In addition to this very official Tumblr Staff blog and our charmingly factual About page, you may already be familiar with our official Engineering blog, which shines a light on technical developments of interest to the Tumblr population. Today we’re rolling out four more departmental Tumblrs showing how we live and work, as well as better communicating with the community about what we’re doing.
The Editorial blog previews stories and features in progress from this new and still secretive organization (have you submitted to the Storyboard tag yet?). The International blog gives you a taste of our globetrotting efforts (did you know Tumblr serves nine languages, with more on the way?). The Ministry of Design represents our aesthetics corps (lately tripled in size and militancy). And the Support blog provides a wealth of tips, insight, and advice about how our friendly little town of 50-million-plus gets on and gets along.
More of these departmental Tumblrs may evolve and appear, and all should be considered works in progress — by turns serious and useful as well as creatively stimulating and amusing. Take a look and let us know what you think.
Location Melbourne, Australia
Mel Roach is an illustrator and animator from Melbourne, Australia, and her Tumblr is literally bursting with exotic creatures, comics, animated GIFs, and cartoons. (You may remember seeing her illustrated reindeer GIFs that exploded across Tumblr last December.) A recent graduate of RMIT University, she uses TVPaint to animate and draws with a mini Wacom tablet. Her final film project, Happy Happy Yay Yay, is a journey through action packed rainbows, chocolate and insanity. You know, the usual!
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Get Drawn to MLB with the official Tumblr of Major League Baseball. PLUS: All 30 MLB teams now have Tumblr blogs. Here’s one!
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Every day for 100 days, Andrew Miller will paint a branded object white. From Tabasco sauce to McDonald’s french fries (with each fry painted white), the images are simple and compelling.
Olá! Today we’re launching Tumblr’s official Brazilian Staff Blog while we finish polishing our upcoming Brazilian Portuguese localization. We haven’t forgotten our users in Portugal, either — Tumblr’s official Portuguese Staff Blog also just launched, and we’ve got a European Portuguese version of our interface on the way too. Em breve teremos mais novidades! / Fiquem atentos às próximas novidades!
If you’re a fan of Tumblr’s recently updated Android app, consider the wisdom of Tumblr’s own Android expert Chris Haseman. He recently released his second book, Creating Android Applications: Develop and Design. Available for Kindle download and paperback purchase via Amazon, Chris shows you how to use the powerful set of Android tools to begin creating the next generation of Android applications.
“I wrote the book because learning Android is hard in a few ways,” he says. “Doing a bunch of searches on how to write an Android application gives you information without knowledge.”
Creating Android Applications provides a complete introduction to developing for Google’s mobile OS, offering tons of insights and hard-earned advice. After a tour of how to install and configure the Android SDK and Eclipse IDE, you jump right in to build your first Android project.
“Android has several traps for beginners all of which I’ve fallen into. The book, in a way, is my best attempt to help new people avoid them,” Chris says. “Plus, I’ve always wanted to dedicate a book to my wife, and this seemed like the shortest path to get there.”
Exciting fashion news from Vogue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art! For the first time, Tumblr bloggers Jamie, Jillian, and Julia will cover the red carpet of the prestigious Costume Institute Gala on May 7 in New York. Check out the action on their Tumblrs as well as the museum’s live feed. (Photo: PMc)