Get the Franklin Street Tumblr Theme

Very early on in the process of setting up the new Some Random Dude, I mentioned that all work done on and for this site would be made available as open source and/or free. It is something that I feel very strongly about and am deeply committed to following through on for as long as this blog is active. As a small first gesture, I am offering up the theme used for the Some Random Dude Tumblr site. Feel free to use it, alter it and improve upon it as you see fit. If you do not have a Tumblr account yet, I highly suggest that you get one — it is a genuinely great service.

About the Theme

This theme was designed specifically for this site’s Tumblr offshoot. The interface is intended for media in particular (such as videos and images), but it is still plenty flexible to handle all other types of Tumblr content. The grid will definitely not appreciate large-copy posts, but it will not break. The theme uses jQuery for just about all of the Javascript and should be very easy to follow. My hope is to continue improving upon the theme when it seems both useful to myself and to the community members using the theme. The most recent version of the theme (that is not customized particularly for myself) will always be at

Short Video Run-Through

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Basic Features

Here are a few reasons you may like using this theme:

  • Fully customizable color scheme using Tumblr’s appearance tab
  • Various javascript interactive effects to make the experience a bit more enjoyable
  • Images in image posts open up in a lightbox
  • Uses Cufรณn font replacement library for better looking headers
  • Handles all Tumblr media formats appropriately, including video (tested with YouTube, Vimeo and Flickr embeds)
  • Support for notes (new as of 0.9.1)

Use This Theme

If you have a Tumblr account and want to install this theme, just go ahead and preview, then install the theme through Tumblr’s interface. Otherwise, download the source file and manually paste the source into the custom HTML field under the theme tab.

18 thoughts on “Get the Franklin Street Tumblr Theme”

    1. Good idea. I’ll see what I can do in the weeks to come. Also, I would highly suggest using the updated them here. It’s frustrating, but Tumblr doesn’t seem to update pre-existing themes very often.

  1. Thanks! You are a God. I was just thinking that the theme is not functional because there are no permalinks and viola! I’ll be expecting the notes version soon, I understand that it’s a breeze for such a talented guy as you. Thanks for the update!

  2. Thank you so much for this theme! (It’s on my uber-secret tumblr site that I can’t post here, but feel free to email for it…not that my version would be interesting, considering I don’t know enough CSS to customize it all purdy-like.)

  3. quick question…this page has a section at the bottom for recent posts, categories, etc…and a sidebar with tags, recent traffic etc. is that a part of the theme, and am i just a tumblr novice, or is that your personal design and the theme is scaled down a bit.

    because i love the entire look of your page here, and i’d like to replicate it if i could.

    full credit to you of course.

  4. by the way, my last question wasn’t thought out. i do realize this page isn’t Franklin Street, per se. i dig the theme as it is.

    your tumblr has a color bar cross the top of entries on mouse over – how can i implement something like that?

  5. Hi there. I love your Franklin St tumblr theme and am using it, it just seems to blend with my muddled mind really well. Anyway, is tere some way I can move the search box from the bottom of the page to the top somewhere??

    many thanks.

  6. Really lovely looking theme. Very keen on it. Though seems to to be having a few problems handling Tumblr’s new community submissions feature. Great work.

  7. your theme is very nice ๐Ÿ™‚

    i have a question though. if you post more than one photo in a single post, the photos are not in the center. how would i be able to fix it? thanks a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Hello, I’ve been using Franklin Street for my blog — I wanted my blog to be an inspiration board, and I wanted to be able to see many images at a glance — this is perfect. I have a couple questions though.

    1 – What’s changed with your new update? I’m scared about losing all the customization I did by installing the update. Is there some way around that?

    2 – Do you know of any way to add a link sidebar? I’d like to include a list of blogs I follow, but I realize that may not work with this theme.

    Thanks so much. Really wonderful product.

  9. from your sample video, its looks like it crops video posts. Thats too bad. Would be nice if it came up like the light box images. Im in the motion graphics industry. So showing video is just as important as images, if not more so

  10. I love your theme but it doesn’t seem to pay attention to not putting the whole post from an RSS feed… so the videos that come in from youtube are not shapes properly, they are cut in half, the width is right for your column, but the height is just regular youtube video hieght, and that makes it cut in half and not proportional…

    So can you make it so that we can just get ‘links and description’ in the RSS feed, or make it so the video is proportional?

    thanks!!! great theme!!!

  11. I love the theme, but I was wondering if there was a way to see the tags on each post?

    Here’s hoping you’ll see this! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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