I was on sabbatical from May 2022 to August 2023, when I started this page. My high level goals at that time were 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. However, in the process, I also learned a lot about myself and ended up making a move to Indiana University, where I joined the faculty in August 2023. I’ll still be leading academic programs—this time, an HCI MS program and PhD track with a long history of excellence. More to come…in the meantime, enjoy reading perhaps too much detail about my travels and research.

As a sidenote: I am thrilled to work with partners in multiple parts of the world and I still get to travel a fair amount. If you see that 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!

Hawai’i, UK, NYC, Beijing, Boston, Copenhagen, and France

  • MAY 8-10 Right after graduation and submitting final grades, I was deposed for the second time as part of my legal consulting work. I’ll share more when I can, but I definitely learned a lot my first time around, and this is no exception!
  • May 11-16 After less than 24 hours at home after my deposition, I headed to Honolulu, Hawai’i for my 12th CHI! This was my first without Austin, but still a productive and exciting time.
    • Lots of activities at CHI this year across my work on dark patterns and ethics!
    • MAY 12 On Sunday, May 12th from 9:00 – 17:20 (HST) I co-led a workshop on “Mobilizing Research and Regulatory Action on Dark Patterns and Deceptive Design Practices” with Johanna Gunawan, René Shäfer, Nataliia Bielova, Lorena Sanchez Chamorro, Katie Seaborn, Thomas Milner, and Hauke Sandhaus. We had over 25 participants joining us online and in person, many of them junior scholars starting to make their mark on dark patterns scholarship! The future of this field is bright, indeed. We will be publishing CEUR proceedings soon, so stay tuned.
    • MAY 14 On Tuesday, May 14th from 9:45 – 10:00 (HST) I presented a paper on behalf of my UXP2 collaborators on “Building an Ethics-Focused Action Plan: Roles, Process Moves, and Trajectories.” Thomas Carlock was there to join me in person, and we appreciate the efforts of our many co-authors on this work to support technology and design practitioners in becoming more ethically aware and engaged. If you want to apply the same workshop materials in your own projects or classroom, check out the instructions here.
    • MAY 15 On Wednesday, May 15th from 14:45-15:00 (HST) I presented our long-awaited ontology on behalf of collaborators: “An Ontology of Dark Patterns Knowledge: Foundations, Definitions, and a Pathway for Shared Knowledge-Building.” This work couldn’t have been possible without the efforts of friends and collaborators Cristiana Santos, Nataliia Bielova, and Thomas Mildner. We hope to continue to extend the ontology to connect with more dark patterns scholarship and regulatory action in future, so check out the permanent home for the ontology (+ some handy reference guides) here:
  • MAY 18-JUNE 4 Continuing with the theme of no downtime, I had 24 hours at home, repacked, and then was on to the United Kingdom with Austin for our fifth study abroad trip to Newcastle upon Tyne in the Northeast of England.
    • This year, the study abroad is a component of a larger effort called the Digital Civics Exchange. Sponsored by Northumbria University, DCX brings together collaborators from University of Siegen, University of Lisbon, Northumbria University, and Newcastle University—along with a study abroad in partnership with Purdue University (Paul Parsons) and Indiana University Bloomington (me and Austin).
    • MAY 20 We kicked off seven projects with teams from Purdue, IU, and Lisbon—including sponsors from Newcastle University and Northumbria University. The teams will continue their work on these projects until May 30th, when they will present their final work.
    • MAY 30 Final project presentations and our leaving drinks/event to celebrate a great two weeks in Newcastle!
    • MAY 31-JUNE 2 Our second annual tour of the West of Scotland, including the magnificent Isle of Skye. Check it out, if you’ve never been. It’s one of my favorite places on earth.
  • JUNE 5-7 Our FIRST EduCHI held as a standalone conference! Excited to see this CHI symposium graduate after five years to its own event, graciously hosted by my general co-chair Craig MacDonald at Pratt Institute in NYC.
    • I will present two papers on behalf of coauthors at the event, along with helping to coordinate our first ever EduCHI Pedagogy Workshop—dedicated to training the next generation of stellar HCI educators.
    • JUNE 6 On Thursday, June 6th I will present the paper “Metacognitive Strategies to Foster Interculturally-Aware Design Competency” with co-authors from Purdue University (+ Austin at IU). This work came out of our study abroad experiences in the UK, where we describe different strategies that have utility in helping HCI students build intercultural awareness as part of their personal development and professional work practices.
    • JUNE 7 On Friday, June 8th I will present the paper “Themes, Lenses, and Materials: Three Perspectives on HCI Program Development” with co-author Austin Toombs. This paper documents the beginning of my program development work at IU, distilling some key principles and perspectives from my almost decade of HCI education work.
  • JUNE 10-18 Austin and I will take flight once again, this time to return to Beijing for the first time since the pandemic! We will teach a four day module on Tangible Embodied Interaction for the fifth time to students at Beijing Normal University’s Master of Applied Psychology in UX Design students.
  • JUNE 22-28 I will then head off to the first Design Research Society conference in North America! This will be my sixth DRS conference and my first as a member of the DRS Executive Board and Program Chair for the conference. It’s been a ton of work, but looking forward to overseeing the presentation of almost 400 research papers and 150 sessions spanning papers, conversations, and workshops. I will also co-present two papers with Shruthi Chivukula:
    • JUNE 25 On Tuesday, June 25th, I will continue the tradition of presenting at DRS on my birthday—this time co-presenting the paper “Envisioning transformation structures to support ethical mediation practices” with Shruthi. This paper extends our co-design work with design and technology practitioners, revealing how they use different diagrammatic forms to anticipate and address their felt ethical complexity.
    • JUNE 27 On Thursday, June 27th, I will co-present the paper “Quant-Ethico: An Approach to Quantifying and Interpreting Ethical Decision Making” with Shruthi. This paper lay dormant for a few years, and is a nice extension of the Ethicography method Shruthi developed early in her doctoral work.
  • JUNE 29-JULY 5 From Boston, I will head to Copenhagen for the Designing Interactive Systems conference! We have a fun selection of work this year to share, spanning multiple collaborations:
    • We start off with a paper in collaboration with Lorena Sanchez Chamorro and Carine Lallemand entitled ““My Mother Told Me These Things are Always Fake”—Understanding Teenagers’ Experiences with Manipulative Designs.”
    • This is followed up by a PWIP addressing a new area of work for the UXP2 lab entitled “Legal Trouble?: UX Practitioners’ Engagement with Law and Regulation.”
    • I am also assisting as a co-coordinator for the workshop “Fostering Feminist Community-Led Ethics: Building Tools and Connections” led by the amazing Ana Henriques.

