Staff Favorites: 5 tumblrs We’re Following
Today’s edition of staff favorites comes from yours truly, Brian Fichtner, helmsman of The Ghostly Store. In the never-ending search for awesome and inspiring design, art, and clothing, I come across countless tumblr blogs, many of which I bookmark and return to when I’m in need of inspiration. tumblr, like Pinterest to follow, has allowed millions to become self-proclaimed curators of virtually any theme under the sky. Spend some time tumbling down the rabbit hole that is the tumblr ecosphere and you’ll soon realize that some are a great deal better at this pastime than others. Starting with today’s post, we’ll try to keep up with a semi-regular spotlight on some of the best tumblrs we’ve come across. If you’ve got some of your own to share, feel free to add links in the comment section.
The consistency of this site is astonishing, given the varied image content. Covering modern architecture, landscapes, apparel, military gear, and anime, with the image content often grouped over time by color themes, TECH_SPEC is hands down one of my favorite tumblr blogs.
Things Organized Neatly
The name pretty much says it all. A captivating tumblr of things, any variety of thing you can imagine, organized neatly. This site appeals to the natural born merchant in me. It also provides a surprising sense of serenity, when you reflect on the sheer abundance of ‘stuff’ in the world.
No, this tumblr is not run by Dieter Rams. Nor is it run by any Dieter Rams institute or affiliation. However, it does have a great image repository of Dieter Rams designed products and furniture. Some of the non-Dieter designed inclusions (products supposedly inspired by Rams) are questionable and tend to break up the cohesion of an otherwise great tumblr, but all in all, it’s a great site to visit when you need to be reminded of what iconic design looks like.
For some reason, there are a great many tumblrs that use the word ‘porn’ in their name, as though readers are being forewarned that the content is lascivious or immoral. Too bad, because Cabin Porn is quite the opposite. On those days when you feel shackled to your computer, transporting yourself to a place of serenity among the great outdoors (even if only through gazing longingly at this tumblr), can do a great deal to restore your sense of peace. It’s also a good reminder to get away from it all once in awhile.
Despite the claims that digital media will herald the end of the physical, we remain devoted consumers of the tangible. A wall of books, like a prominently displayed collection of vinyl records, says far more about its owner than a digital library. These objects trigger our emotions and memories in ways that a digital file simply cannot. Perhaps that is why I love a site like Bookshelf Porn. It’s a hearty reminder that our connection to books, having evolved over thousands of years, is not likely to be supplanted any time soon.