It’s always sad to hear that someone you respect has died. The feeling of loss is much worse when that person dies young. The likes of Jim Henson and Steve Jobs had contributed so much to the world before they passed, it’s gut-wrenching to imagine what we have been deprived as a result of their early departure. Bill Moggridge was not so much the celebrity as they, but he was the Industrial Designer of the first laptop and the man who coined the term “Interaction Design”. Bill was one of the founders of IDEO, one of the most influential firms of our time, and a great proponent of both multidisciplinary teams and designing for people. He has been head of the Cooper Hewitt for the past few years.
Bill stopped designing Saturday when he succumbed to cancer. He was 69. Fortunately, his contributions to the profession will last for generations.
The New York Times has a fitting tribute.