UPDATED! There are some great Tumblr blogs covering graphic design, photography, illustration, typography or 3D. We've picked the best...
Tumblr is a micro blogging service and social network that makes it mega-easy for anyone to set up their own blog. Tumblr blogs can be set up in a matter of minutes, and having a Tumblr account also enables you to 'follow' other people via their Tumblr blogs.
It's this ease of use, and social appeal, that's seen Tumblr serve more than 45 million sites. This is a great number for a company publishing blogs, but for users it becomes difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. That's certainly the case when it comes to design-related blogs, of which there are huge numbers to choose from. So with that in mind, we've done all the hard work for you, and brought you the 70 best Tumblr blogs for designers, covering graphic design, photography, illustration, typography and more. Enjoy!
- Also read: Create a design blog: 7 pro tips
Our first 20 Tumblr blogs all seek to surface and curate the best and most inspiring design work on the planet, across discplines. Check them out, and then read on to discover the best Tumblr blogs for the specific disciplines of graphic design, illustration, typography, web design and photography...
01. Visual Sundae
Visual Sundae is a beautiful, image-led blog that celebrates all types of art and design, from typography to illustration, posters to sculptures. A nicely organised source of inspiration, and if you're not looking for anything specific, you can always try the 'Random' button.
02. The Made Shop
The Made Shop is a brilliant Tumblr blog from a brilliant team of designers, bringing you the best innovative work from across the globe, whether that be in photography, branding, illustration or film art direction. We love the way the navigation divides nicely between 'Things we made' and 'Things we found'.
The high-end architecture, design, fashion, art and lifestyle magazine Wallpaper* has extended itself onto the Tumblr platform, bringing together the best images from wallpaper.com. The site is as pleasingly professional as the print magazine, and if you want to know more, clicking on each image takes you through the relevant post on Wallpaper*'s main website.
Looking for big, beautiful images of the latest cool design work? This regularly updated Tumblr blog extracts the best of designs on the platform and is open to submissions. A great place to see the work of others as well as network with designers worldwide
05. Design Cloud
Design Cloud is a carefully selective and informed blog that features images of new work covering a wide range of design fields, from graphic design to architecture. This Tumblr blog is beautifully laid out and easy to navigate.
Wrap magazine is a UK print magazine celebrating the very best in illustration, design and creative culture. Its Tumblr blog showcases its best work as well as work that inspires them. Both are sure to inspire creatives from all backgrounds.
07. Dynamic Africa
Dynamic Africa offers vibrant and colourful celebration of the continent and its visual culture. Functioning as a diverse platform for all things African and/or African-related, this Tumblr blog puts a positive spin on a part of the world often portrayed in a negative light.
Tumblr blog Design:Related Gallery is run by the guys behind community website Design:Related. Started in 2006, the website itself brings together creative people to share their work with others and the blog features projects from those in that community.
If you like looking and cool and quirky designs from all creative fields then you should definitely follow this site. In addition to this, these guys also run another cool blog called Redesign:Related, which is about, yes, you guessed it, redesign.
09. I Heart My Art
Tumblr I Heart My Art is a seriously cool collection of contemporary art, videos, vintage photography and much more. Run by Canadian artist and graphic designer Blair Prentice, he describes it as a 'repository for art, music and other items of interest.'
Check this site out if you're looking for something a little different. Currently, the first few pages are full of extremely inspiring, weird, and sometimes terrifying, pieces of work.
10. Inspire me now
Run by user experience designer Szymon Błaszczyk, Tumblr blog Inspire me now was started in 2007. Describing it as a blog for 'unconventional thinking and design', Błaszczyk regularly updates his site with the out-of-the-ordinary.
From cool and unusual product design to extraordinary illustrations, visiting this site that will certainly get you thinking outside-the-box.
Laughing Squid is 'an online resource for interesting art, culture and technology'. And, after winning the People's Voice Award for Best Cultural Blog last year, it's clearly doing a good job at finding interesting and engaging content.
