In 2010, as the new director of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Bill Moggridge rode into New York from California with a formidable resume: cofounder of Ideo, inventor of the first laptop computer, author of the seminal work on interaction design, educator, and winner of a slew of international design awards. advertisement advertisement But as a city full of designers and design-lovers was quick to discover, rarely has such an illustrious bio been animated by such a delightful person. Bill, who passed away from cancer last Saturday, September 8th, embraced the city with the enthusiasm of a kid from the boonies, fresh off the bus. He was everywhere: hosting design breakfasts with business leaders, leading panels with design luminaries, throwing parties at the Cooper-Hewitt’s grand mansion on Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile, presiding over National Design Awards luncheons at the White House with Michelle Obama and the head of the Smithsonian, G. Wayne Clough. Moggridge’s most influential piece of design: The GRiD Compass computer (1981), which was the world’s first laptop and the beginning of the now-ubiquitous clamshell typology. He was determined to bring his love and understanding of design to a wider audience, and to re-make the Cooper-Hewitt, an under-recognized… Read full this story
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