The design of Snowballs came about partly through luck and partly through the wonderful book illustrations of Raymond Briggs’ 1978 classic The Snowman. The lucky part came about one day when I was stuck in a traffic jam in front of a shop displaying translucent Christmas balls. I wondered how the balls would look clustered together, hopped out of my car and bought all the stock. The design came together within days. The name came about because the illuminated colors reminded me of the subtle hues in the animated version of Briggs’ book that shows snowmen dancing under the soft hues of the Aurora Borealis.