Tip’d Launches Today with a Pearsonified Design

Tip’d financial news

Even though we’re closing in on the most pivotal presidential election in recent memory, the major news stories aren’t happening in Washington—they’re happening on Wall Street. With the Dow starting to look more like a roller coaster than a stairway to heaven, people’s fortunes are hanging in the balance of our economic system, which has been nothing if not grossly mismanaged by our government.

To be sure, the root cause of a majority of the US‘s economic problems is a general lack of understanding of fundamental economic principles, both in Washington and in the average American household. Obviously, this is a huge problem, and the only real long-term solution requires an increase in the baseline level of economic understanding.

Educating the masses is no small task, but as the Internet continues to grow, so too does the efficiency of information exchange. The main benefit of this increased efficiency is that people have more collective knowledge at their fingertips, and therefore, they also have the ability to learn more things faster than ever before.

No matter what political party you choose to endorse, know this—the real hope for our future lies in education, not in tax breaks, health care reform, or any other “policy” you care to name.

So, why do I bring this up? Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been lending a hand to the design of Tip’d, a new social community that is smartly positioned as a hub for emerging economic and financial news. The site bridges a fundamental communications gap in a very important niche, and on that basis alone, I would say it has a great chance of becoming a major player in the economic info ecosystem on the Web.

On top of that, when you consider the team behind the site, it’s pretty obvious that Tip’d is a lead-pipe lock for becoming the most efficient, comprehensive source for financial news and information.

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Interesting Fact About the Tip’d Blog Design

While you’re checking out Tip’d, be sure to visit the blog. Believe it or not, the blog is running the Thesis WordPress Theme, and I was able to recreate the Tip’d design on the Thesis framework in a mere 1.5 hours.

Think about that for a second.

An entire custom design set atop a world-class, futureproof HTML framework… in an hour and a half.

Believe it. The Web design game is changing in a big way, and I’m doing everything I can to lead the charge.

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Shane Swing October 14, 2008



Nathan Rice October 14, 2008

Nice work, Chris. It is amazing what a person can do with the right tools.


Sonny Gill October 14, 2008

Big props to you and your Thesis theme and turning around a custom design for Tip’d in 1.5 hours.

Speaks wonders to the dedication you put into your themes.


Esther October 14, 2008

Is it only me who sees a blank screen at


Chris October 14, 2008

Chris – I know your not for hire, so how do I get you to do a blog for us? :)


Mike October 14, 2008

Ummm, …. “You Da Man !” seems a little short of the necessary props ;-)


Wes October 15, 2008

Way to go, Chris, you do good work and write a good blog. I’ll keep reading!


Patrick K. O'Brien October 15, 2008

That is a very cool example. That should convince a few people that Thesis has a lot more flexibility than we’ve really seen yet. Great job.


Jack October 15, 2008

Great site design and a great idea to go along with it! I sincerely hope it does take off, I know I’ll try to name drop it when I can.


Dina at October 16, 2008

Good for you… timely indeed. A strategic business move if there ever was one.


Lightning Fast October 16, 2008

@ Chris, the Web site is loading fine on my end.


Tim October 16, 2008

Yeah – wonderful. Looks Great… Where’s Cosmo?


comunactivo October 16, 2008

just amazing, tips is maybe your best design, great!


Armen October 18, 2008


I know who you were thinking of when you were making your font selection ;)

As for the 1.5 hours to complete the design… snap! Well, it took a weekend, but still.


johnMark October 18, 2008

Cool! So, how tough would it be to re-create this?



Karthick October 21, 2008

Chris, you rock, you pornstar you.


Wassim October 22, 2008

ETA on Cosmo?


Miguel Wickert October 22, 2008

Wow Chris, keep at it bro! You da man! :)


Bill October 27, 2008

Chris–Thesis is beautiful. In fact I purchased it last week, but there seems to be no way to download it. The download page links instead to the purchase page. There was also no confirmation email–which probably explains why my login info is “invalid,” and thus I couldn’t post to the forum, and thus I’m crying for help HERE (could find no other means to contact you, except maybe a comment on the Copyblogger theme blog, where I have posted before. Please forgive me for using this venue…but HELP!


Chris Pearson October 27, 2008

Bill — You purchased Thesis with an e-Check, which typically takes 3–5 business days to clear. Once your payment clears, your DIYthemes account will become active, and you’ll be able to download the theme. No worries!


Bill October 27, 2008

Okay, thanks.


Lacey Ellen October 29, 2008

So I’m new to the blog… but just a few thoughts:
– Well written. I mean, seriously.
– I’m an education junkie, I’d stay in school for the rest of my life if I didn’t need an income (and probably will stay in school on some level, but beyond the MBA the educational impact of econ in the household. Flesh it out, people need to know, and you seem to have their ear.
– I’m a business student, and if you link back to anything I’ve written, you’ll find that I’m write, as my sister mockingly says, about the “God-squad”, not design. So I’m no expert, but the page looks great. I’ll be checking out Tip’d as well.

Great to meet ya….


Brad G October 30, 2008

You are correct when it comes to education. It is the only way to solve issues.


kenseo October 31, 2008

wow, you did it yourslef? it’s amazing


Wassim November 2, 2008

Is it just me or has Chris been posting a lot less recently? This is like waiting for Godot.


