The Dark Side of UX
Conclusion Guest UXUmeetup@conclusion pp57cr53nc
18:00 Food & Drinks
18:45 Company introduction Conclusion by Lorna Goulden
19:00 Introduction The Dark Side of UX by Floor
19:15 Topic: History of Dark Patterns by Rico
19:45 Short Break
20:00 Topic: Psychology and UX by Jasper
20:30 Topic: Conversion and UX by Sjoerd
However, there’s another kind of bad
design pattern, one that’s been crafted
with great attention to detail, and a
solid understanding of human
psychology, to trick users into do
things they wouldn’t otherwise have
done. This is the dark side of design,
and since these kind of design patterns
don’t have a name, I’m proposing we
start calling them Dark Patterns.
“An interface carefully crafted to trick users into doing things”
Social motivation is the idea that
people in general have a
motivation to engage with other
the effect on an individual who
gets encouraged to follow their
peers by changing their
attitudes, values or behaviors to
conform to those of the
influencing group or individual.
is a free choice in which only one
thing is offered. Because a
person may refuse to accept
what is offered, the two options
are taking it or taking nothing.
Paradox of choice
We want more and more options
to choose from. We associate it
What we don’t realise is that
having more choices makes us
unhappy and in many cases –
paralyses us from choosing
anything at all.
Design is becoming more active in strategic decision making.
Make sure UX has a ‘seat at the table’.
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• Think in systems
• Design for scale & long term
• Utilise tech that’s available
• Work with playbooks
• Control the narrative
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More rules & laws will
make things better
Ethics are great, but we are
here to make money
Designers are responsible
for doing the ‘right thing’
for the users