As most artists know, GIFS are more than silly animations of cats or some weirdo’s dance moves. There’s a world of elegant, edgy and eye-catching GIFs designed by some truly talented creatives.
Having a killer online portfolio for those GIFS is incredibly important. A solid online portfolio has the potential to get your work noticed by clients, gain you notoriety in your field, or even take your career to the next level.
Your online portfolio should speak for itself. Devoid of unnecessary bells and whistles yet beautifully designed, your portfolio should showcase your work in a way that’s clear, engaging and visually captivating.
Here at Format, we’ve seen some of the most well-designed and striking portfolios on the internet. They are slick, stylish and leave a lasting impression on the viewer. Scroll through these 16 GIF portfolio examples to see how animators have made the most of their Format websites.
Alfred the Alien aka Antonio Aiello combines Format’s minimalist Monocle theme with his own quirky animations to grab the viewer’s attention in a fun and playful way.
2. Zak Krevitt
Mixing GIFs with original photography, Zak Krevitt’s provocative and colourful work really pops in his Horizon-themed portfolio.
With a simple navigation bar and a clean white background, Thaigore’s Offset-themed portfolio showcases the twisted femininity of her work beautifully.
Stephen Foster Meyer uses Format’s Horizon Left theme to display a wide range of work, separating his design, photography, and artistic projects via the sidebar navigation.
Jacqueline Mak’s bold and creepily surreal GIF art has found a perfect home in her Horizon-themed Format portfolio. This minimalist theme allows her dramatic work to be featured front and center.
Drew Brockington uses Format’s Order theme to give his portfolio a similar look to the comic strips he illustrates. Blocked out and bold, his quirky animations really have a place to shine with this theme.
Amanda Di Genova’s 8 bit GIF art is cooler than cool. Using Format’s Peak theme, viewers can use the left sidebar to navigate through Amanda’s other (equally awesome) artwork.
8. Ricky Leung
Ricky Leung’s hand-drawn GIFs sit perfectly within his Order-themed Format portfolio.
Space themes and super-babes dominate Daniel Alanis’ GIF art, showcased seamlessly using his Horizon-themed Format portfolio.
10. Miriam Zemel
Miriam Zemel’s Sierra-themed Format portfolio makes the viewer feel as though they can literally flip through the pages of her animated GIF comic books.
11. Hudson Christie
Canadian artist Hudson Christie creates whimsical illustrations and stop-motion animations using clay. He makes use of the caption option in Format’s Horizon theme to include useful background info about commissioned work without distracting from his portfolio.
12. Sara Wass
Featuring funky fresh club kids, Sara Wass’ GIFs find a perfect spot to dance in her Offset-themed Format portfolio.
13. Ignasi Monreal
London-based, Barcelona-born digital artist Ignasi Monreal uses the sleek Sierra theme to display his paintings, GIF art, and film in an organized and simple way.
14. Zoey Groman
Making animated art out of everyday ongoings, Zoey Groman’s GIFs are subtle yet eye-catching. Zoey uses Format’s Ora theme for her portfolio.
15. Felipe Larozza
Using Format’s Sun theme for his portfolio, Felipe Larozza’s online portfolio is boldly visual, with a discreet yet easy-to-use footer navigation.
16. J. p. Lawrence
This journalist uses Format’s Ora Theme to display his multimedia work, including photography and this creative gif.
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