Hi! I’m Tobias van Schneider. I’m the co-founder of Semplice, a portfolio system by designers for designers. We’re teaming up with Abduzeedo to share inspiring design portfolios each month. Here we’ll curate the best online portfolios from product designers, design studios, graphic designers, art directors and more – all created without templates using Semplice.
We get a sense of Matt Vlach’s personality immediately upon landing on the homepage. Instead of the standard text bio, Matt himself appears in an amusing and memorable video. And in lieu of your typical portfolio grid, his project previews float mysteriously on the page. Matt’s case studies are less abstract, giving a perfectly concise summary of his projects.
When it comes to portfolios, minimalistic design is almost always effective (we should be focused on your work, not your website design). Get too minimalistic with your content, however, and we lose important context. Simon’s portfolio strikes a perfect balance with scannable case studies and clean, spare design.
Often it’s the subtle detail that set a portfolio apart. With Studio Rollmo’s portfolio, it’s the choice of typefaces. With Semplice you are not limited to built-in typefaces. Studio Rollmo added a custom serif and sans serif that pair perfectly together throughout the site.
A simple list of project names fades in on Tom Robin’s portfolio homepage. That’s it. No flashy hero image, no introduction, no project previews. While this requires the user to work harder to understand what Tom offers, it’s certainly a confident approach.