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Designing the first GRiD Laptop

Bill Moggridge

In this unique interview with former Director of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, we remember that among his many accomplishments, Bill Moggridge was on the forefront of creativity and innovation, helping to design the very first laptop computer and integrating human factors into the design of computer software.

08:18 | 2011

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About Bill Moggridge

Co-founder of IDEO and director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, died September 8th, 2012, following a battle with cancer. An outspoken advocate for the value of design in everyday life, Bill pioneered interaction design.

He designed the first laptop computer, the GRiD Compass, and pioneered interaction design as a discipline. In 1991, he merged his company with those of David Kelley and Mike Nuttall to form IDEO. Bill was active in design education throughout his career, notably as visiting professor in interaction design at the Royal College of Art in London, and consulting associate professor in the design program at Stanford University. He was most interested in what people want, who they are, and how they interact with other people, things, and places. He was the author of Designing Media (2010), which examines the connections between traditional media and the emerging digital realm, and Designing Interactions (2006), which explores how interaction design transforms daily life. Designing Interactions, was named one of the 10 Best Innovation and Design Books of 2006 by BusinessWeek.

Visit his website https://www.ideo.com/people/bill-moggridge