A personal, or portfolio, website is an opportunity to reach more people with your work. It’s also an extension of your personality and gives you the chance to craft a design that reflects who you are as a creative.
If you’re someone with any sort of creative output, you want people to be able to see it. A personal website is essential in bringing attention to your work and can help you land gigs doing more of what you love to do. Just as there are many types of creatives, there are many ways to put together a personal website.
21 best personal website examples to inspire your own
No matter what you do, here are 21 unique personal websites to inspire you in putting one together of your own.
1. Arlen McCluskey
With clouds of Gaussian blurred background colors and a tidy layout, Arlen McCluskey’s UX portfolio website feels almost minimalist when you first land on its homepage. However, this personal site has substance. Within this spacious layout, the projects he features and the accompanying writing shines through. He’s worked with prominent clients like Airbnb, Dropbox, and JUMP, and these projects are accompanied by well-written case studies that illuminate his strategic thinking and provide important insights into who he is as a designer.
This personal website works well in showing potential clients who Arlen is as a designer, finding the right balance between interesting visuals and practical information about him.
2. Mack and Pouya
Many photography portfolios are nothing more than a plain space with an image gallery. There’s nothing wrong with this approach. However, it’s nice to see a photography business that puts extra effort into the look and branding of their web page. The wedding photography business Mack and Pouya not only takes great photos but has a website with a joyful user experience that reflects their line of work.
With a happy color scheme, cute animations, and high-quality examples of their work, this design captures all of the fun and excitement about getting married. And even though a lot is going on visually, it never gets in the way of showing off their wedding photography.
One of the biggest takeaways from this bright and cheery web page is that whatever business you’re in, you don’t have to be boxed in with a boring design. Mack and Pouya show that you can have a photography portfolio that’s more than just pretty pictures.
Aileen is a digital designer living in Seattle by way of Berlin. She has done work for Amazon and has lent her skills to Tumblr, General Assembly, and other clients.
In her portfolio there’s great attention paid to broader design elements, like the tasteful use of white space, all the way to the more minute, like the careful selection of background colors for the featured projects. A variety of images along with some subtle drop shadows provide a nice sense of dimensionality. This web design is artistic but also has a scientific precision in how all of the visuals and text are laid out.
With skills in product development, UI design, and graphic design with a focus on software development, Ojieame lays out his work and talents in a single-page portfolio.
Every headline, piece of copy, image, and element of this design have all found an exact place in this layout. This careful arrangement gives the web design a solid feel throughout.
The portfolio shows a strong sense of content organization. Each section communicates specific points about his skills, and there’s a good flow in how he tells his own story.
Ojieame employs a horizontally scrolled gallery of screenshots for his featured projects without lengthy explanations, as he’s already communicated his skills in the rest of this design.
Ojieame’s great personal website is proof that by distilling your work and a sense of who you are into a one-page design, you can maximize the portfolio’s impact on potential employers, recruiters, or any else looking through it.
5. I Am Tamara
Tamara is a UX designer whose niche is nonprofits and indie filmmakers. She’s guided by ethics and wants to help people out. This design communicates her authenticity and shows her eye for effective and creative design.
This portfolio design is a celebration of simplicity. The layout is based on large shapes, thin lines, and a muted color palette and demonstrates Tamara’s refined aesthetic. Every piece of this design has a purpose and comes together in harmony for a light and easy user experience.
6. Thomas Bosc
It’s not too often one comes across a portfolio from someone who holds the title of content manager. Thomas Bosc has put together a compelling and informative portfolio design that captures his different skills in creating content.
This screen capture below is what materializes after scrolling down from the hero page. This animated graphic does an excellent job in clarifying the misconceptions of what exactly a content manager does. This visual takes care of what could have been a lengthy explanation and brings it to life visually.
Scrolling down further, we learn more about his talents as a content manager and see high-quality examples of his video and photo work, website design skills, and some of what he’s done in UI/UX design.
We often focus on just a few things in our portfolios, but so many of us have skills that don’t have a narrow scope. Thomas shows it’s possible to fill a portfolio showing off one’s diverse range of talents without it becoming too complicated.
If you need a stylized and well-organized template, it would be a wise decision to start here with Editorial. Best of all, you can clone it on Webflow for free!
With a classy aesthetic and plenty of space for big images, Editorial is ideal for photographers, product designers, web designers, or anyone else who wants an image-driven portfolio. And like any template, you can fully customize it to fit your personal brand.
8. Bobby Rowe
Bobby Rowe’s online portfolio starts with the declaration, “Let’s make something special and have a little fun along the way.” His portfolio amplifies this message, offering a user experience full of captivating color schemes and wit.
After this attention-grabbing introduction, scrolling through the design brings up page after page of bold and hilarious text, with eye-pleasing combinations of colors. There’s plenty of personality in this portfolio, with Bobby’s design chops backing up his often hilarious bravado.
