Ruined by Design

How Designers Destroyed the World, and What We Can Do to Fix It

Ranked #64 in Design

The world is working exactly as designed. The combustion engine which is destroying our planet's atmosphere and rapidly making it inhospitable is working exactly as we designed it. Guns, which lead to so much death, work exactly as they're designed to work. And every time we "improve" their design, they get better at killing. Facebook's privacy settings, which have outed gay teens to their conservative parents, are working exactly as designed. Their "real names" initiative, which makes it easier for stalkers to re-find their victims, is working exactly as designed. Twitter's toxicity and lack... more

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Massimo Banzi "The world is working exactly as designed. And it’s not working very well. " Mike Monteiro (Must have book..) (Source)

Daniel Burka I love that @monteiro writes in such clear, direct language. Reading his new book "Ruined by Design" might be difficult or hurt your ego, designers. And, you might disagree with Mike. But you should read it for a clear-headed viewpoint on our mistakes and challenges. 👏 (Source)

Rafat Ali As far as book intro lines go, this is as freakin’ amazing as it gets. From “Ruined by Design: How Designers Destroyed The World” by @monteiro (Source)

Miguel De Icaza My god, @monteiro ‘s book “ruined by design” should be mandatory reading for anyone in the software industry - beautiful, powerful, lucid and eye opening. Treat yourself and get the book. (Source)

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