Dark Patterns Are Just Very Bad Designs

Well, this made me laugh, and it is kind of true.  I also think that whilst designers would love to ‘delight the users’ all the time there are obviously forces from other sides of the business that have influence to have these daft designs implemented.

Of course, this could be created and built as ‘per spec design’, but that doesn’t mean it is a good thing to do. As testers we should be aware of this and try to combat these bad design practices.

Stop calling these Dark Design Patterns or Dark UX — these are simply a**hole designs

Have you noticed that lately some people are trying to coin the terms “Dark UX” or “Dark Design Patterns”? Not only that, but also trying to put in the UX account some nasty psychological or cheap tricks.

We are User Experience Designers and our core objective is to create delightful and seamless experiences for the user. Let’s be clear here, if you do any of the following below I suggest a new term: “A**hole Design”. – Flavio Lamenza

One comment on “Dark Patterns Are Just Very Bad Designs

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    As much as I like term Dark patterns. I stopped using it some time ago, cause it sounds too cool and edgy, which is not a good trait for something that should be a stigma. I was using term “Unethical Designs” lately.

    But thanks to this video of extra credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWZLB8CyPbM about the fact that those “Dark Patterns” Stretch into the real world too and it has a name there “Unpleasant Desgin.”

    Although I see few problems with this term, I think I will give it a go.

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