Tuesday, July 16, 2019

“These interfaces are intentionally designed to manipulate users [and] induces a user to take an action that they would not normally take under normal circumstances ”
– Prof. Paul Ohm –

Deceptive design and dark patterns are funneling you down an infinitely scrolling click-hole from which there is no escape. These practices are very common and, with most businesses conducting business on the web, it’s quite tempting to incorporate these “tricks” into your site to maximize engagement and make it “sticky.” And yet… using behavioral psychology in this way does raise ethical questions. Click here to learn more about deceptive design tricks and dark patterns and, as you design, redesign and refresh your website, don’t forget to ask yourself whether using these structures is consistent with your values.