A portfolio is maybe the most important thing for a designer looking for work. I talk to a lot of early career designers who have done great work, but don’t adequately show it on their portfolios. This is a list of sites that I think are great to look at for inspiration.

Portfolios

  1. https://gyanl.com/v2 An older version of my website that worked as a portfolio, and got me an internship at Zomato and a job at Microsoft.

  2. https://abhishk.me/ Abhishek Sharma does a fantastic job of showing his work visually. The website has case studies about his projects and experiences, and also shows off his side projects and experience with code.

  3. https://rishivanukuru.com/ My friend Rishi Vanukuru is a design researcher, and his website focuses on his academic work. Not every website needs to look the same, and this is a great example of carefully picking what you want to show front and centre according to your objectives.

  4. https://fedor.design/ Fedor Shkliarau has an extremely dynamic portfolio site - he uses a lot of animations and videos to show his work.

  5. https://roman.nurik.net/projects/ Roman Nurik has some cool projects, and he manages to show just what they do with a couple lines of text and looping videos that are only a few seconds long. Sometimes less is more.

  6. https://www.alexkaessner.de/ I particularly like the iPad Main Menu concept that Alex has on his site.

  7. http://karoliskosas.com/ Kosas Karolis’ portfolio pieces do a great job of walking you through the design process - what worked, what didn’t and what the final result was.

  8. https://www.arunesh.co.in/ Arunesh Singh optimises his website for people who don’t have time (really—who does?). He uses a toggle on his portfolio pieces to let the reader switch between a quick and detailed overview.

Blogs

These are not necessarily design portfolios, but I like how they are written and how they present ideas.

  1. https://www.arun.is/ Arun Venkatesan writes longform pieces about design and technology (many about Apple products) and always has beautiful illustrations and photographs. I also love his writing style - he does a wonderful job of writing in depth about topics while keeping it crisp and easy to follow.

  2. https://tonsky.me/ A blog by Nikita Prokopov, the creator of Fira Code. He writes about code and design. I love both his style of writing and the visual simplicity of the website.

  3. https://www.gwern.net/index This website is dark magic. I don’t know how else to describe it.

  4. https://andymatuschak.org/ I find something cool each time I look at Andy Matuschak’s website. He also has a really cool evergreen notes system that I hope he open sources some day.

Other

  1. https://ikeadrift.com/ Use the QWERTY keys on your keypad to play a sick drum beat. I love this site.

  2. https://amandayeh.com/ A whimsical portfolio site that evokes a sense of tech nostalgia with bitmap fonts and Windows 98 style icons.

  3. https://paco.sh/ This site looks almost confusingly minimal till you hit the command icon and realise you can find everything from there. Not sure I would recommend this approach as the only way to find content on your site, but I did find it cool.

  4. https://www.sid.today/ + https://www.siddharthjha.com/ Siddharth Jha’s is a UX engineer, and his websites showcases some really neat touches that tend to only happen when you are a designer who can code. Check out the cool animation on the home page, and slick hover states for links!

I also really like the idea of public-by-default sites (you can see the mess of partly written thoughts I have at https://gyanl.com/archive/) and I hope this becomes more common. It’s cool to see more raw, in-progress writing on the internet. Siddharth writes about this here.