Top 10 Best Tumblr Designs & Themes

If you’re not exactly sure what a tumblelog is, then check out What is a Tumblr? for a bit of background. But just because it’s a random sequence of thoughts doesn’t mean your tumblelog needs to look like random trash. Here are the top 10 designs and themes that I’ve s(tumbled) across in the past few weeks:

01-tumbl-us.jpg
http://tumbl.us is a tumblelog by Matt McInvery who also maintains a design portfolio and blog at pixelspread

02-mindsink.jpg
http://mindsink.watchtheworld.org is the tumblelog of Angad Kingra who maintains his blog and photoblog at watchtheworld

03-cameron-io.jpg
http://cameron.io Cameron Hunt is the designer of some of the built in (and best) themes available for tumblr. The themes are available on his project page

04-moose-garden.jpg
http://juhaliza.tumblr.comUpdate: http://www.hammarman.com/ also titled Moose Garden is the work and nonsense from Johan Hammarman

05-paul.jpg
http://paulgiacherio.tumblr.com is the tumblelog of Paul Giacherio

06-gondaba.jpg
http://gondaba.com has a clever use of a dynamically changing color palette that alters the background styles of the layout.

07-digitalwood.jpg
http://sid05.tumblr.com aka Digital{wood}Moleskin has a nice effect of transparent color panels over a timber background. (Hint: If you’re wondering how they got a floating transparent style, I believe they used ‘png’ graphics with set transparency)

08-dayvan-mini.jpg
http://dayvan.tumblr.com is the demonstration tumblelog of the Dayvan Mini theme. It’s a very simple, sleek and minimal theme by nostrich, who tumbles at numblr and read this post to get the theme / code.

09-easy-reader.jpg
http://easyreader.tumblr.com is again a very clean and simple layout and is “…a Tumblr theme designed to make it easy for people to read your writing”. It is designed by Bill Israel who tumbles here and has also designed many of the themes which are built into tumblr.com

10_ziked.jpg
http://www.ziked.com is a design that is more in the scrap booking, notebook style. Designed by Mirza Rahman. Thanks to Concerned Netizen for pointing out that Ziked is not a totally original design. Elements have been taken (with permission I believe) from ndesign-studio.com who also have some great tutorials on how to create these effects. See Design Watercolor Effect Menu. This means the number 10 spot is up for grabs to the next best suggested tumblr site.

For an ever growing list of themes you can check out http://tumblepedia.net/themes/list or just tumblepedia.net in general for a wiki on tumblelog information.

If you’ve tumbled over some nice designed tumblr sites be sure to let me know.

Posted in: Articles  ·  Jan 31    

Laura Veirs said,

February 2, 2008 @ 11:38 am

I love the designs of ziked.com and tumbl.us. But you guys left out some of my other favorites like http://humachine.us and esquareda.com

Concerned Netizen said,

February 3, 2008 @ 4:36 am

Ziked / Mizra Rahman’s just re-uses artwork and code developed by N-Design. That kinda sucks. (Also rehashed tumblr icons)

Rhett Dashwood said,

February 3, 2008 @ 2:23 pm

Thank you Concerned Netizen,
The article has been amended, thanks for the heads up. If you have a design you think should make the list instead, let me know.

speckyboy said,

February 12, 2008 @ 1:50 am

This is a fantastic showcase, it shows what can be achieved with great design.

Fubiz said,

February 13, 2008 @ 7:51 pm

Excellent selection! I like Tumblr

Matt said,

February 22, 2008 @ 9:29 pm

I freakin LOVE Sid’s Digital{wood}Moleskine!!!!!!! I want to be able to use it for my own theme… or at least alter it (with original credits) because I can’t get over it’s fabulosity…. does anyone know how to re-design themes? I know how to do certain small things.. but when I overlay a theme to do different things.. I can’t post new things. I need some Tumblr help… plleaase help :D matty@mlwebb.net

elramon said,

April 8, 2008 @ 7:08 pm

“Thank you Concerned Netizen,
The article has been amended, thanks for the heads up. If you have a design you think should make the list instead, let me know.”

http://penguinclassics.tumblr.com/

Elliott Cost said,

July 1, 2008 @ 3:21 pm

nice themes. check out mine: http://knighttheme.tumblr.com/

scott said,

July 15, 2008 @ 1:32 pm

http://itsnotlikethat.com is the best tumblr theme..ever.

Mike said,

October 22, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

http://juhaliza.tumblr.com/ can now be found at http://www.hammarman.com

Jarred said,

May 4, 2009 @ 8:37 pm

I also designed a tumblr theme: http://bit.ly/tumblr_jbd2
It’s based on Wilson Miners; Space Miner: http://lauraminer.com

Love to know what you think.

Laura Brunow Miner said,

May 11, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

Hi. I’m the Laura Miner behind my (not Wilson’s) Space Miner, mentioned in the last comment.

My favorite tumblr design by a long shot is this one: http://curatedby.jon-kyle.com/ It knocks everything else out of the park. Check out the quote design!

Andreas said,

October 20, 2009 @ 7:45 am

Thank you for the list of themes!
If you are searching for free WP Themes please visit my blog.

Jovan Nikolic said,

October 27, 2009 @ 3:09 pm

Can anyone help me to find & download “Moose Garden” theme that can be seen here: http://www.hammarman.com/ ? :)

It is very, very polished and I like the style and colors.

Thank you in advance. :)

Public enemy said,

June 6, 2010 @ 4:52 am

I’m new to tumblr but I do love it and one of my favourites is the “Rock my World” theme which you can see and download here http://keroteta.tumblr.com

Kevin said,

August 23, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

here’s a pretty cool theme…check it out.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/agoodcompany/the-daily-tumble-a-theme-for-traditional-print-med

Taylor said,

January 3, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

How do i get the mindsink v1.1 theme that u have shown for my tumblr.

Ivan - Best Tumblr Themes said,

January 18, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

Wow, nice list. This themes you can see allover the place, but this custom, that is nice inspiration. Thanks!

i’m making a list over here http://themeson.tumblr.com/ with “the best” tumblr themes, so if anyone needs fresh and good designed themes, you “must” check it out.

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