The best new portfolio sites, November 2016

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November 14, 2016
The best new portfolio sites, November 2016.

Hello readers! World events have been very interesting lately, but now it’s time for what we all know is really important: other peoples’ portfolios! Okay, it’s not that important in the grand scheme of things, but design is one thing we can all agree o… ahahaha. I can’t even properly finish that sentence. Not even as a joke. Now, I knew that some of you designers liked your asymmetrical post-modern designs but wow, you have outdone yourselves this month. We have a lot of them for you this time, so I hope you like minimalism and odd dimensions. As always, if you’d like to contribute your own portfolio for next month’s roundup.

Alex Suarez

Alex Suarez’s portfolio

uses semi-flat design tastefully. While the site may be a bit low on contrast, the layout works, the drop shadows actually work, and the overall style gives a very clear picture of what kind of work to expect. 01-alex

Robin Saulet

Robin Saulet

uses brush fonts and colorful photography to give us a bit of a retro feel, while keeping the colors muted enough that they don’t blind anyone. It works well when paired with the now-classic full-screen-sections layout. 02-robin

Carina Czisch

Carina Czisch’s portfolio

is about as minimalist as they come without being brutalist, and looks fantastic for it. Now, the (large) header being the same on every page might confuse some people with small screens, but otherwise, this site is just plain calming to lok at. 03-carina

Owen O’Donnell

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we have our first monthly it’s‑nothing-too-original-but-still-well-done site! Good craftsmanship deserves appreciation, even if it’s similar to things you’ve seen before. I’d just recommend more paragraph breaks in the blog entries. 04-owen



doesn’t shy away from vibrant design. With the blues, greens, high contrast, geometric designs, and minimalist illustrations, this site is a glut of color and style. It’s enough to make you forget that it is, technically, a flat design. I love my minimalism, but it’s fun to see designers go all out, too. Know when to follow your constraints, and when to break them. 05-dux

Jens Nielsen

And we go back to the mostly-monochrome minimalism with Jens Nielsen’s portfolio. It’s small, it’s sweet, it’s smooth. Go check it out. 06-jens

Florian Monfrini

Florian Monfrini’s portfolio

follows the trend of many art-focused sites these days, with a focus on minimalism and asymmetry. As in other cases, it works quite well, here. 07-florian



is brought to you by minimalism, asymmetry, and presumably a whole lot of float: left;. I love it. 08-recollection

Liam Ricketts

Liam Ricketts’ portfolio

takes things old-school with what may be one of the early 3D/​Flash/​Video effects I can think of. I don’t know what has possessed so many to make their photographs look like flags or other bits of cloth flapping in the wind, but here we are. Combined with a dead-simple modern layout, the effect make this site stand out in a big way, and that’s never a bad thing. 09-liam



brings more minimalism, more asymmetry. There’s a more elegant/​fashionable feel to it, though, which seems appropriate, given their clientele. 10-awco



bnrings us yet more minimalism, and more asymmetry, but this time, it’s spiced up with motion in tthe form of background videos implemented with HTML511-etypes



is one of those portfolio sites that likes to put their navigation all around the page. In this case, though, it makes sense. The navigation text on the upper left brings up a modal screen about the studio itself, and the ones on the bottom navigate through the projects. See? Make a lot more sense than putting About us”, Work”, and Contact” in three different corners. 12-oblik

Lionel Durimel

Lionel Durimel’s portfolio

also makes use of some fairly original navigation. Use your mouse wheel to horizontally scroll through three rows of project names, and hover over one for a preview. The rest of the page layouts largely stick to convention, which is good for the usability. 13-lionel



shows off their work in an interface that is more app/​Powerpoint than site. For their content, though, it works. 14-lionel



is a design studio that focuses on working with nonprofits and charities.They don’t do anything out of the ordinary in the layout department, but trheir chosen imagery (and background videos) are spot-on, and well-though-out. 15-brave

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uses the hand-drawn look to impressive effect in showing off their own work. It’s not overdone, though. There’s just the right amount of sketchy illustrations and hand-wrtten” text to offset the more normal sans-serif typography. 16-13bytes



is a master class in integrating vibrant branding into every part of a website without overwhelming and outshining the content. 17-dot

The Hideout

The Hideout’s site

is highly minimalist, but not post-modern. It’s just… regular modern, and all the more refreshing for it. The inclusion of subtle illustrated wood patterns is a very nice touch. 18-thehideout

Brittany Chiang

Brittany Chiang’s portfolio

is an excellent example of how high-resolution full-screen layouts should be done. The timeline section is pretty great too. 19-brittany

Jascha Goltermann

Jascha Goltermann’s portfolio

combines that monochrome-with-neon-accents look with some subtle animation to spice things up even further. Once you get away from the flashy effects, the design itself is delightfully minimalist. I appreciate a design that only pulls out all the stops when it actually needs to. 20-jascha

Ezequiel Bruni

Ezequiel Bruni is a web/​UX designer, blogger, and aspiring photographer living in Mexico. When he\‘s not up to his finely-chiselled ears in wire-frames and front-end code, or ranting about the same, he indulges in beer, pizza, fantasy novels, and stand-up comedy.

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