Bill Moggridge, industrial designer, inventor of the laptop, and founder of design powerhouse IDEO, died Saturday. He was 69.
Mr. Moggridge was also director of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Museum, a position he was appointed to in 2010. The British born designer was credited with bringing a burst of fresh air to the museum, which released this tribute video for him.
He was also considered one of the first designers to go beyond the surface of design -- making things just look pretty -- and understand how it could be used to impact real business process, innovations and solutions. He believed that everybody, kids and leaders alike, could benefit from studying design. His book, "Designing Interactions," a 764-page history of interaction design, is considered one of the foremost authorities on design.