Tribute to Bill Moggridge

September 10, 2012
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Memorial video from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

Even if you have never heard the name Bill Moggridge, his designs have impacted your life in a profound way. He designed the first laptop and was a pioneering figure in interaction design—an invention and a way of communicating that have greatly informed contemporary society. These designs are so deeply integrated into our daily lives that we take their presence and their effect on the way we live for granted.

When Bill passed away on September 8th, the design community lost one of its greatest members. I had the pleasure of working with Bill on the Sustainability Committee of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, where he was the Director since 2010. I witnessed his deep dedication to sustainability and his wish to transform the museum into an institution committed to operating as a responsible member of society. He was also an advocate of Design Ignites Change and helped to connect us with the museum’s youth programs—a partnership that has strengthened our program.

His contributions to design are legendary, but in addition to being brilliant, he was also incredibly warm, friendly and light-hearted. He will surely be missed by many people, but the impact he made through design will endure for generations.

Ansley Whipple
Worldstudio Foundation Programs Director

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A photo of Bill and me from when he recently spoke at my graduation from graduate school at Parsons the New School for Design in May, 2012.