“For the last 10 years we’ve been talking about how technology and the “digital age” have changed everything. But now it’s going to get very real. Right now the business world (is continuing) to have break-throughs in speech recognition, automation, robotics, logistics, processing power, data management… A tipping point has (been) hit…
Daniel Priestley. Entrepreneur and bestselling author.

It has only taken 541 years, but eventually he had to go.

In the Great British tradition William was a multi-tasking renaissance man – Merchant, Diplomat, Writer, Printer and Retailer.

He is credited with being the most likely person to have introduced the Printing Press to England, in 1476, thereby starting the first information revolution. Whether he realised the impact it would have is anyones guess – but as he went on to be the earliest forerunner of Waterstones he obviously knew a good idea when he saw it.

“Have you noticed how nobody ever looks up?”  asked the Mary Poppins actress Julie Andrews. perhaps referring to how no one, but her filmic wards, watched her character arrive at the Banks family home.

“Nobody looks at chimneys, or trees against the sky, or the tops of buildings. Everybody just looks down at the pavement or their shoes. The whole world could pass them by and most people wouldn’t notice.”

Omega 3, that famous fatty acid that is known to cure everything from depression to bad hair days, is found in the darker piscine species – salmon, tuna, mackerel…. but white fish is also “good” for you – so long as it’s not full of Mercury.

What has that got to do with the price of design?

Well – stay with me here – I’m taking the scenic route.