After a successful 14-year career designing software tools for software engineers, Simon Orde, a family historian, asked himself why similarly powerful technology should not also be available to genealogists.  Calico Pie was founded in 1995, and design work for Family Historian started in 1998.  The vision was to bring the same level of professionalism to genealogy software that had long been available to architects, engineers and other professionals – combining ease of use and fun, with powerful features for the aspirational user.  18 years on, and many awards later, Simon Orde’s passion for genealogy software design is undimmed.