The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists relied on graph databases to investigate the Panama Papers. Graph database structures are inherently visual and provide a simpler lens to analyse complex datasets using elements, nodes and relationships.

Code of Arms
is an attempt to map the semiotics of the EU national heraldry using the graph as a tool to construct and extract information. It is a subjective investigation that led to a graph database with characteristic data for inquiry on Neo4j. The project culminates into a zine that can be used as a tool for future explorations in identity, synthesis and connections.
The Coat of Arms of any country symbolises its values, past traditions and beliefs. In today’s hyper-connected world that is slowly isolating itself; in times of Brexit, border conflicts and the refugee crisis, this artefact could prove relevant. Within the zine, the data has been used, to re-interpret the semantics of EU national heraldry using emoji in a series of experiments: A personal emblem generator, “unifying” two nations such as the UK and Ireland, an emblem for the whole of the EU etc. Emojis are the new way of communicating and have the power to popularise and contemporize the subject.

This is a collaborative project done with Sui-Ki Law, Clara Wassak and Shengtao Zhuang at the London College of Communication with the guidance of David Benque.

︎︎︎ Build your Emblem
︎︎︎ SEEING-[:like]->a DIAGRAM

Graph: The symbols, colours, and typefaces used in 29 heraldic emblems for EU countries (28 + Scotland), as well as their semantic meanings.
Tools: Arrows, Neo4j