CCA to Confer Honorary Doctorate on Design Leader Bill Moggridge at 105th Commencement Exercises

Bill Moggridge, CCA's 2012 Honorary Doctorate candidate

UPDATE: the Honorable Edwin M. Lee, Mayor of San Francisco, will be attending Commencement and addressing the graduates.

Design world guru, elder statesman, pioneer, and renegade. These are just a few of the terms that have been used to describe Bill Moggridge, founder of the global design firm IDEO, designer of the first laptop computer, and the first design practitioner to head up the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in its 115-year history.

California College of the Arts (CCA) will add another term for Moggridge -- doctor -- as it recognizes him with an honorary doctorate degree at its 105th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco. Moggridge will deliver the commencement address to a record 500 CCA graduates and their families. He will also be honored at a private lunch the day before and participate in the post-commencement reception at CCA’s San Francisco campus.

About Bill Moggridge

Bill Moggridge was appointed director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York in 2009. He oversees the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design.

Moggridge describes his career as having three phases, first as a designer, second as a leader of design teams, and third as a communicator. For the first two decades as a designer, he developed his business internationally. With IDEO he turned his focus to developing practices for interdisciplinary teams and built client relationships with multinational companies. Since 2000, he has been a spokesperson for the value of design in everyday life, writing books, producing videos, giving presentations, and teaching. He is particularly interested in socially responsible design, specifically how design can be used to improve access to services such as healthcare and education and increase social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

He studied industrial design at the Central School of Design in London, graduating in 1965. After gaining work experience in the United States, he returned to London to study typography and communications before establishing his consulting business in London in 1969, adding a second office in Palo Alto in 1979. In 1991 he merged his company with those of David Kelley and Mike Nuttall to form IDEO, a global design firm that has transformed design methods and culture.

Moggridge’s professional activities include those of advisor to the British government on design education (1974), trustee of the Design Museum in London (1992-5), visiting professor in interaction design at the Royal College of Art in London (1993) and member of the Steering Committee for the Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea, Italy (2003).

In 2009 Moggridge was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Awards at the White House. This award is given in recognition of an individual who has made a profound, long-term contribution to contemporary design practice.

He is the author of Designing Interactions, published by (MIT Press, 2006), which was named one of the Ten Best Innovation and Design Books of the year by BusinessWeek magazine. His most recent book, Designing Media (MIT Press, 2010), examines the connections between traditional mainstream media and the emerging digital realm.

About California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is noted for the interdisciplinarity and breadth of its programs. It offers studies in 21 undergraduate and seven graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts, master of fine arts, and master of business administration degrees. With campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students. Noted alumni include the painters Nathan Oliveira and Raymond Saunders; the ceramicists Robert Arneson, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the filmmaker Wayne Wang; the conceptual artists David Ireland and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas and Michael Vanderbyl.

For more information about CCA's 2012 commencement exercises please call the college's Student Affairs Office at 510.594.3666.