Outside of the main site, the team also run a Tumblr called Laughing Squid Links, which collects together cool posts from Laughing Squid and around the web. Make sure you follow for the all the latest news in the creative world as well as a great injection of humour.
Visva is a stunning inspirational Tumblr that features the likes of photography, fashion, print design and branding. If you ever find yourself at a creative standstill, this is definitely a blog you should be bookmarking. The range of styles chosen is wonderfully diverse, whilst still fitting under the umbrella of design inspiration.
We especially love the idea of including fashion photography and fashion design within the blog. The featured shots are simply breathtaking and will provide that much needed boost to your creative idea pool. A definite bookmark!
Quirksville is the collaborative Tumblr blog of London's visually creative graphic design and illustration duo Naomi Ray and Justina Bailey. The blog is an instant feast for the eyes, as it features art, design, technology, fashion, music and adverts.
What's great about Quirksville are its little quirks (sorry) including the tabs QV work and QV loves. They also feature a paragraph or two with every post, so you know exactly what you're looking at; with handy links too! The designers are also part of the Vice blogging network which means big things for all you hipsters out there!
Don't we all love nice things? They're rather nice, aren't they? Have a look at all things nice on Nice Things We Like - a Tumblr designed for nice creatives.
The blog is a perfect outlet when it comes to providing daily inspiration - featuring font, graphic design and illustration. We dare you to take a look at it without uttering that inevitable four letter word.
nvsblty is the Tumblr blog of designer Ross Berens, which features a range of inspirational examples of typography, print design, photography and graphic design. Ross definitely shares the Tumblr love, as most of his pictures are sourced from fellow bloggers - as well as some of his own finds of course!
The attention to detail and the little touches are what makes nvsblty a Tumblr blog that stands out. For instance, there are links to Ross's svpply and last.fm playlist. A perfect way to integrate all your passions in one place, allowing the user to really understand Ross's inspirations.
Michalva is the Tumblr blog from recent graduate of the School of Visual Arts Michelle Alvarez. Based in New York, Michelle is an avid graphic designer and motion graphic artist.
The Tumblr blog is designed to trawl the internet for design inspiration, so you don't have to. There's video content, print designs, packaging, books and basically anything that looks nice!
17. The design blog
The design blog prides itself on being different from most inspirational Tumblr blogs. They care about young designers and the work they're creating. Here, your work can be seen and recognised (a little bit like Dribbble) along with a range of inspirational ramblings.
Moreover, every Sunday they pick a 'designer of the week' - with their work featured on the blog, Facebook and Twitter. A great site for any budding creative.
18. Pop! Tech
The intro to this Tumblr blog state that: "Pop! Tech is a network of remarkable people, extraordinary conferences, powerful ideas, and innovative projects that are changing the world". Well, we couldn't ignore that, could we?
There's an array of inspiration that you may not instantly class as design related but once you get stuck in, you can reap the design benefits. You can check out their Twitter for more Pop! Tech goodness.
Ranked as one of the 100 best blogs on the internet and a regular attendee in blog roundups (including this one) This Isn't Happiness is a collection of art, photography, design and disappointment.
The curated content is some of the best on the internet and really separates the site from other Tumblr blogs. Every one loves it and so should you. It may be happiness after all.
Juxtaposed is the Tumblr blog of 18-year-old Daniel, who describes himself as "someone so average that it's interesting". Whenever Daniel finds anything cool, he posts it on the blog for everyone to see.
There's paper craft, typography, sculptures, spiders, dogs, wooden lightbulbs... well, you get the idea. It's a fantastic blog for anyone that likes looking at nice things, which is almost anyone right?
21. Gura Fiku
Here's something a bit different. Curated by designer Ryan Hageman, Gura Fiku - which is how Japanese people pronounce the word 'graphic' - documents Japanese graphic design over time, and catalogues the differences, and crossovers, between eastern and western approaches to graphic design. Inspiring and enlightening.
This Tumblr's tag line is 'Everything you need to know about the life of a graphic designer.' The site is dedicated to students and amateur designers, posting up inspirational imagery and projects to inspire those with a little creative block.
