Harry Brignull joins us to talk about “dark patterns”. Harry coined the phrase back in 2010 to describe the design patterns used on websites to deliberately trick us into doing something.
We discuss some examples as well as the ethics behind implementing them and ask if “light patterns” exist. We talk about how dark patterns go beyond the web and into service design. Should we avoid using dark patterns in our designs? Well, we think yes – so in that case, how?
(Listening time: 35 minutes)
— UX Podcast (@uxpodcast) February 3, 2017
- Dark Patterns: dirty tricks designers use to make people do stuff – Harry’s post where he coins the term
- Dark Patterns – collection of dark patterns curated by Harry
- 90 Percent of Everything – Harry’s blog
- Dark patterns are designed to trick you – Presentation by Harry with video
- When Websites Won’t Take No for an Answer – New York Times article
- Fast Path to Great UX – Increased Exposure Hours – Article by Jared Spool