Arite November 2, 2008

Can you post a tutorial on how you did this site? I have Thesis but looked at tipd and don’t see how you can customize it that much that quickly. To be honest, it looks like other tools would be better for a Tipd site. I’d love to know how you did so that I could learn Thesis more.
Also, one place I read how you modified your copyblooger theme for Tipd. And the other said that it was modified Thesis 1.3. Can you clarify? I don’t want to waste time trying to turn Thesis into something it can’t be (like Tipd) for us “average” designers.



Leon Paternoster November 3, 2008

90 minutes is quick, obviously, but does it take that long to create a WordPress blog theme once the CSS is in place? Especially when it has a pretty simple, standard structure, and only uses date archives…

I find that getting the layout and typography is the time-consuming part – writing the functions is pretty quick, especially once you’ve done it a few times (you can often copy & paste).

I’m not knocking what you’ve done: your work’s great and has influenced some of the stuff I’ve done (especially how you structure archives), but one of the best things about WordPress is that it’s really suited for speedy development.


Chris Pearson November 3, 2008

Arite — To clarify, the only part of the Tip’d site that uses Thesis is the blog. In addition, I recently converted the Copyblogger design on to the Thesis framework, so now both the Tip’d blog and Copyblogger are essentially nothing more than customized Thesis installations.


Leonard Klaatu November 4, 2008

I think it looks terrific, Chris.

Question: Can you share the technology you used for their member’s login area? I’m searching for the best method of incorporating that into a Wordpress site I’m noodling.



Takumi86 November 8, 2008

Thanks for letting us know about this interesting news but sadly that theme doesn’t support with blogger


Buyer November 9, 2008

is there any way other than paypal to buy this theme. because paypal is not available in my country?


Buyer November 11, 2008

Hey Chris? You listening?


Chris Pearson November 11, 2008

Buyer — The only way I could work this out with you is if you send me a check, and once that check clears, I can activate your account with DIYthemes. International checks usually take at least two weeks to clear, so there will be a bit of a delay time for you if you choose to go this route. Just let me know what you’d like to do.


Chris Pearson November 11, 2008

Leonard — Most of the Tip’d site runs on Pligg, a CMS platform that features a “bubble-up” algorithm like that found on Digg.


Shane Sheibani November 12, 2008

Good blog, but I have to wonder if the nation’s financial problems might have something to do with the FED printing worthless currency and calling it money? when people print more money than is really there, and put it into the system, isn’t that usually called counterfeiting?


Christian Toto January 4, 2009


Is Thesis compatible with Wordpress 2.7? I have Thesis (very happy with it) and I use wordpress 2.5 … do you recommend me jumping to 2.7 and will Thesis be OK with the jump?


Claus January 7, 2009

Wow. I’m new to this whole Wordpress thing but already thinking about letting go my small flash based homepage as it is just sooooooo much time to get a nice layout and to updated content. Thesis is the dot on the i here. Great work.


Chris Pearson January 9, 2009

ChristianThesis 1.3.3 is compatible with WordPress 2.7, and yes, I definitely recommend upgrading your WordPress away from 2.5. The new version is more secure, and in addition, the admin panel has been completely revamped with a smarter layout.


maleos January 12, 2009

thesis is nice theme. but seems to many people already use it. and i dont want my blog become so ordinary. :)


Chris Pearson January 12, 2009

maleos — The most exciting aspect of Thesis (for me, at least) is the fact that it can be “skinned” quite easily. Immediately after the next release (1.4, tentatively), I’ll be devoting my time to developing the first of these commercial skins, which are nothing more than design overlays that will completely change the look of your Thesis-based site.

In other words, ordinary be damned :D


peter January 16, 2009

Hi chris, i like your neoclassic theme. It’s clean and simple. I used it for my blog. Thanks for it


Dubious George January 19, 2009

A big thanks for the wonderful work you did on your Copyblogger theme. I’m very grateful. I’d like to answer any questions you might have, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

This one’s on me!



Nick January 23, 2009

This is a great time for a site like this. With everything that is occurring in the financial space this is perfect.


Toad Press January 31, 2009

Looks great, love the design.


edward February 18, 2009


Is the theme you are currently using for sale?



Ghaz Ranjha March 17, 2009

It looks slick and user friendly.
You did all that in 1.5 hours?



Andy May 15, 2009

One of the best themes out there at the moment. Very clean, professional looking. I’ve just put in on my blog and it looks great. Thanks a lot.


Neil May 23, 2009

I have to agree with what everyone is saying about the design. I’m a graphic designer myself and approve! Does this theme have a name?


Donny May 24, 2009

I like you Chris…


Ahmet Korkmaz June 2, 2009

check out this nice thesis customization, i think killerrr!


zimmi June 30, 2009

Hello there,
I’ve been completely in love withe Thesis since I first saw it, but those 87 $ is quite a lot of money for me :-( I was wondering if there is a possibility to get some discount or (that would be magnificent, but i doubt it) get it in return for some review of it or something? :-)
Tried to find contact on you, but failed, that’s why i “spam” here.


Robert July 19, 2009

Thesis is awesome. I wish I had a bit of extra spending cash for that theme. Any chance the price will go any lower in the near future?!


Anwesham August 12, 2009

hey chris

that was gr8 man keep up the good show


Rodger October 1, 2009

Dude, this looks awesome. I wonder what you could do for my site. It needs lots of work, But I do help a lot of people so I left it alone.


Josh April 28, 2010

Great Design. I like some of the little choices like the small caps in the sidebar headers. (I’m a sucker for small caps)


johnmatin September 7, 2011

Well design things looks very precious so keep in mind to make everything should be well design.


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