The Visual History of My Web Design Portfolio

This website,, is the main portfolio website for my freelance web design consultancy. I have done three major design revisions of this website since I began my freelance consultancy over 20 years ago, with this mobile-ready design being my fourth. I want to take you on a trip back in time to see the evolution of my website design over time!

Website Redesign - last

redesign - web design portfolio - content page

I have designed every website seen in our portfolio since we began the business almost twenty years ago, including this web design portfolio. The most recent design prior to my mobile-friendly upgrade is shown at the top of this page. This was my home page from 2010 to 2015 (a content page from that portfolio is shown in the second image), and the most popular design developed for my web design portfolio. This web design was a major advance in that it used CSS instead of tables and html as in the two prior portfolio designs. I also think it had the most elegant content pages (sample shown above) of our three web design portfolio layouts to date, making, making good use of color, white space and refined typography.  Now lets take another step back:

wbe design portfolio redesign - 4

This redesign of my web design portfolio lasted from 2003 to 2010. It made extensive use of html tables for the columns and blocks of text on the home page. The overall look was made rich graphically by the strategic use of blocks of color.  The shade of purple used in this color palette was quite popular with my clients, who often requested it for their own websites.

The design shown below was used for my web design portfolio from 2001 to 2003. It uses html tables extensively and every little shortcut and trick I could devise to squeeze as much design as possible out of standard html. Creating good design that loaded quickly (most folks were still using dial-up connections to the Web) and that looked good on most computer screens was a creative battle that I really enjoyed back then.

Web Design Portfolio Redesign

There you have the visual history of the Web Design Portfolio! If you want to know a bit more about the history of web design (from someone who was there) follow  this link. -Don Peterson

My Portfolio Redesign History