It’s easy for a portfolio to feel a step removed from the person it represents. Bobby’s personal website brings one directly into his creative mind, giving an up-close look at his talents and great sense of humor.
9. Alice Lee
We’ve written about Alice Lee before, but we keep returning to her portfolio, as she keeps it updated. We were pleased to see this new interactive parallax hero illustration (pictured above) topping her page.
For those unfamiliar with her work, Alice specializes in character illustrations filled with vivid colors and a sense of organic textures, and the illustrations have a style all her own. You’ve probably seen imitators out there, but no one captures the vibrancy and energy of her illustration work.
This could have been a simple resume site, with a few featured projects, as she’s worked with some high-profile clients. But every pixel is touched by her flair for creativity, and this personal portfolio is expansive in demonstrating her talents as an illustrator. If you want an example of the best personal website, Alice’s is right up there.
If you haven’t checked out the in-depth case study she wrote about crafting the visual identity for Slack, it’s a valuable read no matter what type of creative work you pursue.
We will definitely be coming back for more to see what she’s been up to.
10. Emre Devseren
Emre Devseren is a web designer interested in startups and small businesses. This portfolio communicates his UI and UX skills, as well as his knowledge as a marketing strategist.
What’s effective here is the hero page. If you didn’t go any further, you would still get a good idea about who he is. The message “I can help your business to get online and grow fast” sums up perfectly what he does. Occupying the bottom is a row of companies he has worked with, and a call to action above encourages visitors to schedule a free meeting. He does so much within a single screen.
Scrolling down reveals a visually pleasing design full of color, with light pastels making up much of the backgrounds. It’s uncomplicated, being just a single page, but the portfolio web design does so much in a limited amount of space.
11. Matthew P Munger
Landing on Matthew P Munger’s portfolio transports you back time, answering the all-important question, “What would a Webflow designer’s portfolio look like if it were made in 1996?” This retro graphic user interface feels like a time machine bringing you straight into the early days of Mac OS. The nostalgia will bring a smile to anyone who ever clicked and clacked on the weighty keyboards of these beige machines.
Replicating the UI, aesthetic, and functionality of these antiquated computers is quite the accomplishment. Yes, there’s the novelty factor, but this is still a very usable design. Along with creating a testament to his design superpowers, he effectively uses this retro website to showcase his modern work.
And for those of you who want to create a project based on this fun throwback of a design, you can clone it for free on Webflow.
12. Dan Machado
In describing his design philosophy, Dan Machado says in his portfolio, “I believe in setting ego aside and creating an experience that caters to the user’s needs. I have a passion for an organized workflow, designing visual languages, and solving complex problems.” This design delivers on these promises, with a clear organization and unique design choices that simplify the user experience. We see this the instant we land on his website.
This split-screen below, with its background image changing with each selection, makes for a novel means of navigation. Though it’s not a standard menu, it’s super intuitive the moment you start scrolling through its selections.
Along with a sense of inventiveness, this portfolio also has plenty of substance. The case studies here offer deeper insights into his work and process. He breaks his design process down into five steps: define, ideate, prototype, design, and analyze. He then follows these steps in describing his work on each featured project.
With an unconventional yet effective design, Dan Machado’s portfolio makes its mark in showing off his skills.
13. Missile Youth
Marco Meßer holds the current role of director of strategy and innovation at United Digital Group. This website isn’t a formal portfolio per se but rather a digital platform for Marco to talk about his strategic thinking and process. This website is a good placeholder if he ever wants to add more formal examples of his work, but it is still a great representation of who he is as a professional.
If you’re looking for a bit of UI inspiration, this portfolio delivers it with a slide-out sidebar. Without any other navigation in place, a cube on the top left side of the screen is an obvious cue to click that reveals this menu. This is so much better than a boring row of navigational options anchored at the top.
With a classy layout of black and white, elegant typography, and snappy interactions, it’s a professional-looking design well suited for someone who holds the role of director of strategy and innovation. This design is also available to clone for free.
Along with doing QA for Webflow, Anna Sabatini is also a very capable web designer with a portfolio that merges digital design with more natural-looking elements.
From the opening page displaying a pencil lined self-portrait to the hand-drawn lettering and other doodle-like drawings, Anna includes dashes of organic textures throughout. This merging of traditional graphic design with digital is further emphasized with her use of typewriter typography throughout. These elements are a nice juxtaposition to the slick scroll-triggered animation of the right sidebar.
Wanting your portfolio to look slick and modern is often tempting. But sometimes this can result in designs that lack any sort of warmth or personality. Anna comes through with a design that takes the best of digital and graphic design for an online portfolio with character.
15. Blaise Posmyouck
Landing on Blaise Posmyouck’s design portfolio, you’re greeted with this image of someone looking out at the stars. Haven’t we all stood gazing up at the wonder and mystery of the night sky? Anyone can relate to this photo, which creates a personal connection with visitors.
