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Are Notifications A Dark Pattern?



Published on | Prototyping: From UX to Front End — Medium Designlab Text & Illustration: Andrew Wilshere Have you ever had a nightmare where you were literally drowning in little red notification badges? I did once, and it got me thinking: what actually are notifications? And are they just another dark pattern — a form of coercion and online trickery? In this article, I explore the phenomenon of “pseudo-notifications”, and conclude with some thoughts on what the future might hold for notifications as a design pattern. What are notifications? Notifications are nothing new. A