10 Excellent About Pages from Designer Portfolios

by Steven Snell

May 17, 2010 in Inspiration

Portfolio sites are primarily intended to showcase the work of the designer, but they also provide an opportunity for potential clients to get to know more about the designer and to feel a personal connection.

Clients generally prefer to work with someone that they like personally, not just someone who has the technical skills to get the job done. Having an About Page that does an effective job of connecting with potential clients can go a long way towards having a steady flow of new work.

In this post we’ll take a look at 10 examples of About Pages from designer portfolio sites.

Mr. Joe Payton
Joe Payton’s About Page includes illustrations to go along with the different stages of his bio.

Mr. Joe Payton

The About Page for Monkeyworks features a monkey illustration, some attractive icons, and recent tweets.


Soh Tanaka
Soh Tanaka’s recent re-design includes a unique About Page that provides information about his experience and skills.

Soh Tanaka

Chapolito’s About Page includes a photo, biographical information, and a client list.


Seventy7′s About Page includes a photo, a bio, recent tweets, and a client list.


Michael Dick
Michael Dick’s About Page includes descriptions and links to his various projects, a list of music that he is listening to, in addition to the bio and photo.

Michael Dick

Mark McGall
Mark McGall’s About Page includes a brief bio, a photo, and a footer with his face on Mount Rushmore.

Mark McGall

Justin Delabar
Justin Delabar’s About Page includes a large photo, bio, testimonial, list of skills and services, and links to sites that have featured his work.

Justin Delabar

Darren Hoyt
Darren Hoyt’s About Page uses a nice layout to show his bio, photo, and list of skills.

Darren Hoyt

Chris Spooner
Chris Spooner uses a longer bio on his About Page, plus a photo and links to his other sites and social profiles.

Chris Spooner

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About Steven Snell

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  • Jordan

    May 17th

    Nice list. It’s interesting to see that many designers include a photo of themselves in their about page.

  • Neil McPherson

    May 17th

    Thanks for a glimpse of a series of simple, useful and quietly brilliant pages. They and your post made me stop and think how rushed I am in using Twitter mostly. It is good to reach out and find such the generosity and good thoughts that went into this material and your way of presenting it.

    Thanks. Refreshing. Maybe it’s is also the hour of night here too, and the jazz from Spain.


  • Sumeet Chawla

    May 17th

    I really like the Joe Payton one :) Chris Spooner is a great guy and he keeps experimenting with his site every now and then.. I love his work too :)

  • Syed Balkhi

    May 17th

    All of these pages are great specially Joe’s page and Justin’s page.

  • GrĂ¼n Weiss

    May 17th

    nice pages

  • designfollow

    May 17th

    great web pages

    thank you.

  • Danny Dyson

    May 17th

    I prefer the about pages with an actual photo of the owner. It gives me a lot more confidence than looking at a monkey or some other character..

  • Greg Babula

    May 17th

    love a lot of these

  • Oles

    May 18th

    Chapolito the best

  • Eko

    May 18th

    Great list for inspirations, thanks

  • Columbia Web Design

    May 18th

    Very nice work (mostly). Nothing better than a clean design.

  • Iflexion

    May 18th

    They all look quite creative! I think that “about” page is one of the most important pages for any blogger. As for me I always look at it. It tells lots of useful information, helps to estimate the quality of a blog you are reading, and on top of that it’s always interesting to read personal bios. :)

  • Suhela

    May 18th

    some nice web pages!!!

  • Dave W

    May 18th

    All are very creative. Monkeyworks is my favorite out of the group. Almost all of these have the designer’s photo on the page. I’m wondering if I should do the same on my site.

  • Joe Payton

    May 18th

    Thank you very much for including me in such a great list!

  • yvonne

    May 18th

    Maybe next time you can include some female designers in there?

  • Satya Prakash

    May 18th

    I do not know how much difficult it will be to copy Soh Tanaka’s design. but that is good for software professionals.

  • Studio 76

    May 19th

    Nice list

  • Phil

    May 19th

    Got to love the imagination on some of those designs! Great roudup!

  • Anna Green

    May 19th

    Im not sure about Justin Delabar’s prominent profile picture, I think people may make the assumption that he is arrogant because of its size and the pose. However the photography is good and the composition of the who design works very well. Im not sure what everyone els thinks?

  • Steven Snell

    May 19th

    You can’t just steal a design, it’s copyrighted.

  • Adrienne

    May 20th

    Satya –
    …really? I’m hoping this is a language barrier problem or something, because…you can’t just copy someone’s design like that. It’s…a very bad idea.

  • Navid

    May 20th

    Very nice examples. I found an other one:

  • Ilina

    May 20th

    Great post. Photos on the “about” pages are so important.

    On my site I used photos both on my homepage and on the “about” page, so that the website can feel more personal to its visitors. Since many times we work with clients who we never get to meet face to face, putting a picture makes the designer so much more “real” to the client, and I think that’s important for these types of interaction.

  • SJL Website Design

    May 26th

    This is great collection of designs, I would like to choose a favourite but the’re all so innovative and inspiring!

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Azimuth

    Jun 2nd

    Michael Dick’s imo makes an interesting use of photography. The picture showing him smiling whilst presumably in conversation with a client/colleague, conveys the idea of him as someone who’s positive to work alongside / part of a team, where as the others all feature solely themselves. For me at least, this sticks makes his photo more impressionable than the rest.

  • Victoria Blount

    Jun 9th

    Some shining examples of how to create a really good “About me” page, all of the designs above are in depth, fun and creative and personal all key things.

  • Urviho

    Jul 13th

    It’s really lovely inspiration :)

  • Zach

    Jul 29th

    Great article!
    If you need your own portfolio to use these on, check out ProFolio

  • vuitton

    Aug 8th

    so good

  • AGS XPress Blog

    Oct 6th

    Good information, thanks. I just recently developed a WordPress blog and realized that I should maybe include an About page. This page has some excellent examples.

  • ID Theft Prevent

    Nov 5th

    Very interesting information. I’ll need to consider creating About pages for my blogs that are currently missing ones. Thanks!

  • Allison

    Feb 7th

    Where are the ladies at?

  • Nancy Paul

    Feb 25th

    Its a very good collection of designer portfolios and I must appreciate it

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