Netherlands, NYC, and Denmark (+ Bloomington)

  • JAN 29-FEBRUARY 2 I co-organized the Fair Patterns for Online Interfaces workshop at the Lorentz Center in Leiden, Netherlands.
    • As part of this event, I presented a keynote “An Ontology of Dark Patterns: Definitions and Structures for Transdisciplinary Action” to describe the creation of our ontology (to be presented at CHI 2024).
  • MARCH 1 I was excited to go back to my home department at IU to deliver a keynote “Fostering Everyday Ethical Practices in Design” as part of the annual Indiana University Instructional Systems Technology (IST) Conference.
  • MARCH 27 Between some exciting HCI/d events in Bloomington, I made the trip up to Carmel, Indiana to present some of my work on dark patterns to the Indiana Chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association. The participants had a ton of great questions in response to my talk, “The Growing Threat of “Dark Patterns” in Technology Practices.”
  • APRIL 8-10 I traveled over to Europe yet again, this time to be part of one of the events for the newly formed Research Network for Responsible Danish Design (ResQ).
    • APRIL 9 First, I traveled to Aarhus to meet with collaborators and present work on dark patterns to students at the university there in a presentation entitled “The Growing Threat of Dark Patterns” (Or, What Does it Mean to be an Ethical Designer?).”
    • APRIL 10 I then headed back to Copenhagen to present a keynote entitled “Envisioning the Future of Supporting Ethical Design Practices” to a fantastic and thoughtful group of design educators from across Denmark.

FALL 2023
Back to Bloomington!

