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Evil by Design: Interaction Design to Lead Us Into Temptation

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Publisher Comments:

The seven sins are all around us, easy to spot. But the designs that apply the underlying behavioral forces that underpin the sins are harder to discern. That's why we need this book."

— From the foreword by Don Norman, author of Design of Everyday Things

Better read this book before your neighbor goes and pulls a fast one on you. If this appeal to fear isn't enough, then maybe greed will do the trick: any website will make lots of money by following the guidelines in this book, even if you don't go all the way to become truly evil."

— Jakob Nielsen, author of Designing Web Usability and Mobile Usability

Illuminating, amusing, and a genuine page-turner...this book will give you insight into ways you have been tricked and, even better, give you the tools to persuade others either for evil or, if you really must, for good."

— Bruce "Tog" Tognazzini, Principal, Nielsen Norman Group, mad scientist, and former Apple employee #66

How to make customers feel good about doing what you want

Approaching persuasive design from the dark side, this book melds psychology, marketing, and design concepts to show why we're susceptible to certain persuasive techniques. Packed with examples from every nook and cranny of the web, it provides easily digestible and applicable patterns for putting these design techniques to work. Organized by the seven deadly sins, it includes:

Pride — use social proof to position your product in line with your visitors' values

Sloth — build a path of least resistance that leads users where you want them to go

Gluttony — escalate customers' commitment and use loss aversion to keep them there

Anger — understand the power of metaphysical arguments and anonymity

Envy — create a culture of status around your product and feed aspirational desires

Lust — turn desire into commitment by using emotion to defeat rational behavior

Greed — keep customers engaged by reinforcing the behaviors you desire

Now you too can leverage human fallibility to create powerful persuasive interfaces that people will love to use — but will you use your new knowledge for good or evil? Learn more on the companion website, evilbydesign.info.

Synopsis:

How to make customers feel good about doing what you want

Learn how companies make us feel good about doing what they want. Approaching persuasive design from the dark side, this book melds psychology, marketing, and design concepts to show why we’re susceptible to certain persuasive techniques. Packed with examples from every nook and cranny of the web, it provides easily digestible and applicable patterns for putting these design techniques to work. Organized by the seven deadly sins, it includes:

  • Pride — use social proof to position your product in line with your visitors’ values
  • Sloth — build a path of least resistance that leads users where you want them to go
  • Gluttony — escalate customers’ commitment and use loss aversion to keep them there
  • Anger — understand the power of metaphysical arguments and anonymity
  • Envy — create a culture of status around your product and feed aspirational desires
  • Lust — turn desire into commitment by using emotion to defeat rational behavior
  • Greed — keep customers engaged by reinforcing the behaviors you desire

Now you too can leverage human fallibility to create powerful persuasive interfaces that people will love to use — but will you use your new knowledge for good or evil? Learn more on the companion website, evilbydesign.info.

Synopsis:

A fun and twisted look at persuasive, interaction design patterns

If you're wondering how your mind works, why you're susceptible to persuasion, and how, as a web or app designer, you can exploit the twisted way everyone else's brain works, you've come to the right place! This fascinating book explores more than sixty persuasive online design patterns and shows you why, happily or unhappily, they succeed. Discover how we're wired for certain sales techniques, why we fall for them, and learn online design techniques you can use for good or evil.

  • Melds psychology, marketing, and the art of design to explain why we're susceptible to certain persuasive techniques and designs
  • Explores more than sixty design concepts and shows you how to replicate the same techniques on your own site
  • Groups chapters by the seven deadly sins?sloth, pride, envy, greed, lust, anger, and gluttony

Learn interaction design techniques - and a lot about yourself - with Evil by Design: Interaction Design to Lead Us into Temptation.

About the Author

Chris Nodder is an independent consultant with 20 years' experience working with large organizations and lean startups to make user experience central to their business strategy. He was previously a director at the prestigious Nielsen Norman Group, and a senior user researcher at Microsoft. He has an MS in Human-Computer Interaction and a BS in Psychology.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction xiii

