Minimalism is a loaded term these days. For a while there, we took it to such an extreme, we're starting to see a backlash. However, the true essence of minimalism is timeless, especially when it comes to portfolios.
At Semplice, we have always said that your portfolio should be first and foremost, focused on the work. When your goal is to put your work in its best light, you think about your site design differently. Rather than attempting to make it a piece of art, you think about the essentials. Minimalism doesn't always mean bare and stripped down. It means nothing more than it needs to be.
Take a look at these minimalist portfolios made with Semplice and you'll see what I mean.
Matthias Grund uses the Advanced Portfolio Grid on his homepage with simple, sans serif text. It looks spare at first, but when you hover over the text the site comes alive. The project pages lead with succinct case studies and leave plenty of room for each image to shine. It's a classy and confident site that suits Grund's work well.
Petra Sitaru's portfolio leads with a short & sweet introduction, followed by a grid of her illustration work. The beauty of minimalism is that it makes small details more powerful, like Sitaru's typography choices, her animated project previews and her page transitions.
Lennert Antonissen's portfolio features mostly black & white photography. Knowing that, he could have added color or other elements to his site for contrast. Yet he opted for a simple white background and spacious grid. It was the right choice – scrolling through his homepage, all you think about is the movement and depth of his images.
Meghan Armstrong's portfolio is one of our favorites. It's sharp, it's clean, it's beautiful. Maybe it's the simple, two-column portfolio grid paired with the playful four-corner navigation. Maybe it's the typeface choices. Maybe it's the hover effects. Maybe it's just her fantastic work.
Simon Stoerk forgoes any flashy visuals or animations in his portfolio, opting for a minimal black & white theme. Yet within the minimalism is personality – the custom gallery arrows that match his abstract logo, the rounded buttons. Subtle choices that are noticeable, thanks to Stoerk's site design.
My favorite part of Roberts Rurans' portfolio: The level of customization. Every case study is unique, with custom backgrounds and typeface colors to complement the work. Even his thumbnail hovers are custom for each project. It makes for a delightful site experience that gives each project the spotlight it deserves.
Kasper Laigaard's site may be one of my favorite Semplice portfolios. It may seem simple at first, but the unexpected effects and custom transitions make it different. It goes to show that sometimes, the most "minimal" or effortless designs are those that took effort and care.