  • AUG I applied for a job at Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University Bloomington in Fall 2022, interviewed in Spring 2023, and was offered (and accepted) the job. In May 2023, Austin and I sold our condo in Lafayette, bought a beautiful house in the woods in Bloomington, and moved house—all with both of us out of the country. I am now the Program Director for the HCI/d MS program and the PhD in Informatics HCI/d track. Austin also got hired as an Associate Professor working in the same program.
  • SEP 14 I wrapped up CHI writing season with five submissions from members of my lab (UXP2) + international collaborators. Our manuscripts included extensions of our dark patterns work and a couple of R&Rs from our ethics-focused method workshops.
  • SEP 22 In September, I was elected by the Design Research Society International Advisory Council (where I am an elected member) to a two-year term on the DRS Executive Board. I am excited to support the design research community in the coming two years, alongside working as Program Chair for DRS 2024 to be held in Boston.
  • I attended 4S for the first time in Honolulu, Hawai’i from November 7-10.
    • I presented ongoing work with collaborators Johanna Gunawan, Nataliia Bielova, and Cristiana Santos as part of an organized session on “Who Knows the User? Interrogating the Expertise of User Experience Professionals” (thanks to Danny Spitzerg and Richmond Wong for their excellent organizing skills).
    • We presented work building on our PLSC 2023 paper in a talk entitled “UX Research Practices as a Site of Resistance Against Dark Patterns.” This work explores different forms of evidence that can prove the existence of dark patterns and how this evidence might have utility in driving UX and product decisions.
  • NOV 24 I will give a keynote at the 2nd International Eastern Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (IECHCI 2023) in Turkey, entitled “Developing and Sustaining Competence in HCI Education.” This talk builds upon my more than a decade of work on HCI education practices and their relationship to volatile and evolving industry trends. Thanks to the organizers and Olgun Sadik for their invitation!

