Karma as a Social Interaction Design Pattern in Websites

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The principles of karma are understood worldwide. We all like to believe that the good deeds and actions we do will be returned to us in one way or another. At its core, karma encourages us to help others.

Most of us were introduced to systems that promote good behavior as early as elementary school. Kids who misbehaved would endure punishments such as restricted play times and detention, while those who excelled and conducted themselves properly received rewards and extra credit, even if it was simply a gold star sticker.

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Designing Websites with Personality

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We all have personalities, and no one is exactly like another. Our relationships and memories are built on our interaction with other people.

Like every person, web designers have unique and intriguing personalities. But even with the clearly obvious level of impact our personality has in our lives and our work, there is still a noticeable lack of individuality in the web designs we see on the web.

For example, why do the Chicago Tribune and New York Times have websites with such similar personalities even when these newspapers are unique in their own right?

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10 Ideas for Creating Innovative and Unique Web Designs

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I am a big fan of Twitter. I consider it the one tool that helped me develop from a person who simply knew how to make websites to a web designer because the exposure to fantastic designers, tutorials, recommended readings, and impressive examples helped me build my design toolset and grow my abilities on both a technical and creative level.

So whenever someone asks my advice on how to become a better designer, things such as social networks (like Twitter and Facebook), design galleries and RSS feeds are at the top of my list of things that you should be using to learn and improve.

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Book Review: CSS3 For Web Designers

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The second book from the fairly new A Book Apart series shifts its focus fittingly from HTML5 for Web Designers to CSS3 For Web Designers. This book by Dan Cederholm (@simplebits) is in line with the short and focus driven goal of all components of the series. Sitting pretty at 120 pages, this book is a 1 or 2 day read for someone looking to sit down and read through it cover to cover. More importantly though it serves as a great little reference tool for those parts of CSS3 that designers can, or should, feel comfortable using today.

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How long will pixels matter?

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Recently there have been a few topics floating around the internet that have peaked my interest and got me thinking. Recently I started to debate with myself how long pixels will continue to matter as a measure of size and space in web design or if web design itself will be around for long. Certainly the idea of the web is here to stay and grow but I believe web sites themselves have a limited life span, one that we will be approaching sooner than we think.

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