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How can we design a trustworthy digital future for all?

How can we create digital experiences that are safe, promote well-being and can be trusted by users?

The Design Beyond Deception Project is an attempt to re-engage with UI/UX design practice today in order to tackle deceptive design, and move towards ethical practices.  


In this project, we aim to investigate the impacts of 'dark patterns' on users, markets and society at large by using participatory methods and human-centered design to create a manual on responsible design for practitioners.

Design Beyond Deception Project Launch at UN IGF
The Design Beyond Deception Project has used a multi-step process to produce research and develop a manual of practice. To know about our process in detail, read the project cover note.

Explore the Project

The project includes a Designer's Manual to tackle Deceptive Design and a Research series unpacking the harms of deceptive design on consumers, markets and society also covering the future policy directions. Explore these work streams below.
The designer's manual is a practical, hands-on guide for designers and other practitioners who seek to move towards trusted and responsible design practice for a better digital future. 
Design Beyond Deception- A Practitioner's manual to tackle deceptive design
The Designer's Manual to tackle Deceptive Design Practices
Our research series seeks to explore the concrete harms of deceptive design especially focussing on lesser explored topics.
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The Unpacking Deceptive Design Research Series

Meet the Team

Titiksha Vashist
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Project Lead,


Shyam Krishnakumar
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Project Co-lead

Kaushalya Gupta
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Senior Consultant

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Project Researcher,

Manual Designer

4+ Consultations

Global Experts


For Researchers

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For Designers

Design Beyond Deception

For Policy Practitioners

Recommendations on the draft guidelines for prevention and regulation of dark patterns
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