Tributes Paid to Bill Moggridge
Interaction design pioneer Bill Moggridge, director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in the US has died leading to a flood of industry tributes.
Moggridge, who died on 8 September after a long battle with cancer, was Cooper-Hewitt’s director from 2010-2012.
He is credited with designing the world’s first laptop computer, the GRiD Compass in 1982 and was a co-founder of interactive consultancy IDEO which was set up in 1991.
His lifetime’s work won him the 2010 Prince Philip Designers Prize and he was named as a Royal Designer for Industry, a title awarded to designers of excellence by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce.
Design Council chief design officer and former partner of IDEO Mat Hunter says, ‘Bill Moggridge probably had more effect on my career in design than anyone else.
‘Bringing the social sciences into design, pioneering the field of interaction design and being an empowering, non-hierarchical leader, transformed perceptions of the role, methods and experience of world class design practice. It was a privilege to know and work with him for 20 years.’
Helen Hamlyn design director Jeremy Myerson says that Moggridge was far more than the sum of his design achievements - ‘He was also expert at explaining and curating design, as his landmark book Designing Interactions and his most recent role running the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York attest.’
Myerson says, ‘Bill was a personal friend and mentor for 30 years, who encouraged me to set up the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the RCA and who I always enjoyed visiting in his spectacular self-built studio-home in the misty hills above San Francisco.
‘One of my last memories of Bill is his inspirational keynote address to the Include conference at London last year. Bill explained that when he was commissioned to design a marine radio in the 1970s he insisted that he and his design team go out into the North Sea in a storm at night to see how the device was used. That project marked the start of user-centred design and the end of industrial styling.’
Myerson, who ranks Moggridge as ‘one of design’s all time greats,’ says that he was ‘a generous, humorous, amiable adventurer of a man.’
At Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Moggridge ‘worked to establish the museum as the nation’s preeminent design resource,’ according to the museum, which says, ‘He enhanced its profile as one of the world’s leading authorities on the integral role of design in daily life, and developed and presented exhibitions—both real and virtual.’
The Museum has created this tribute.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years Karin and two sons Alex and Erik.