Top 25 Must-Visit Personal Portfolio Websites

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Personal websites play an important role in giving an individual the opportunity to tell their story. A large percentage of potential employers are indicating that resumes alone do not give enough information to establish how competitive a candidate is.

The element of storytelling that a portfolio provides sets candidates ahead of their competitors. Building a personal website that represents the core values of an individual can be quite demanding. There are various decisions to make, such as the best layout, color scheme and theme, the ideal portfolio pieces, and personifying the pages through the use of crafting copies. This requires expertise and professionalism.

Individuals who want to achieve the best personal websites can derive inspiration from people who have succeeded before. These personal portfolios are sure to inspire you into getting ideas on how to improve your own portfolio website.

1. Krista Gray

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Krista Gray's personal portfolio is simple, yet appealing. It includes all the basic information that one would require to understand both her personality and her work. It is crisp and easy to read. Her services section precisely lets the reader know her aspirations. This makes potential employers know how to work with her first-hand.

2. Rachael G. King

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Rachael G. King's website is basic yet compelling when it comes to relaying her story. She includes a call to action, prompting people to know she is open to interaction, with the aim of working together. She includes her social media profiles in a way that makes them noticeable. This is important, since it reiterates her point that she is a social media expert.

3. Ximena Vengoechea

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This personal profile gets presented in a basic yet crisp design which makes Ximena's choice of colors appear well illustrated. Her design screenshots also stand out, and this specifically sets her ahead of her competitors.

4. Devon Stank

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Devon Stank's portfolio displays his area of expertise with minimal struggle. He uses a simple yet compelling welcome screen. He demonstrates information about his capabilities with a touch of unique personality.

5. Kristi Hines

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Kristi Hines's portfolio includes exclusive samples of her writing work through the use of publication logos. Also, only a handful of portfolios on the planet can compare to her unique testimonials page.

6. Red Russak

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Red Russak manages to use minimal information, yet provides enough detail about himself. A single glance at his website remains etched into the mind. He proceeds to provide the reader with ways to reach him. His website is a simple yet convincing one.

7. Benjamin W. Felix

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As his expertise lies in the finance industry, Benjamin's portfolio does not have lots of information. However, he has managed to stay ahead of his competitors by updating his blog regularly with relevant information.

8. Callie Schweitzer

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Callie's website includes comprehensive information covering each of her accomplishments. She gathers every source where users can find her features across the internet.

9. Sarah Adler

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While Sarah's website strategically features Spoon University as her latest venture, she ensures that her past activities are ubiquitous on the website.  She incorporates bright colors to make the website appealing and fun to look at.

10. Alex Nuth

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Alex's website seems simple yet complex. You can find her LinkedIn profile and blog at the right side of her single-page portfolio.

11. Sarah Chang

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Sarah Chang has managed to capture the reader's attention in a minimal yet effective manner. Sarah presents her vital information simply and uniquely. Readers can understand her field of expertise by simply glancing at her portfolio.

12. Ian Enders

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Ian Enders uses a simple one-page website to ignite the reader's interests. He personifies his page in a simple, convincing, and comical manner.

13. Lauren Nicole Smith

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Lauren utilizes exclusive design and branding to come up with an artistic page. She displays her prowess by having done it herself. The page does not contain so much information as to make it monotonous. She gives the reader enough information to make them understand who she is.

14. Hannah Silverton

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The visual representation of images and logo in the website stick in the mind at a glance. Hannah proceeds to provide the reader with samples of her skills, capabilities, and feedback from her previous employers. She also features a compelling portfolio of her work.

15. Allison Stadd

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Allison Stadd makes reading her website fun by adding a sense of persona and voice to her presentation. She gives her page character by including exclusively chosen photography. A single look at her website is enough to demonstrate how much of a passionate writer she is.

16. Ellen Skye Riley

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She captivates the reader by using a smiling image. You’re left certain it would be good working with her. She presents her samples in a simple to browse manner.

17. Garren X. Gotthardt

Garren demonstrates his skill in architecture and design through the use of extraordinary sketches on the website. These are enough to give him a clean bill of competence. He has also included samples of his work to support his credentials.

18. Adam Hartwig

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Adam incorporates bright colors and responsive illustrations to create a fun website. This ignites a special interest in the reader, making them want to peruse the website further to reveal what else he has in store.

19. Andrew McCarthy

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A glance at Andrew's website may not hold much information. It does, however, give the reader amazing animation. Readers will only develop a special desire to understand who he is after being treated to his spectacular pieces of work.

20. Fifty Coffees

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A look at this site may not convince the reader that it is a personal website. However, it is a perfect example of how to incorporate content in blogs to attract people, and have them know about your area of skill.

21. Martin Ringlein

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Anyone who sees Martin's website will always remember its user interface. He has designed it so users can use arrow keys to browse through his varying experiences to enable them to learn from them.  His first page features his pet puggle, probably to indicate his love for pretty pets.

22. Sandy Kreis

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Sandy uses infographics and a fun style to design her website. The page is a perfect demonstration of how a non-creative person can use experiences to create an engaging yet pleasant site.

23. Allen Tan

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Allen Tan's website is the ultimate demonstration of simple, yet complex and impactful. This gets reiterated with every click on the various words used to describe Allen. He has incorporated a "here’s what I believe" section to make the reader understand how he operates more comprehensively.

24. Deidre “Deda” Bain

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Deidre uses her photography to demonstrate her position as a person and a designer. She incorporates fun and shows consistency in design throughout her website. This is a clear indication of how competent she is. She has additional information on her homepage to explain who she is.

 

25. Jim Ramsdem

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Jim Ramsdem incorporates a graphic representation of his image, and a basic yet deep tagline. He explains his professional and life experiences exclusively in his about page.

Browsing through these personal portfolios can help you understand how to incorporate different features, tools, and information to enhance your personal portfolio websites. If you have more captivating portfolios to share with us, please leave us a comment and share this article with your friends and family.

Now go ahead and give your resume new life by developing your personal portfolio website. Don’t forget to share it with us in the comments section below. You may get your next project from someone who was browsing through the comments and saw your portfolio.

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Posted 6 September, 2017

AliceDBianchi

Freelance Journalist & Reporter

Alice is a Community Correspondent at Freelancer.com. She drifts between London & Sydney.

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