Industrial design giant Bill Moggridge 1943-2012
Bill Moggridge, designer of the first laptop computer and co-founder of IDEO, the renowned innovation and design firm, died Sept. 8, following a battle with cancer. He was 69 years old. Moggridge, director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum since 2010, pioneered interaction design and integrated human factors into the design of computer software and hardware.
A graduate of the Central School of Design in London, his professional activities included those of advisor to the British government on design education (1974), trustee of the Design Museum in London (1992-1995), visiting professor in interaction design at the Royal College of Art in London (1993) and member of the Steering Committee for the Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea, Italy (2003). He was the author of Designing Media, published by MIT Press in November 2010, which examines the connections between traditional mainstream media and the emerging digital realm and Designing Interactions, published by MIT Press in October 2006, which explores how interaction design is transforming daily life.