The blog also links to a site filled with great tutorials and further inspiration for all your creative needs. It is in Spanish, however, so you may need to do a bit of translating first.
23. Graphic Porn
Graphic Porn is a feast for the eyes as soon as you click. The designs featured on the blog mainly stem from print copy, ranging from vintage tendencies to those with futuristic scope.
Sifting through the posts, it's comforting to see the range in which graphic design can breathe life into a somewhat 'dying medium'. They say print is dead? It's alive and kicking on Graphic Porn.
With a tag line of "Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe", this Tumblr blog is certainly one of the most intriguing we've ever come across. Featuring beautiful photography of graphic design, fashion and people, it's well worth checking out.
We especially love the links tab, which directs you to a random design Tumblr blog for more creative inspiration. It's great to see Reform sharing the design love!
Slapdashing is a blog dedicated to graphic design inspiration. As well as posting up lots of pretty pictures and awesome layouts, it sub-categorises its features to make the blog as user-friendly as possible. Tabs include typography, branding, UI and packaging, which means there's plenty of inspiration to be had. Charmingly, the blog finishes off with an 'aimless crap' tab - a more light-hearted approach to inspiring creatives. Check out the kid who turns into a car!
26. Design Dust
Design Dust is a Tumblr blog bringing together great examples of photography, graphic design, fashion, architecture and other creative matter. A great place to visit for a quick burst of design inspiration.
27. Pratt Jeff Rubio
Jeff Rubio is 22-year-old New York artist and designer currently studying at Pratt Institute. The blog is very professional-looking, with its artistic appearance and sleek layout.
Jeff regularly posts inspirational projects and designs that have recently caught his eye, showcasing his eager approach to learning about the world of design. His contribution is on a regular basis, which makes all the difference when it comes to a great blog.
28. We and the Color
Number 20 in our best Tumblr blogs for designers is We and the Color, a creative outlet for showcasing the very best in graphic design, illustration and art inspiration. The Tumblr proves that you can find creative ideas in just about anything as they post about architecture, fashion and photography.
The layout of the site is easy to use, with external links and useful websites for a creative in any field. They're on the up on Twitter too, nearing 5,000 followers in only a short amount of time. Get involved whilst they're still fresh!
29. Typography Feed
Typography Feed is an image-led Tumblr gallery that serves up a beautiful examples of typography from around the web. The blog benefits from a clean design, a helpful tagging system, and above all a great selection of work.
30. Beautiful Type
Beautiful Type was started in 2010 by two web designers, Francis Chouqet and Aurélien Foutoyet, who share the same passion for typography.
This gorgeous Tumblr blog does exactly what it says on the tin and showcases incredible typography illustrations and inspiring videos from around the web. It also has a page dedicated to awesome design and type related books.
F**k Yeah Typography is a celebration of all this type, collated by a type-lover. If you've never really 'got' typography, then this is the blog to change your mind. The blog features appreciation of new and unique fonts, whilst also showcasing 'how-it-was-made' videos. There's also some cheeky banter thrown in for good measure - including a dig at Helvetica. Each to their own!
This stunning Tumblr blog states its content as "graphic finds" but it's so much more than that. Collecting endless typography inspiration from vintage packaging, recent branding and print design means that whatever typography task you're faced with, TypeToy is the place to go.
We love the layout of the blog, as it's an instant feast for the eyes. The moment you visit, you're faced with tons of type variations, styles and trends. Whether you're starting out in typography or you're a seasoned pro, TypeToy is the perfect Tumblr blog for you.
Lacking in typography inspiration? You only need to take one look at the accumulation of all things type on Typophile to get your quick fix.
Featuring designs on print, on buildings and on just about anything, you can see for yourself just how much typography can go. There's also at least one post a day, so if you don't like what you see (which is unlikely) keep checking back.
34. Font Police
Oh, how others can get it so wrong with fonts. Here, the Font Police get it right with a dig at those cringe-worthy offenders that make even the most laid-back scream at the screen in astonishment.
Most typographers would never dream of committing such horrific crimes but do yourself a favour and check this out before you get designing. This is one blog you wouldn't want to be featured on!
