The rapid growth of mobile technology has ushered in an age where time and attention is an increasingly scarce resource. Instead of technology enhancing our abilities as humans, we’ve seen it become a vehicle for extracting our attention, monetizing our personal information, and exploiting our psychological vulnerabilities. Designers and developers play a key role in the creation of such technology, and it’s time we take responsibility for the impact that these products and services we build are having on people it should serve.
In this session we’ll explore some common extractive design patterns in addition to alternatives that focus on user well-being instead. These patterns will be framed through the lens of guiding principles to follow when designing ethically humane products and services.