The mechanics of this design go above and beyond. A few moving pieces went into constructing horizontal panels that slide out images of featured projects. Though a lot is going on with these interactions, the complexity doesn’t affect usability. Rather, it makes the user experience more interesting. Being able to pull off a multistep interactive menu like this is no easy feat, and this is such a strong example of Blaise’s design skills.
Blaise reminds us that a personal portfolio is an opportunity to show off everything that you’re capable of, and you might as well go all out in showing off your design chops.
16. Oliver Chester
Oliver Chester has the type of portfolio that will make even some of the best designers feel like total slackers.
Oliver manages to add his creative flair to almost every element. The spin of each word in this navigational menu, while not necessary, shows that Oliver isn’t one to sit back and be fine with something being just good enough.
This sense of ambition can also be seen on the individual project pages. This interactive and morphing block serves no purpose other than being an artistic point of engagement, but it adds so much to this space.
Sometimes less is not more, and the way to wow us is by filling your portfolio with everything you can do design-wise. Oliver does this with an inventive and engaging portfolio that captures his design brilliance.
17. Cheech Minniear
Right when you arrive at Cheech Minniear’s UI/UX design portfolio, you’re greeted with a burst of action. An hourglass zooms in, followed by a social media block that bounces into place on the left-hand side of the screen. Animations don’t end here, with a myriad of scroll-triggered interactions that slide content and images into their rightful place throughout this layout.
Along with a design full of motion and stylized illustrations, Cheech also knows how to write effective messaging. Every headline acts to tell us more about who she is as a designer. The case studies here are also well written, and she explains her process clearly and directly. Another great part of this design is the testimonial quote toward the bottom, which fades in and out to reveal new quotes from people she has worked with.
With a layout full of slick animations and effective copywriting, Cheech’s online portfolio communicates what she does with a great level of depth.
18. Vance Banks
It always works to your advantage to show a bit of your personality in your portfolio. Vance Banks greets us with a smile and his two cute doggos at the top of his website. Right away we get the sense that he’d be a great guy to work with.
This is another example of an effective one-page portfolio website. With a well-ordered layout, plenty of negative space, and good use of muted colors, the design presents a very smooth user experience.
Even though this is a one-page design, Vance makes room for case studies. He provides plenty of insights about the work he put into each featured project, with user flows, personas, and wireframes to go along with this. The accompanying images show what goes into his design process.
A one-page design doesn’t mean skimping on the details. Vance gives anyone landing on his portfolio a wealth of content showing his design work.
19. Charli Marie
One of the best ways to get someone’s attention is to give them something for free. At the top of Charli Marie’s portfolio, she offers a font that she created herself. What better way to show your prowess as a designer than offering a typeface that you personally made?
With an eye-pleasing palette of purple, blue, and grays, as well as layered elements, this design feels fun and personable. She also includes additional content, like an active blog with numerous articles about her career path and topics related to design. She embeds a few of her YouTube videos and links to her awesome podcast Design Life. If you have a strong online presence, it’s always a good idea to include these external pieces of content in your personal website design.
No galleries of work are featured on her website, but it includes a link to see all of her creative work on Dribbble. This portfolio functions as an outpost, where she can gain more of an audience for her podcast and YouTube videos while marketing herself as a designer and creative director.
Charli’s website is an excellent example of how including other media and content you’ve made can help with your personal branding.
20. Petr Bílek
There’s no lack of materials here showing that Petr Bílek is a skilled and talented designer. With icon packs, UI kits, and illustrations all available for sale — as well as some being offered for free — he puts his design handiwork out there for people to use in their design projects.
Though this is an outlet for selling some of his digital products, ecommerce never stands in the way of communicating his expertise. His blog is jam-packed with posts related to design and tech.
This is another portfolio that doesn’t have any featured projects but rather provides a link to go check out his Dribbble profile. That’s OK! Building a personal website rich in content functions so well in demonstrating your skills and knowledge, prompting people to want to go further in checking out your work by clicking on a link.
21. Kyle Craven
With a light gray background and tasteful yet stylized typography, Kyle Craven’s portfolio has a clean and simple design. The layout of this first section follows a Z-pattern, bringing someone through his featured works and ultimately ending at the bottom on a block of links to his Instagram, Dribble, Twitter, and Webflow portfolio.
This is a great example of a stripped-down portfolio that still captures all of someone’s talents.
Grow your personal brand with a website made in Webflow
If you’re a creator, you need an online portfolio to show off what you’ve been working on, to connect with like-minded people, and to help you in landing new work. A personal website gives you a forum to present the best that you do, as well as to communicate who you are both professionally and personally.
If you’ve been holding off in building one of your own, let Webflow help you out. Our no code platform and visual canvas will give you the tools you need to build a website that will show off your artistry and bring more awareness to all the fantastic work you’ve created.