Designing Interactions

Bill Moggridge

Bill Moggridge (1943-2012) was a co-founder of IDEO, one of the most successful design firms in the world and one of the first to integrate the design of software and hardware into the practice of industrial design. Bill was also the fourth director of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, he only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design.

Bill designed the first laptop computer, the Grid Compass, launched in 1982. He described his career as having three phases: first as a designer with projects for clients in ten countries, second as a co-founder of IDEO where he developed design methods for interdisciplinary design teams, and third as a spokesperson for the value of design in everyday life.

A Royal Designer for Industry, Bill pioneered interaction design and was one of the first people to integrate human factors into the design of software and hardware. Bill was also a 2010 winner of the Prince Philip Designers Prize, a trustee of the Design Museum in London, Visiting Professor in Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art, and Consulting Associate Professor in the design program at Stanford University. He served as Congress Chair for CONNECTING'07, the Icsid/IDSA World Design Congress held in San Francisco in October 2007. He was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Awards in 2009.

Bill's fascination with design, and with what people want from everyday things, provided a broad view of the information revolution. His first book Designing Interactions, tells the story of how interaction design transformed our daily lives.

The author with  his son, in front of the trailer where many of the ideas for this book were  formed. Photo Catherine Ledner, published in Dwell magazine