Dark Patterns

Dark patterns are malicious design strategies that try to influence people into making decisions that may go against their best interests. We investigate User Awareness and possible Countermeasures to help people deal with these tricky and manipulative designs. We presented some of our very first findings in the publications below.

CHI'24 Workshop

We are co-organizing a workshop on Dark Patterns at ACM CHI'24. The submission deadline is Feb 24, 2024. You can find more details at the list of accepted workshops at CHI'24 and in our workshop proposal paper below.


CHI'23 Interactivity


If you have any questions about our research on dark patterns, please contact René Schäfer.




  • Colin M Gray, Johanna Gunawan, René Schäfer, Nataliia Bielova, Lorena Sánchez Chamorro, Katie Seaborn, Thomas Mildner and Hauke Sandhaus. Mobilizing Research and Regulatory Action on Dark Patterns and Deceptive Design Practices.  In Extended Abstracts of the 2024 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA '24 (Forthcoming), pages 6, Association for Computing Machinery, May 2024.
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  • 2023

  • René Schäfer, Paul Miles Preuschoff and Jan Borchers. Investigating Visual Countermeasures Against Dark Patterns in User Interfaces.  In Mensch Und Computer 2023, MuC '23, pages 161–172, Association for Computing Machinery, September 2023.
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  • Paul Miles Preuschoff. Designing Countermeasures Against Dark Patterns in User Interfaces. Master's Thesis, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, August 2023.
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  • Sarah Sahabi. Prevalent Dark Patterns: Investigating Children's Mental Models of Malicious Designs. Master's Thesis, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, July 2023.
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