35. Good typography
As you can probably tell, this blog is pretty self-explanatory. Created by Costa Rican Ricardo, Good Typography concentrates on well, good typography. It's a neat little accumulation of type from around the web that's a perfect solution to any inspirational woes. Sometimes, he'll even comment on why he likes them - only if you're lucky, though.
36. Type worship
Former head of design at MSN EMEA and now the director of digital creative agency Thin Martian, you could say that James Clarke has a fair few strings to his bow.
As Tumblr blogs go, this is a cracker, and Type Worship showcases James' love of all things typography (and he picks some really good ones) as well as reviews and interviews with typography designers. A perfect example of how typography should be done.
37. NYC Type
Luke Connolly likes New York and what better way is there to express that love than by photographing its best typography? Whilst walking around the city, Luke takes out his Nikon D700 and clicks away at any lettering that takes his fancy.
He features all five boroughs of New York, which means that the blog features a colourful expansion of every kind of typography you could ever wish for. Ok, maybe not every kind but the whole of New York is a pretty good start!
Working as a designer, it's inevitable that you're going to run into some difficult clients. If you reach the point of wanting to tear your hair out, take a look at the first site in our best Tumblr blogs list: Clients From Hell. Set up by a collective of designers, this Tumblr showcases some of the best client horror stories.
Ranging from the unpaid to the plain unbelievable, Clients From Hell will have you laughing in astonishment. Our favourite?
CLIENT: I can't pay you.
CLIENT: Because my client hasn't paid me.
ME: I can see how that could be frustrating.
39. More Than This
If you've ever wondered where the world of design is heading, take a look at More Than This. Brought to you by the collective Everyday Institute, the blog strives to document and comment on the ever-changing role of design as it's happening.
Whether the shifts are happening in education, in professional practice or on the front line, the team at More Than This will be on hand to let you know. Sure, most of the content is question-oriented but who has all the answers? One of the best Tumblr blogs for any budding or professional creative.
40. Startup quote
Starting out as a newbie on the design circuit can be a daunting endeavour. If you find yourself struggling to gain the momentum needed for the day, take a look at Startup Quote. The blog collects numerous inspirational quotes from a range of top dogs in the creative realm. With over 19,000 followers on Twitter, it's clear to see that designers from across the globe appreciate an inspirational quote or two. Start off the day with Startup Quote and you'll be ready and raring to go. Look out, world!
41. Field Study
Field Study is a Tumblr blog created by NYC based product/UX/UI designer and illustrator Keenan Cummings. Often posting about works in progress, it's a great insight into the life of a working designer.
As it's also completely unedited and personal, Field Study is truer to life than most. If you're looking for a range of inspiration, interviews and openly honest commentary, then Field Study is the place for you.
42. Inspired Mark
Inspired Mark is the Tumblr home of web architect Mark Collins. The site plays host to a range of Dribbbles, illustrations and campaigns that Mark himself finds inspirational.
Featuring a range of tabs including brand identity, icongraphy, interface and typography, Inspired Mark has everything you'll ever need to see what works. You can also visit Mark's personal website at www.inspiredmark.com.
The Tumblr is full of inspirational videos and commentary as well as David's own experiences. Here, you can see what works, what doesn't and what you can try out yourself.
44. Drop Shadows
Most recently David has featured the Chrome Developer Tools settings - giving useful insights and tips about some hidden gems that may just help you out. Also featured are GIT submodules, jQuery and WebKit.
Little Big Details does just what it says on the tin, showing us the importance of the little details. Focusing on user interface inspiration, the site showcases all the components that make up some of your favourite programmes.
Each post may contain details you already know about but most of the time, you'll be pleasantly surprised at the little big details of popular gadgets and creative programming. The blog also contains a job listings tab, which is a perfect outlet for aspiring developers.
46. Inspire My Web
Inspire My Web is a Tumblr packed full of fantastic HTML5 and design inspiration. If that isn't enough to get you clicking, the site also contains easy to follow web design tutorials focusing on CSS3, HTML5 and jQuery.
