Early Laptop Designer William “Bill” Moggridge 1943-2012

If you’ve ever spent any time working on a laptop computer, you’ve had interaction with design influenced by industrial designer, William “Bill” Moggridge. In 1979 Moggridge was approached by technology firm Grid Systems to design a portable computer small enough to fit in a briefcase. The computer, called The Compass, sold in the early 1980s for about $8000.1

Earlier, in the 1970s, Moggridge designed a precursor to the desktop computer that was about the size of a sewing machine. This design prototype, however, was never manufactured.1

"Moggridge later went on to co-found design company IDEO in 1991 and took over as director of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, a wing of the Smithsonian Institute, in January 2010,” 2 a position he held until his death on September 8, 2012.2

References

  1. Kaufman, L. (September 9, 2012). William Moggridge, Designer and Laptop Pioneer, Dies at 69. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/10/technology/william-moggridge-laptop-pioneer-dies-at-69.html
  2. Knight, S. (September 10, 2012).Early laptop designer Bill Moggridge dead at age 69. Techspot.com. http://www.techspot.com/news/50099-early-laptop-designer-bill-moggridge-dead-at-age-69.html

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William Moggridge for Grid Systems, The Compass Computer, (1979). Photo credit: Dan Fogg, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.
Source: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/09/10/business/moggridge-obit-2/moggridge-obit-2-popup.jpg

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GIF turns 25

The Graphical Interchange Format (GIF), one of the most popular image formats used in web site design, was introduced twenty-five years ago this month by Steve Wilhite of CompuServe. Gif files use lossless compression, which favors flat areas of uniform color with well-defined edges. They can store low-color sprite data for games, and are often used for small animations and low-resolution film clips.1

The Daily Dot celebrates gif’s silver anniversary with twenty-five gif animations (including the one below) created by top digital designers. View the animations and read more about the gif file in their blog.


Pusheen. Twenty-fifth Anniversary Cat, (2011). Courtesy of The Daily Dot.

References

Wikipedia, (2012). Graphical Interchange Format. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GIF

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Jonathan Ive Interview and Career Timeline

As a follow-up to our recent post on Apple's designer Jonathan Ive, here’s a 2007 interview and a brief timeline of his career.

1985 - Enrolls in the design program at Newcastle Polytechnic.

1989 - Graduates from Newcastle Polytechnic and joins London startup, Tangerine Design.

1992 - Leaves for Califormia to work for Apple.

1994 - Designs Apple’s first PDA, Newton.

1996 – Replaces Robert Brunner as Apple’s design chief.

1997 – Named senior vice president of industrial design by Steve Jobs.

1998 – Designs Apple’s revolutionary iMac; two million units sold.

1999 - Apple Cinema Display, Power Mac G4 Cube and iBook released.

2001 – Apple introduces Powerbook Titanium, the first computer made out of titanium;
iPod hits the market.

2002 – Second generation iMac launched.

2003 – Wins Design Museum's inaugural Designer of the Year Award, PowerBook G4 introduced.

2004 - Revamped Apple Cinema Display released.

2005 - Appointed senior vice-president of design at AppleMac Mini; third generation iMac and iPod Nano released.

2006 - MacBook and iPodWoofer released.

2007 - iPhone introduced.

2008 - Receives Mobile Data Association Personal Achievement Award for the design of the iPhone.

2010 - iPad released.

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