United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, France, and Belgium

  • I am in the process of finishing up CHI writing season with two submissions to the Late-Breaking Work track. I will keep you posted here once we have preprints to share, building on work I did with the amazing Cristiana Santos and Nataliia Bielova last year.
  • I was in England from January 23rd until February 4th.
    • JAN 24 I started my visit at Loughborough University on January 24th, where I participating as an external examiner on a viva (my first in the UK system!). Congratulations to James Branch for a pass on his thesis, entitled: “The Pedagogy of User Experience Design.”
    • JAN 25 I gave a talk at Loughborough entitled Dark Patterns and Engaging Designers in “Everyday Ethics” to the HCI students and teaching staff, had some great conversations about HCI pedagogy with Val Mitchell and Chris Parker, and also got a chance to catch up on DRS Advisory Board business with Rebecca Cain.
    • I then took the train to London and had a great set of meetings with Arunesh Mathur (from the UK CMA), Cennydd Bowles (from the UK ICO + his own consulting firm on tech ethics), and Ruba Abu-Salma (from King’s College). Some wonderful insights on combatting dark patterns and improving connections between academic research and regulation!
    • After some touring across the West of England and Wales, I visited Swansea University from February 1-3 and got to meet friend and collaborator Pranjal Jain for the first time.
    • FEB 2-3 I gave a talk at Swansea’s Computational Foundry on February 2nd, entitled: “Combatting Dark Patterns through HCI Scholarship and Regulation.” This was followed up the next day with some excellent conversations with the researchers and CDT students there and then a masterclass that I delivered entitled: “Employing Everyday Ethics in Design Practices.”
  • JAN 30 None of my lab’s paper submissions to CHI 2023 were accepted, but our proposals for a panel and SIG focusing on dark patterns were both accepted!
  • FEB 1 My lab submitted two full papers and one pictorial to DIS 2023. All resubmits, so crossing our fingers on getting some of our work on everyday ethics and practitioner resources out into the world in a more formal way.
  • FEB 23 I participated on a panel with some amazing panelists (Cristiana Santos, Harry Brignull, and Kat Zhou) moderated by Caroline Sinders (currently Post-Doctoral Fellow at the UK ICO) entitled “Ditching deceptive design” as part of “Privacy, Seriously“—a mini-conference that the ICO is hosting which is targeted at design and technology practitioners that must consider privacy as part of the product they create. The mini-conference was held on February 23rd and open to the public.
  • FEB 26 A CHI Late-Breaking Work submission with collaborators Cristiana Santos and Nataliia Bielova was accepted, entitled “Towards a Preliminary Ontology of Dark Patterns Knowledge.” This work is the first to connect regulatory and academic literature in a domain-agnostic, multi-level ontology of dark patterns. A preprint is available, along with a brief explainer video and supplemental materials.
  • MAR 7 I gave a talk at the University of Notre Dame Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society entitled Deceptive Design and the Growing Threat of “Dark Patterns” in Technology Practices on March 7th. Thanks for the invitation, Toby Li!
  • MAR 17 My lab submitted two short Provocations and Work-in-Progress to the DIS 2023 conference, one with a focus on ethical stances to take to engage with ethical complexity and another documenting a work-in-progress systematic review of dark patterns empirical work.
  • MAR 21 I presented an EduCHI masterclass with Paul Parsons on “Building Student Capacity to Engage with Design Methods.” This is part of a pre-symposium series of events for EduCHI 2023, which will be held in conjunction with CHI in Hamburg. Feel free to reach out for a recording if you didn’t register, or take a look at the worksheets and other materials we shared!
  • I was on a 2 1/2 week trip to NYC, Cambridge, the Netherlands, and Newcastle from March 28-April 15.
    • I was in NYC from March 28-31, Cambridge/Boston from March 31-April 2, Utrecht from April 3-8, Newcastle upon Tyne from April 8-14, and Edinburgh from April 14-15.
    • MAR 28-31 I was in NYC meeting with alumni of our UX program as part of a formal program evaluation, along with beginning to collect data for a book proposal in progress.
    • APR 1 I participated in an invited symposium Beyond the FTC: The Future of Privacy Enforcement at Harvard Law School from March 31-April 1. I was there helping to present work led by Nataliia Bielova and Cristiana Santos entitled “Enlightening Enforcement with Research: Example of Cookie Banners,” which will eventually be published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology.
    • APR 5 I gave a keynote talk/interview at the Symposium Eerlijk Design in E-commerce (Symposium on Fair Design in E-commerce) hosted by the ACM, the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets on April 5th. A recording is available here.
    • APR 6 We received approval for an interdisciplinary workshop at the Lorentz Center in the Netherlands, entitled “Fair Patterns for Online Interfaces.” This workshop is co-organized by Raphael Gellert, Colin M. Gray, Arianna Rossi, Cristiana Santos and Hanna Schraffenberger and will be held in late January 2024 in Leiden.
  • Some longer-term writing projects for this semester:
    • I am continuing work with the Studio Matters team (Derek Jones, James Corazzo, Elizabeth Boling, James Benedict Brown, Nicole Lotz, and Lorraine Marshalsey) on a book manuscript that will hopefully become a foundational text for studio pedagogy. Currently waiting on a positive sign from a publisher as we continue our weekly writing sessions!
