As much as I love funky online portfolios with ninja themes, quirky designs and creative interfaces, I have to say I really love Daniel Filler’s portfolio website. The overall style is outstanding, and it reflects the level of quality clients and agencies are hungry for. But I want to highlight one specific feature that happens to push it over the top for me: the large photo of Daniel (or whom I presume is Daniel and not a stunt double). I love that it humanizes the site. Daniel comes off as a normal dude, not some “web development ninja.” He looks like a reliable designer, the type of person clients want to hire. Moral of the story: Find a way to humanize your portfolio website, and suddenly you’re a person, not a mascot.
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