Designers, Portfolios and Work You Must See

Once in awhile it’s always good to do a little self horn-tootin’ and also recognize those who deserve a little horn-tootin’ of their own. Below are 30 high-quality design portfolios and work samples that you must have a peek at and bookmark. It’s work like this below that keeps us inspired, motivated and moving forward in our industry – extremely beautiful and innovative work.

Cargo

cargo

Carsonified

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Head of State

head of state

CrushLovely

crushlovely

Studio on Fire

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Kim Bost

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Chermayeff & Geismar

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Landor

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Qwer

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Siegel + Gale

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Ole Martin Kristiansen

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Always Creative

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Daniel Mall

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TheThingsWeMake

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Elliot Jay Stocks

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Big Spaceship

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SimpleBits

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Frank Chimero

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Jason Santa Maria

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Jessica Hische

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Louise Fili Ltd.

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Viget

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Hatch

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The Decoderring

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Headcase Studio

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Modern Dog

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Happy Cog

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Headscape

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Made by Elephant

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Feel free to share your favorite designers, portfolios and work samples in the comments below.



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  1. Lisa Firke says:

    Hey, Brian!

    Very nice roundup — you’ve included some favorite Usual Suspects (Happy Cog, Jason Santa Maria, SimpleBits) and some folks previously unknown to me (like Jessica Hische — wow).

  2. Dave Sparks says:

    Cool round up some absolutely beautiful work in there!

  3. martyn says:

    What about the mighty Preview – http://www.preview.co.uk – i hear they are amazing!

    ;)

  4. Jacob Cass says:

    Nice list you have here, some huge agencies in there! Maybe you could split the list into agencies / freelancers? I came across Jessica Hische the other day, amazing work indeed. Thanks Brian.

  5. Hey Brian, nice list! I love the design and simplicity of Carsonified’s portfolio.

  6. The list must also include Hicks Design [ http://hicksdesign.co.uk ].

  7. Brian says:

    Lisa and Jacob,
    Jessica’s work is beautiful isn’t it? I fortunately had the pleasure of going to school with her and work was just as beautiful then. Glad you both enjoyed the list.

    Louis,
    I agree. Carsonified’s site is quite different and an enjoyable interaction to visit and view.

    Balakumar,
    Great addition. Hick’s was a consideration along with some others but I was looking to keep the list a bit shorter. Probably could have added close to 100 :) Thanks for mentioning them again though

  8. Janine says:

    Hey Brian,

    Great list – thanks :)

    I like the work and portfolio of Mike Archer – http://www.ma-idesign.co.uk/portfolio/index.html – also a good blog at http://twitter.com/digitalldesigns – brings a lot of digital / design news & info. together.

    Thanks again

    J

  9. Chris says:

    There is some really beautiful portfolio designs. One of the hardest things I find is trying to show my work in a unique way. I think these examples have done that extremely well. Thanks for the article.

  10. Liz says:

    i think “horn-tootin’” is going to be my word of the day! Love it.

  11. Lance says:

    Siegel + Gale
    …wow thats the most stacked portfolio ever…..wow

  12. Brian, you are kidding! You went to school with Jessica?! That is just too awesome. She’s done a bit of work with the folks listed below her (Louise Fili Ltd.), too. The one that specifically comes to mind is the Italianissimo cover. And have you seen her business cards? Beautiful! They were featured on FPO, but Boxcar Press did a little post about them, too, because they created the plates. I’ve been a fan of her work for a while now.

    Quite a few new ones in here for me! Thanks for sharing :)

  13. Richard says:

    I love the Ole Martin Christiansen site. For such a young guy, its really impressive. Clean, simple design and really effective way of presenting his work. Would be great to see more websites designed like this.

  14. sebastian says:

    Very good! portfolio

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  23. Quicky says:

    It’s always a tricky one with sites. some like to create amazing sites to show off their work whilst others like to keep sites simple and let the work shine through.

    Very nice list.

  24. It’s a cool/good list.

    personally I would add http://www.iannn.com a nicely done portefolio from a fresh intearction design student

  25. Great list because of the different styles and design/layout originality.

  26. Jessica says:

    I just re-designed my portfolio recently. These are really inspiring, I love it when people break out of the norm.

  27. Nick says:

    Great list, currently im really loving http://alanvanroemburg.com/

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I’m a graphic designer living in Brooklyn, New York who loves creating compelling and useful websites and memorable interactions across the web. When I’m not designing I can be found writing, speaking and occasionally part-time teaching at colleges — all on the subject of design. I started this blog to share my passion and experiences with designers and clients. I'm most active on Twitter; say hello:


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