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Good Cybersecurity Housekeeping

Family Cybersecurity is part of managing a household - things need doing daily, weekly and monthly to be well maintained and run smoothly.

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Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)

I am a working mum who runs a household and tends to do the more technical / practical things like the online shopping, booking stuff via the internet and rebooting the internet when the connect goes (much to the frustration of my YouTube/ Mario Makers addicted nine year old! I know that I am really very guilty of not really doing best practice Cybersecurity at home. It is not just important for my own personal data security but that of my family - setting parental controls, protecting myself and my son from online viruses by putting off anti virus software and clearing cookies etc, crap weak and over used passwords let alone making sure hat my webcam is blocked and telling my son not to use in app purchases... there is pushing and dodgy emails and so much and cyber hygiene.... my concept wildcard is to try an make an understanding of the small steps we should all be doing as part of simple household maintenance so that it feels not a burdensome task, or too new and technical that people feel excluded by terminology hence the vintage, familiar, wholesome feel with sophistication so it is not cheesy. Visual references from graphic and fine art not computer aesthetic. Wanted something strong and feminine.

Sketch 2 (1,500 characters)

In this second sketched concept - there is a development in the story of our Good 'Cybersecurity' Housekeeping heroine - she is writing a list of things to do whilst bathed in the light of a computer screen - organising thoughts still, as she prefers to do on paper. It's a long list as she is a busy women - its her son's birthday and she needs to by him a present - she thinks "must change my password away from the obvious Johnny2010" then she orders online and puts in her full credit card details when ordering online on a random website instead of paying as a guest, not only has she got to get milk , clear some cookies and buy some cookies, all of these things on her list of good housekeeping and part of her household management. I imagine the 'lay over' list text as being in script with the cybersecurity actions in more computerized writing in bright warning colours. This is still a vintage theme but could be even older in style, more Art Nouveau and with organic leitmotifs and curves against the harsh electronic beam of light. I am thinking Mucha advertising. This contrast is would be highlighted again with the font choices. I could envisage the use of stylised pattern again in the woman clothing but integrating another code or electronic motherboard theme.

What have you learned through this sketching process? (1,000 characters)

From what I have seen they don’t tend to be very easy on the eye. Hard lined and hard ‘concepted’ I have found some of children’s representations of cyber safety more interesting and refreshing and less obviously stereotyped.

Tell us more about you. (1,000 characters)

I trained as a portrait painter/ fine artist and fell into being a marketing manager. I produce all the artwork visuals and concepts for a UK high street charity retailer - this has taken me into print and web design as well as visual merchandising, branding, campaign construction and publicity stunts etc over the last 8 years and into business development too. In addition I have studied and am interested in the history of decorative arts so have a wide visual repertoire to drawn from to apply to design briefs allowing my intellect/ creativity to have fun. I can loose hours when doing artworks in a focused and happy creative space.

Why are you participating in this Challenge? (750 characters)

I want to extend the scope of topics to be creative around as my employment has kept me in a very specific field. A close family member works in the field of Cybersecurity and he suggested I give this a go. I am excited to engage people in new and unexpected ways. I like the challenge of conveying difficult messages visually. Distilling concept essences and capturing them with diligent consideration and hopefully some unique flourishes!


I do not have a personal website. Here are some examples of my design work:

What is your experience with the field of cybersecurity?

  • I have never worked in cybersecurity before but am excited to learn more and get involved.

What best describes you?

  • I’m a professional visual creator affiliated with an organization.

How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

Location: City

Isleworth, London Borough of Hounslow

Location: State / District


Location: Country

  • United Kingdom


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Photo of Dima Boulad

Welcome Jemma! Happy to see your contribution to the Cybersecurity challenge. How would you consider pushing this idea further? We've had a large number of very interesting creations, have you had a chance to browse other submissions? There's a very interesting conversation around cybersecurity going on!

Photo of Jemma Banks

Thanks for the comment. I suddenly realised we are into the last day of the challenge - a lot has been going on in my world and I only just picked up the email after pegging our the washing and folding the dry clothes... as stereotypical and cliched as its sounds daily domestic routines as the norm for a lot of people. I think developing the idea of making Cybersecurity as part of everyday life ‘domestic’ ‘norms’ has got a lot of mileage that still can be explored in a number of stylistic ways. I am thinking of my mum who is in her 70s - my line manager who is in her mid 50s - the man in the Clapham omnibus - all who have embraced the advances of technology because the have to and are the benefits but may be don’t get the extent of reach of potential issues that might effect them. Bringing it down to relatable household relatable levels might get a large tracts of people (who are most easy to prey on for nefarious people) educated in protecting themselves rather than being partially ignorant through lack of interest or exposure. Relatable imagery, well crafted and the antithesis of computer/ tech imagery. And I will comment on some others now!
Dima Boulad

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