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Dark Times for Dark Patterns

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This talk was originally given at SXSW Interactive 2016, presented by Neil Dawson and Cristina Viganò.

As designers, we sometimes find ourselves on a knife edge between user needs and business goals. It can be tempting to fall back to “dark patterns” - processes designed to trick users - because they are a shortcut to results. However, the use of dark patterns isn’t conducive to a good night’s sleep. Most of us want to find solutions that don’t resort to deceiving users. This talk will explore alternatives to infamous and common dark patterns, with a focus on how we can use psychological principles and persuasive design techniques to meet goals through encouragement rather than deception.

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Dark Times for Dark Patterns

  1. 1. #uxblackout
  2. 2. ryanair.comWalmart
  3. 3. ryanair.com
  4. 4. medium.com/@danrschlosser/linkedin-dark-patterns-3ae726fe1462
  5. 5. linkedin.com
  6. 6. DARK TIMES FOR DARK PATTERNS #uxblackout
  7. 7. UX Designer Cyber-Duck @CrVigano Senior Experience Designer AnalogFolk @NeilDawson CRISTINA VIGANÒ NEIL DAWSON
  8. 8. HOW TO IDENTIFY DARK PATTERNS
  9. 9. HANLON’S RAZOR
  10. 10. – Hanlon’s Razor “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.”
  11. 11. tshirtstudio.com
  12. 12. PRINCIPLES OF PERSUASIVE TECHNOLOGY DESIGN
  13. 13. – Principles of Persuasive Technology “The intended outcome [shouldn’t] be deemed unethical if the persuasion were undertaken without the technology” Towards an Ethics of Persuasive Technology, Daniel Berdichevsky &
  14. 14. – Principles of Persuasive Technology “The creators of a persuasive technology must consider, contend with, and assume responsibility for all reasonably predictable outcomes of its use.” Towards an Ethics of Persuasive Technology, Daniel Berdichevsky &
  15. 15. – Principles of Persuasive Technology “Persuasive technologies must not misinform in order to achieve their persuasive end.” Towards an Ethics of Persuasive Technology, Daniel Berdichevsky &
  16. 16. alistapart.com/article/design-white-lies-ethics
  17. 17. alistapart.com/article/design-white-lies-ethics
  18. 18. WHITE LIES
  19. 19. – Dan Turner White lies should increase
 the user’s effectiveness. alistapart.com/article/design-white-lies-ethics
  20. 20. – Dan Turner White lies should provide
 actionable intelligence. alistapart.com/article/design-white-lies-ethics
  21. 21. – Dan Turner White lies should move the
 user toward their desired outcome. alistapart.com/article/design-white-lies-ethics
  22. 22. SocietyUserDesigner Evil Commercial Motivational Charitable LinkedIn’s technique Evil by Design, Chris Nodder, evilbydesign.info Selfish Altruistic
  23. 23. HOW TO IDENTIFY DARK PATTERNS Hanlon’s Razor Does it seem deliberate? Persuasive Principles Is it persuasion or deception? White Lies Is the deception well intentioned? Benefit Chart Who benefits most?
  24. 24. WHAT ALTERNATIVES DO WE HAVE?
  25. 25. RAISE AWARENESS CONVERT RETAIN
  26. 26. RAISE AWARENESS CONVERT RETAIN
  27. 27. ADVERTISEMENT Raise awareness
  28. 28. DISGUISED ADS download.com
  29. 29. DISGUISED ADS ilpost.it
  30. 30. DISGUISED ADS Google Maps
  31. 31. KAIROS morallymarketed.com/marketing-ethics/you-are-not-stuck-in-traffic-you-are-traffic
  32. 32. KAIROS AND REDUCTION Waze for iOS, twitter.com/wazeads/status/558789999999467522
  33. 33. REDUCTION Action No action Motivation Task Difficulty Adapted from BJ Fogg’s behaviour model, behaviormodel.org
  34. 34. PROMOTE SOCIAL SHARING Raise awareness
  35. 35. FRIEND SPAM healthypage.comlinkedin.com
  36. 36. REINFORCEMENT Uber for iOS, uber.com
  37. 37. REINFORCEMENT websofinfluence.com/webs-of-influence-free-download
  38. 38. PUBLIC COMMITMENT Facebook posts from Runtastic (runtastic.com) and Strava (strava.com)
  39. 39. CONVERT RETAIN RAISE AWARENESS
  40. 40. GET PEOPLE TO SIGN UP Convert
  41. 41. HIDDEN OPTIONS Windows 8.1, Feb 2014
  42. 42. HIDDEN OPTIONS Windows 8.1, Feb 2014
  43. 43. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY AND SOCIAL PROOF gathercontent.com/pricing-plans
  44. 44. Number of options Likelihoodofaction 6 flavours 24 flavours The Art of Choosing
  45. 45. GET PEOPLE TO BUY Convert
  46. 46. SNEAK INTO BASKET sportsdirect.com
  47. 47. sportsdirect.com SNEAK INTO BASKET
  48. 48. URGENCY made.com
  49. 49. URGENCY sxsw.com
  50. 50. SCARCITY amazon.co.uk
  51. 51. ANCHORING apple.com
  52. 52. CONVERT RETAIN RAISE AWARENESS
  53. 53. KEEP PEOPLE ENGAGED Retain
  54. 54. PRESELECTED OPTIONS ryanair.comWalmart
  55. 55. NEGATIVE SENTENCES WalmartRoyal Mail
  56. 56. REINFORCEMENT PayPal
  57. 57. COMPLETE A SET paypal.com
  58. 58. STOP PEOPLE FROM LEAVING Retain
  59. 59. ROACH MOTEL asos.com
  60. 60. ROACH MOTEL asos.com
  61. 61. ROACH MOTEL justdelete.me
  62. 62. ROACH MOTEL audible.com
  63. 63. Ethical alternatives codeacademy.com DON’T BE AN ASSHOLE
  64. 64. LOSS AVERSION change.org
  65. 65. TAILORING lynda.com
  66. 66. WHY DARK PATTERNS SHOULD BE AVOIDED
  67. 67. theguardian.com/business/2014/feb/17/ryanair-easyjet-fined-travel-insurance
  68. 68. ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2005/06/childrens-book-publisher-pay-710000-settle-charges-it-violated
  69. 69. fastcodesign.com/3051906/fast-feed/after-lawsuit-settlement-linkedins-dishonest-design-is-now-a-13-million-problem
  70. 70. CREDIBILITY ThresholdCredibility Operator Content Design Adapted from BJ Fogg’s web credibility framework
  71. 71. blog.linkedin.com/2015/07/27/less-email-from-linkedin/
  72. 72. – Audible, Inc “We invite the Dark Patterns community along with simonw to review our changes.” web.archive.org/web/20101118055056/http://wiki.darkpatterns.org/wiki/Forced_Continuity
  73. 73. innovations.ahrq.gov/profiles/full-disclosure-medical-errors-reduces-malpractice-claims-and-claim-costs-health-system
  74. 74. IDENTIFY DARK PATTERNS SEARCH FOR ALTERNATIVES ADVOCATE ALTERNATIVES
  75. 75. Persuasive Technology B. J. Fogg 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People Susan Weinschenk Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products Nir Eyal Evil by Design Chris Nodder darkpatterns.org Harry Brignull
  76. 76. DARK TIMES FOR DARK PATTERNS #uxblackout UX Designer Cyber-Duck @CrVigano Senior Experience Designer AnalogFolk @NeilDawson CRISTINA VIGANÒ NEIL DAWSON

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