15 Inspirational Motion Graphics and Animation Portfolios
At its best, animation is all about storytelling. Animation portfolios are of no exception, only that the story in this case is told by means of website design. And while you needn’t concern yourself with a narrative arc or the hero’s journey, a good animation and motion graphics portfolio should grip site visitors with a clear and compelling idea, telling the tale of your art and expertise.
To do so, include more than just the final pieces in your portfolio. Show off your storyboards, character designs, style frames and more, to help put your work in context. Be sure to also feature your demo reel, so that potential clients can discover your range of skills all at once. You can use a fully-customizable portfolio website template as a starting point, or design from scratch using a blank page.
To help you get started on your portfolio website, we’ve gathered 15 noteworthy animation and motion graphics portfolios, created with Wix. Here they are, for your inspiration:
British animator and illustrator Hannah Jacobs’ digital frame-by-frame animations are filled with soft textures, mesmerizing color palettes and seamless transitions. She’s worked with notable clients such as The New York Times, Penguin Books and TED-Ed.
Hannah’s animation portfolio features a clean grid layout, with each thumbnail leading to an inner project page. The project pages include the animation itself, accompanied by still frames and a few lines of portfolio copy to contextualize the work and give credit to anyone involved, from the art directors to the producers.
Award-winning illustrator and animator Yukai Du’s work is full of vibrant, liquid movements, absorbing us in the swirling and whirling of colorful shapes. Originally from China, Yukai is currently based in the UK and her impressive client list includes brands such as Adobe, Apple and The Guardian.
Yukai’s portfolio website welcomes visitors with a large animation loop, setting the stage for her unique style. Alongside each of her animations is a short written description and stills or gifs. She allows us a glimpse into her work process by including storyboards, sketches, and early style frames of her work.
Rafael Varona is an illustrator, animator and art director who’s worked with Google and Snapchat, amongst others. Rafael’s website launches into a softly colored animation loop that takes up the majority of the screen, on top of which he’s placed, in large letters, his name and expertise - a major homepage design trend.
Rafael’s name is repeated on the website’s header, conveniently leading us back to the homepage once clicked. Linking your logo to the homepage is an important website navigation practice, that’s easy to implement and has great value for your portfolio’s user experience.
Yan Dan Wong’s website starts off with an animated splash page that shows off her character animation skills early on. This Malaysian freelance designer’s website is brightly colored, full of pink clouds and daisies (notice the website’s cheery little favicon), setting a mood that’s almost contrary to her sensitive and poignant subject matter.
On each of her project pages are added goodies to compliment her animated shorts, such as a brief textual background, credits and links to any press coverage, plus a few gifs and behind-the-scenes materials. By providing more in-depth content for each project, Yan paints a fuller picture of her practice and skills, and is able to grab the attention of even those site visitors who don’t immediately press ‘Play.’
Operating from Tokyo, Oono Taro is an illustrator, character designer, and gif animator. The animation on the homepage design is balanced out with inanimate color strips, illustrations, and patterns. This enables the motion to truly stand out, without being overshadowed by too many items competing for viewers’ attention.
At the homepage’s footer is an animated loop of two of the characters that appear at the top of the page. These two running, grinning characters help tie the page together.
Inbal Ochyon’s animation portfolio greets visitors with a simple, to-the-point message: her name and expertise are written in large type, accompanied by a flying stork for added motion. Below we find Inbal’s showreel, followed by her works in a grid format using the Wix Pro Gallery.
Her project pages display an array of gifs and stills with subtle parallax scrolling effects, creating a diversified browsing experience. The navigation menu is minimal, composed of only a ‘Work’ page and an ‘About’ page, which is a recommended practice for designing a portfolio that’s easy to maintain.
Argentinian motion graphics designer Esteban Diácono has worked with companies such as Apple and Gucci. The top fold of his website features a large, fast-paced reel of his works, leaving no room for confusion as to his line of work. Also on the top fold are a logo made up of Esteban’s initials, together with his full name and speciality - a great tip for boosting your portfolio’s Google ranking.
