Category: #DuckDuckGo

Visiting Iceland

Last week the design team went to Iceland! It’s my first time going there, and I’m absolutely in love with the beauty of the country. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

At first we toured around Reykjavik.

We then went to Geysir, Gullfoss, then hiked up Reykjadalur Valley to go to a hot spring.

We then went south to Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Raufarhólshellir, and Vik.

The last place we went to was Blue Lagoon, although I didn’t bring my camera there. Before I left, I also got a last-minute tattoo from Íris at Valkyrie Tattoo as well!

High-quality photos can be found on Flickr.

Blocking Facebook Embeds

Screenshot showing the warning message design.

A few months ago, I got to work on the designs for blocking embedded content from Facebook. This can be embedded videos, comments, posts, pages, groups, and login buttons on the websites that you visit.

This is greatly limits what Facebook can learn from you as you browse the web, and it’s also convenient to unblock if you’d like to view the content. Here’s what it looks like:

The design showing a blocked Facebook content with text saying, "DuckDuckGo blocked this Facebook video"

There's a button that says "Unblock video" as well.
The design showing a blocked Facebook video.

The login flow is a little different. We prominently show you that the login button is blocked, and we also tell you about our limitations when you do log in with Facebook.

A login button that shows a warning that says, "Facebook tracks your activity on a site when you use them to log in."

A prompt that says, "Once you're logged in, DuckDuckGo can't block Facebook content from tracking you on this site."
A Facebook login button that shows a warning on hover and a prompt that tells you about our blocking limitations once you log in.

It took a lot of user testing and even more design variations, but we ultimately landed on simple, unobtrusive messages so that it gets out of the way of what people are doing. Super happy about this—I hope you can try it out yourself using the extension!

Some love from users:

Hello, @DuckDuckGoUX

A screenshot of the Twitter post with text that says: "I like to think about my design work as making the invisible visible, making tools that help empower people."

I recently recorded a clip about why I love working as a product designer at DuckDuckGo, and it was just posted on the design team’s Twitter account. I just used an iPhone to record it, so I’m glad that it turned out well!

A lot of websites and apps track your behavior across the web, so I’m really grateful that I’m able to help build tools that fight pervasive tracking and surveillance capitalism online.

The post can be found on