This site is mostly focused on showcasing good solutions that solve common problems. A design pattern which however hasn’t received much attention on is a solution to avoid having to use another pattern in the first place.

At Designing Social Interfaces, a pattern library that focuses on patterns for the social web, I found the The password Anti-Pattern particularly interesting.

In this pattern article Erin Malone explains how websites utilize third-party services for logging in. The idea behind the pattern is that you won’t have to remember a dozen different passwords for all the different services you’ve signed up for, but can do with just a few main account providers like Gmail, hotmail, or OpenID.

What do you think? Is this an actual pattern? The thought is definitely interesting, but using “Anti-” to me indicates a solution that is known to be “bad”.

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Based out of Copenhagen, Denmark, Anders Toxboe is a Product Discovery coach and trainer, helping both small and big clients get their product right. He also founded and a series of other projects. Follow Anders at @uipatternscom.