20+ Inspiring Personal Portfolio Websites in 2019
I just love digging around portfolio websites for design inspiration. You can learn so much about the personality of a designer from the way a portfolio looks, and the interactions therein.
A portfolio site is also a great playground because it gives you the creative freedom you can’t always express with a normal client project.
Here, we have a roundup of personal portfolio websites that can impart a dose of instant inspiration. Explore new ideas, design trends, and themes that you can take and use in your own projects.
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1. Matt Reyer
Matt Reyer’s portfolio uses a split screen design (a great trend for this style of website) with plenty of little interactive surprises. His work is streamlined into an easy-to-digest format with just the right amount of information.
The best feature? As you scroll the geo shapes on his head in the photo spin in time with the movement.
2. Fabian Irsara
This is how you use a headshot for a website portfolio. The photo is just moody enough to draw you in and the simple animation with what Fabian Irsara does and his interests catches your attention. The simple nature of the design gives the content plenty of room.
One of the best features is that the big words describe how the site was made. And the voice of the words is quite nice.
3. Erik Bernacchi
Erik Bernacchi goes with a bold, retro design for his portfolio. But it’s highly interactive and begs to be clicked. And you should. Despite the retro feel of the portfolio, his projects are modern and engaging.
4. Tavano Vincent
There’s something about interactive surprises that I adore in website design, especially when it comes to personal portfolios. Tavano Vincent uses a simple homepage design … at first glance. But hover over any text element for a more immersive experience.
This is a great way to handle a single-scroll homepage with plenty of elements to keep you moving deeper into the portfolio.
5. Bryan James
Bryan James nailed it with his portfolio. You can’t stop looking. It’s a combination of projects compiled into a video that gives you an idea of his scope of work. There’s also a great video bio.
This portfolio almost has a documentary style to it and it’s phenomenal.
6. Robin Mastromarino
Beautiful artwork and liquid animation make this portfolio by Robin Mastromarino highly engaging. The side-to-side scroll is intuitive, and each screen has an image that’s captivating.
The nice animated effects continue on the about page where her work moves past in the background.
7. David Eperozzi
David Eperozzzi uses huge text to draw users into his portfolio. (This is a trending design technique as well.) The interesting thing here is that you have to click through to see projects. No work is featured “out front.”
The site is done well enough that most users will be enticed to do so.
8. Mathieu Levesque
Mathieu Levesque’s photography portfolio has a nice, clean design that could be applied to other types of portfolios as well. Each image has room to read well with blocks of varying sizes. The minimal background and elements bring it all together so the eye knows where to go.
9. Raoul Gaillard
Raoul Gaillard uses gradients, geo shapes and animation to draw you into his portfolio. The combination of trendy design elements let you know the content in the portfolio is fresh.
That can be a key element in portfolio design. You don’t want a portfolio to look dated or stale.
10. Marcus Eriksson
Marcus Eriksson uses clean lines, an interesting grid, and a minimal style to show off his projects. The coolest part of this website might the directional cues of the images throughout. They keep carrying you through the design with excellent placements.
11. Allison Bratnick
A busy grid can be a risky portfolio concept unless you want to show depth and breadth of work. That’s what Allison Bratnick does here with a portfolio that shows a lot of different projects.
Thanks to neat and clean imagery, the masonry grid style portfolio works well.
12. Andrew Couldwell
This funky portfolio seems to break so many design rules, but I can’t stop looking at it. The style shows attention to detail and a style that’s both fun and experimental.
And it the funky home screen is a little much, projects fall into a simple grid below.
13. Jeff Angell
Jeff Angell uses a peek-a-boo style portfolio with nifty animation and effects. It’s a fun and interesting way to show just one or two projects.
A great photo and interesting typography are they eye-catching elements for this art director’s portfolio. The classic combination never gets old when it comes to great portfolio design.
15. Chris Tammar
Chris Tammar uses a clean grid with symmetrical projects to show his work. The grid and projects are easy to see and understand, making this a great choice for showing portfolio projects that are less interactive.
16. Camille Pawlak
The click/scroll animation on Camille Pawlak’s portfolio website is outstanding. You just want to keep clicking and scrolling to see it in action.
The color choices and simplicity of the background and typography styles also contribute to the overall effectiveness of the design.
17. Steven Hanley
Steven Hanley’s portfolio is super simple. And then it flips from a calming color palette to a bold bright option. That makes you think he can work on varying styles of projects, thanks to the change in his own portfolio design.
18. Meng He
Every scroll “locks” to a screen and new project in Meng He’s portfolio. The technique gives plenty of focus on the work and is a great option for a design showcase.
19. Elizabeth O’Meara
Elizabeth O’Meara has a split screen design that shows variety in packaging design. The simple homepage is a good intro to her projects.
20. Justine Wargnier
Justine Wargnier’s portfolio opens in a minimal style that tells you who she is with a call to learn more. Each project page is equally simple with an image, description, and link for more.
The streamlined design is easy to look at and dive into with just the right amount of information for each project.