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These logos are based on Maria's idea: use the kinds of maps that have lobes. It turns out that these are called "interrupted projections". They can get pretty wacky!

The most common interrupted projection is the Goode interrupted homolosine projection:

Unfortunately, this projection is bulbous and unpromising. A better choice might be an interrupted sinusoidal projection:

That's what I used. Downloaded the neat Generic Mapping Tools package from the University of Hawaii and got to work. The result:

I prefer the first design. (Funny -- I never would have gotten it except for a programming error!) The others were preliminary attempts.

My favorite

In use as letterhead (it reduces well!)

Other ideas

A descending globe

Berkeley at left, ICSI interposed