Introducing 15 Best New Portfolios, February 2020
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Introducing 15 Best New Portfolios, February 2020


Each month we publish a roundup of the best new portfolios, launched in the previous four weeks, by freelancers, agencies, and other creative professionals.

This month’s edition is packed with color and animation. Almost every site in this list animates some part of its interface, and many are dependent on animation entirely. You’ll find tons of great interaction design, but the real trend in 2020 is that personality is making its way back into our sites.

 

Sarah Drasner

Sarah Drasner’s personal portfolio site is wonderful because it conveys the simple joy she feels in technology. It opens with large type stating, “I Make Things.” But hover over it and you’ll find that she also says, “I Break Things”. The coded flowers that burst open for the break animation are delightfully rebellious. The whole site is packed with personality.

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Six N. Five

The interaction design, especially the light-dark transition on Six N. Five’s portfolio site is something to behold. Cursor to the left, or right, to switch from studio work to films. Scroll through some exceptional work, and hover over thumbnails to see a preview. What we really love is the simplest of touches: when you scroll past the bottom of a case study, it automatically returns you to the home screen.

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Franc

We have two agencies called Franc/Frank this month. This time, it’s an animation studio with a uniquely engaging, linear style. Franc’s work includes cell animation, which appears to be increasingly rare these days. The contemporary edge is provided by the very 2020 color palette, with bold hues cutting into softer, ice-cream pastels.

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Special Offer, Inc.

The portfolio for Special Offer, Inc. could be a prototype for the colorful brutalism trend that we’ve carried over from 2019. The red on orange typography is by most measures, a real no-no, but as a way of searing the site into your eyeballs it does an awesome job. The overwhelming amount of content is part of the confident attitude, a minimalist site just isn’t right for many agencies, and it’s great we have so many options in 2020.

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Sandy Dauneau

Sandy Dauneau’s portfolio is centered around her beautifully emotive animation, with a slider that offers various projects to enjoy. It features some really expressive typography, but nothing here outshines her delicate, and expertly observed animation. Make sure you check out her showreel, which really convey’s the best of her current work.

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David William Baum

It’s difficult for photographers to come up with new ways of presenting their work. There’s only so many ways you can present a grid of thumbnails. The portfolio of David William Baum does an excellent job of solving this, with a moving grid of photos that responds to your cursor, then a stack of images to scroll through when you click a set, which feels a lot like flicking through a collection of printed hand-held photos.

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Frank

When we’re designing portfolios, it’s easy to get carried away with all kinds of different effects like liquid effects and hover states. Fancy effects help get you noticed by design agencies, but if you’re a design agency selling to business, what works is simplicity. Frank has done an amazing job of keeping its portfolio simple, not because simplicity like this is difficult, but because it’s brave.

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Corey Haggard

Corey Haggard has taken more of a traditional single-pager approach to his portfolio. He’s hopped on the out-sized typography trend, and if you click on any of the thumbnails on his site you’ll be rewarded with a flag-style enlarge effect, but basically this is a no-nonsense portfolio that shows off some inspiring work, and is well-worth a few minutes browsing.

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Victor Costa

Victor Work 20’ is the 2020 portfolio of Victor Costa, a Brazilian designer/developer based in Toronto. Scroll through and you’ll find some nice flag effects on the portfolio thumbnails. What we really like is the cool wavy line transitions as you scroll from one area of the site to the next — it’s an awesome way to section sites, without subjecting us to hard, horizontal lines.

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Davide Baratta

Davide Baratta’s site is one of the new breed of portfolio sites that really only work well on touch screens. If you check it out on a tablet, or a large-screen mobile device, it’s awesome. The simple slide back and forth, with taps for further exploration, feels like a native experience. A lot of time and effort has gone into making this site feel effortless. There’s also some great lettering in there.

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Pierre Mouchan

It’s all about generative art these days, and Pierre Mouchan’s site is no exception. With a nod towards out-sized typography, what really grabs your attention is the giant pulsing blob in the center of the screen; it’s enough to trouble Steve McQueen. Each blob on the site represents a project and you can click on each for more info. It even works surprisingly well on mobile.

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A Color Bright

It’s all very well presenting beautiful animation if that’s your focus, but what if your focus is on user experience? A Color Bright is a Berlin-based design agency that provides UX/UI design, product development, brand growth, and other digital design. Its portfolio is all about the potential of the user, with a focus on the dynamics of the team you’ll be working with if you hire them.

