32 brilliant design portfolios to inspire you

16. Sagmeister & Walsh

Sure, it’s a little sketchy to have a live cam of your office feeding into your portfolio website homepage. But whether you think Sagmeister & Walsh’s live feed is an innovative concept or something else, it’s undeniable that the homepage navigation is strong, clear and balances style with extreme usability.  

A detailed Answers section tackles FAQs on everything from the studio’s work to its thoughts on branding, typography, inspiration and more, plus advice for students and thoughts on the industry. Meanwhile, the usual Work, About and Press sections provide visitors with quality information on everything from the brief and creative process of each project to instructions on how writers can access assets for articles. 

Images are large and well-shot, and an alternating grid keeps the Work section interesting. But it’s the level of detail each section drills down into that we love. Balancing form with function, Sagmeister & Walsh’s portfolio website is set up to give any visitor exactly what they want in the fastest (but most interesting) possible way – while showcasing the team’s style and personality, too. 

17. Femme Fatale

Nice Velvet Underground reference, too

Based in Paris, Femme Fatale is a creative studio focused on culture, luxury, editorial and 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.

18. 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 the art director's work, combining video, images and clever scroll effects to show everything off nicely.

19. Sean Halpin

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

Scroll through Sean Halpin'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.

20. Christopher Lee

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Christopher Lee displays his passion for toys and 90s cartoons in his designs

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

21. Adhemas Batista

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Adhemas Batista's colourful work contrasts with a monochrome homepage

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 homepage design is monochrome, which makes for a powerful contrast with the riot of colour and pattern within the portfolio that follows.

22. Rosie Lee

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Images of the agency's work take centre stage on this site

Rosie Lee is a hybrid creative agency, with on- and offline expertise in branding, advertising and retail design. The agency's work takes centre stage on its website, with plenty of colourful, full-width images, videos and carousels showing off what it can do.

23. Olly Gibbs

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The online portfolio of Olly Gibbs shows real attention to detail

Olly Moss is a London-based, multidisciplinary designer and illustrator who has already worked with the likes of Warner Bros, Muse, and The Salvation Army. It's the attention to detail within his portfolio that really makes it stand out.

The sense of fun immediately showcases Gibbs' personality, whilst the typography and layout makes it work aesthetically. We especially love the 'About' section.

24. Bleed

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Bleed aims to challenge conventions with its work

Bleed states that it represents "a mix of cultures and disciplines to challenge today’s conventions around art, visual language, interaction, media and identity". This mode of thinking is implemented within its online projects. Full-screen imagery and large type engage the user whilst scrolling through the site, and its studio manifesto at the end is a nice touch.

25. Cast Iron Studio

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

Cast Iron Studio's portfolio is a modern delight. The studio has taken on a nifty little cast iron pan as their logo and evokes its environmentally responsible ethos with a simple, naturalistic design and infinite(ish) scrolling. Each project section goes in-depth into each aspect of the work, so there's plenty to explore, too.

26. Steven Bonner

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Steven Bonner's portfolio site barely includes any words at all

Illustrator Steven Bonner's work deserves to be splashed across any screen. Thankfully his online portfolio does just that. In the most recent version of his portfolio, he's taken a confident approach and shunned words altogether, instead opting to let his work speak for itself. 

The homepage features a selection of tantalisingly cropped images of previous projects, and he invites the user to get in touch to find out more.

27. Tim Lahan

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The design portfolio of Tim Lahan is perfectly laid out

New York based graphic designer and artist Tim Lahan presents his portfolio in a simple yet stunning way. Thanks to the sticky header, the important logo and information stays firmly at the top of your screen as you scroll through colourful examples of work. The drawings and designs are also perfectly laid out to really show them off; with no framing or barriers to distract the visitor or alter the work's effect.

28. Justin M. Maller

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

The Australian designer's design portfolio site keeps things reasonably simple, and so lets his vibrant work – he's going through a delightfully crystalline phase at the moment – do the talking. It lets you get straight to the artwork; the only fancy stuff going on is a lovely little gradient at the bottom of the main index window, subtly fading everything in as it scrolls up.

29. Tim Smith

HTML5 tricks bring this portfolio site to life

Boasting 'Brain-powered graphics fun', Tim Smith's portfolio site uses CSS3 to mix a spotlessly clean look with some clever HTML5 tricks such as the cut-out titles for each piece, which disappear as you mouse over. We love the sidebar as well, featuring social links on the front page and then used for navigation between portfolio pages.

30. Studio Contents

We love the smoothly responsive images on Studio Contents' site

The front page of Studio Contents' site seems basic – minimal text sitting on top of a big carousel image, with a grid of smaller images beneath that – but it's fantastically responsive and smooth with it, images resizing with the browser like a dream. It's all about presenting the work in the best possible way, and this does a great job.

31. Stereo

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A creative portfolio site for Stereo

London-based agency Stereo Creative has created this simple yet striking portfolio site. Each case study is well thought out and beautifully presented, with a carefully chosen slogan introducing each one.

32. Fieldwork

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A clean-cut portfolio for the team at Fieldwork

Fieldwork is a focused team of makers and doers that specialises in crafting engaging experiences across digital, web and branding. Founded in 2012 by Loz Ives and Andy Gott, the company has worked with a number of brands including craft beer brewers and illustrators. Its lively portfolio is clean-cut, colourful and easy to navigate.

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