Whether you're a creative director on the hunt for new talent, or a developer looking for some web design inspiration, Tumblr is full of inspirational work. The micro blogging service and social network makes it mega-easy for anyone wanting to know how to start a 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.
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It's this ease of use, and social appeal, that has 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.
With that in mind, we've done all the hard work for you, and brought you the best Tumblr blogs for designers, covering graphic design, photography, illustration, typography and more. First up, let's check out the best Tumblrs for design inspiration and curation. Enjoy!
01. Richard Turley
It's difficult to categorise Richard Turley's blog – so we're not even going try: we'll just put it first in this list, in its own category of general 'inspiration'. MTV's first-ever senior vice president of visual storytelling and deputy editorial director runs an eclectic blog full of images that inspire him or catch his eye. It's random, crazy and worth a look.
Richard Turley out of the way, our first group of great Tumblr blogs seeks to surface and curate the best and most inspiring design work on the planet, across disciplines. 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...
Updated seven days a week, Radiographista keeps things nice and orderly by posting three lovely things every day, with a set theme for every day: Sunday is web design, Monday is branding, Tuesday is typography, Wednesday is editorial, Thursday is industrial, Friday is illustration and Saturday is all about architecture.
03. Design Clever
Design Clever is a collaboration by Jonathan Ring and Bethany Baker – two aspiring graphic designers with a passion for everything design related. So, they created this brilliant Tumblr blog to collate anything and everything that inspires them. "This blog was created to showcase talented designers all over the world and their amazing talents," they explain.
04. Adult Art Club
A creative practice working in the grey area of design, art direction and illustration, Adult Art Club is run by Jonny Costello. The Tumblr is packed full of inspirational imagery including beautiful photography and graphic design. Head here for class and elegance.
Design is Fine is the Tumblr blog of German lecturer Rea Riegel, curating finds from the 15th century to the present day, along with inspiring products and art from Before the Common Era. "Imagine a time with no computers," Riegel encourages. "But with lots of craftsmanship and universal creativity. I am a copy writer and lecturer for design history from Germany. This is my personal library. Anybody else, get inspired and enjoy."
Design Everywhere is a daily dose of visual inspirations found by Preston Tham and Michelle Yong. Unless otherwise stated, everything you see or read on the DesignEverywhere blog is the property of respective owners. We adore their selections, which make for that perfect impact of inspiration.
Surprisingly, you can find tonnes of inspiration in interior design no matter which design method you currently practise. In this Tumblr blog there are hundreds of influences and styles, which can only help to improve your own work. What's more, you can stare at your dream home for hours.
Curioos brings you a selection of the very best digital artworks by up and coming illustrators and designers from across the world. There's plenty of inspiration to be had here, as the guys behind the blog don't stick to one discipline. Whatever illustration or graphic design style you like, you'll no doubt find a few examples here.
09. Baubau House
Baubau Haus is here to feed your daily need for design, illustration, photography, fashion and other art-related content. Inspiring for almost every creative out there, this is one of the best curation-based Tumblr blogs out there.
Providing stunning design inspiration in almost every field, you can't go wrong with ReformRevolution. Including photography, graphic design, illustration and portfolio updates from some of the best designers, this is a Tumblr blog to fall in love with.
If you love colour, Charlotte Audrey Owen-Meehan is your go-to girl for popping inspiration. A freelance designer and illustrator based in Birmingham, UK, she works for the likes of Lonely Planet, Poke London and Orange. As soon as we clicked on Owen-Meehan's Tumblr, we were instantly transported to summer thanks to her knack for finding the brightest of inspirations.
12. Well Made Studio
Well Made Studio is a team of designers working for lifestyle, arts and publishing clients. Specialising in brand identities, print campaigns and websites, its Tumblr blog is not only full of inspiration but important opinions about the design industry itself. Head here if you're looking for career advice as well as some lovely imagery.
13. 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 content is flagged as either '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 designs on the platform and is open to submissions. It's a great place to see the work of others as well as network with designers worldwide.
16. 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 the team. Both are sure to inspire creatives from all backgrounds.
18. 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 continent 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. Laughing Squid
Laughing Squid is 'an online resource for interesting art, culture and technology'. And, after winning the People's Voice Award for Best Cultural Blog, it's clearly doing a good job at finding interesting and engaging content.
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, while 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 graphic design and illustration duo Naomi Ray and Justina Bailey, who are part of the Vice blogging network. 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. It also features a paragraph or two with every post, so you know exactly what you're looking at, with handy links too.
Don't we all love nice things? 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 fonts, 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.
27. The design blog
The design blog prides itself on being different from most inspirational Tumblr blogs. The Croatian designer behind it, Ena Baćanović, cares 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, a 'designer of the week' is picked, with their work featured on the blog, Facebook and Twitter. It's a great site for any budding creative.
Juxtapose is the Tumblr blog of 20-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 who likes looking at nice things, which is almost anyone right?