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Software/Web developer portfolio examples?

5 years ago from , Web Designer PetWise Websites

A colleague has asked me to help him redesign his web portfolio. He is a software and web developer. I have searched around for some examples but I am not finding very much out there. Any suggested examples? What to include? What to search for? Any guidance would be appreciated.

35 comments

  • Matthew StrömMatthew Ström, 5 years ago

    These days, github is used as a portfolio so often that it's more or less standard practice to skip a developer's personal site and go straight to their commit logs.

    A personal site should be just that: a nice way to get a sense of a dev's personality, but for the meaty stuff, just link to github.

    7 points
    • William Cunningham, 5 years ago

      Thank you, that didn't even cross my mind. Appreciate the suggestion.

      1 point
    • Chip FreeneyChip Freeney, 5 years ago

      My github activity is 100% private repos (between work and side projects)

      Any advice? What are some good open-source projects I could contribute to?

      Meanwhile, my codepen portfolio is overflowing. Does anyone look at that?

      2 points
      • Cihad TurhanCihad Turhan, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

        If the projects are private, people can't see them. Even the name of the projects due to security concerns. But anyway, you can try this site. But as explained in there, you need to star the github repo.

        I can suggest you my starred projects. I'm sure you will find some good open source projects

        Codepen is a good source I think. I suggest to customize public profile -> showcase section from settings so put most fancy pens. I'm also trying to make the page attractive as possible.

        1 point
    • Chris NewtonChris Newton, 5 years ago

      These days, github is used as a portfolio so often that it's more or less standard practice to skip a developer's personal site and go straight to their commit logs.

      ::boggle::

      GitHub-as-résumé is a popular meme right now if you read certain on-line forums. The idea that anyone serious about recruitment would rely exclusively on that strategy is quite scary, though.

      I suspect most of the smartest guys I’ve ever worked with don’t have GitHub accounts, but even if they did, they couldn’t put most of their best professional work on them for others to see.

      4 points
    • Eric BoyerEric Boyer, 5 years ago

      I wonder what percentage of people that are doing programming work on the internet have actually contributed enough to open source to have their github profile be relevant as a "portfolio".

      I'd say thats pretty low.

      1 point
  • Matt SistoMatt Sisto, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    I haven't had much time lately to devote to my portfolio and I'm not really looking for new freelance work, so I just list a bunch of things I use in my day-to-day with a link to my Dribbble. http://sis.to/. Surprisingly, this has yielded many more inquiries.

    Really, it serves as a conversation starter which is really all I care for right now.

    4 points
    • Andreas Ubbe Dall, 5 years ago

      A simple site with a link to a dribbble account probably doesn't make much sense for a developer.

      1 point
      • Matt SistoMatt Sisto, 5 years ago

        Okay, link to a GitHub. A place with a sample of work. You get my point.

        A simple site can serve as a conversation starter rather than a representation of one's entire collection of work. This works fine for me, for now, because I am not actively looking for work, but am available to help on small projects that require a very specific set of skills (which is why I list the tools I use). I don't see any reason it couldn't work for some developers too.

        FWIW, I've looked at plenty of resumes. I don't even like my own site all that much - just linking to Dribbble is totally lazy - but I've come to appreciate portfolios that just get to the point. For example:

        http://theelisabeth.com/http://benadam.me/

        Anyway...

        2 points
    • Daniel FischerDaniel Fischer, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

      You and I are pretty identical toolset wise. wave

      1 point
    • Jeremy StewartJeremy Stewart, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

      So, I know this is from a long time ago, but I saw your post and copied your code EXACTLY. Just to serve as a base that I could iterate from. I really like it! It's more or less a nicer version of the default browser document.

      Have you ever considered adding sub-pages to show your portfolio? Or is it all Dribbble and Github based?

      0 points
  • Ian O'BrienIan O'Brien, 5 years ago

    My first question would be, what do you mean by software and web developer? These terms are too broad.

    3 points
    • William CunninghamWilliam Cunningham, 5 years ago

      Maybe this will help. From his current site:

      Skills: 17 years of Professional Experience, 3 tier Client/Server Application Design, Web Applications, Selection and Sales Tools,

      Strong Languages: C++, C, C#, Delphi, PHP, Javascript, HTML, XML

      Other Languages used: Object C, Java, VB and some Python, Perl

      0 points
    • Clay MacTavishClay MacTavish, 5 years ago

      Writing applications for the web = software

      1 point
  • Michael NoviaMichael Novia, 5 years ago

    As for developers, I've always thought Justin Windles website was excellent.

    http://soulwire.co.uk

    2 points
  • Daniel FischerDaniel Fischer, 5 years ago

    I just updated my site. I'm a developer.

    http://www.danielfischer.com

    2 points
    • Cole TownsendCole Townsend, 5 years ago

      I think this is effective, but a bit distracting from what I found to be the best aspect — your client rec's. Those are all awesome and should definitely be highlighted.

