Tumblr is a visual platform. Everyone shares images, they get reblogged, and widely shared. Even though you can use another site as your home base, you should always consider Tumblr as a social platform to share your work. And the best way to do this is to use a portfolio theme!
There are thousands of Tumblr themes, and most of them focus on image content, so how should you choose the best theme for your portfolio? Well, here are some guidelines for you to consider when choosing a portfolio theme:
Of course, if you want something slightly more in-depth than what Tumblr can offer, you might want to look for a WordPress theme instead. This collection of WordPress themes for graphic designers is a good starting point.
Here’s a selection of 10 Tumblr themes that will make a great portfolio:
Résumé is a unique theme specially made for the creative and visually striking. You can set it up to have a large cover image with your logo and social media links. On the top, there’s always an availability bar with a link to hire you (goes to any page or email as it is customizable). Then you can setup your About Me text with a link, your experience and skills, portfolio thumbnails, testimonials, clients, newsletter… and all widgets in the sidebar. It’s the perfect theme for your portfolio.
This theme will also make a great portfolio. It has all the features mentioned above and a colorful style that can be customized in the Appearance panel. Very bold and it will make a statement.
Clean and fun, Mood is a simple yet catchy theme for Tumblr. Its zigzag layout is unique and not many sites look like this, so your portfolio will sure make an impact. It features all the above guidelines, so just set it up and you are good to go.
An amazing theme for photography but it can be used for illustration or design. With a full-screen slideshow, an intro where you can introduce yourself and thumbnails of your work. Also includes a newsletter block, widgets, social media links and all above features.
If you like all information at hand and easy to see in the first look, NeatFolio might be the one for you. It has a sidebar with the navigation and widgets that is always available and a grid featuring the content that loads when scrolled.
If you are into a simpler portfolio with just your work and social media links, check Mimesi. It has a clean design that will make your work pop.
With an Agency-style approach, Casimir is great if you are positioning yourself as an Agency or a Solopreneur. It has special sections in the homepage to present yourself, your work and your clients.
Very minimal looking and white, focusing on your content only. Even though this theme doesn’t have any widgets, it has the basics.
Rich, fun and colorful. If your style fits, you should look into Supple. It is a great theme for an illustrator or graphic designer.
And to end, this listing here’s a free alternative. It has a beautiful and clean design, but with a distinct touch of the circular thumbnails. Simple, yet very catchy and with a premium version in case you want to go a little further with options.
So, don’t forget: even though you might have another online portfolio using your own platform, set up one using Tumblr. Tumblr is a huge social network and highly focused on visuals, so who knows who can see your work and be your next client? All major brands are there, so consider it and choose one of these amazing themes.