Moggridge Appointed Cooper-Hewitt Director, 2010

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  • Bill Moggridge is appointed Director of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, in New York. Moggridge replaced Paul Thompson, who was Director for eight years. Caroline Baumann, Deputy Director of the Museum, served as Acting Director in the interim.
  • In 1980 Moggridge designed the first laptop computer and is the co-founder of IDEO, an innovation and design firm. He is known for his work with interaction design and for integrating human factors into the design of computer software. Since 2005, Moggridge has been a consulting associate professor at Stanford University in the design program. His publications include, Designing Interactions (2006), and he is presently working on a new book, Designing Media, due in the fall of 2010.


  • Moggridge, Bill 1943-2012
  • Baumann, Caroline
  • Thompson, Paul Warwick
  • Stanford University
  • IDEO (Firm)
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum


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Smithsonian Announcement, Message from the Secretary, January 6, 2010.

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