Malicious User Interfaces

23 Nov 2010 - 10:39pm
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interactive fiction
2010

Some time back I picked up a PDF on malicious interfaces. I've attached the PDF to this post for reference. Basically, it's the use of UI design to effectively coerce the user into considering material (ads, etc) that they don't want to deal with, or to create an outcome that may run counter to what the user actually wants to do.

It's not something that I've found a lot of research on. The PDF I've attached is one publication. I can't remember where I picked it up, but it was being distributed for free. I know another one is floating around somewhere, but that's the extent of my knowledge. I would have though there would be more information on this. Does anyone have insight into this trend?

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24 Nov 2010 - 12:05am
Adrian Howard
2005

On 24 Nov 2010, at 04:06, interactive fiction wrote:

> Some time back I picked up a PDF on malicious interfaces. I've attached the PDF to this post for reference. Basically, it's the use of UI design to effectively coerce the user into considering material (ads, etc) that they don't want to deal with, or to create an outcome that may run counter to what the user actually wants to do. [snip]

Go take a look at the lovely Dark Patterns darkpatterns.org where a bunch of these have been catalogued.

Cheers,

Adrian

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24 Nov 2010 - 7:12am
interactive fiction
2010

Wow. I know it sounds naive, but I wasn't expecting big players like Yahoo! and Nike to get into this behavior...

Thanks for the link!

24 Nov 2010 - 11:05am
William Hudson
2009

I posted this to IxDA last January. It is closely related - http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/jan/21/menus-cunning-marketing-ploys

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Some time back I picked up a PDF on malicious interfaces. I've attached the PDF to this post for reference. Basically, it's the use of UI design to effectively coerce the user into considering material (ads, etc) that they don't want to deal with, or to create an outcome that may run counter to what the user actually wants to do.

It's not something that I've found a lot of research on. The PDF I've attached is one publication. I can't remember where I picked it up, but it was being distributed for free. I know another one is floating around somewhere, but that's the extent of my knowledge. I would have though there would be more information on this. Does anyone have insight into this trend?

Attachment Size Malicious Interfaces.pdf [1] 580.23 KB

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