Research

NSF funds research into “dark patterns” of user experience design

The National Science Foundation has awarded a research grant to Colin Gray, assistant professor of computer graphics technology, to study the ethical implications of user experience design. The specific focus of Gray’s research will be “dark patterns,” the name given to user experience (UX) design practices in which the designer uses knowledge of human behavior and the desires of end users to intentionally manipulate them into actions not in their best interest.

Purdue, Accenture study describes smart way to embrace open innovation

Companies use a concept called open innovation to expand beyond in-house research and development and to use external sources to find new technologies, develop new products and services, or to launch new platforms. "The Smart Way to Open Your Innovation Process," a recent joint study by Purdue University's Research Center for Open Digital Innovation and global professional services company Accenture, noted that large companies embrace open innovation but do not always utilize it strategically.

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