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New Dimensions

Hackers work in a dimension where physical restrictions do not apply.

Photo of Thomas Grimer
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Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)

This is designed as a simple, two part visual. Firstly - it demonstrates the new digital dimension being operated in. Here scale, strength and speed are all relative. Hackers can enter through the smallest opening to gain access. In this case - it's a keyhole (something put there to keep people out). Through smallness we see the huge job at hand. Secondly, many people are entering. Simplistic icons denote their varying intentions or reasons: simple curiosity, theft, damage, espionage, copying, the challenge alone.... The style is intended to be reminiscent of a holding screen - which is 'stuck'. Everyone can empathize with that powerless feeling when staring at these. Or worse still - the blue screen of death!

Sketch 2 (1,500 characters)

Exploring the digital realm is fun. You don't need a stick of TNT to blow the doors off a vault or a getaway car to carry your plunder. You can just copy it! As they were so simple I completed a small set of activities a hacker could do. Though not all hackers have bad intentions this focuses on the negative side of it.

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

In a digital space hackers can operate with super powers. Here physical limitations are meaningless and it will require a huge change in thinking to tackle it.

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


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 freelancer.

How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?

  • OpenIDEO email / social media

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Location: Country

  • United Kingdom


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Photo of Jen Zariat

The first sketch is super clean and engaging... that one got my click. Then the second one where the guy is xeroxing his butt?! That's the one-two punch. You really captured the prankster feeling. of hacker culture. Not all hacks are for profit and criminal gains... sometimes people are just messing around (however inappropriately). This is funny and very clear to an audience with perhaps an intermediate level of tech knowledge. These would make great magazine illustrations.

Photo of Thomas Grimer

Hey thanks for the kind comment. On all my entries I've tried to get a single observation across visually but I kept it vague. As an image 'tool' it's more useful if people can twist the core meaning for their own purpose when writing an article or making a presentation. For example - one author could say 'warning - we are vulnerable from the smallest crack in our security'. Equally another person may say - 'look at the large talent pool interested in cyber security - we could recruit them to our side' etc.

Photo of Jen Zariat

Totally. You have a lot of potential in the versatility of these graphics. I could totally see them in Wired or another tech mag! Very modern and savvy.

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