Original laptop designer Bill Moggridge dies

Industrial designer who came up with the first hinge style laptop passes away
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Bill Moggridge , the British-born designer credited with creating the original laptops, has died.

According to CNet, Moggridge died of cancer at the age of 69 in San Francisco where he had been serving as the director of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

In 1969, Moggridge founded the now global design firm, Ideo, and in 1979 he created the Grid Compass, an $8,000 PC for use by the US military. Its design was considered revolutionary due to the screen which folded down over the keyboard – and is often considered the first modern laptop.

“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,” said the associate director of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Caroline Baumann.