together like music," she comments on Behance.
08. Ruslan Khasanov
Russian digital artist Ruslan Khasanov specialises in graphic design, typography and illustration, more often than not mixing all three in incredible experimental projects. His work includes Warm Up (above), which is one of many beautiful videos in which different coloured liquids play centre stage.
09. Violaine & Jeremy
Violaine Orsoni and Jeremy Schneider are a creative duo who operate a graphic arts studio in Paris. Upon visiting their portfolio, you'll be greeted with numerous awe-inspiring pencil sketches, as well as multiple examples of projects they've art directed, including some stunning work on trend magazine Influencia.
10. Zim and Zou
Lucie Thomas teamed up with Thibault Zimmermann to form Zim&Zou, a French studio based in Nancy that explores different fields including paper sculpture, installation, graphic design, illustration. Both studied graphic design during 3 years at an art school and now prefer creating real objects with paper and taking photos out of them, rather than composing images on a computer.
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