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Tumblr has changed the way most of us think about blogs. Not only shifting our expectation from text to images, but the structure, layout and emotional appeal we can create ourselves is dramatically improved. For years blogs with beautiful themes, style and content were relegated to design studios and art institutes — until Tumblr. With a total focus on allowing anyone to easily implement a high-art template, source quality content and share virally (sometimes at the cost of usability, or copyright) it clearly struck a nerve.

The ugly truth: why beautiful wins in 2012 — GigaOm

I think the big downfall for independent publishers is the difficulty in building a community around their content, especially in the wake of things like Twitter and Facebook Pages, which have the effect of decentralizing communities away from content. It’s easier to latch onto something else. One day, a reader noted to me that I should look at Tumblr, saying that my content would be a good fit there. So, after playing with a few ideas, I decided to custom-build a Tumblr theme and to see what happened. We ran both for about four or five months. Within a couple months, it became clear that two things were happening: 1) It was starting to take off (roughly 15,000 followers in a year), and 2) A strong news-oriented community was building up on Tumblr. By February, it was clear the WordPress page wasn’t where the action was happening, so we moved to Tumblr fully and haven’t looked back.

From a really nice Interview with Ernie Smith from ShortFormBlog; see the whole thing here

The BBC has unveiled a new beta version of its home page today and although we do love the revamp, it does look a LOT like a Tumblr theme, doesn’t it? The home page is full of large, no-nonsense typography, lots of lovely photo content and everything can be scrolled from side to side, much like we’re playing around with one big iPad. There are also a few cool new features too, like location based preferences. It seems that over the past year or so more and more brands and organisations have begun to use their websites as places to showcase all kinds of rich content in a grid-like format. Of course we don’t REALLY think the BBC is ripping off Tumblr, but it’s quite interesting that the blogging platform stood out from its competitors early on because it made innovative decisions about design, as apposed to adopting a more conventional look.

Has the BBC borrowed a Tumblr theme for its new beta home page? : Shiny Shiny

More flattery for David, Peter and Jacob

A key tenet of Tumblr’s design aesthetic is obvious from looking at its interface: Simplicity. “We really enjoy seeing a small simple page free of clutter,” says Vidani. “If we can get rid of anything, we will.” While other blogging platforms might hype their range of constantly growing features, Vidani says, his team does everything they can to minimalize them, or, in some cases, remove them. “We think the users are smart, and don’t need things ‘sold’ to them,” he says. “Keeping this in mind gets rid of the clutter, like labels and chatty copy.”

Really nice Fast Company interview with Peter about the Tumblr design process
High-res Anderson Timeline (1991): Traveling to AfricaIn December, after several months of working at Channel One, Anderson, now 24, comes up with a plan to become a foreign correspondent. Hear him talk about his experience!
This is a really cool timeline, but what I love most is the nice execution of the Tumblr share functionality—you can post any year from the timeline as a separate entry on your Tumblr blog.
Anderson Timeline (1991): Traveling to Africa
In December, after several months of working at Channel One, Anderson, now 24, comes up with a plan to become a foreign correspondent. Hear him talk about his experience!

This is a really cool timeline, but what I love most is the nice execution of the Tumblr share functionality—you can post any year from the timeline as a separate entry on your Tumblr blog.

Rupert Murdoch: Too Big To Fail? News Corp.'s revenue picture Where the profits come from A varied picture of financial interests So how big was News of the World? Murdoch on his very large empire Comments and suggestions? Contact us!

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Rupert Murdoch’s empire, in graphical form: Tumblr’s new multi-photo layout feature seems really freaking cool to us. So we had this idea for seeing how we’d use it to present news. Our subject? Rupert Murdoch and News Corp. — mainly, to emphasize the scope of the dude’s empire. We created this in about an hour using InDesign. Enjoy! (Some sources we used: Mogulite, L.A. Times, The Guardian, The National Post, News Corp.)

This is so well done. Congrats.

(via shortformblog)