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The Mill

The Mill’s site is a visual overload of motion design, VR, animation, and video. It works as a collection precisely because the lack of hierarchy allows you to delve in on a whim. Each video thumbnail links through to a case study, and the quality of the clients (Nike, Jeep, HBO, Spotify…) means that wherever you click you’ll be rewarded with a high-profile project.

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Oxana Bayra

Oxana Bayra’s portfolio opens with glitch-effect artwork that’s growing increasingly popular. Cursor over one of the crystalline objects — each of which features expertly coded artwork — and the glitch-effect grows stronger. Bayra’s won dozens of awards for her generative art and design work, and much of it is on display in her portfolio.

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Kevin van der Wijst

Kevin van der Wijst is a digital designer based in Valencia, and you can feel the influence of that sunny Spanish city in his site. In recent decades Valencia has become known for some of the most extraordinary public architecture in the world, and the geometric shapes of van der Wijst’s portfolio echo the shapes of sunlight on buildings. If you cursor over it, you’ll see there’s a liquid mouse trail effect, as if the buildings were reflected in pooled water.

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20 Freshest Web Designs, January 2020
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20 Freshest Web Designs, January 2020


Each month we roundup the freshest website designs released in the previous four weeks, all with an eye-out for hot new ideas.

January 2020 is picking up where 2019 left off, with lots of animation and even more bold, bright color schemes. We’re also seeing an unusual number of luxury sites this month, and as always there’s a strong set of startups trying to break into the market. Enjoy!

 

Plink

To take on giants like PayPal, you need a compelling brand and a simple message, that can also wow with its first impression. Plink hits the nail on the head with its 3D animation.

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Madame Turfu

Are you wondering what 2020 will hold for you? Why wait to find out when Madame Turfu can predict the future with this wonderfully fun set of digital tarot cards.

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Nathan Taylor

What’s not to love about Nathan Taylor’s playful site? There’s so much to explore and do, but our favorite part is the different lighting modes.

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Meatable

Selling Meatable is a tough prospect; it’s real meat, grown in a lab instead of taken by animal slaughter. The simple step-by-step site does a great job of explaining.

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Sussex Royal

Whatever your view of Harry and Megan, there’s little doubt that their website oozes class. For a promotional site that isn’t actually selling anything, it’s a strong presence.

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Emotive Feels

This fantastic manifesto from design agency Emotive Brand illustrates an A–Z of potential brand emotions with simple animations that would grace the cover of a Bluenote release.

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UNREAL

Swiss design agency UNREAL’s site is a wonderfully chaotic love affair with web animation. It’s the type of site we can click around for hours, enjoying the sharp transitions.

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Kate Jackling

Sometimes the best design takes a step back and allows its subject to bask in all the attention. Kate Jackling’s site does this, letting her gorgeous photography take center stage.

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Helias

Helias has fully embraced the blob trend with a flood-filled area of color supporting each of its various products. It’s appropriate, engaging, and breaks up the formal grid well.

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Klokki

Sometimes the hardest sites to design, are the ones for products about which there’s very little to say. Klokki is one such product, but its site is bold, confident, and persuasive.

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Jonnie Hallman

Jonnie Hallman’s simple résumé site benefits greatly from the household names he’s worked for. We really like the details, like the way the monogram changes color as you scroll.

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eaast

eaast is a design and development partnership from Paris that’s fully embraced the Memphis style. Their simple site proves you don’t need years’ worth of work to sell yourself.

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Pantheone Audio

Proving that elegant scrolling is still very much a thing in 2020, Pantheone Audio uses the scroll to seamlessly navigate a luxurious site with a complex grid underpinning it.

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Leaf

After decades of the best a man can get, the half of the species that shaves daily seems to be obsessed with reinventing the process. Leaf taps into that simple marketing approach.

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Mociun

Most sites that sell jewelry miss the spirit of the pieces by focusing on the financial value. Mocuin gets it right with an on-trend color palette and stunning product photography.

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Jon Way

Jon Way’s portfolio features work from over a decade of art direction. There’s a clear, consistent aesthetic thanks to a lovely ‘static’ effect that plays across the whole site.

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Kota Yamaji

There’s some amazing work in Kato Yamaji’s portfolio, but what really strikes home is the amount of color he manages to squeeze in.

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Robb Owen

We’ve seen lots of animated vector avatars over the last couple of years, but rarely do we see one with as much personality as Robb Owen’s. The cursor tracking makes it feel real.

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Glasgow International Festival 2020

The Glasgow International Festival takes place between 24th April and 10th May 2020. Its site features some distinctly celtic typography, and tons of bold color.

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Megababe

Megababe is taking on the beauty industry with a range of body products that are insanely popular, and as positive as its super-confident sales site.

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