When I started reading Ruined by Design, my first thought was that I had missed the window for writing my own book, Indie Microblogging, because Mike Monteiro was making all the same points that I was writing about. Luckily that wasn’t the case. Mike does cover some of the problems with social networks, but most of the book is focused on how designers can think about their work. I recommend it. (And it’s just as important for programmers and everyone else who is contributing to a product.)
Mike was also a guest on today’s episode of Presentable with Jeff Veen. I finished the book last month, so the podcast was a nice recap of a few of the main ideas and stories from the book.