His Grid Compass with a magnesium case even made it into space; it was used on the Space Shuttle Discovery. A lot has changed since then as laptops are now almost completely consumer devices. New models are shrinking more and more every year, but the main idea of the foldable display has remained, that makes Moggridge a true design genius. He won the Prince Phillip Designers Prize, the oldest design award in the UK, was named Royal Designer for industry and won the 2009 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement.
He died from cancer on September 8th, still employed as the director of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. The Museum stated that Bill enhanced their profile as one of the world's leading authorities on the integral role of design in daily life. He was also the author of two books, Designing Media and Designing Interactions, both published by MIT. The world will forever be grateful for your work, rest in peace Mr. Laptop.
[Ed – Bill Moggridge is one of the people that we can say truly changed the world of computing. His concept has lived on even in the designs of today. He will be missed.]
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