It is a solemn matter to appoint a Herald to your household, for he will be with you, assuming your need for him continues, forever after. His presence alone can turn a simple sandwich into a solemn banquet. Never take a Herald on a picnic. (The Book of Weird)
I'm an Academic Herald. I'm not a "real" herald; I don't register people's coats of arms (though I can certainly suggest designs for those who might be interested). What I do is study, research, teach, and write about heraldry. And I like to share what I have learned about heraldry, hence this blog. I hope that you'll find it informative, interesting at least occasionally, and worth your time to come back. Got a question? Comments? Feel free to let me know. I'd love to hear from you. You can find my contact information in my Profile.
... I have found it to be true: "You can find heraldry everywhere!"
In this specific instance, I had taken my lunch time and left the office where I work to walk to a nearby shopping center to see if I could find a couple of Christmas gifts for some family members. And on my way, I passed a new hamburger joint that had recently opened. (The Hopdoddy Burger Bar if you must know. I haven't tried their burgers yet, but I may have to before long.) And on some large panels covering part of the building, interspersed with the name of the Burger Bar and with its logo were this arms-like logo:
By way of some explanation, though the location of this shopping center is a little north of downtown Dallas, it is not "in" Dallas, but in one of two "island" cities (so-called because they are completely surrounded by the City of Dallas) often referred to as the "Park Cities," Highland Park and University Park.
As a logo it is, I suppose, reasonably distinctive. As heraldry, it has some problems. I would blazon the "coat of arms" here as Quarterly, 1, Argent three bars Sable, 2 and 3, Argent plain, and 4, Argent three pallets Sable. (The red banner with the words "Park Cities" is, in my opinion, external to the shield and thus not really a part of the arms. Though I could, and I know of others who might, argue otherwise.)
In any case, I found this another example of being able to find heraldry, or heraldry-like depictions, everywhere, even while walking down the sidewalk on my way to someplace that had nothing to do with heraldry. And how cool is that?