Author: Anna Mitterhauser


    Task 3 – Proseminar Master´s Thesis Title                   Investigating Dark Pattern Blindness Author               Matthias Sluijpers University         Utrecht University (UU) LEVEL OF DESIGN The author of this master’s thesis kept the design rather minimalistic and probably used a standardized preset given by university. Simple headings, a single-column grid, and even margins define the layout. The only visible personalized design element […]

  • Deceptive Design Patterns #7

    This Blogpost is rather intended to help me shape my research topic than actually gathering a lot of new information/dive in deep into a subtopic as I am currently working on my research proposal. To get back on track I am going to start with a short summary about what happened so far. Summary By […]

  • NIME: Creating an Online Ensemble for Home Based Disabled Musicians: why disabled people must be at the heart of developing technology.

    by Amble Skuse, Shelly Knotts Generally the article addresses the use of universal design for software products that are accessible to musicians with various disabilities. Although I am not specifically involved with music interfaces myself, both privately and professionally, it was very interesting for me as an interaction designer to gain more insights into the […]

  • Excursus: Data Tracking

    As data tracking and cookie consents play a big role in developing deceptive design patterns* I would like to make an excursion and dive into privacy and data protection in today’s blogpost. Due to a recent ruling of the Austrian Data Protection Authority on a case filed by noyb, using Google Analytics violates the General […]

  • Analyse Deceptive Design Pattern (part2)

    This week I found another „good“ example for a deceptive design pattern* to analyze. Within the checkout process on they provide a short summary about the order and give feedback on filling out all relevant data to place an order. It seems like they list ALL cost and sum them up, but if you […]

  • Analyse Deceptive Design Pattern

    In this short blogpost I want to analyze one examples of a deceptive design pattern* that I stumbled across during my research in detail. On every detail page of an apartment on airbnb there is a small overview on booking dates and prices (left image). The whole container is basically divided in two parts: a […]

  • How to deceptive design pattern

    This week I’ve been looking at what makes good design and what rulebooks can be consulted. Conversely, I thought about whether these could be used as a guide for creating deceptive design patterns* by following the respective opposite. Therefore I reviewed rules, principles and heuristics from design legends and usability experts like Ben Shneiderman, Don […]

  • Types of deceptive design patterns

    In todays blogpost I want to get a bit more specific and list types of deceptive design patterns* with some extraordinary bad examples for those technique. I am going to use the 12 defined types of deceptive design patterns* from Harry Brignull.  Bait and Switch This pattern works with previous experience and common user interactions. […]

  • Deceptive Design Patterns – Psychology of decision making

    Within todays blogpost I tried to focus more on the psychological aspect of decision making in general and researched some psychological models. Decision making is the key element of user interaction, hence a big opportunity to manipulate user behavior purposely. For this we need to understand how the process of decision making works. Cognitive psychology […]

  • Deceptive Design Patterns

    It has happened to almost everyone who spent at least some time in the internet, to be tricked into doing something that they did not intend on doing. In that case usually an interface or experience was specifically designed to manipulate users on purpose for the companies sake. This phenomenon of exploitation has a name: […]