When I studied Computer Related Design at the RCA, between 1992 and 1994, we were exploring a new world of design opportunity.
It was an exciting time – a variety of creative people came together to investigate the potential for products, services and experiences based around the rapidly developing world of technology. One of the plethora of interested industry and academic figures involved in the course was Bill Moggridge. The year after I graduated, the course title was changed to ‘Interaction Design’ – the term Bill coined to describe the new field of design.
Bill’s design philosophy and process was strongly collaborative and human centred. IDEO, the company he co-founded and built into a global success story, demonstrated that this approach was not only commercially viable, but also the way to achieve real innovation. He played a key role in making the world realise it needs companies like Flow and Foolproof.
On top of that, he was a genuinely good guy. I never had the opportunity to work directly with him but I know many who did whilst working at IDEO and elsewhere. They sing his praises and they are all touched by the experience.
Bill remains a true inspiration to several generations of ‘computer related designers’, ‘interaction designers’, ‘service designers’ and now ‘experience designers’.
But don’t take my word for it ... This clip illustrates this far more eloquently than I can.
Farewell and thank you Bill.