White Hat Design Patterns

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Method Overview

White hat design is a guidebook of principles and steps designed to help industry individuals and teams generate designs from a new perspective centered around ethical design principles and practices.

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Getting Started

Practices and Principles (Falbe, 2018) –

  • Transition to a human-centered design approach
    • Involve all team members in watching videos from user testing sessions.
    • Ask for actual, living portraits of the people you serve.
    • Insist on continuous testing.
    • Always ask “why?”
  • Ethical design best practices (Falbe, 2018) –
    • Use data to improve the human experience.
    • Advertising without tracking.
    • Always, always prioritize usability.
    • Don’t ask for more than you need.
    • Be transparent.

Further Reading

Trine Falbe, Ethical Design: The Practical Getting-Started Guide



Falbe, T. (2018, March 16). Ethical Design: The Practical Getting-Started Guide [web log]. Retrieved February 22, 2022, from https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2018/03/ethical-design-practical-getting-started-guide/.

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