With the passing of IDEO co-founder Bill Moggridge, we have been reflecting on the ways he has influenced our lives and made the world a better place. Bill has had an enormous impact on the field of interaction design and professed the importance of making interactions delightful.
For IDEO Labs, we wanted to do a tribute to him in a very IDEO Labs kind of way. Perhaps one of the most iconic objects Bill designed was the GRiD Compass, the world’s first laptop computer. Bill’s design was the original clamshell design that all current laptops have descended from. We wondered if we could use a GRiD as a way to collect stories about Bill from around the office.
The result is this GRiD Laptop that has been modified to house a Galaxy Tab. It renders everything in orange and black similar to the original GRiD, boasts a working keyboard, and can be plugged in to charge at the base behind the original door that housed the ports.
We are using this laptop as a way to add content to billmoggridge.com which has been created to honor him by sharing our favorite moments, Moggridge-isms, photos, videos, songs, and more.
I hope this puts a smile on your face, just as Bill has done for so many others during his lifetime.
As per usual, I tried to document and share all the details of the build process for others to learn from. Click through for the full details of what went into this build…
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