Moreover, Inspire My Web also covers responsive development, which is an important aspect for any web developer. Perfect for web inspiration, tips and tutorials.
47. Steph Sassine
Steph Sassine is an interactive designer, combining both digital and graphic development. Acting as a sort of online portfolio, you can browse through Steph's interactive art, web design, graphic design, shorts and fine art.
The charming thing about this Tumblr is the way that it's presented. The Polaroids are neatly laid out once you hover over them, making the site interesting as well as highly interactive. There's also a questions tab, which means Steph is at hand for any queries.
48. Ely Folio
Ely Folio is the online portfolio of Portuguese designer Elisa Sophia. It features her work with clients such as Volkswagen, Delta and Nike, which will serve as perfect inspiration for any budding designer.
She has also dabbled in illustration and print design, which you can check out via the left-hand tabs. Elisa also has a personal blog, where she posts some very nice imagery and videos which are well worth checking out. See it for yourself at www.elyland.blogspot.co.uk.
49. UX Rave
Sometimes the nitty-gritty of user experience can get a little tedious. Take a look at UX Rave for inspiration, infographics and interfaces, with handy tips and examples of success stories.
Georg has an impressive history, with over 10 years of entrepreneurial experience and an in-depth background in design and technology. Prior to FiftyThree, he started a consumer electronic business at Microsoft in partnership with Samsung, started the Pioneer Studios a design venture fund, worked on historical sites in Germany (Burg Pyrmont), and was part of the launch of HDTV at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Phew!
The craze for Instagram just went a little further with this Tumblr. Designagram reposts every Instagram photograph with the tags #design, #graphicdesign, #advertising and #typography in the hopes of giving a more diverse view of what people perceive as design.
It's a wonderful insight into the world of design, with many of the photographs posted by non-designers. It may just open your eyes into a new creative world.
If you're into landscape and cityscape photography then you should definitely follow this gorgeous Tumblr The World We Live In. The site is run by two women, Karishma and Julie, who clearly love everything the Earth has to offer.
Starting back in 2009, the blog now has a huge archive of inspiring images taken from places like Flickr, Behance and National Geographic. This site is perfect for finding inspiration from our natural surroundings and also for anyone wondering where to holiday next!
53. It's Complicated
"All my life I have always needed more," is the quote by Elizabeth Wurtzel on Leslie Seuffert's blog It's Complicated. And when she finds more, usually in the form of amazing photos, she shares them here.
Also featuring a generous helping of artwork, this blog is perfect for anyone looking for creative inspiration. Featuring everything from gorgeous black and white portraits to brilliant cityscapes, there's something here for everyone.
Photojojo, the store that sells gear for the modern photographer, also run this cool Tumblr blog, which shows off cool photography related projects.
If you're tired of looking at generic photography sites then Photojojo is definitely worth taking a look at. The team manage to find some of the weirdest and most wonderful work from around the world, so you're sure to find some ideas on how to really stretch your imagination.
55. Unhappy Hipsters
After coming across this Tumblr recently, we couldn't not include it in our list. Unhappy Hipsters is a blog that is full of inspiring photographs of modern design and architecture. Only there's a twist. Each image is accompanied by a brilliant, dead-pan caption, which gives each image a entirely different feel.
A brilliant idea from its founders, writer Molly Jane Quinn and graphic designer Jenna Talbott. It's certainly a welcome addition to the often serious world of architecture and design.
If you're an amateur photographer looking for inspiration and other new talent then this is the Tumblr blog for you. The site is run by 24-year-old Santiago-Chile based Sabino Aguad Castoldi and features a wealth of stunning imagery.
Regularly updated, this is the place to find fresh work by up-and-coming photographers. Sabino also ensure to add credits to each image so you can find out more detail about any of the artists who are featured.
57. Megan McIsaac
This is the photo journal of professional photographer Megan Kathleen McIsaac, and showcases Megan's work and life as a photographer.
There are no tiny, watermarked photos here, with all the pics presented in a large enough format to appreciate the skill that's gone into their creation. The minimalist theme really enables Megan's work to jump off the screen. It's a great example of what can be achieved with Tumblr.
