A Dark Pattern is a type of user interface that appears to have been carefully crafted to trick users into doing things, such as buying insurance with their purchase or signing up for recurring bills.

Normally when you think of “bad design”, you think of the creator as being sloppy or lazy but with no ill intent. This type of bad design is known as a “UI anti-pattern”. Dark Patterns are different – they are not mistakes, they are carefully crafted with a solid understanding of human psychology, and they do not have the user’s interests in mind. We as designers, founders, UX & UI professionals and creators need to make a stance against Dark Patterns.

Are you interested in helping darkpatterns.org? We got two fronts to fight on:

We are currently organizing a event series and love support. Get in touch at events@darkpatterns.org

We need help cleaning up the content (some of which is quite dated now), and adding new examples. If you’re interested email submissions@darkpatterns.org