Evil designs and their virtuous counterparts xiii

Pride 1

Misplaced pride causes cognitive dissonance 1

Provide reasons for people to use 3

Social proof: Using messages from friends to make it personal and emotional 5

Dispel doubt by repeating positive messages 7

Personal messages hit home 11

Gain public commitment to a decision 16

Change opinions by emphasizing general similarities 19

Use images of certification and endorsement 22

Closure: The appeal of completeness and desire for order 25

Help people complete a set 26

Pander to people’s desire for order 32

Manipulating pride to change beliefs 35

Sloth 39

Desire lines: From A to B with as few barriers as possible 39

Path of least resistance 41

Reduced options and smart defaults smooth the decision process 44

Provide fewer options 45

Pre-pick your preferred option 50

Make options hard to find or understand 53

Negative options: Don’t not sign up! 56

Sloth: Is it worth the effort? 64

Gluttony 67

Deserving our rewards 67

Make customers work for a reward 69

Consider a small reward rather than a big one 72

Hide the math 75

Show the problems 78

Escalating commitment: foot-in-the-door, door-in-the-face 84

Foot-in-the-door 84

Door-in-the-face 87

Present hard decisions only after investment 90

Invoking gluttony with scarcity and loss aversion 93

The Tom Sawyer effect 93

Instill doubt to prevent cancellations 96

Impatience leads to compliance 99

Self-control: Gluttony’s nemesis 101

Anger 103

Avoiding anger 104

Use humor to deflect anger 104

Avoid overt anger with a slippery slope 107

Use metaphysical arguments to beat opponents 112

Embracing anger 117

Use anonymity to encourage repressed behaviors 119

Give people permission 124

Scare people (if you have the solution) 129

Using anger safely in your products 134

Envy 137

Manufacturing envy through desire and aspiration 138

Create desirability to produce envy 138

Create something aspirational 140

Make people feel ownership before they’ve bought 145

Status envy: demonstrating achievement and importance 150

Create status differences to drive behavior 151

Emphasize achievement as a form of status 154

Encourage payment as an alternative to achievement 156

Let users advertise their status 159

Let people feel important 161

Manufacturing and maintaining envy in your products 166

Lust 169

Creating lust: Using emotion to shape behavior 169

Say “I love you” 170

Be the second best 174

Frame your message as a question 178

Create an in-group 182

Controlling lust: Using desire to get a commitment 185

Give something to get something 186

Make something free 190

Sell the intangible value 195

Make a request in order to be seen more favorably 198

Lustful behavior 201

Greed 203

Learning from casinos: Luck, probability, and partial reinforcement schedules 204

Use a partial reinforcement schedule 208

Make it into a game 211

Customers should “win” rather than “finish” or “buy” 214

Further inflate people’s (already overconfident) feelings of skill and mastery 217

Make rewards seem due to skill, not luck 221

Create a walled garden 225

Anchoring and arbitrary coherence 227

Own the anchor 229

Move from money to tokens 233

Encourage breakage 236

Make it expensive 238

Show your second-best option first 240

Break coherence to justify prices 243

Feeling greedy? 246

Evil by Design 249

Should you feel bad about deception? 250

Should you feel bad about using the principles in this book? 254

Be purposefully persuasive 258

The Persuasive Patterns Game 259

References 269

Index 297

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"Synopsis" by , How to make customers feel good about doing what you want

Learn how companies make us feel good about doing what they want. Approaching persuasive design from the dark side, this book melds psychology, marketing, and design concepts to show why we’re susceptible to certain persuasive techniques. Packed with examples from every nook and cranny of the web, it provides easily digestible and applicable patterns for putting these design techniques to work. Organized by the seven deadly sins, it includes:

  • Pride — use social proof to position your product in line with your visitors’ values
  • Sloth — build a path of least resistance that leads users where you want them to go
  • Gluttony — escalate customers’ commitment and use loss aversion to keep them there
  • Anger — understand the power of metaphysical arguments and anonymity
  • Envy — create a culture of status around your product and feed aspirational desires
  • Lust — turn desire into commitment by using emotion to defeat rational behavior
  • Greed — keep customers engaged by reinforcing the behaviors you desire

Now you too can leverage human fallibility to create powerful persuasive interfaces that people will love to use — but will you use your new knowledge for good or evil? Learn more on the companion website, evilbydesign.info.

"Synopsis" by , A fun and twisted look at persuasive, interaction design patterns

If you're wondering how your mind works, why you're susceptible to persuasion, and how, as a web or app designer, you can exploit the twisted way everyone else's brain works, you've come to the right place! This fascinating book explores more than sixty persuasive online design patterns and shows you why, happily or unhappily, they succeed. Discover how we're wired for certain sales techniques, why we fall for them, and learn online design techniques you can use for good or evil.

  • Melds psychology, marketing, and the art of design to explain why we're susceptible to certain persuasive techniques and designs
  • Explores more than sixty design concepts and shows you how to replicate the same techniques on your own site
  • Groups chapters by the seven deadly sins?sloth, pride, envy, greed, lust, anger, and gluttony

Learn interaction design techniques - and a lot about yourself - with Evil by Design: Interaction Design to Lead Us into Temptation.

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