Bill Moggridge at CIID in June 2010
|Born||William Grant Moggridge
25 June 1943
|Died||8 September 2012
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Alma mater||Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design|
|Occupation||Director, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Cofounder and Fellow, IDEO
William Grant "Bill" Moggridge, RDI (25 June 1943 – 8 September 2012) was a British designer, author and educator who cofounded the design company IDEO and was director of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York. He was a pioneer in adopting a human-centred approach in design, and championed interaction design as a mainstream design discipline (he is given credit for coining the term). Among his achievements, he designed the first laptop computer, the GRiD Compass, was honoured for Lifetime Achievement from the National Design Awards, and given the Prince Philip Designers Prize. He was quoted as saying, "If there is a simple, easy principle that binds everything I have done together, it is my interest in people and their relationship to things."
Education and early career
Moggridge studied industrial design from 1962 to 1965 at the Central School of Art and Design, London, in 1965, he went to the US to find opportunities as a designer and landed his first job as a designer for the American Sterilizer Co. in Erie, Pennsylvania, designing hospital equipment. In 1969, Moggridge returned to London to study typography and communications.
In 1969 in London, Moggridge founded his first company, Moggridge Associates, in the top floor of his home. His first industrial design to reach the market was a toaster for Hoover UK. In 1972, he worked on his first computer project, a Mini Computer for Computer Technology Ltd, UK, that was not produced. In 1973, another Hoover UK design, for a space heater, got on the cover of a UK design magazine.
Moggridge returned to the US in 1979 to open another office, called ID Two, first located in Palo Alto, California. An early client was GRiD Systems, for whom he designed what is widely regarded as the first laptop computer, the GRiD Compass. This was the first portable computer with a display that closed over the keyboard, a patented innovation that GRiD licensed for many years. It retailed at $8,150 (£5,097) and flew on board every Space Shuttle mission from 1983 to 1997.
In 1982, designer Mike Nuttall joined ID Two from the London office, and worked on another portable computer project for Convergent Technologies. Because of the potential for conflict of interest, Nuttall left ID Two to form his own firm in Palo Alto, Matrix Product Design.
In 1991, Moggridge was a co-founder of IDEO with David Kelley and Mike Nuttall, as all four firms merged into one. Moggridge stayed at IDEO until 2010, when he was named an IDEO Fellow.
In March 2010, Moggridge left IDEO to become director of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City, the first person to do so without a museum background. The Cooper-Hewitt is the only museum in the US devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design.
Academic and industry roles
From 1983 to 2010, Moggridge was consulting associate professor in different departments at Stanford University, including the Product Design Program, the Center for Work, Technology, and Organization, and the d.school (officially the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design).
Moggridge was Congress Chair for CONNECTING'07, the Icsid World Design Congress held in San Francisco, a role that began in 2000 as he led the effort to prepare a bid that was presented at the 2001 Icsid Congress in Seoul, Korea.
In 1993, he was a visiting professor in interaction design at Royal College of Art in London and he was a trustee at the Design Museum in London 1992–1995. He had been an advisor to the British government on design education in 1974, and a Board member at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design.
Awards and honours
In 1988 Moggridge was named a Royal Designer for Industry by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).
In October 2006, Moggridge published Designing Interactions (The MIT Press, ISBN 0-262-13474-8), a 764-page introduction to and history of interaction design comprising 40-plus interviews with designers and entrepreneurs, from Douglas Engelbart to Will Wright to Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Moggridge conducted the interviews, recorded and edited the videos (included with the book on a DVD), and designed the book and the book's website. Business week named it one of the Best Innovation and Design Books in 2006, and Don Norman wrote, "This will be the book—the book that summarizes how the technology of interaction came into being and prescribes how it will advance in the future."
He followed this in October 2010 with Designing Media (The MIT Press, ISBN 0262014858), another compilation of more than 35 interviews with experts in various media, new and old, including Mark Zuckerberg, Chad Hurley, Tim Westergren, Ira Glass, Craig Newmark, Hans Rosling, and DJ Spooky. Again, Moggridge conducted the interviews, wrote the text, and designed the book and the book's website.
Film and video
In 2009, Moggridge directed and produced a short film, Professor Poubelle, about Doug Wilde, a Stanford Professor Emeritus who began picking up trash on his daily bike rides up a steep mountain highway.
- Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
- Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. "Bill Moggridge". Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- Obituary in The Independent by Marcus Williamson
- Designing Interactions book home page
- Designing Media book home page
- Design Thinking: Dear Don...: a 2010 Core77 blog post by Moggridge in response to Don Norman’s “Design Thinking: A Useful Myth?”
- Mister Moggridge Has Mad Ambition: a FastCompany profile of Moggridge on the occasion of moving to the Cooper-Hewitt.
- Langer, Emily (9 September 2012). "Bill Moggridge dies; designer of the first modern laptop computer was 69". Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
- "Remembering Bill". Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- "Bill Moggridge, Fellow". IDEO. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- Pogrebin, Robin (6 January 2010). "Cooper-Hewitt Picks Director, First Designer in Job". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- "Great and Good honour the designer of world's first laptop". The Register. 11 November 2010. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- "First Lady Michelle Obama Celebrates the National Design Awards with Public Programs and White House Ceremony" (Press release). Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- "Creator of world’s first laptop computer wins royal Prize" (Press release). Design Council. 9 November 2010. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- Kaufman, Leslie (9 September 2012). "William Moggridge, Designer and Laptop Pioneer, Dies at 69". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-10.|
- "In Remembrance of Bill Moggridge, 1943–2012". FastCompany. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
- Bliss, Chris (30 March 2012). "CCA to Confer Honorary Doctorate on Design Leader Bill Moggridge at 105th Commencement Exercises". California College of the Arts. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- Bill Moggridge (Speaker), Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer (Sponsors) (26 March 2012). Integrated Product Design Lecture (1:16:42 video of lecture with slides). Meyerson Hall, University of Pennsylvania: The University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
- Glenn Edens, Carol Hankins, Craig Mathias, Dave Paulsen (Panelists, GRiD founders), John Markoff (Moderator) (15 March 2006). Pioneering the Laptop – The GRiD Compass (90-minute video of panel discussion with slides about GRiD Systems origins). Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California: Computer History Museum. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
- Trescott, Jacqueline (7 January 2010). "Laptop designer Bill Moggridge will head the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt museum". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- "Our Team". Stanford Design Program. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- "Faculty". Stanford Center for Work, Technology & Organization. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- "Faculty". Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- "CONNECTING'07 WORLD DESIGN CONGRESS". Icsid. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
- "Bill Moggridge FIDSA (1943–2012)". IDSA. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
- "Interaction Design Institute Ivrea". Wikipedia. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- "Knowledge Exchange". Royal College of Art. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- "Board". Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- Lustig, Jessica (October 2011). "Mister Moggridge Has Mad Ambition". FastCompany. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
- "50 Most Influential Designers in America (interactive chart)". FastCompany. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
- "The RSA: Current Designers for Industry". Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- "Businessweek Best Innovation and Design Books for 2006". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- "Designing Interactions – Reviews". DesigningInteractions.com. Retrieved 2012-09-09.