The image in our logo is a modular origami sphere made by John
Horigan. It consists of 120 pieces of folded paper and is about
eight inches in diameter.
The shape is a model of a Buckminsterfullerene
molecule. These are a class of molecules that consist only of carbon
atoms linked in a spherical arrangement. They are commonly called
'Buckyballs'. The first discovered was C-60 in 1985, with sixty
carbon atoms, and has the same geometry as a soccer ball. Since
then many different sizes have been produced in the lab. The origami
model is of the C-80 variety with eighty carbon atoms.
Why a Buckyball? It was an unexpected design of nature which has
both beauty and utility. We strive to create
designs in software with the same properties. And, face it,
it looks cool.