Vignelli: Minimal Tumblr theme

Tumblr is a superb microblogging platform for folks who want to get up and running with minimum hassle. The feature set is constantly improving and there are already a number of good themes available. However, when I was searching for a minimalist-style theme, I couldn’t find one I was particularly happy with.

I decided to create to my own free minimal Tumblr theme, inspired loosely by the great Modernist Massimo Vignelli, and the style of my own blog.

Vignelli theme screenshot

Colour customisation

Colours for the following elements are completely customisable once the theme has been installed:

  • Top border colour
  • Site title colour
  • Link colour
  • Link hover colour
  • Button colour
  • Button hover colour
  • Post title colour
  • Post title link colour

To customise these colours, click ‘Customize’ from the site menu in your Dashboard, then ‘Appearance’ from the menu bar.

Twitter status and social links

To show your latest Twitter status and links to other accounts you have on the web, simply add your own usernames under the ‘Appearance’ menu on your Tumblr ‘Customization’ screen.


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  2. I managed to replace my site title with an image [logo]although it did take a while, with lots of trial and error. Check it out at

  3. thats a great tumblr theme i use this one for my travel blog

  4. Thank you very much for the great & easy Tumblr Theme! Will check it out next time and will let you know if all things working.

  5. I think you’re right.

  6. Writing from Jamaica. I am a newbie. I want to add links to other websites under Elsewhere just the way you have the Vignelli link. I expect there will be about 10 links. Can you please tell me how to do this probably basic step? Thank you, Don

  7. Hi Robbie – I love the theme, and while not done, I haven’t had any problems customizing the details on the main page. That said, when I click on an image, it takes me to a page like this:
    On those images, the drop shadow that I removed from the main pages remains. I’m wondering how to go about adjusting that for this “zoomed” page.

    Also, is it possible to change the “back” link to take you to the main blog instead of the specific post related to the image?



  8. Hi Robbie, LOVE your theme!

    Couple of question (if you or anyone can answer):
    - How can I place the “Home, Archive, RSS, etc” links into the right sidebar (instead of in the header area) ?

    - How can I move your credit to the footer?

    - How can I put a header image at the top?

    - Is it possible to have “Endless scrolling”? If so how?

    Thanks for this great and simple theme!

  9. Hi Robbie
    Fantastic work with the theme, it works great! I’ve been trying to modify it a bit and coming into some trouble (though I am a novice with HTML/CSS I must be known!)

    I wonder if you can help me with the following:

    1. How do you remove the shadow around images?
    2. How do you change the date type style to helvetica so it looks like the res of the type?
    3. How do you remove the search box?
    4. How do you remove the key line between posts?

    Many thank for your help Robbie, keep up the great work!

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

  10. Gabriel Pinzón

    Hello, Robbie, I have a question: is there any way to show one’s personal avatar on the header or the right column of the theme?

  11. I’m curious how to use the “elsewhere” feature. I cannot seem to figure this out.

  12. Awesome theme, and I appreciate the heck out of the Big Lebowski reference in your About Me. Good man.

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