Bringhurst Tumblr Theme

September 2010

Heavily based on Robert Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style, Bringhurst is the perfect Tumblr theme for those who love typography and want to honor their content! View a live demo and download it today.

An elegant, usable theme for Tumblr based on Robert Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style.

24 responses to Bringhurst Tumblr Theme:

1. Michael:

Can a custom .png header be used in place of the text header? Furthermore, is SEO somehow incorporated in this or any other of your tumblr themes?


October 8, 2010

2. Bruno:

I’m afraid the theme does not natively have an option for a .png header, as it’s mostly designed to be all about beautiful typography. As for SEO, I’m not entirely sure what you mean by your question. Search engine optimization depends, more than anything, on what content you put on your site and how well structured it is. Natasha took great care to craft this theme using the cleanest, most semantic code possible, which will help your content communicate its purpose to search engines, but there is nothing that you could add to the theme itself that will simply boost search rankings regardless of content.  As always, you are welcome to dig into the code to customize it for your own uses, if you would like. Thanks!

October 8, 2010

3. tree:

This is a beautiful theme. I’m very happy with it, apart from one tiny thing. Instead of inserting a blank line and starting new text on the following line, hard returns indent new text on the next line. This is very pretty when writing in paragraph form (as it is undoubtedly designed for), but extremely unhelpful when posting poetry. Not being very handy at these things myself, I did manage to work out how to stop it indenting. But I cannot for the life of me make there be a blank line between paragraphs without manually coding in line breaks. Please help!

November 29, 2010

4. Natasha:

Hi, Tree. I sent you an e-mail regarding this matter. Thanks for posting!

November 30, 2010

5. JP:

I purchased this theme but am having a hard time uploading it onto my site. Help!

December 3, 2010

6. Natasha:

Hi, JP, I’m pretty sure I e-mailed you yesterday. Resending to this address just to make sure…

December 3, 2010

Hi, JP, I’m pretty sure I e-mailed you yesterday. Resending to this address just to make sure…

December 25, 2010

8. Bruno:

Martina, I’m afraid there’s nobody by the name of JP here. You may have us mistaken with someone else.

December 27, 2010

9. alina:

i want this theme …how do i get it ?

January 1, 2011

10. Natasha:

Hi, Alina, you can grab the theme using the “purchase it now” link on the demo page here:

January 4, 2011

I purchased this theme but am having a hard time uploading it onto my site. Help!

January 5, 2011

12. Joel:

I love this design. I own and enjoy Bringhurst’s book very much. I can’t tell you how often I’ve thought about doing this very thing!

I *really* want to buy & use this theme but I have some questions first:

1) Can you provide a style for setting poetry as “tree” mentions above? On my website, I use a classed table to center the poetry based on the longest line, with each verse in its own row. This is, I feel, a fair trade of some semantic idealism for a typographically sound result.

2) The overall scale is too small for my eyes/taste. Is there a way I can easily/safely “zoom” the stylesheet so that all the lovely proportions are preserved? (if you full-page-zoom just one click in Chrome/Safari/FF you’ll see the result I’m looking for.)

January 7, 2011

13. Natasha:

Hi, Joel!

1) Yes: there’s a stylesheet I made for tree that I still have. It’s for poetry and removes all the things that format poetry awkwardly.
2) No: there’s no way to “safely” zoom the stylesheet if you have no knowledge of CSS. The stylesheet wasn’t done with ems (relative units), so it’s hard. I will definitely consider redoing the theme’s units in ems for this reason in a future release of the theme, but for now, the answer is no, there is no easy way.

EDIT: Just realized you said you use a table for poetry. The theme doesn’t do that, and I’m not quite sure I understand why you would need it to. Do you have a Tumblr now?

January 7, 2011

14. Natasha:

Hi, Riccardo, I sent you instructions (to your email address).

January 7, 2011

15. Joel:

The reason for using a table is that that’s the only way I have found that will reliably center the poetry based on the longest line of the poem (which is how I’ve kind of needed to do it in the past). Your stylesheet is probably better adapted to this design however.

I toyed around and found that I can effectively zoom the stylesheet and preserve all the proportions by multiplying every pixel dimension in the CSS by 1.2. (If the result was not an integer I didn’t bother rounding) That seems to be exactly the factor Chrome uses internally when you do a full-page zoom. I’m guessing Firefox uses 1.1.

January 7, 2011

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Some difficulties: a. I do not appear tags
b. the search does not work.


January 13, 2011

17. Bethany:

Hello – I am having some difficulty with installing this theme on my tumblr. Thanks!

January 26, 2011

18. Natasha:

Hi, Bethany, I sent you an e-mail.

January 26, 2011

19. Ferdinand:

It’s an extremely beautiful theme, but I would need a sidebar or an upper menue for links. Also, does it come with an typical Tumblr archive?

February 21, 2011

20. Natasha:

Thanks so much, Ferdinand! Yes, it comes with the typical archive. That’s actually created by Tumblr and can’t be changed or modifed by theme developers.

February 23, 2011

21. Carsten:

Hi Natasha,

I really enjoy the theme and its classic typography. I use it, however, for a blog that post pictures most of the time. Is it right that there is no Headline defined for pictures? I often repost pictures from other Tumblrs and would like to add HL and a longer descriptive Text; I know I could manually turn it into a Text entry, but then again I find it difficult to find the right formatting that uses. What would you suggest? Thank you for your help.

September 1, 2011

22. AB:

Hello – a lovely theme, and I’ve purchased it and am experimenting with it on a test tumblr before implementing it on my blog.

Is it feasible without too much monkeywrenching to adjust the template so there is a sidebar or upper menu for a few links? I love how clean it is now, but would really like to have an About page and one or two project links displayed more prominently…

Many thanks.

December 29, 2011

23. Sophie:

I have some difficulties installing the theme. I need some help ;-)

December 30, 2011

24. Ege Edener:

This is a nice looking theme. Very elegant, and bright.

December 13, 2012

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