The CODE-X series catalogs a vast codex of source codes (aka “signs”) extracted from past audits.
The object of study in semiotics is not the signs but rather a general theory of signification; the goal of each “audit” is to build a model demonstrating how meaning is produced and received within a category or cultural territory. Signs on their own, therefore, only become truly revelatory and useful once we’ve sorted them into thematic complexes, and the complexes into codes, and the codes into a meaning map. We call this process “thick description”; the Code-X series is thin description.
“MOTHER’S TOUCH” NORM: Toilet paper depicted as a vehicle for mothers cuddling and caregiving toddlers, now that your child is getting too old for diapers and is becoming a little more independent.
“MOTHER’S TOUCH” FORMS: Displays of physical affection — hugging, snuggling, cuddling, nuzzling, sometimes in a playful, half-wrestling way.
From a 2015 audit of the Toilet Paper category.