There is no secret recipe for creating the perfect portfolio. You’re in full control and can decide which designs you include, what you say about those designs, and how often you update your portfolio.
This level of freedom can certainly be exciting, but also a little daunting. You may end up staring at a blank screen, wishing there was a formula you could follow.
To help inspire you, here are four of our favorite illustration portfolios found on Dribbble.
1. Gal Shir
His portfolio is a combination of work he’s done for both Lemonade and Color Hunt, as well as colorful, beautiful illustrations. While he showcases many different designs, his portfolio remains cohesive thanks to a complementary color scheme and a strong design aesthetic.
Gal also takes his portfolio one step further by linking to YouTube videos that show his design process for each illustration (like this one and this one). This allows you to better understand him as a designer and how he works.
2. Elena Resko
Elena Resko is a freelance illustrator based in Berlin. Her work feature bright colors, creative compositions, and a playful tone. Her portfolio includes illustrations of characters, florals, and food, highlighting her versatility as a designer. She has also included work from early 2017, which helps to show how her work has evolved over time.
3. Nick Slater
Nick Slater is a designer based out of the Bay Area, specializing in illustration. He has made everything from logos, to icons, to product illustrations, and has worked with companies like Slack, Asana, and Palantir.
His design portfolio includes designs he’s created for certain companies (which he calls out) as well as passion projects he’s made for fun (which help showcase his personality). He also includes designs that didn’t make the final cut. While this may feel like a scary thing to share, it actually rounds out a portfolio and shows the designer’s thought process.
Jonas Mosesson is a Stockholm-based illustrator and animator who has worked with companies like Adobe, Airbnb, and The Huffington Post.
With his Dribbble portfolio, he does more than just show off his designs. When possible, Jonas links to the design in production, like sharing a Huffington Post link where his designs were featured. He also has fun with his portfolio, sharing fanart from a movie he loved and promoting his Moody Foodies animated sticker pack for iMessage.
Emily has written for some of the top tech companies, covering everything from creative copywriting to UX design. When she's not writing, she's traveling the world (next stop: Japan!), brewing kombucha, and biking through the Pacific Northwest.