7 Stunning Portfolio Templates for Creatives in 2022
We don’t dismiss the importance of web design when we talk about portfolio templates. Far from there. Many of the following suggestions were created by independent studios or designers, with each sale directly benefiting them. It’s just that when you’re starting out, you might not have the budget to hire an expert right away. So until that day comes, these themes offer the perfect solution to plug the gap.
From good old WordPress and Squarespace to Wix and Ghost, these recommended designs have been marked for their clean layouts, solid design, and overall flexibility – as in, you can adjust these themes to your heart’s content and end up with something something that, well, doesn’t look like a standard site.
1. Beirut for Ghost by Aspire Themes
Whether you’re a photographer, graphic designer, or illustrator, Beirut by Aspire Themes isn’t the cheapest of the bunch. At $149, that’s pretty steep compared to other models. But boy, is it beautiful. We love the typography, the working layouts, and most importantly, we love the ability to add our own branding to the design.
Some technical knowledge is required to be operational, but the useful documentation will explain you step by step. You will need a code editor for this to happen. But you’ll be so glad you took the trouble.
2. Kester by Squarespace
We think Squarespace’s Kester is a big shout out to artists and illustrators everywhere, as it showcases work front and center with the ability to add a store and blog as well. This means you can attract customers and sell products, all in one fell swoop, without compromising on design. Created by Michigan-based hand lettering artist Ida Kester Fey, the theme is a popular choice for a reason. And it’s yours for as little as £10 a month if you opt for the ‘personal’ plan on an annual subscription. It’s also great if you don’t have any coding experience.
3. Palette for WordPress by First Sight
A great option for photographers and creative studios is this theme from First Sight Design called Palette. Its clean design includes professional photography and video galleries, and we love how you can choose between “versatile”, “studio” or “personal” to start with. The “all-purpose” template has all the page types and features any photographer could need, including beautiful page layouts, photo proofs, password-protected galleries, and the feature to share source files through the website.
The “studio” option, on the other hand, is more suitable for a studio and offers everything you can expect from a professional agency website. For “personal”, you have the choice between a more minimalist site, with an emphasis on the portfolio gallery and a limited number of pages for easy configuration and maintenance. It’s all yours for $69.
Wix continues to surprise and delight with its ever-expanding portfolio of themes. We love this particular template for graphic designers. Clean and sophisticated, its layout gives content plenty of room to breathe, and the default typography is modern, fresh, and very “now.” It’s a design that also makes your work the star of the show with interactive features guiding visitors to your projects and huge site-wide images and videos. We’re particularly impressed with the theme’s profile page, which outlines who you are, your expertise, and your skills.
5. Louis by Fouroom for WebFlow
Louis is a UI kit for WebFlow that gives you three different homepage options, three different layout pages, three portfolio layouts, three blog design types, and three beautiful contact pages. This template was also created with global swatches, so you can change the whole color theme with just a few clicks.
Of course, WebFlow is relatively new to many of us, so you might find this getting started guide helpful. And if you don’t like this particular option, you can explore dozens of other themes online.
6. Bryson by Elated Themes for WordPress
Probably our favorite pick of the Seven Gorgeous, Bryson by Elated Themes is a superb portfolio theme for WordPress. There are tons of layouts to choose from, icons and elements galore, and everything is fully responsive and functional. Go for a Pinterest-style homepage or something that looks like a professional agency website. Choose the ‘design studio’ theme or add the perfect portfolio for illustrators. It’s really what you want. You can even add a store and a blog, which have their own range of designs and options. Priced at $75, it is now available through Envato Market.
7. Oshine by Brand Exponents for WordPress
Last but not least is this extremely flexible Brand Exponents WordPress theme called Oshine, which has 33,000 customers worldwide. But no one would know that you downloaded the same as everyone else. The design offers endless layout possibilities and gives you full control over fonts and colors so you can truly create anything of your own. Whether you prefer freelance design or you’re someone who doesn’t have a lot of visual content to display…like a professional writer. Everything is certainly possible. Oshine is yours for $69.