Bookmark: "The dark side of UX Design"

Sebastian Greger


The dark side of UX Design

With its byline “Practitioner-identified examples of stakeholder values superseding user values”, this practice-based taxonomy of deceptive patterns in design is built from a collection of real-world examples with the aim to raise awareness.

Working with both practitioners and end-users, we are investigating how an increased awareness of dark patterns in UX might lead to a more ethically- and socially-responsible UX practice. Browse through our corpus of examples of practitioner-identified dark patterns, or find out how you can get involved in our research.

The resource currently features examples in five categories:

Nagging Redirection of expected functionality that persists beyond one or more interactions.
Obstruction Making a process more difficult than it needs to be, with the intent of dissuading certain action(s).
Sneaking Attempting to hide, disguise, or delay the divulging of information that is relevant to the user.
Interface Interference Manipulation of the user interface that privileges certain actions over others.
Forced Action Requiring the user to perform a certain action to access (or continue to access) certain functionality.

The full corpus of indexed examples is available as a list.

I'm Sebastian, Sociologist and Interaction Designer. This journal is mostly about bringing toge­ther social science and design for inclusive, privacy-focused, and sustainable "human-first" digital strategies. I also tend to a "digital garden" with carefully curated resources.

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