Numerous people have noted the growth of personal online portfolios these days. More and more designers, developers, art directors and other creative folk refuse to work in the shadow of a company and seek to carve out a path to successful solo career, having opened the new era of sophisticated, interactive and original web projects.
Modern personal websites are intended to not only to convey information about the artist and display their sphere of expertise via a gallery of works but also express a bright personality, reflect individuality, demonstrate innovative approaches and simply make their presence felt on the web. So that it is no wonder that some authors consider personal portfolios a fresh design trend of 2015. Today’s collection is a case study of this.
Here the works are loud. The website excellently reflects the artist and his charismatic nature. Though there is nothing unusual, each masterpiece contrasts an otherwise dark background and as a consequence takes a leading position. The solution whets the appetite for creativity and urges visitors to delve deeper.
The illustrative nature of the website entirely suits the artist’s vibrant personality. Cartoon style design with some twists sets up interesting and friendly aesthetics that are difficult to miss. Just choose the language that you are comfortable with and begin an exciting adventure through the personal portfolio.
The unique personal portfolio of Jacob Grubbe is reminiscent of old-time computer interfaces and implies a close interaction with users, maintaining their focus on the screen. Start typing and see what the artist has prepared for you.
Although the front page of Kasper Laigaard’s personal portfolio greets users with a minimalist almost blank page (only mind-blowing highly detailed drawing marks it), the rest of the design breaks away from this solution, setting the tone to an innovative one.
Gui Bento has a positively energized homepage that sparkles with vibrant, dynamic elements. Beautiful and elegant cursive typography nicely blends with the environment adding a note of uniqueness. The fixed centered layout effectively outlines the working area and seizes the whole attention.
Craig Pinto has a fresh take on a standard minimalistic design and provides online visitors with a fantastic and pleasing user experience. The entire aesthetics is built on the basis of flat style that laconically co-work with clean, solid color backdrops, a generous amount of white space and concise display of the content.
It seems that the artist has created the personal portfolio that fully complies with words featured in the tagline, “extraordinary” and “creative”. Thomas Rhythm’s portfolio looks manly, powerful and original, greatly encouraging creativity. It is a great example of how to take full advantage of the dark, almost black design made with minimalism in mind and offer an audience a memorable and unbelievable experience.
Kenji Saito keeps users engaged from the first seconds thanks to a well thought out dynamic element presented on the front page. Although the website is built on a smooth and slightly gloomy coloring that certainly won’t be able to capture attention on its own, it manages to naturally underline various details of the page, giving them a dominant position.
The online portfolio of Eric Huguenin features a small yet eye-catching animation that charges the background and prompts users to scroll down. The artist has managed to reveal the best side of flat style and bolster it by sharp, bold typography and a well-organized layout.
Flavinsky wonderfully balances graphics and content, giving the latter center stage. The home page looks visually interesting and engaging thanks to smartly executed main navigation, flat graphics, and grayish coloring. The only drawback is that the website is available only on desktop; unfortunately the artist has overlooked visitors that may come through mobiles and tablets.
It seems that black was chosen by the Pantone team as the color of the year; since creatives, one by one, opt in favor of this tone. To be honest, projects where the black is the core tone look extremely intriguing. Set your eyes on Raphael Malka’ personal portfolio and see it for yourself. The website instantly magnetizes and draws you in with its fantastic and enigmatic appearance that showcases attitude and reflects a strong personality of the artist. Tiny modern details such as navicon or ghost button with an exquisite typography contribute to the design greatly.
Much like the previous example, the artist also goes for a dark coloring that beneficially stresses the content. Every element of foreground nicely excels from the canvas and looks extremely strong.
Nerisson creates a visually appealing and intriguing depth with the help of predominant black color, impressive illustrations and some interesting twists with the type. The front page looks contradictory as well as evoking mixed feelings; nevertheless, these factors make the website look so alluring and engaging.
The website of Deep Soni does have a structure that shapes the entire layout and harmoniously ties together content and graphics. Charming black and white color scheme, a considerable amount of white space, stylish centered layout and flawlessly executed minimalist design produce a favorable and lasting impression.
Stefan Gugurel has brightened the dark minimalist landing page of his website with a lovely dot-styled animation that charges the overall atmosphere and sets up a friendly general feeling. The page includes a timeline that guides users through previous years of works.
Mathilde Jacon breaks away from boring and dreary personal portfolios and has equipped the landing page of the website with a unique and engaging element that serves as a navigation tool through the works. A massive circle-shaped component adds a distinctive vibe and reinforces interactivity.
Joris Rigerl prefers to ditch everything excessive and gets the most out of the ideology “Less is more”, maintaining a simplistic yet sophisticated look. The solution is applied to all versions of the website. Thus, the tablet version includes only one page that is populated with links displayed via well-balanced grid and supported by plenty of white space.
All About David
All About David has a magnificent layering aesthetic that thanks to flat style and sharp coloring does not transform the first page into a mess. What’s more, the artist has realized a horizontal scrolling mechanism that naturally separates the website from others and offers comfortable searching on tablets and cell phones.
Ryan Gittings tries to keep up with modern trends and suits up his personal portfolio with a stylish hero image backdrop that enlivens the “welcome” section. Smooth bluish coloring in tandem with delicate ghost buttons and sharp and thin typography create a powerful businesslike feeling that produces a far-reaching effect.
Brian Delaney tries to impress online visitors with a 3d polygonal background enhanced by a subtle gradient. On such a splendid foundation, line style icons, and semi-transparent logotype look just awesome.
From almost blank, minimalistic designs to complex, fully illustrated visual storytelling experiences, the creatives push boundaries in order to impress online audiences with their personal portfolios.
The beginning of this year is already marked by some incredible and unique examples; we hope that in the near future we will see more impressive projects.