This post will be highlighting a man who is highly influential in the field that I am studying. Not only because he is the current director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York, or that he wrote one of the 10 Best Innovation and Design Books of 2006 by BusinessWeek magazine, Designing Interactions (ISBN 0-262-13474-8), but in my opinion because he designed the first of something that the majority of us use on a daily basis, the laptop computer GRiD Compass.
Bill Moggridge is considered to be one of the first people to pioneer interaction design as a discipline. In 1991, he merged his company with those of David Kelley and Mike Nuttall to form IDEO, an international design and innovation consultancy. The company helps design products, services, environments, and digital experiences. Additionally, the company has become increasingly involved in management consulting and organizational design. He isn’t just know for founding businesses though. He was a visiting professor in interaction design at the Royal College of Art in London, and consulting associate professor in the Design program at Stanford University. He also sits on the board at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design.
His first book, Designing Interactions, tells us through this own thoughts and a series of interviews with industry experts why personal computers have windows in desktops, what made Palm’s handheld organizers so successful, what turns a game into a hobby, why Google is the search engine of choice, and why 30 million people in Japan choose the i-mode service for their cell phones. He also tells the story of his own design process and how his way of working has changed the way hardware and software in the digital age.
Bill Moggridge is somebody I believe I should know and learn about. He has shown that how one goes from a simple problem that needs a simple solution and how using design in collaboration with digital technology can create products that change lives and define generations.