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Ruined by Design: How Designers Destroyed the World, and What We Can Do to Fix It Paperback – March 29, 2019
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- Publisher : Independently published (March 29, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 221 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1090532083
- ISBN-13 : 978-1090532084
- Item Weight : 11.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.56 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #114,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Should we blame the designers of cars because making cars effective at their job also makes them easy to abuse without governments providing for proper urban planning and public transportation? Should we really blame Twitter for the abuses on its platform any more than we should blame the designers of other open forms of communications? Should we blame the original designer of the book for the hateful books that are written? Should we blame Alexander Bell for not doing more to preclude abusive phone calls?
What the author fails to understand is that design cannot fix culture, and he's got the tail and the dog reversed. Designers cannot save us, and only a designer would have the arrogance to see such responsibility.
The premise of taking responsibility for moral choices in corporate work is appealing--for anybody in any role--but the execution here is deeply disappointing. If you have any illusions as to the maturity of thought you'll encounter inside these pages, I encourage you to use Amazon's "read this" feature to read the introduction to the book. You'll see that you're in for a provincial and naively view of the world from somebody who flatters themselves and their chosen profession with nearly infinitely more impact than they actually have.
To be honest, I know the author's style and I was looking forward to his trademark ranty and boisterous tone, but it ended up being a bit of a slog to get through. The book isn't very well organized and is an endless series of anecdotes and retellings of the ills of big tech companies. Yes, seeing them in a big compendium is somewhat illuminating, but there's actually almost no information or calls to action in here. Those that are are buried in overlong waxing poetic about the various ills of society.
If you have friends or co-workers that are not bought in on the importance of diversity, the impact of design, and the great problem of unintended consequences, this book will do little to change their mind. And if they ARE bought into it, this won't give them anything new or insightful.
I think if this were more focused and better edited it could be really powerful. As it stands, it reads like a first draft.
I let him know, “I’ve been realistically paid more to tell people to stop building dangerous things and to educate other designers on this, than I have by making screens, and that’s why Mike is similar to me. I want this outlook to be the new design norm.”
I also believe the design licensing and unionizing ideas are essential, to protect our interests and value as Designers, (and to protect the general public, adhering to local & global safety)!
P.S. Pretty please let me into the private Slack channel! Kasey.firstname.lastname@example.org / @bitpixi on Twitter
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Read this book if you’re interested in how you, as a designer, can make the world a better place for humanity. And definitely read this book if you work at the companies we often see as worst offenders: Facebook, Twitter, Google.