For any creative to have an online portfolio is a necessity, as nothing better will show your clients or employees how professional and talented you are.
At the moment, there is a huge number of specialized services and platforms where you can place your works — or you can make your own website portfolio. But in both cases that would be the first impression of viewing your work, really showed your style and professionalism, highlighting it from the rest, and the more of your creativity and personality you bring to it, the better your client will see who you are.
Jennifer Heintz, a Multidisciplinary Designer
I like how she brings together her design and artistic abilities. She is not afraid to use a lot of colors and instead she perfectly chooses and combines them very well. At the same time, her website remains quite minimalistic, where Jennifer keeps a frame that is not actually typical for modern sites. I also enjoy discovering the interface: scrolling and clicking on different colored blocks to see what will happen next, what interesting changes will follow my click. And this is right the most important thing, which attracts attention and generates a desire to spend more time on it, because the preview of the site is first to entertain you.
Nicolas Paries, an Art Director and Interactive Designer
From the first seconds, you fall in love with animated previews of the featured projects of the designer — as you scroll you pass from one to another, and the whole journey is exceptionally smooth and exciting. One of the coolest pages is the one for a private project from Chanel. To access it, you should enter the code, i.e., Nicolas simultaneously shows that he worked with a well-known brand, but also keeps the information about this cooperation confident.
Cathal Duane, an Illustrator
His illustration style is minimalistic, colorful and textured — and the site keeps to the same style. The juicy vibrancy meets simplicity here, and I absolutely love that there is no difficulty in exploring the site and all your attention is focused on Cathal’s work. ‘My work is inspired by strange thoughts, weird connections, and cosmic oddities,’ the designer says, and these expressive, a bit tricky illustrations do deliver you a nice dose of creative ideas to play with.
Shui Lun Fan, a Communication Designer
The website is as made as simple as possible, its tile distribution of the material is minimalist and clear. But there is a curious detail, which distinguishes this portfolio from a range of the other masterly crafted ones: the main page is designed in black and white. And only when you hover over the tiles of projects it the original reveals. The decision seems quite controversial, as the color for the designer is one of their main tools, but the fact that it allows Lun Fan to attract attention and get a potential client to hold the cursor over all the previews of the products — that’s for sure.
Achos! Design Agency
Yes, it is not a single designer as it was in all the examples before, but a website portfolio of an agency. But this is such a vivid, challenging and fascinating story that I couldn’t help sharing it with you. Basically, the website is a perfect piece of brutalism, and I spent quite a lot of time wandering on it, as with every movement of the mouse, something stops you. Colors, fonts, music, GIFs, jokes and a fantastic portfolio of Achos! Well, why are you still reading it? Open the site and see this great job of the team for yourself.
Mariano Pascual, Visual Artist and Designer
Whoa! This is not a website, but a simulation of an OS. Mariano has designed a desktop, folders, a parody of hype on the Internet, and all of this is illustrated in Memphis style. And if you are inactive for a while, there is Newton’s Pendulum as a screensaver. The portfolio perfectly stands out from the usual sites, so that’s a must-see.
Thomas Rohlfs, an Illustrator
Thomas delivers a very clean and easy-to-perform design option for his portfolio, as there is nothing to distract your attention from the arts. Especially, if the minimalism of the site is perfectly correlated with the illustrations of the author. Only 3 buttons? Why not, as it’s more than enough, since entertaining the user with overloaded brutalism is not the goal.