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Design of the Week: The First Laptop!


The very first GRiD Compass computer, from 1982

This is the GRiD Compass, the first portable computer designed by British designer, Bill Moggridge for GRiD Systems in the early 80s.

The “idea was to create a computer with an electronic display that would be small enough to carry around, but powerful enough to complete work tasks away from the office” – a concept that’s common place only 28 years later!

Congratulations to Moggridge for being awarded the UK Design Council’s 2010 Prince Philip Designers Prize, which “honours British designers who have most influenced and shaped daily lives.”

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