    • I am beginning work with Cristiana Santos and Nataliia Bielova to outline a framework for describing types of evidence and their efficacy to support regulation of dark patterns and deceptive design practices.
    • With my lab, we are wrapping up data collection on our multi-year project on everyday ethics . Currently, we are in the process of analyzing dozens of action plans built by practitioners and design students across multiple online and in-person co-creation sessions to identify how these participants sought to build resonance between the ethical building blocks and their own lived ethical design complexity.
    • I am also working with members of my lab to finalize writing on a paper where we analyzed media articles from China and India, with the goal of describing how different frames are used to describe technology manipulation in these particular cultural contexts.
    • I am also considering starting a proposal for a book on dark patterns aimed at a general audience which I have been outlining for the last year. More to come…
  • MAY 3 We received one full paper acceptance and two Provocation and Work-in-Progress acceptances for the Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) conference to be held in Pittsburgh, PA in July 2023.
    • A paper “Scaffolding Ethics-Focused Methods for Practice Resonance” describes the creation and evaluation of a set of ethics “intentions” alongside our Ethics-Focused Method website. Great work from authors Shruthi Sai Chivukula, Thomas Carlock, and Ja-Nae Duane.
    • A PWIP “Wrangling Ethical Design Complexity: Dilemmas, Tensions, and Situations” includes our team’s reflection on multiple years of conducting studies relating to ethics with technology practitioners. Thanks to authors Shruthi San Chivukula, Ike Obi, and Thomas Carlock!
    • A second PWIP “Mapping the Landscape of Dark Patterns Scholarship: A Systematic Literature Review” that includes a systematic review of empirical studies assessing the presence and impacts of dark patterns. This one was an international collaboration with Lorena Sánchez Chamorro (Luxembourg), Ike Obi (Purdue), and Ja-Nae Duane (Bentley).
  • I attended CHI in Hamburg from April 23-28 with two members of my lab and then will stay in Europe through the end of May.
    • Lots of activities at CHI this year across my work on dark patterns and HCI education!
    • APR 25 On Tuesday, April 25th from 16:35-18:00 (CET) I co-led a SIG on “Dark Patterns and the Emerging Threats of Deceptive Design Practices” with Cristiana Santos, Nicole Tong, Thomas Milner, Arianna Rossi, Johanna Gunawan, and Caroline Sinders. About 100 people in attendance, and the energy was amazing!
    • APR 25 and 26 On Tuesday, April 25th and Wednesday, April 26th from 10:30-11:10 (the coffee break) I presented a LBW with Cristiana Santos and Nataliia Bielova entitled “Towards a Preliminary Ontology of Dark Patterns Knowledge“.
    • APR 26 On Wednesday April 26th from 14:35-16:00 (CET) I led a panel on “Emerging Transdisciplinary Perspectives to Confront Dark Patterns” with Shruthi Chivukula, Kerstin Bongard-Blanchy, Arunesh Mathur, Johanna Gunawan, and Brennan Schaffner. Lots of great questions and engagement from the audience!
    • APR 28 On Friday, April 28th from 9:30-17:30pm I served as General Co-Chair for EduCHI: the 5th Annual Symposium on HCI Education with co-chair Craig MacDonald, TPCs Carine Lallemand and Alannah Oleson, Accessibility Chair Anna Carter, and Publicity Chairs Olivier St-Cyr and Caroline Pitt.
    • I am currently working with Nataliia Bielova at Inria in the south of France from May 4-23.
      • MAY 11 I will present a hybrid talk at ForumNumerica (at INRIA and online) on “Deceptive Design and the Growing Threat of `Dark Patterns in Technology Practices.”
    • MAY 23-26 I will attend the CPDP conference in Brussels for the first time!
      • MAY 26 I will participate in a panel entitled “Dark patterns: definitions and evidence for regulators” along with moderator Nataliia Bielova and fellow panelists Laura Litvine, Bertrand Pailhes, and Dries Cuijpers.
  • JUN 1-2 I presented a co-authored draft paper with amazing collaborators Cristiana Santos, Nataliia Bielova, and Johanna Gunawan in Boulder, Colorado at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference entitled: “What Evidence is Needed to Prove the Existence of Dark Patterns?”
  • JUL 2-7 Collaborator and friend Thomas Mildner visited our new house in Bloomington and we had a great writing retreat, working on CHI papers, the dark patterns ontology, and community-building work including the draft of a workshop proposal for CHI 2024. And he got to experience an American July 4th celebration for the first time.
  • JUL 11-14 I attended DIS in Pittsburgh and presented some of our work
    • JUL 12 On Wednesday, July 12th I presented Provocations/Work-in-Progress posters on two projects. First, “Mapping the Landscape of Dark Patterns Scholarship: A Systematic Literature Review” with amazing collaborators Lorena Sanchez Chamorro from University of Luxembourg, my PhD student Ike Obi, and collaborator Ja-Nae Duane from Bentley University. Second, “Wrangling Ethical Design Complexity: Dilemmas, Tensions, and Situations” as a reflective account of our four-year project on everyday ethics with UXP2 lab members Sai Shruthi Chivukula, Ike Obi, and Thomas Carlock.
    • JUL 14 On Friday, July 14th I presented a paper called “Scaffolding Ethics-Focused Methods for Practice Resonance” which documents a methods website we built and evaluated to encourage practitioners to discover and use ethics-focused methods in their work. The big bonus was that this paper was awarded Best Paper at DIS, in the top 1% of all submissions. Thanks to UXP2 members and collaborators Thomas Carlock, Ziqing Li, and Sai Shruthi Chivukula for their amazing work in getting the website designed and populated with content, and Sai Shruthi Chivukula and Ja-Nae Duane for their work in running the evaluation study.

