26 Fantastic Examples of Creative Portfolio Website Designs

Here you will find some excellent portfolio website designs that I have compiled for your inspiration, as I too find it difficult to design for myself (which is why im guessing your here) as I am a massive critic of my own creations. I have learnt that when designing your own or a clients portfolio website, there is one thing to keep in mind, keep it ‘in niche’. The web design should be in the style of your work and your intended market.

I look forward to seeing your reactions to the selection, and if you have any other designs that you think should be a part of this list, let me know in the comment area

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84 Colors – The portfolio of Cristiana Bardeanu is flourishing with wildlife and a hint of subtle animation throughout, and surprisingly, it took me a while to notice!

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Chris Woods – A clean landing page followed by sophisticated slideshows, such an inviting combination and an excellent way to frame and display your work.

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Daniel Stenberg – This beautiful landing page directs you to all of Daniels online profiles where clients can find his work and his words.

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Dave Werner – This is exactly what I mean when I explained “keep it in niche” Dave Werner has found his niche, and targeting it very well with his creative navigation.

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Dean Oakley – From the quirky cartoon background, to the button hover states this portfolio has it down or shall I say sideways.

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Diego Latorre – I love this landing page by illustrator Diego Latorre the emotion on the boys face is grabbing and keeps me interested.

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Douglas Menezes – A great example of how to use color, shape and texture to direct your attention to the content.

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Foxie Graphic – This portfolio design has been floating around on various inspiration websites for a while now purely because of how unique it is and how it was the first of its style.

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Alexey Chernishov – an excellent portfolio design, and another vertical sliding website I particularly like the use of paper textures in combination with the wooden background to give it that “on the desk” effect.

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Hello Karl Studio – the navigation of this website and the way in which Karl has chosen to display his work in combination with the navigation is what grabbed my attention the most.

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Jesse Willmon – I chosen this portfolio purely because of how unique it is, I have yet to see a website like this, and the hand-drawn theme runs throughout. Great example of branding.

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Marc Anton Dahmen – At first the website appears very basic and plain, but when you check out the portfolio pages that is when everything steps up a bit. For those of you on the cutting edge of coding you may want to check this out

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Matt Dempsey – Large Imagery, Clean Layout and straight to the point. How most portfolio’s should be!

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N.Design Studio – combined with a popular design blog, this portfolio and blog expresses fantastic use of illustrations throughout.

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Noel Design – A creative use of textures, shapes and depth. My only critique would be that it doesn’t seem to be in par with his portfolio work. But none the less, a great inspiration.

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Odd Web Things – A unique take on displaying projects with the use of large numbers and large imagery, somehow he has kept it clean.

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Pablo Dominguez – The portfolio preview images are all cohesive in style and layout, and go with the lines running through the background, everything has clearly been carefully though about.

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Patagonia Creative – The middle man between professional and creative.

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Ronnie San – Clean Web design is a popular choice for designers, and we either check out apple.com or look for websites like the one below.

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Sawyer Hollenshead – Probably one of my most favorite designs of the bunch, very unique and fantastically laid out. Definitely worth a browse.

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Serial Cut – A fantastic example of a fullscreen portfolio, obviously for this you need great work, and these guys have great work.

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Serj Kozlov – The ambiance that Serj has created here is none other than relaxing, right from the color scheme to the small amount of texture that has been used. Another great design.

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Sid Lee – What drawn me to this portfolio yet again is the navigation, im a sucker for good navigation and this design has it.

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Tedone Design – Another portfolio design that has been featured on many websites for its navigational genius, check it out.

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Veboo Labs – Inviting is the word I think im looking for, The use of illustration in this design is what makes it onto this list.

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