The Challenge

Redesign awkward heavy portable computers to be sleek and lightweight.

The Outcome

A new design that transformed the future of mobile computing.

Compass GriD

In the early 1980s, IDEO designed the first notebook-style computer for GRiD Systems, helping computers make the transition from bulky portable/transportable models to sleeker, more businesslike laptop machines. In addition to sales revenues from the product, GRiD also received significant licensing revenues based on its ownership of the patented IDEO-designed configuration for laptops.