58. From me to you
From Me To You is the Tumblr of NYC-based photographer Jamie Beck. Jamie's a great photographer, and you'll find a selection of her work here. You'll also find some really inspiring cinemagraphs on her site, with good reason, because Jamie was the co-founder of the whole cinemagraph movement.
59. Lefty Lens
LeftyLens is the Tumblr blog of Rei Mooney, a Hawaiian based photographer. Rei's Tumblr blog features a selection of her work (more of which you can find on her official site), but also offers a snapshot - via images, naturally - into the life of a professional photographer.
The Mighty Pencil collective is behind this great Tumblr blog, which features a selection of the best contemporary illustrators and some of the inspiring work they create.
Updated on a less frequent basis than Eat Sleep Draw, We Love Illustration is another resource for inspirational work, and according to the site's owner "is meant to serve as a source of inspiration and motivation for art and illustration lovers". We think it achieves both.
Presented as an online art gallery, Eat Sleep Draw brings you huge amounts of inspirational illustration and art each week. Updated on an almost hourly basis, if the best Tumblr blogs were decided on frequency of posting, it would be a clear winner. In fact, it's easy to find yourself 30 pages into this Tumblr blog and suddenly wonder where the last two hours went (and why you're behind on that article you should have submitted over an hour ago).
When you're looking for that perfect illustration inspiration, completing endless Google searches can really take it out of you. Well, that's where Illozine comes in handy - a Tumblr blog dedicated to the curation of awesome and inspiring illustrations.
The blog is run by Philadelphia-based freelance illustrator Miguel Mansur. Miguel's work is gorgeous and it's great to see him share some of his illustration inspiration. You can easily contact Miguel for projects or to contribute your own illustrations for illozine.
There's a pretty big clue to this Tumblr blog's content in the title of the site. You've guessed it, Old Book Illustrations brings you the finest collection of 15th century walking sticks on the web. Ha! We're kidding, of course.
This site actually brings you fantastic illustrations from old and ancient books, with references to the illustrators and where they first appeared. The illustrations provide inspiring snapshots into the era when they first appeared.
If you're looking for illustration-based inspiration then look no further, as Leivos provides daily posts that showcase work from illustrators around the world.
Curated by designers Shyra and Veronika, this Tumblr blog is a virtual pinboard for their favourite pieces, and is a great place to get lost in some seriously cool work.
66. Scanned Life
This is the surreal playground of Sean Godsey, and includes all manner of weird and wonderful illustrations and animations. You won't find any Pixar-quality CGI in attendance, but what you will find is a serious dose of humour, mixed into some messed up illustrations - which we love. And we hope you enjoy this, often slightly disturbing, glimpse into Sean's mind, too. Definitely one of the more different Tumblr blogs in our list.
Kirsty Modarelli has creating something truly special in The Aldas Project: 366 Drawings For Good. The idea behind Aldas (pronounced ull-dosh, and Hungarian for "blessing") is to create a new illustration for every day of 2012 - a challenge in itself - but to also raise money for a number of charities by selling off the artwork via an Etsy page.
Money goes to one of three non-profit organizations: 826 National, The Schoerke Foundation, and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
What can we say? If you're interested in 3D then you need to be following this blog. On Tumblr 3D you'll find inspiration, tutorials, news and a whole lot more. The design is simple, which is the best choice for a site that showcases such gorgeous work.
With an archive going back to April 2011, there's plenty to keep you inspired and entertained.
69. Losing Shadow
This is a really interesting look at how a student's final year project is being developed in Maya. Relatively new to Tumblr, Hong Kong student 'bun bun' is posting frequent updates via sketches and videos.
It's definitely one to watch, and though only a few months old, we hope bun bun continues to post.
As with most good Tumblr blogs, the ones with real value come from people who are passionate about a specific area of interest. Here, 3D artist Draise provides a resource for the freeware 3D graphics and animation package trueSpace.
The blog features work, tutorials, and download files that will enable you to master this free 3D tool.
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