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 gave 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 gave a talk at Open Lab, Newcastle University on October 6th, entitled Deceptive Design and the Growing Threat of “Dark Patterns” in Technology Practices. It was a great way to cap off a wonderful two months in Newcastle!
  • I was 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. He finished in 5 hours, 49 minutes—especially impressive given that he had some knee pain leading up to the race. We were joined by Austin’s mom and brother for the race, and I spent most of the race walking around the city with them to catch as many glimpses of Austin as possible!
  • I was in the Netherlands from October 13th until 29th with my home base at Utrecht University, hosted by the amazing Cristiana Santos. 
  • I gave 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. Such a great group of people that Cristiana Santos assembled in Utrecht and online, including an all-star panel of scholars from law, philosophy, HCI, and computer science, plus one regulator!: Gunes Acar (Radboud University Nijmegen), Arianna Rossi (University of Luxembourg), Christof Nimwegen (Utrecht University), Marijn Sax (University of Amsterdam), and Dries Cuijpers (Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets).
  • I got to meet amazing co-authors Cristiana Santos and Nataliia Bielova in person after almost three years of collaborative work! And we cooked up some new projects as well.
    • We are continuing work on the evolution of dark patterns knowledge and types with a plan to publish a preprint of our work in mid-December. Our goal is to bring together different levels of dark patterns knowledge and contribute to a more accessible and shared ontology for regulators, scholars, and practitioners alike to use to identify and characterize dark patterns.
    • We are also continuing work on a systematic review of dark patterns scholarship, seeking to identify patterns of common research methods (and gaps) along with opportunities for better alignment among regulators (and the knowledge they need to effectively identify and enforce dark patterns violations) and scholars.
  • I was able to take day trips to see friends in Delft and Eindhoven! In Delft, I was able to reconnect with Peter Lloyd and also connect for the first time with Senthil Chandrasegaran, who overlapped during my time at Purdue. Lots of great conversations about methodology, large datasets to support design inquiry, and the potential to expand the design research (and design education) community. At Eindhoven, I gave a research talk entitled How Can Design Methods Support Everyday Ethics in Design Practice? that brought together themes from my work over the last eight years at the intersection of design theory, methods, ethical awareness, and practice resonance. Thanks to Carine Lallemand for her kind invitation and organizing of the event!
  • I was originally heading to Arizona in October to testify on a court 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. This case settled out of court for $85 million in October, 2022—one of the largest settlements of its type per capita.
  • I gave a talk at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah on November 2nd, entitled Dark Patterns and the Potential for “Everyday Ethics.” I followed up time in Utah with a great reconnection with doctoral student colleague Omar Sosa-Tzec, who is doing amazing work at San Francisco State and continuing his work on rhetoric and design. Finally, I was privileged to attend my ex-wife’s wedding in beautiful Sonora, CA to wrap up my visit out west.
  • Back to Europe one last time this semester! I headed to Lucerne, Switzerland with fantastic colleagues from Purdue’s Office of Globalization (Elizabeth Barajas) and CILMAR (Andrea Thomas) to speak at a Polytechnic symposium on COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning). I co-presented a talk with Elizabeth Barajas entitled: “Supporting COIL as an Administrator: Where Enthusiasm Meets Reality“. I participated in a dialogue on how to broker COIL partnerships between administrators, international collaborators, and faculty, building on my work with partners in the UK and China.
  • After Lucerne, I headed to University of Luxembourg to spend some time with Arianna Rossi, Kerstin Bongard-Blanchy, Lorena Sanchez Chamorro, and other members of the DECEPTICON team! I gave a talk on my current empirical work entitled “Mapping and Synthesizing a (Preliminary) Ontology of Dark Patterns” on November 14th and then participated in a workshop on November 15th with legal and HCI scholars entitled “Gaps and Design Interventions on Dark Patterns in Legal Instruments” to discuss our role in the light of many recent regulatory reports (e.g., OECD, CMA, EDPB, FTC) addressing the threats of dark patterns.
  • Finally, I headed home for the holidays on November 16th and retire to some baking, entertaining, and CHI revisions. As a lab, we submitted three papers as R&Rs to CHI 2023 and now cross our fingers as the reviewers to do their important labor.
  • The 5th iteration of the EduCHI symposium has been accepted at CHI 2023 and will take place in hybrid format on April 28th, 2023 in Hamburg and online. I am working with Craig MacDonald as general chair for the symposium this year, and we welcome your submissions in multiple categories due on February 10th, 2023!
  • I also worked with colleagues from Europe and the United States to submit proposals for a SIG and panel at CHI 2023 on dark patterns. Hoping for a successful result so we can continue building community and support for scholarship around the world on this important topic!

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.