Saturday, September 8th, British industrial designer, William Moggridge, who designed the Grid Compass, the first portable computer, died at age 69.

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Moggridge’s foldable design, created in 1982, revolutionized the way we use our computers. Up until the Grid Compass, portable computers weighed close to 20 pounds and were about the size of a sewing machine.

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Bill also co-founded IDEO, the award-winning global design firm and was director of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York.

Caroline Baumann, associate director of the museum said in a statement, “Beloved by the museum staff and the design community at large, Bill touched the lives of so many through his wise council, boundary-pushing ideas and cheerful camaraderie.” He will be missed.

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