Picture this: you pull out your phone to check social media, and before long, you’ve wasted an hour scrolling through your timeline. What about planning to watch one episode on a video streaming platform, but inadvertently “auto-played” into watching for six hours. Sound familiar?
Our software ecosystem didn’t evolve this way by accident. As the attention economy grew, designers and developers built software with the profit motive first and foremost. Eventually, this has led to deleterious effects on society, as manipulation, distraction, and other underhanded methods became commonplace. Today, some of these methods are known as dark patterns.
Responsible design means putting society’s betterment above short term goals. It means minimizing distractions, giving people back valuable time, and building software that educates and motivates, rather than manipulates people. Software is a powerful tool. It’s up to us as designers, developers, entrepreneurs to ensure it truly makes the world a better place.
Jason is a visionary technology consultant with over 9 years of experience working with companies across a multitude of industries. Since founding JCACE in 2009, he’s helped hundreds of clients and companies leverage the latest technologies to stay at the cutting-edge in today's complex software ecosystems.
Jason’s areas of expertise include: Software architecture, design, and development. User Experiences. Blockchain, IoT, and AGILE Project Management.
A self-starter, Nick has spent countless hours working on software and electronics projects. He uses his knowledge to design solutions for both his client’s problems and his own problems. Nick’s areas of expertise include: software design, signal processing, and machine learning.