Disruptive Design: Harmful Patterns and Bad Practice
aut neca aut necare, either kill or be killed
Disruption or destruction
Terminology matters.
Engagement or addiction
Hooked by Nir Eyal, ‘How to Build Habit-Forming Products’
Dear tech industry, we have problems.
Pattern 1: Low contrast text
85.3% of homepages have text contrast issues.
Low contrast text affects…
Pattern 1: Low contrast text
Low text contrast is easily avoidable.
Stéphanie Walter’s Tips to Create an Accessible and Contrasted Color Palette
Geri Coady’s Color Accessibility Workflows
Pattern 1: Low contrast text
Inclusive or accessible?
Accessible design
Inclusive design
Pattern 2: CAPTCHA
“Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”
4.25% of sites use CAPTCHA.
2,113,153 sites use reCAPTCHA.
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff.
Pattern 2: CAPTCHA
Pattern 2: CAPTCHA
Pattern 3: Profiling
Profiling props up the majority of today’s “Big Tech.”
“I like relevant advertising.”
When maximising clicks to maximise profit reinforces social inequities, what does mean for tech’s dominant funding models?
Web-based tracking is just the beginning…
Smart dildo…
The cost of using technology should not be our personal data, our privacy, our power, control or agency.
Privacy is not about hiding, it’s about having power and agency over how your information is used.
This is an inclusivity issue.
One person’s relevant advertising is another person’s grounds for discrimination.
Privacy is not a low cost for convenience.
Pattern 3: Profiling
Big tech will not be reformed.
Find your power.
Google walkout organizers say they’re facing retaliation
We need new models.
Success criteria
Better isn’t always good enough.
Pattern 3: Profiling
Everybody’s doing it.
You can make change but change is not easy.
1: Be different.
2: Be the advisor.
3: Be the advocate.
4: Be the questioner.
5: Be the gatekeeper.
6: Be difficult.
7: Be unprofessional.
8: Be the supporter.
Nothing is inevitable.
Disrupt the disrupters.
Thank you.