Half the work of a designer is presentation.

A good idea can only go so far without a great pitch. A cautious client will never make a bold leap unless they’re sold on it. And a beautiful design can be quickly dragged down by poor assets.

Which is precisely…


These designers use Semplice to showcase and market their custom typography work. With full control to upload custom typography, set site-wide styles, mobile styles — and most recently, use variable typefaces, Semplice is made for type lovers.

Here are just a few of our favorite typography portfolios from the Semplice…


The world moves fast. What was in style or considered beautiful ten years ago is not the same today. Likewise, your own taste and goals change with time too. Which is why it’s important to keep your portfolio updated.

I’ve had the same base design for my portfolio for years…


Once a week, we select two portfolios created with Semplice to feature in our Best Of Showcase. Here we’ve collected our favorites from the past month.

Once again we’re here to keep you inspired and motivated. That’s why we’re excited to bring you some fresh picks from our Semplice showcase. In November, we featured websites from design studios, illustrators, art directors, designers, more illustrators, and oh yeah — did we mention illustrators?

Browse the best portfolios…


Over the last year or two, I’ve noticed a certain style emerge in brand and product design.

(this article originally appeared on DESK magazine)

Look at the graphic below and you’ll see it. The colors are soft and muted, the shapes rounded and the typography unobtrusive. It’s what you could describe as clean. It’s approachable. It’s inoffensive. It’s almost… cute.

Zoom out and you’ll notice this particular…


A great portfolio requires a knack for curation and attention to details, and nobody knows that better than an art director.

I always enjoy seeing portfolios by art directors and creative directors, because they just get it. They are masters of presentation and meticulous about typography, about consistency, about the story they are telling. It’s their job, after all. And it makes for beautiful portfolios.

These are just a few great…


After announcing last week that I’m now partner & co-CEO at Carbonmade, I’ve received a lot of questions about the difference between Carbonmade and Semplice. I’d love to answer them right here.

Ultimately, both products are great at what they do (otherwise I wouldn’t work on them) but they have slightly different use cases and it depends a lot on what you want to achieve with them.

As I mentioned in my original Carbonmmade announcement, I see both Semplice and Carbonmade on…


There’s a page I don’t see on portfolios as often as I’d like. When I do, it feels like a treat. I go through all the other pages on the site first. I scan the homepage, usually click straight to the About page, followed by a few case studies. Finally, dessert: The Playground page.

A Playground page is usually a scattered grid of half-finished projects, random ideas, experiments and rejected work we don’t typically get to see in a portfolio. It’s the place where no rules apply — the work doesn’t have to fit the brief, we don’t have to explain ourselves or our…


When we created Semplice in 2014, we didn’t call it Semplice 1. It was our first and only portfolio product. There was nothing to compare it to. Little did we know, we would soon have a strong community allowing Semplice to become better and better.

This month, we officially released Semplice 5. The team spent almost a year working on new features and we couldn’t be more proud of the final product. (Thank you to our beta testers who made it our smoothest launch ever.)

Every decision behind Semplice 5 was made to not only…


Designers love to argue about design tools.

Some like to treat it as their religion, as if their design tools are the only thing that gives them meaning. Perhaps it’s classic tribal behavior, similar to the Apple vs. Microsoft debate, a way to be part of a group. Only in this case, it’s paralyzing our craft.

In reality, none of this matters.

The reason I’m writing this isn’t to join the debate, but to help newcomers enjoy a smoother start in our walled-in design community. We’re making it harder for new designers to enter by artificially complicating our own practice.

Zooming out, trying to see all…

Tobias van Schneider

Self-taught Designer & Maker. Un-Employed. Founder of https://www.semplice.com/ Formerly Spotify — More About me: http://www.vanschneider.com

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