      2 points
      • Daniel FischerDaniel Fischer, 5 years ago

        Thanks man. Solid point. Any suggestions?

        0 points
        • Cole TownsendCole Townsend, 5 years ago

          Nothing other than to draw more attention to client feedback, or rather fuss less over the other things. I think all the flashy stuff up top (a few things from codrops?) don't do you any favors. The rollover tags just feel like overkill.

          I would focus on working from your "let's get in touch" and your client feedback. They list your skills for you, and your github profile will show what languages you write for the curious. Social proof through the roof.

          0 points
  • Tori ZTori Z, 5 years ago

    I've seen a pretty good one but too bad I can't find the link back... I remember I saw that from twitter. You just search"developer" on twitter and find some people. Check their websites. There're some good ones.

    1 point
  • Barry ClarkBarry Clark, 5 years ago

    I'm starting to build up a collection of Web Developer portfolio examples here. Only two so far, but they're both pretty in depth teardowns: http://www.barryclark.co/portfolio-examples/

    1 point
  • James ColemanJames Coleman, 5 years ago

    It all depends what he wants to achieve. If it's a showcase past work and technical experience, then make sure the design suits a more technically orientated audience (especially with software development).

    If it's a portfolio hoping to result in employment, then he should choose the most prominent projects (or the ones he's most proud of) and display them simply and effectively. Avoid a massive amount of technical jargon.

    I treat mine as a resume more than anything else. I've thought about extending it from time to time, but it serves its purpose for now:

    http://jamescoleman.com.au/

    0 points
  • Zeno ZaplaicZeno Zaplaic, 5 years ago

    I self-redesigned my personal website recently http://321zeno.com. I guess it's an expression of how I feel about my job lately but at least I had a chance to get 'artsy' and it felt good. Sorry about the FOUT, I hope I'll have time to fix that soon.

    Not much of a portfolio though.

    0 points
  • Matthew CriderMatthew Crider, 5 years ago

    My portfolio site is at [matthewcrider.com](matthewcrider.com). I'm strictly a developer, but I've done some UX work (just some wireframing really). I think even the most die-hard developer should take a bit of time to get a decently designed portfolio site up, and a lack of care to design is like a designer saying they don't care about code (an antiquated notion). But more importantly, though my Github is pretty decent, developers need portfolio sites like this to display and describe the work they've done that isn't open source (which for most devs, is a majority of their work).

    0 points
  • brandon e, 5 years ago

    I personally like this one: http://gregsarault.com/. If you click on the "see the code" links it shows screenshots of the code instead of screenshots of the design.

    0 points
  • Paulo TeixeiraPaulo Teixeira, 5 years ago

    There is one that I have in my favorites: http://nickdimatteo.com/ I love the way this guy presents his work, it shows attention and dedication to his projects.

    PS: I am not sure where I find this site but I think that it was here, in DN

    0 points
  • Joel GustafssonJoel Gustafsson, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    It all depends on what kind of projects the portfolio is supposed to feature. If your constantly making kickass cool stuff the portfolio doesn't need to be more than a showcase of your projects, like this:

    http://mrdoob.com/

    As you can see above the developers projects speak for themself. But if your not making as visually cool stuff you could gain from a more text-based portfolio.

    If you need to find some inspiration I recommend the awwwards portfolio section. http://www.awwwards.com/websites/portfolio/

    Otherswise I really like this portfolio: http://briandelaney.com/

    0 points
  • Iheanyi Ekechukwu, 5 years ago

    Here's my website for reference:

    http://iheanyi.com

    Is it perfect? Nope. Is it manageable? Yep.

    0 points
  • Avneesh Kumar, over 4 years ago

    We have launched helloprojects.com recently which allows mobile app makers (developers, designers, analysts, testers, app marketers) create app portfolios to showcase their work. List yourself as a candidate today to get invited.

    0 points
  • Sven Mandic, over 3 years ago

    Hello, this i ls my website and after 2 weeks I received few inquiries for employment and messages from all over the world ! http://www.svenmandic.com

    0 points
  • Luiz G, over 2 years ago

    https://caferati.me for a software developer this one is neat.

    0 points