Bill Moggridge, cofounder of Ideo and director of Cooper-Hewitt,
National Design Museum, has a suggestion for anyone designing a phone:
"Put on a thick pair of gloves and try to operate the cell phone. If you
can successfully do it with that thick pair of gloves on, it's probably
going to work for the person whose hands don't work quite so well."
Empathy isn't an obvious job requirement for a designer, but it will be
at the heart of this biannual conference of universal-design advocates
Print isn’t dead, Designing Media, a fascinating new doorstop of a book by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum chief Bill Moggridge, seems to say. It’s just waiting for design to save it.
That counts as one of the more provocative ideas in a book full of the stuff. Moggridge -- who invented the first laptop and cofounded IDEO -- takes the fraught world of media, both old and new, and looks at it as a series of design problems. How do you design news as a social platform? Or newspapers at a time when everyone’s reading websites?
If you designed the original laptop computer, you'd deserve a design award. If you co-founded IDEO, one of the world's foremost design innovation firms, you'd definitely deserve one. If you'd done both of those things, plus acted as director of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, you'd be Bill Moggridge.