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Dark patterns in user interfaces

Recently, I read a couple of compelling blog post about dark patterns in user interfaces copy that I want to share with you. They’re an essential read to understand what they are, how they’re used to deceive people and how to recognise them.

The many examples of UI dark patterns in the articles show how shady the internet has become, with the line between encouraging people to use a product and tricking them into handing over personal data or money being thinner than ever.

The articles are an essential read if you are:

  • A designer, so that you’re aware of the many practises and how you can push back if your company uses them.
  • A person who navigates the internet and uses services.
  • Interested in exploring ethical and privacy-focused alternatives to the most used services.

Read the articles

? We Value Your Privacy (At About $0.50): Dark Patterns in UI Copy, by Graeme Fulton.
? Dark Patterns in Your Everyday App, by Mariana Vargas

This post is part of the new way I decided to manage my Design, Digested inspiration series. As I now read fewer, more involved articles, I will post them in monothematic posts.

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By Silvia Maggi

I'm a UX Designer based in Italy. I strive to create meaningful, user-centric experiences. On my blog, I write about about design, tech, their implications in our lives and the occasional photography work.

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