I am on sabbatical from May 2022 to August 2023 and have some plans! My high level goals are to re-energize my research, increase engagement and dissemination efforts so that the work of my lab continues to drive positive societal and industry change, and better understand the impact and opportunities for improvement in our UX Design program at Purdue.

With a sabbatical comes travel, and I am thrilled to work with partners in multiple parts of the world across the next year. If I will be close to you and would like to grab a drink or meal, collaborate on a project, or give a talk at your institution or company, please get in touch!

Newcastle, Bilbao, Lafayette, and back to the UK

  • I assisted in a study abroad program in the United Kingdom with my colleagues Paul and (husband) Austin. We got to meet our amazing friends at Newcastle University (Open Lab) and Northumbria University (NORTH Lab) for the first time since the pandemic and I set up some projects for the fall semester.
  • I presented a draft paper with amazing collaborators Cristiana Santos and Nataliia Bielova at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference, entitled: Usable EU-Compliant Cookie Consent Banners: Is it possible?. We got some amazing feedback that will improve this draft prior to submission at a venue to be named soon.
  • I contributed to feedback to the European Data Protection Board in response to the draft guidelines on Dark patterns in social media platform interfaces: How to recognise and avoid them with lots of smart people from the University of Luxembourg and the DECEPTICON project.
  • I was elected to a six year term on the International Advisory Council for the Design Research Society, with the goal of advocating for inclusive and equitable design research approaches and pedagogies.
  • I provided feedback on and endorsed the DETOUR bill proposed by Senator Mark Warner, which I expect, if passed would “curtail the ability of [technology] companies to use deceptive and manipulative design practices, such as ‘dark patterns,’ which have been shown to produce substantial harms to users.”
  • I presented a paper at the Design Research Society bi-annual conference in Bilbao, Spain, entitled: Critical Pedagogy and the Pluriversal Design Studio. This paper builds on my decade-long interest in studio education, setting a foundation for more inclusive studio practices. In addition, I got to meet collaborators from the Studio Matters group—a collective that was formed during the pandemic to discuss studio education. Many of these collaborators I got to meet for the first time in person, after two years of Zoom writing groups! Shout outs to amazing human beings Derek Jones, James Corazzo, James Benedict Brown, and Nicole Lotz (and also Elizabeth Boling, who couldn’t join us in Spain). We also hosted a track at DRS on Studio Matters, including contributions from several people in our writing group. As a bonus, I also assisted in running a conversation on Designing Transformative Futures with the amazing Ann Light, Lara Houston, Dan Location, Chris Speed, Laura Forlano, and Kristina Lindström. Oh, and Iberia lost my bag for a month. 
  • My lab (UXP2) submitted a paper to CSCW and arXiv that documents our longstanding interest in the #darkpatterns discourse on Twitter. This was doctoral student Ike Obi’s inaugural first authored paper! Check out Let’s Talk About Socio-Technical Angst: Tracing the History and Evolution of Dark Patterns on Twitter from 2010-2021 for more details and loads of interesting charts that document the evolution of discussions around dark patterns over the last decade.
  • Members of my lab (UXP2) continued work on our Everyday Ethics project, redesigning co-creation materials originally launched on Miro for in person workshops, doing a soft launch of our Ethics-Focused Method collection in partnership with Shruthi Chivukula, running an evaluation study on this methods collection to better describe practice resonant patterns of engagement with design methods, and of course, writing up lots of fun papers for CHI 2023. Thanks to Ike Obi, Brookley Rigsbee, Matt Will, Thomas Carlock, Ambika Menon, Aayushi Bharadwaj, Aditya Jain, and Ja-Nae Duane for a great summer and for some great conversations on our weekly reading group calls!
  • Austin and I taught a 32-hour module on Tangible Embodied Interaction (TEI) virtually to students at Beijing Normal University for the fifth time (our third time virtually). We taught the module across four weekends in four hour blocks to manage the 12 hour difference in time zones. While it’s always great to interact with BNUX students, we are ready to make our way back to Beijing in person when it’s safe to do so. We miss the amazing food!
  • I continued work on a legal case relating to my expertise in dark patterns and deceptive design. I’ll share more information when I am able!
  • I was a signatory on a public comment to the Federal Trade Commission call with lots of smart people, with a focus on digital advertising and dark patterns.

