If you want to stand out in today’s digital age, it’s vital that you establish an online presence.
Whether you’re a graphic designer, web developer or social media strategist, you need your own online platform for showing off your greatest pieces of work.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing exactly how you wedge your foot in the door of the World Wide Web, with WordPress, Blogger, About.me and TypePad all being viable options. But if you want to quickly and effortlessly establish yourself online for free, with a wide array of visually stunning themes available, then look no further than Tumblr.
Traditionally Tumblr is used for ‘Tumblogging’, posting short blog posts in the form of images and videos and accompanied by snippets of texts, but with the right theme it can easily be transformed into an online portfolio of your work.
Below we have collected the best Tumblr Portfolio Themes that we have come across, both free and premium.
Built from the ground up with the sole purpose of being a portfolio theme, hasaportfolio adopts a grid like structure to display content thumbnails and videos.
Tumblofolio (not the easiest name to say) is a highly customisable folio theme, ‘exclusively hand crafted for those whole wanted to show their work or photo gallery in the most authentic and in the best possible way’.
The Organ theme is probably the most unique Tumblr theme there is, best suited to a photographer or designer. Inspired by the organ piano, each CSS driven ‘pipe’ is fully animated to display a full size image.
Time Goes Back
Time Goes Back is a clean, simplistic and fresh looking theme, packed with useful features such as contact form integration, custom page layouts and more.
Boasting 30+ customisation options, Litefolio is perfectly suited to designers, photographers and illustrators.
Dubbing itself as a ‘A fresh, clean and stylish Portfolio’, squaredFolio features Cufon Font replacement, image slider and Google Analytics integration.
Domericano is another grid like theme, with a highly responsive layout and endless scrolling.
Sporting fun mouse over effects and a simplistic front end, Meteoro 2028 ticks all the right boxes if you’re looking for a minimal but robust Tumblr theme.
Vision features thumbnails of all your content, to visually display as much information on the home page as possible.
PopGallery was created purely for visual portfolios, with fun mouse over effects and a far from serious approach to Tumblr themes.
As the name suggests, Cleanfolio adopts a simple and minimalistic approach with a large image slider and a range of customisable options.
Strands seamlessly combines your blog with your portfolio, allowing you to showcase your work alongside your thoughts and ramblings.
LA Themes, the makers of Gallera, have also opted for a visually driven Tumblr theme. With a clean feel with a ‘subtle grunge background texture’, it’s an easy an effective way to showcase your work.
The Eclipse header features a spot to place a portrait of yourself, allowing you to great the visitors of your website with a smile!
If you would rather stick to WordPress but love the features and simplicity of Tumblr, the Tinyblog theme does a great job of making your WordPress site behave like a Tumblr.
Simplefolio is, as you can imagine, a simple gallery style Tumblr theme best suited to design agencies or photographers.
SlimBlolio (a tricky one to pronounce) incorporates your portfolio and Tumblog, allowing you to easily document your project’s life cycle.
The highly customisable Rapture from Christine Wilde features a fully widgetised sidebar, Google fonts integration and DisQus comments.
Star Aurora is a simple but colourful grid based theme, with infinite scrolling and a responsive design.
Purify efficiently responds to your browser size with smoothly animated grid posts. Boasting over 40 appearance options with Vimeo and Youtube support, you can really make it your own!
Do you use Tumblr for your portfolio? Do you have a favourite portfolio theme? Let us know in the comments.
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