Today we are excited to introduce a new, beautifully designed, free theme called Vertigo. It makes great use of WordPress post formats. It has a charming, hitchcockian typeface for site and post titles. And it’s dark.
With Vertigo you can set your own accent color for links, which is used in several places throughout the theme, if you don’t feel like red is a good fit for your blog. You can also have a second color of your choice for the site title by using the settings in Appearance → Header.
The theme is inspired by the design work of the late Saul Bass, Art Goodman, and Dave Nagata. Based on the original design by Matthew Buchanan. We hope you like this new theme and start creating incredible blogs with it. As usual, go exploring on the theme showcase.
- May 9, 2011 @ 6:32 pm
May 9th at 6:50 pm
Way too dark!
May 9th at 6:50 pm
Wow. This is something different. =)
May 9th at 6:52 pm
I used this in tumblr. Good but still I am looking for a better photography theme.
May 9th at 6:54 pm
I didnt like it.
May 9th at 6:56 pm
“You were a very apt pupil!” … One of my favorite Hitchcock movies O! Nice theme too …
May 9th at 7:01 pm
I remember seeing this over at Tumblr and wondering how it’d be to have it on WP. The header font reminds me less of Hitchcock and more of Fred Quimby as the credits rolled for Tom & Jerry. This is good stuff!
May 9th at 7:14 pm
I just love this theme, there’s only one simple small little little detail that makes it completely useless for me, IT DOESN’T SUPPORT Å, Ä, AND Ö
May 9th at 7:15 pm
Yeah, I hate the dark themes. Lighter backgrounds are more appealing. What else does it offer….
May 9th at 7:21 pm
Vertigo might be a good choice for someone who wants to post lots of photos. The font choice is very casual and fun. Congratulations on another wonderful Theme option!
May 9th at 7:23 pm
I’m trying for a month to change my theme… but this could be it
May 9th at 7:32 pm
I really like this one!
May 9th at 7:34 pm
Ooh I’m gonna try this one out. Love the font.
May 9th at 7:49 pm
I love this actually. Alot.
This looks amazing.
May 9th at 8:07 pm
I’m loving it. Using it for my other blog. 10/10
Can we not have sidebars, for if I use more widgets it gets pretty clouded down there in the footer.
May 9th at 8:09 pm
Can’t you guys ever make a theme that is dark, uses san-serif type for everything, has a large custom header image (that can either be behind or totally disable the text title) and that uses business/cool/boring color palette (like maybe mostly black, grays and rich blue) or something? Oh, and can you please make it a 3-column layout?
I just feel like every theme WordPress is coming out with is girly/gimmicky/too cutesy (with overuse of serif fonts) and very few have real custom header image options that can replace the text title if you want it to.
May 9th at 8:14 pm
Dark is good.
May 9th at 8:19 pm
Quirky, offbeat, fun. I like it…
Are there perhaps other iconic-movie-style themes in the works? James Bond? Pink Panther?
May 9th at 8:24 pm
While I don’t think I’ll be changing to it, I’m glad that there’s an alternative for all those folks (including myself) who use the super-popular Greyzed theme!
May 9th at 8:35 pm
Looks very cool to me. But i think i have seen this in tumblr.
May 9th at 8:40 pm
There is a problem.
The greek letters don’ t appear at the headers of posts.
Every greek header at posts or at menu are…invisible!
May 9th at 8:44 pm
Very cool – won’t work for my blog, but I do like it
May 9th at 8:49 pm
This looks really nice! I don’t like that it doesn’t have a sidebar, but I’m sure it’ll work for others.
May 9th at 8:54 pm
Ooh! How about a Transformers theme?
May 9th at 8:58 pm
Nothing for me. I don’t like dark themes. Exhausting for my eyes and very difficult to read more than a second… Stupid, but except of the darkness vers nice!
May 9th at 8:59 pm
Love the theme, but don’t think it would suite it for what my blog is about.
May 9th at 9:27 pm
Very good. I like the fact that this is so different to most of the other themes.
May 9th at 9:58 pm
May 9th at 10:24 pm
I am now using this theme.
It is very refreshing to see a FREE theme. Something that we poor people are sick of having.
May 9th at 10:28 pm
I was expecting Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novack in the background
May 9th at 10:30 pm
So cute and cartoonish! Might be a bit too dark to look at for a long time but I definitely like its uniqueness. Nice work!
May 9th at 10:34 pm
This one is from Tumblr… well that’s where I saw it first.
May 9th at 10:38 pm
Nice graphic look.
May 9th at 10:40 pm
It looks unique and different from the others. Nice.
May 9th at 10:43 pm
Way cool! A bit too stylistic for me, but it’s definitely a quality addition to the free template family!
May 9th at 10:44 pm
It thought it’d make me feel unbalanced haha
May 9th at 11:07 pm
I like it very much, suited to an idea for a blog I’m cooking up, but not my current one…
May 9th at 11:22 pm
If I have a blog set up already…. can I change over to say…. this, and it will keep everything the same OR do I have to start from scratch again?
I do photography and photos look really good on black.
May 9th at 11:29 pm
Now THIS I like!!!!
Custom background and header?
More of these types of themes please!
May 9th at 11:37 pm
May be kind of hard on the eyes though… esp trying to read on phone.
May 10th at 12:16 am
This is excellent! Not like any other theme really – novel and eye-catching. Thanks!