FALL 2022
Newcastle, Berlin, Chicago, Lafayette, and Utrecht

  • I will be in Newcastle upon Tyne from August 11th to October 7th with my home base at Open Lab, Newcastle University.
  • I led a virtual conversation with doctoral students from Australian National University on August 25, discussing my paper When World(view)s Collide: Contested Epistemologies and Ontologies in Transdisciplinary Education and all things dark patterns and deceptive design.
  • I submitted a paper with one of my former Transdisciplinary Studies in Technology colleagues, Marisa Exter, to International Journal of Designs for Learning based on our experience doing a program-level design sprint. The article, entitled A Design Sprint Towards a Four-Year Curriculum in Transdisciplinary Studies was submitted to a special issue on Design Failure.
  • I wrapped up CHI writing season with four submissions from members of my lab (UXP2)—early for the first time! We submitted four manuscripts, covering the gamut from theory to design/evaluation to survey to empirical.
    • An arXiV preprint is available for our survey paper that documents a collection and taxonomy for 63 ethics-focused methods, entitled Surveying the Landscape of Ethics-Focused Design Methods (led by the fantastic Sai Shruthi Chivukula).
    • An arXiv preprint is forthcoming for a theory-focused paper that documents a new set of intermediate-level knowledge that we built through the design of two digital co-design experiences, entitled What Do I Need to Design for Co-Design? Supporting Co-design as a Designerly Practice (also led by the fantastic Sai Shruthi Chivukula).
    • We leveraged an iterative design and evaluation of our ethics-focused method site to better understand how to support designers’ selection of methods to have the potential for ethical impact (led by me with lots of support from UXP2 members). The paper is entitled Scaffolding Ethics-Focused Methods for Practice Resonance.
    • Finally, we built upon data we had collected through co-design sessions run with technology and design practitioners in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 and analyzed the trajectories that participants took as they built custom action plans. The paper is entitled Practitioner Trajectories of Engagement with Ethics-Focused Method Creation.
  • I worked with UXP2 lab members Anne Pivonka and Laura Makary to expand our EduCHI paper on organizing metaphors that students use for design methods for submission to International Journal of Technology and Design Education. The expanded manuscript is entitled Students’ Organizing Metaphors for Design Methods in Computing Education.
  • I am starting some new projects while at Open Lab. If you are interested in collaborating on any of these, get in touch!
    • I am continuing work with Ahmed Kharrufa on threshold concepts (building on our 2020 EduCHI paper), and extending our analysis to address pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) in HCI education. Lots of great student reflection data to consider as we build out more knowledge on HCI educational practices!
    • I am starting up some new analysis of dark patterns literature, including a systematic review of empirical studies that reference dark patterns, a mapping of dark patterns and dark patterns types/categories/strategies over time, and initial components of a comprehensive methodology for detecting and characterizing dark patterns in digital systems.
  • I have had the opportunity to participate in several workshops and other engagements that extend my work on design and technology ethics:
    • I am an invited participant in a series of sessions for the NSF Convergence Accelerator Workshop: Ethical Design of AIs (EDAIs). The outcomes of this workshop could lead to a new Convergence Accelerator track in 2023.
    • I was an invited participant in a workshop entitled Towards Trusted Design, The Way Forward sponsored by the World Wide Web Foundation Tech Policy Design Lab on September 27th. I also interacted with some of the leads at the Tech Policy Design Lab earlier in the summer, and was able to share some insights from our multiple years of studies on dark patterns, deceptive design, and the realities of ethics in technology practice.
  • I was in Berlin from September 22nd to 26th to cheer Austin on as he successfully ran the Berlin marathon! He finished in 5 hours, 40 minutes, and I hope he has some energy left in his tank to run in Chicago in two weeks! We also got to meet up with good friends and collaborators Konstantin Aal and Sarah Rüller.
  • I will give a talk at the School of Applied Psychology in University College Cork, Ireland on October 3rd, entitled Confronting Dark Patterns through Everyday Ethical Practices.
  • I will give a talk at Open Lab, Newcastle University on October 6th, entitled Deceptive Design and the Growing Threat of “Dark Patterns” in Technology Practices.
  • I will be in Chicago from October 7th to 10th to cheer Austin on as he also runs the Chicago marathon (for the second time)! He’s an overachiever like that.
  • I will be in the Netherlands from October 13th until 24th with my home base at Utrecht University, hosted by the amazing Cristiana Santos. 
  • I will give a keynote on October 18th at the Workshop on Future Proof Methods for Measuring and Detecting Dark Patterns, located at Utrecht University, entitled Mapping the Methodological Landscape of Dark Patterns Detection.
  • I will be heading to Arizona in October to testify on an upcoming case, State of Arizona v Google LLC. You can find more details and documents, including my expert reports and some write-ups of the case.
  • I will give a talk at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah on November 2nd, entitled Dark Patterns and the Potential for “Everyday Ethics”.