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 why we made these device mockups

Example design made with our mockups

High-quality, timeless mockups are hard to come by. They are either branded and quickly dated, or designed at a strange angle, or hard to adapt, or so low quality they cheapen our work.

Our device mockups from Semplice Supply are made to be the…

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 family.


Typozon’s website combines beautiful typography with color. Each case study is custom designed with colors that complement the work.

Visit Typozon’s portfolio →

Tina Smith

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 now, but I’m in there probably every other week making tweaks and updates. I can jump into Semplice and make quick refinements that make it appear as if I’ve done a complete redesign.

Here are my favorite “cheats” you can use to make your site look completely different in just…

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 of the month below to see fresh new work and get inspired for your own site. And if you’ve created your own portfolio with Semplice, be sure to submit it to our Showcase here. We might feature your site next.

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 aesthetic is everywhere.

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 online portfolios I’ve seen lately from art directors who used Semplice to build their site.

Diego Gallego

Estudio Diego Gallego is an independent graphic design consultancy based in Seville. The typography and layout lends a clean, editorial look to this portfolio without being predictably minimalist.


Tina Smith

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 a spectrum. Someone might be using both, or starts with one tool and then eventually switches to the other for different reasons. But let’s look at the main differences between them.

Self-hosted vs. hosted

Semplice is self-hosted and based on WordPress. This means you have full control over where your data is and…

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 process, we don’t need to curate or prune. It’s the Playground page. Anything goes.

A Play page (here’s mine) tells me you love creating and experimenting outside of your paid job. It says you care about pushing yourself and thinking in new or different ways. …

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 help you create your best portfolio, but allow you to enjoy the building experience more as well.

We added Master Blocks to help you build more efficiently, as well as 58 new Block layouts.

We created a night mode for those like ourselves who prefer late night work sessions.


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 this as an outsider, the design community is a big, confusing cluster fuck.

It is rather simple: The tools you use don’t matter as long as you are able to complete your work. The only exception is when working with a team. Only then does your choice of tools matter…

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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