Great Design Website Elements

Portfolio/Work Section

I love the clean layout of his portfolio page. Each project has it’s own space dedicated to it. As you hover over the photo, you get an overview of who the project was for, but you are able to click on it, and it takes you to another page with more detailed information about the process.

I love the visual aspect of it. The layout is clean and gridded, and when you click on a portfolio piece, it expands below in a bubble, pushing the other line down. I want something like this for my website.

I like how he put his portfolio pieces into circles. It is a unique way to present his portfolio.

About Me Section

I love the design of the website and how everything floats in space. I like how in his About Me section, he included a link to his portfolio. The skill set chart on the side is nice too. In his background design, he also lists hobbies he has like “photography, drawing, dancing.”

I like how he has a “too long didn’t read” version in big letters, and in between that he has a normal about me section.¬†

Resume Section

She attached her resume to her website as a PDF. I like this better than prominently displaying a resume as a page on the website. I like the design, as it in in-sync with the design of her website.

The resume is very clean and even includes contact information and social media links.

Contact Info Section

Love how he evokes a peaceful feeling as you get to the last page of his website. By using a beach and sand effect, it is like he is telling you that if you choose him for a job, your mind will be at ease and you will be able to relax.

This guy doesn’t even have a contact page, his contact link just goes straight to an email bar. I think that’s pretty convenient to be honest.


Online Identities

Even though they are a company of graphic designers as opposed to an individual, I love the look of SimpleArt’s website.

Simple Art screenshotThe design and color scheme is brilliant. The background is kept a muted gray, with interesting graphics adorning the page. The first thing you see is an aerial view of a desk and chair.

The website design is set up like you would see an office, already establishing common ground with the viewer that it is a business setting. But it has all been vectorized, showing off the skills of the designers. These elements are within the top and bottom corners of the webpage, leaving for an interesting background to entertain your eyes, but leave room for the main content of the site in the middle. With the background being a neutral color, it allows for the portfolio pieces to pop on the page. I love the theme and how flexible it is. The portfolio examples float in space, and the footer (which includes the trashcan, side table and social media links) moves down to accommodate for the pieces. This will make it easier to update the website later. The most important thing I love about this website is that it gives a bit of personality, while still focused on conveying their message.

We Bleed Design logoI love the logo of Bryan Katzel’s portfolio¬†We Bleed Design. It is so funky, yet the design is simplified and we get the message it is trying to convey. The website design is also awesome. Everything is on one page, and as you scroll down, the background transitions, and it’s really fascinating. It’s better shown than explained. Check out the website!

The last website I choose to highlight is Jonas Paloheimo’s. I love his tagline/ branding slogan:

From ideas to executions, creative retouching and illustrative services

It is so creative. I like how he strayed away from the traditional “graphic designer”, or “illustrator” and got fancy with it. His portfolio is also non-traditional. Instead of blurbs about each art piece, he wrote a very detailed paragraph for each one. I like that approach because we know clearly what the design problem was, and how he came up with his creative solution.


CMS stands for Content Management System. While the most simple forms create blogs, designers and organizations use them to create websites. Content Management Systems are sites like WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. Instead of creating a website from scratch, CMS creates the basics for you. They start you off with a template, and depending on your HTML/CSS skills, information and desires, you can edit the code to fit your needs. The benefits of using a CMS is that it does the basic coding for you, providing you a functional website in a matter of minutes. It is easy to update content and change themes. However, the drawbacks are that your url is not always customizable, if you don’t have any experience with HTML/CSS, it will be almost impossible to customize it how you want.¬†