Esteban links to his different social media accounts in his ‘Contact’ page, alongside a gif of dancing characters. Additionally, his Instagram Feed is set up directly on his site (under the appropriately titled page, ‘Lab’), so that his portfolio is always up-to-date with his latest work and experiments.
Colombian animator and motion graphics designer Daniel Aristizábal’s portfolio immediately stands out with its pitch black background. Equally unique is the site’s navigation, starting with its website menu. The menu here is split up into four icons and buttons that are spread across all corners of the screen.
The navigation between the different projects is also intriguing. With no gallery or ‘Work’ page, the homepage is one long scroll in which more and more projects seem to materialize into view as we explore further.
MegaComputeur is a French animation collective, whose members are Corentin Yvergniaux, Oscar Malet, and Camille Jalabert. The three friends collaborate in making computer animated shorts (hence the name). Their strong emphasis on character animation shines through in their filmmaking, as well as their website design, with character sheets and other materials from their work process.
The homepage is designed with full-width strips, each featuring a still image from a different animated short by the collective. When hovering over any of the strips, the film’s name shows up, resulting in an intuitive navigation system that places the movie’s beautiful artwork front and center.
German animator and motion graphics designer Marco Mori is known for his outlandish and grotesque personal style. A fullscreen video on the website’s top fold lets us into his intriguing world, where bizarre 3D characters can be seen dancing, deflating, and popping in ways that no human body ever could.
His website’s ‘About’ page shares some information about the man behind the work, with short text and a photo that puts a face to the name. Also on the page is a list of Marco’s press appearances, so that site visitors can easily read on to find out more.
Originally from Taiwan and currently based in Berlin, animator and director Cheng-Hsu Chung has worked with clients like Adidas and the BBC. His animations are at times created digitally and at others times made by hand. But no matter the technique, his work is characterized by a colorful and wild cartoonish look.
Contrasting with his work, Cheng-Hsu’s website design is simple and its layout minimalistic. Providing a touch of his personal sense of style is his animated logo, composed of shape-shifting typography that ties in with his animation works.
Hamburg-based animator and illustrator Jon Frickey’s personal style is diverse, expertly boasting both a vector illustration and a brush-painted look. His online portfolio merges the different styles into one happy selection of visuals, combining loops, still frames and illustrations.
Jon’s award-winning animated short, Cat Days, also has a designated movie website of its own. This one-pager features the film’s trailer, and lists anything from its many reputable awards, to its synopsis and credits. It also includes downloadable files ready for press use, including the movie poster and its press kit.
Belgian animator and illustrator Jasper Van Gestel’s portfolio website is sure to bring up a smile. At the very top is a gif of an enthusiastic little doggy, wiggling its tail while hitting its laptop keyboard to the sight of a bone flashing on screen.
The rest of the page is filled with a grid layout of Jasper’s works, with gifs carefully scattered around the page, ensuring not to lose visitors’ focus by having too much motion in one go. Despite the clean layout, Jasper has made sure to include a brief description of each project, that appears when hovering over the image.
Tel Aviv-based animator Anat Eftrati’s signature style treads a fine line between the depth of stop motion and the flat 2D feel. Her animation portfolio features a large, endearing portrait of the artist at the top, which also doubles as her logo and leads back to the homepage. And to make navigation all the easier, Anat’s added a ‘Back to Top’ button that only appears once visitors scroll down the page.
For displaying her different projects, Anat made sure to create a diverse gallery that includes still frames and loop animations. She also clearly labeled her projects with the awards they’ve won.
Icelandic animator Sigrún Hreins’ many different projects are all compiled under a bright pink header and footer, two vivid elements that tie the site together. Both the header and footer include Sigrún’s different social media links for easy access.
Her ‘Info & Contact’ page gives site visitors some background into her professional skills, motivations and even hobbies. Together with an animated self-portrait, we can begin to get a sense of who Sigrún is as a person, adding a sense of credibility and reliability to her personal brand.
Text Eden Spivak