While we liked the idea of particles representing people we got even more excited when we started to think about the connections between them. The feeling of belonging and relatedness has lots to do with the people we are connected with. So we started an approach that started off thinking again about the 12 stars as starting positions and drew the connections between them, than we scaled it up to the actual 47 countries (48 if you count Cyprus in). But everything felt to static and to orderly. So we went back and stirred things up a bit.
We thought about different types of relatedness e.g. spacial relatedness, genetic relatedness, language relatedness, political relatedness or content relatedness. The example you see above is using spacial relatedness and defines 5 circles of relatedness around every Newropean. It starts out with your neighbourhood, scales up to your city and country and extends towards Europe and the World. It taps into the location of the people you are connected with (e.g. via social networks etc.) and maps out the geographic orientation that they are in relation to your position. The more people are in this direction, the thicker the line and the further they are away, the longer the line. To give the whole visualization a bit more of a human-touch we distorted the lines a bit to give them a scribble-like look. Of course this is only a start and there are lots of other modes of relatedness and ways to map things, but we are pretty happy with the visual outcome and will use it for now as our "Diversikon". We love that it feels individual, looks human and shows the ever emerging nature of Newropa.