For any creative mind to have a design portfolio is the necessity, as nothing better will show your clients or employees how professional and talented you are. We’ve gathered here some of the most memorable graphic design portfolio examples to push and motivate you!
At the moment, there is a huge number of 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. While building a graphic design portfolio, keep in mind that the more creativity and personality you bring to it, the better any client will see who you are and what you’re capable of.
Jennifer Heintz, a Multidisciplinary Designer
It’s fascinating how she brings together her design and artistic abilities. She is not afraid to use a lot of colors, making perfect palette choices and combinations. At the same time, her design portfolio 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 playing around with this design portfolio, because the preview of the site is first to entertain you.
Nicolas Paries, Art Director and Interactive Designer
From the first seconds spent on this interactive website, 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 of this graphic design portfolio 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 design portfolio 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 while exploring the creative portfolio of his.
Shui Lun Fan, a Communication Designer
The portfolio 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 graphic design 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 graphic design portfolio 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 design portfolio site 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 portfolio, 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 design 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 graphic design 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.
This design portfolio gives you some sort of a satisfactory feeling when you move the pointed around the home page. Such a magnetizing detail being the reason why you may get stuck here for a while, soothing your nerves. Another example of implementing the color palette of mostly black and white to keep the integrity and put the spotlight on the projects themselves, reflected in this graphic design portfolio.
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Nouvelle Ètiquette, Graphic Design Bureau
First time on this website portfolio I was confused for a couple of seconds, staring at this ‘anti-design’ column with words you don’t want to spend time reading. Then you see the underlined words and there we go, a real fun begins and the graphic design portfolio comes alive! Done playing with the words? Use the catalog tabs on the right to add the color to projects (you’ll get what I’m pointing at here).
Malte Gruhl, Freelance Design Director
Like Alice once fell into the rabbit hole with so many weird items flying around her, you will scroll down this graphic design portfolio. The fireworks of abstract elements will follow you down the page, arranging project presentations into themed sections. Simplicity wins here too, but it’s presented with an array of plain details, literally scattered around the design portfolio.
Violaine et Jérémy, Creative StudioHow often do you see the horizontal scrolling? Here’s your chance to bring something different in your perception of design portfolios and enjoy the showcasing of playfully displayed projects the agency dealt with. It reminded me of a gallery, where you go through the masterpieces hanging on the wall. The cursor is a purple circle, that fills with color when interacts with something.
You see how all of these design portfolios are different? I wish I could give you the success formula about this but there’s none. Just follow your personal taste in design and stay user-oriented — the rest is just the matter of imagination!