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Design ethics

How our approach to design and the things we design affects others.


Know Thyself

Tools for designers to to apply in their everyday work to make more ethically aware decisions.

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How To Convince Others Not To Use Dark Patterns

Arguing that dark patterns are unethical is not enough on its own. We will also need to make the case to clients and colleagues that they are damaging to business.

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5 Keys to Ethical Design Research

Five guidelines for ensuring that we treat our participants and interviewees the way we’d like to be treated.

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Inclusive Design: An Overview of Current Thinking

When designing products and services, you can challenge and stretch your thinking by actively engaging with people who have different perspectives and abilities.

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Design and Ethics: How designers fulfill their responsibilities

Digital design has an immediate, enormously scalable impact that is often difficult to reverse. It’s even more worrying when designers and developers are unaware of this influence and all the associated responsibilities.

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Dark Patterns at Scale: Findings from a Crawl of 11K Shopping Websites

We conducted a large-scale study, analyzing ~53K product pages from ~11K shopping websites to characterize and quantify the prevalence of dark patterns.

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The role of UX writing in design ethics

Dark patterns are user interface patterns specifically designed to trick a person into making a choice they wouldn’t want to make. When the words in your product frustrate, shame, or manipulate people into taking actions they wouldn’t otherwise have taken, the user experience fails.

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About attention theft

Don’t ask for more attention than your product’s place in someone’s life warrants. Whatever you do as a high-capacity knowledge worker to preserve your attention for the tasks that need it most, practice the same respect for your users’ attention.

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A Designer’s Code of Ethics

By choosing to be a designer you are choosing to impact the people who come in contact with your work, you can either help or hurt them with your actions.

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Dark patterns

Dark patterns are tricks used in websites and apps that make you buy or sign up for things that you didn't mean to. This site spreads awareness to shame companies that use them.

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Design patterns for mental health

A collection of design patterns combining clinical and design best practices.

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Ethical Explorer

Tools to help navigate the future impact of today’s technology.

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Ethical OS

A guide to anticipating the future impact of today's technology. Or: How not to regret the things you will build.

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Ethics for designers

A toolkit for designers to help you uncover, explore and discuss the ethical aspects of your designs.

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Humane by Design

Humane by Design is a resource that provides guidance for designing ethically humane digital products through patterns focused on user well-being.

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