Karma as a Social Interaction Design Pattern in Websites

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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10 Tips for Providing Great Customer Service to Your Clients

The way your customers feel towards you is important. The more you show you care about them, the more they’ll likely want to continue working with you. With that in mind, providing good customer service to your clients should naturally be a major priority in your day-to-day schedule. This article lists tips and suggestions for ensuring that you’re treating your clients well.


Symmetry in Design: Concepts, Tips and Examples

Symmetry creates balance, and balance in design creates harmony, order, and aesthetically pleasing results. It is found everywhere in nature, and is probably why we find it to be so beautiful. Symmetry is one of the fundamental principles in gestaltism, a human behavior theory that proposes that our mind naturally creates order and completeness in the things we see and encounter.

However, symmetry can get boring. Asymmetry is a break in symmetry, which when used effectively, can make things more interesting. We will also talk about asymmetry.


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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.


7 Simple Ways to Raise Your Rates and Keep Your Clients

Raising your rates. It’s something that every freelancer wants to do, but most of us are scared to do. Or at the very least, we’re not sure how to do it.

It’s natural to have questions about rate-raising. Is my work worth more? Will my clients flee at the sight of higher prices? Will I be able to recover if they do go somewhere else?