Tumblr is home to a little less than three hundred million tumblelogs, and more than five hundred million visitors every month. Suffice to say, Tumblr is one of the biggest platforms for creative content.
Below is a collection of Tumblrs, with content varying from old films to submitted illustrations.
1. Design Story
Design Story posts submitted art; as illustrations, as GIFs, as typography, and sometimes even short reels of animation. The Tumblr is carefully curated, with only the best work finally ending up on the blog. Design Story is a good place to go to for design inspiration, and a good place, too, to find exceptional illustrators and animators. (Note from March 11 ’17: Design Story’s Tumblr has disappeared from the Internet, and so have its other profiles, so this entry on the list is zilch now.)
EatSleepDraw is much like the aforementioned Tumblr, but is, perhaps, a little more well-known. Its standards are slightly lower, though, but according to its curators, having your work published on EatSleepDraw is considered equivalent to having it published in a proper magazine—even more so, in fact, since EatSleepDraw has a considerably larger audience than several magazines.
3. The New Yorker
The New Yorker publishes weekly doses of satirical political cartoons, literature, interviews and the usual cultural material. Their Tumblr is entertaining in particular because of their daily cartoons, and their weekly issue covers.
4. Houghton Library
Houghton Library stores Harvard University’s archives of old books and manuscripts, and every once in a while, the library posts something from its collection on Tumblr. Its illustrations and photographs are fascinating, even digitally.
5. Fictitious Dishes
From To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
From The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
From On The Road, by Jack Kerouac
From The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger
From Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll.
Fictitious Dishes is a book (and a website) by Dinah Fried, and comprises a series of photographs of meals from literature. There’s Holden’s milk and sandwich from The Catcher in the Rye, chicken breakfast from To Kill a Mockingbird, tea from the Mad Hatter’s table, and lots more. The Tumblr has these photographs, as well as posts of illustrations of food from books.
6. Nitrate Diva
Nitrate Diva is a blog run by a vintage film enthusiast, and she regularly posts “old movie GIFs, darling”. There is also a WordPress counterpart, with longer articles and reviews and write-ups, and that sort of thing. Nitrate Diva brings back to life the slowly dying world of early cinema, and might even convince you to try some of the films and see for yourselves.
7. 9 Squares
9 Squares is a collaborative project begun by Al Boardman, Skip Dolphin Hursh, and David Stanfield. For each work, nine animators make nine GIFs based on a specified colour scheme. The similarities and differences amongst nine different styles of animation can be entertaining, if that’s what you like in an art blog.