Dark Patterns in UI Design

Harry Brignull

From Dark Patterns: Deception vs. Honesty in UI Design:

To fill the gap, darkpatterns.org was created in August 2010: a pattern library with the specific goal of naming and shaming deceptive user interfaces (aka “dark patterns”) and the companies that use them. This article will provide you with a brief overview of the library and some specific examples of dark patterns in use today.