Moggridge was a co-founder of IDEO, now a global innovation firm, in 1991, with David Kelley and Mike Nuttall. He was most widely known as the designer of the first laptop computer, The GRiD Compass, released in 1982. Moggridge was a pioneer of interaction design, and integrated human factors into the design of computer software and hardware.
He was a graduate of the Central School of Design in London, and held numerous prestigious positions. He was an advisor to the British Government on design education; a trustee of the Design Museum in London and was a visiting professor in interaction design at the Royal College of Art in London.
In 2010, he was awarded the Prince Philip Designers Prize, and in 2009, won the Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design award for Lifetime Achievement.
Moggridge described his career as having three phases – first as a designer, second as a leader of design teams and third as a communicator.
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.
As the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s fourth director, Moggridge oversaw the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design.
As director, he worked to establish the museum as the pre-eminent national design resource, and to enhance its profile as one of the world’s leading authorities on the role of design in everyday life.
“All of us at the Smithsonian mourn the loss of a great friend, leader and design mind,” said Wayne Clough, Smithsonian secretary. “In his two short years as director of Cooper-Hewitt, Bill transformed the museum into the Smithsonian’s design lens on the world, and we are forever grateful for his extraordinary leadership and contributions.”
“During his tenure, Bill led the museum to the highest exhibition attendance numbers on record, pioneered bringing design into the K-12 classroom and dramatically increased digital access to the collection through vehicles like the Google Art Project,”said Richard Kurin, Smithsonian under secretary for History, Art and Culture. “His innovative vision for the future of the museum will be realised upon reopening, and his foresight will impact museum visitors and design thinkers of tomorrow. He will be greatly missed.”
“Bill’s death is a tremendous loss to the Cooper-Hewitt family,”said Paul Herzan, chairman of the board of trustees. “We will all continue to work together to see that his strategic vision is implemented. As a designer, Bill set in motion a retelling of the story of design - its place in history and future possibilities - within the bold and interactive context of a renovated Cooper-Hewitt campus.”
View the video on the Cooper-Hewitt site, a wonderful tribute to Bill Moggridge