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The best sites for building your UX/UI portfolio

You’re reading Creating a Standout UX/UI Design Portfolio: The Ultimate Guide. Quickly navigate to other chapters:

  1. The 4 most-common mistakes in design portfolios
  2. Creating a great portfolio home page
  3. Writing a solid portfolio case study
  4. How to create a portfolio as a beginner (no experience)
  5. 10 great example portfolios, explained
  6. The best sites for building your portfolio 👈

When creating your portfolio, there’s a tradeoff between methods that are:

  • Flexible yet difficult
  • Limited yet easier

We’ll take a look at 5 top options along this spectrum:

spectrum of portfolio tools from flexible-but-difficult to limited-but-easy

You can read through, or skip around as you’d like:

  1. Hand-coded
  2. Webflow
  3. Framer
  4. Semplice
  5. Notion


Hand-coding your portfolio gives you ultimate flexibility in how you display everything.

above-the-fold animation in Eric Van Holtz's portfolio

If you’re not a developer yourself, there are still a few ways to end up with a custom-coded portfolio:

  1. Can you trade a developer custom design on their project for their custom coding your portfolio?
  2. Are you otherwise interested in learning to code?

For me, I was slinging CSS far before I had any sense of design, so it was a natural choice for my portfolio:

Erik Kennedy's product design portfolio

My take: the most flexible option. Even if you don’t code, it’s worth considering if you could hire/trade with someone who does.


Webflow is a no-code website builder with a large community.

Portfolio sites are a core use-case, and they even have a 21-day build your portfolio in Webflow course (recommended by Webflow employee and Learn UI Design student John Ramos – along with their templates).

Tomas Mrazek's design portfolio
Grace Walker's design portfolio

If you’re already proficient in Webflow, then this becomes an amazing option – e.g. developer Grace Walker created her totally fresh portfolio in one day 🤯

But if you could create your portfolio in one day with Webflow, you might not be reading this article 😉. For the rest of us, a portfolio could be a great excuse to learn Webflow.

My take: a top-tier no-code editor. If learning Webflow would be a boon to your career, building your portfolio in it is a great first project 👍

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Similar to Webflow, Framer is a no-code site design tool that excels at making portfolios.

Basically everything that’s true of the former is true of the latter 🤷‍♂️

(Also: worth checking out the 600+ portfolio templates for Framer)

Isa Pinheiro's design portfolio

My take: a top-tier no-code editor. If learning Framer would be a boon to your career, building your portfolio in it is a great first project 👍

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Semplice is a Wordpress plugin that turns Wordpress into a beautiful, high-powered portfolio-creating machine 💪

They brand on being by designers, for designers.

And despite being a no-code, drag-and-drop editor, you can create some pretty remarkable stuff with Semplice:

Kurt Winter's design portfolio
Elliot Owen's design portfolio

My take: I’ve never used it, but I’ve long been impressed from a distance. If you have experience with using Semplice, please let me know 🙂

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This uber-clean document management app can be used for a bare-bones portfolio.

Buuuuut because it makes all the visual design decisions for you, you’re going to have to stand out in other ways.

( And remember: bad visual design is one of the most common portfolio mistakes).

Nonetheless, it works:

Rama Krushna's product design portfolio
Adrian Ye's product design portfolio

You don’t need to code, you hardly need to design – just add your case studies into a gallery view of subpages, and you’ve already got a makeshift portfolio 👍

Do check out templates and best practices.

My take: good if you need a portfolio yesterday and aren’t interested in code or no-code options

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Now, that about wraps it up.

This has been a huge series – over 8,000 words and dozens of examples. So if you’ve read this far, I can only say you will also want to read my series on 30 Ways to Spice Up Your Portfolio.

Here’s the link for that 👇👇👇

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