This year’s Prince Philip Designers Prize – the oldest design award in the UK – went to Bill Moggridge, the man who designed the world’s first laptop. You’re possibly reading this on one of its grandchildren – but is yours as gorgeous-looking?
It’s incredible that the Grid Compass computer – created way back in 1982 – still retains its industrial design dreaminess. It’s clunky, sure, owing to technical constraints of the time – but the matte black finish and tight angles are still enough to get us all hot and bothered. By computer design standards, at least. And it was tough too – built well enough to be taken into space on NASA missions.
It’s also worth noting the obvious – that 28 years later, the thinnest, fastest, and most overall advanced components in the world are still inside Moggridge’s basic clamshell form factor. Great design doesn’t just work well – it sticks around. [Design Council via Dezeen]