Bill Moggridge 1943-2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The world has lost a genius and innovator that most outside the design world don't even know about.  William "Bill" Moggridge designed the first laptop and was a co-founder of the renowned innovation and design firm, IDEO. 

William 'Bill' Moggridge- Designer, Innovator, Author and Educator

The first laptop- GRiD Compass computer, 1982
As a designer, Bill Moggridge understood that interaction design could be a revolutionary medium for change.  With his aesthetic and natural curiosity about the greater good, Mr. Moggride collaborated with others because he believed the designer's role was to listen and watch and learn by doing.  He was an outspoken advocate for the value of design in everyday life.

Before his death, Bill served as director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York.  He was given a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 at the National Design Awards, in a ceremony at the White House, presided over by First Lady Michelle Obama.  Soon after, he also won the Prince Philip Designers Prize, Britain’s most prestigious design award.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Karin; their sons, Alex and Erik; and his brother, Hal. The tribute video below tells the story of Bill's philosophy, life, and impact on the world.!


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