May 10th at 12:44 am
Very nice. It’s really cool! I liked …
May 10th at 1:17 am
I prefer to choose easy and light themes
May 10th at 1:35 am
Very “fancy” type of theme, too bad the column width is 430 only, and with single column only… arggg….
May 10th at 1:35 am
Too much like Tumblr for me… might be a nice change for others.
May 10th at 1:37 am
I really liked, but I’m brazilian and write in portuguese in my blog. I saw that the font is a little irregular because of accents, cedilla and others.
May 10th at 1:49 am
Thanks, but I’ll stick to my current theme
May 10th at 1:50 am
Red and black are totally my colors: blood and death, baby! Perfect theme for my irreverent posts…
May 10th at 1:54 am
Good theme, I know some bloggers needs dark not dorky! So, why do you called Vertigo? Is that inspired by U2…
May 10th at 1:57 am
I think I’m going to use it. It’s soo cute!
May 10th at 2:14 am
Hi, how to give “don’t-like” rating?
May 10th at 2:23 am
It’s fun to see unique themes bursting forth, although I prefer a more conventional style. I would love to see a one column theme similar to this (but not so wild) with a wider blog post area (600…) and white background / custom background. Keep the creativity flowing!
May 10th at 2:28 am
This is my Tumblr theme. I don’t get it… Why is WordPress so much into releasing Tumblr or Tumblr like themes?!
May 10th at 2:35 am
I love it! It reminds me a lot of a simple clean tumblr layout, especially the conversation part. Can’t wait to try it
May 10th at 2:45 am
Love it. This was my theme on Tumblr before.
May 10th at 2:58 am
WOW! This theme is so wonderful to have as an option. I love all the creative aspects that went into this design. My hat is off to you creative geniuses!
I as well enjoy the fact that this will display large photos with ease on a post page.You are greatly appreciated.
May 10th at 3:08 am
May 10th at 3:42 am
I like it! Needs different color options though, maybe grey?… Anyways, good job on this theme!
May 10th at 3:52 am
I was expecting Bono and U2 in the background… No? I think I’m lost.
May 10th at 3:57 am
Truth be told, it feels strange having a Tumblr theme on my wordpress blog. o.O
May 10th at 4:04 am
Looks good. Probably a perfect theme for extreme sports. Like it!
May 10th at 4:37 am
Oh my gosh! This is the theme I’m using for my tumblr account! So meant to be!
May 10th at 4:46 am
This one is nice, and it’s very different, thanks for it!
Looking forward to more WordPress Themes – updates feel a little slow lately.
May 10th at 5:07 am
Hey Guys, Really good looking theme! Love it! Way to go!
May 10th at 5:13 am
Nice and dark. I like it.
May 10th at 5:17 am
May 10th at 5:17 am
Wow, It’s very cool. I Like It
May 10th at 5:38 am
It can give a refreshing change to some blogs that are just, well, boring and need spicing up a bit.
May 10th at 5:40 am
Red on dark… awesome
May 10th at 5:44 am
I think it looks awesome. I may try this one out.
May 10th at 5:48 am
Love the font! But I hate reading black blogs, they make my eyes hurt…
May 10th at 6:07 am
I’ve ever used this theme in tumblr.
May 10th at 6:41 am
Nice but I’m too happy with mystique to change.
May 10th at 6:58 am
This is so different to most of the other themes.
May 10th at 7:16 am
I like it! It’s very simple color wise.
May 10th at 8:13 am
Matias thanks for sharing this new theme with me… I love it because of the colors. Nice day and success for you!
May 10th at 8:25 am
Looks like a nice theme. Thanks for making it free as well.
May 10th at 8:29 am
Cool… I’ve already changed my theme.
May 10th at 8:46 am
Looking at this, I feel like those people that walk into a art gallery only see ugly paintings, clearly then I must be uneducated and as refined as a rock on the mountains you may think, cant blame you for my view is that, attributed A for effort and a F for sharing it with everyone else, very brave.
May 10th at 9:00 am
I like it
May 10th at 9:03 am
Very low readability: white text on black background may look nice, but it’s very difficult and hard to read.
May 10th at 9:04 am
Hello, I’m very happy for using a new theme in my blogs… I am courious of trying Vertigo… Then I tell you what I think of it. Bye and thanks!
May 10th at 9:45 am
Good article, nice, every greek header at posts or at menu are…invisible!
May 10th at 10:36 am
Nice, looks good.
May 10th at 11:23 am
May 10th at 11:31 am
Loved this theme – it is comic-like!
May 10th at 12:19 pm
Love it! Love the red.
May 10th at 12:26 pm
Hi, nice theme. But seems to does not support accents in the titles of articles.
May 10th at 12:30 pm
Finally free theme!
May 10th at 12:37 pm
It’s great man, really nice
May 10th at 12:39 pm
How to get it matias?
May 10th at 12:46 pm
Love the fonts, love the dark… most of all, love the Post Formats!
Changed to it faster than you could say ‘Alfred’
Finally a theme that feels like me
May 10th at 12:49 pm
Would’ve liked there to be sidebars, and why does the title font do funny things to parentheses..?
Also, most distressingly, the title of the post disappears if post-formatted as Image :O
May 10th at 1:11 pm
OK. This one, fantastic.
May 10th at 1:35 pm
May 10th at 2:22 pm
May 10th at 2:35 pm
Looks good! This is a great start for a free theme. Keep it up WP peeps!