Bill Moggridge

Bill Moggridge

In 1980, Moggridge designed the Grid Compass, the world's first laptop computer. In the ensuing years, he has become a prominent design-world figure, co-founding innovation consultancy IDEO in 1991 and working around the world to promote the power of design not just within technology but within all aspects of life. In January, Moggridge, 66, was named the director of the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, where he says his mission will be to inspire "interest, understanding, and engagement with all disciplines of design."