For designers a key element of your arsenal should be your portfolio. Packed with examples of your latest and best works, your portfolio is a great way to impress and persuade new clientele. Depending on the type of designer or artist that you are, you may not have the necessary web development skills to build your own online portfolio (or maybe you just don’t have the time). Well have no fear, we’ve rounded up some of the best premium clean and minimal WordPress themes perfect for any designer website. Let’s get started!
Designer WordPress Theme by Array
Well this theme is named Designer after all, and the developers over at Array did a lovely job of creating this minimal theme. Perfectly designed for showcasing your portfolio online, Designer has all the features you need (like image, audio & video post formats, customization options, plus more) but is still easy to install and use.
Total Drag&Drop WordPress Theme
Total is one of our (WPExplorer’s) most popular and top selling themes of all time. The theme has a very clean/basic design by default that can be easily tweaked via the live Customizer and you can create pretty much any type of site with all the built-in options, layouts and page builder modules available.
Trim WordPress Theme by ThemeBeans
Another theme true to it’s name, Trim is a stunningly clean and minimal theme for sharing your body of work online. The familiar masonry layout is perfect for sharing your portfolio and blog with your fans and with your clients. Plus, the theme has full live Theme Customizer support so it’s easy to tweak colors and other options.
Illustrate WordPress Theme by WPExplorer
Illustrate is truly a theme by designers for designers. Created in collaboration with Blaz Robar, this uber unique theme is perfect for any type of artist. Great features like custom post types, color coded image overlays, and post color palettes (like the ones you see on Dribbble) are just the tip of the iceberg.
Trail WordPress Theme by ThemeTrust
Bold and beautiful, Trail is a great option for showcasing your work online. This theme’s big images, clean layout and easy to read typography keeps your readers focus right where you want it – on your work. The theme is also responsive, can display parallax images and comes ready with a filterable portfolio.
Ambiance WordPress Theme by StudioPress
Perfect for fans of the popular Genesis framework, the Ambiance child theme is the perfect way to build your online portfolio using Genesis. This theme is mobile responsive, includes a custom header, and presents all of your fabulous featured images front and center (making is great for use as a basic portfolio).
Koi WordPress Theme by ThemeBeans
Koi is a great way to showcase your multitude of works. With a clean and organized grid based layout, this theme is perfectly suited for any creative type of website. Plus this theme comes loaded with 6 free plugins, CSS3 filter effects, portfolio view counter, lightbox support and more.
Ink WordPress Theme by ThemeTrust
Ink is a stunning filterable portfolio template with a useful left-aligned menu. Easy to use and navigate, Ink is also responsive to adjust to any screen size. The theme also features full-screen background images that you can set on a per-page basis to give each post, page or portfolio item a unique design.
North WordPress Theme by Array
Clean, bold and elegant the North theme is a lovely grid style option for your work. Custom widgets for Twitter, Flickr and Dribble make it easy for your readers to follow along with your current projects. Custom theme galleries and portfolios also make adding images, audio files and videos a breeze.
Expose WordPress Theme by StudioPress
Expose is a child theme for the powerful Genesis framework, and it is such a great option for an online portfolio. Genesis is a great platform for beginners, and with the Expose child theme adding galleries, inspirational quotes, images and more is a piece of cake.
Spaces WordPress Theme by ThemeBeans
Clean and simple, Spaces is a super minimal WordPress theme with a feature rich portfolio. This theme is well suited for designers that might want to also sell their own products, as the theme supports both Easy Digital Downloads & WooCommerce for easy e-shop setup.
Photojax WordPress Theme by WPExplorer
Photojax is a fun and minimal way to display galleries of your work. Simply add your galleries in posts, and they are displayed on a simple gird-style ajax homepage. This way clients can browse all of your work without having to reload the page (a huge time saver).
Galo WordPress Theme by Pankogut Design
This minimalistic theme is picture perfect for any artist or designer. The clean, simple even grid design of Galo is both elegant and purposeful – giving equal attention to each or your projects. Plus the them is fully responsive, includes an easy to use homepage template and supports galleries, images, video, audio and quote media formats.
Volta WordPress Theme by NRGthemes
Volta is an impressive portfolio option that includes 3 main screen variations. Choose from a content slider, video or image background for when users first land on your website. The theme also includes lovely and minimal portfolios that are fully responsive and retina ready.
Reveal WordPress Theme by ThemeTrust
Having a great responsive, filterable portfolio is what Reveal is all about. This theme is clean and minimal so your projects stand out, plus the elegant ajax viewing is an impressive added feature. The theme also includes slideshow options, custom widgets, buttons and more.
Grafix WordPress Theme by Dessign
Grafix is a more professional portfolio with a sleek and minimal design. The theme features a great portfolio for your work, plus it’s easy to make the theme your own with built-in options for custom background colors and images.
Tag WordPress Theme by Themelovin
Tag is a clean fullscreen style portfolio theme with easy customization options (for color schemes, accent colors, google fonts and more). The included custom widgets, page templates, cusotm shortcodes and styled post formats make adding your content simple.
Inspiro WordPress Theme by WPZoom
While Inspiro was created with photographers in mind, this theme is perfectly suited for any designer or artist looking for a stylish and minimal theme. Options for fullscreen slideshows, galleries, and even WooCommerce make this theme a great option.
Origin WordPress Theme by ElegantThemes
Origin is a simple grid based, no margin portfolio theme that is perfect for showcasing your imagery. The theme is fully responsive, so readers can checkout you work on desktops, tablets and mobile phones. Plus the theme includes tons of options for custom colors, layouts and even ads.
There you go – twenty awesome premium themes to choose from. Of course, there are some great free themes out there too. If you’re on a tight budget a few you might want to look at include our own Elegant free WordPress theme, Pronto free WordPress theme and Photo free WordPress theme. Or a quick search for “portfolio” on WordPress.org will also give you lots of other decent free theme options. Just remember that with free themes you are not going to get the same great premium features and support that come with a paid theme. Premium themes are well worth the price tag, especially when you’re choosing a theme for your professional online portfolio.
If you have anything to add, or if you think we missed a really awesome theme, let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!