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Cybersecurity is foreign to most. We can explain digital risk in a fresh way by giving it shape — a sharp geometry it can speak with.

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Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)

Cybersecurity is foreign to most. We can explain digital risk in a fresh way by giving it shape — a sharp geometry it can speak with.

Sketch 2 (1,500 characters)

An internationally accepted symbol for cyber risk will promote better digital practices. We interact with devices by clicking cursors. Showing one cursor hovering over another implies risk. An effective symbol should translate its meaning across cultures.

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

I've learned from other submissions that there's no limit on creative ways to communicate cybersecurity. In contrast, it's surprising to see how the current visual landscape of infosec all looks the same (scary figures in hoods for example). I'm looking forward to seeing how everyone's ideas evolve.

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

I'm an extrovert and a proud graduate from Arizona State University's Visual Communication Design program. Since 2009, I've worked in Chicago for various design agencies and startups. My primary focus is exploring interaction design. I can dream up user flows, articulate my findings to stakeholders, quickly iterate designs, and I have a growing knowledge of front-end development solutions.

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

I too believe cyber security is in dire need for a facelift. Any contributions are good for the cause.

Website(s)

http://joeclayallday.com https://dribbble.com/joeclayallday

What is your experience with the field of cybersecurity?

  • I have considerable experience and/or knowledge in the cybersecurity field.

What best describes you?

  • I’m a professional visual creator freelancer.

How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?

  • OpenIDEO email / social media

Location: City

Chicago, IL, USA

Location: State / District

Illinois

Location: Country

  • United States of America

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Sketch 2 would work better for this idea, because the artwork for such a symbol will need to work at small size. I’d design small and in black and white first, get that to a final version, before dealing with colour.

I think the next stage mentoring would be useful in helping to figure out whether (and how) cyber security can be distilled down to a simple yes/no value, because it can comprise many assessment types and contexts (especially for a universal symbol). If it’s difficult, then rather than try to be universal, I’d look for an aspect/context you can apply it to where it would be highly useful. (An example of this would be the padlock symbol for secure websites in the browser address bar.)

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DeletedUser

It's nice to interact with someone who knows the desert too. I like your ideas and approaches. Sketch 1 is not so much scary as exuding danger. Sketch 2 is a promising bold idea. I am very impressed.

As a fellow entrant, I invite you to visit my submission and let me know how it could be improved, in your view. https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/cybersecurity-visuals/review/what-is-appropriate-encryption

Best of luck.

John Messing

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The doubled cursor is a very good idea! I saw it at the very beginning of the challenge and it stayed in my mind. Just as it is probably intended to be! Very good, thank you for the inspiration!

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Joe. I love the sharp geometry. I suspect the colours might be a little too jarring. One thing I always try and consider is how a colour blind person would see the picture (I have a colour-blind friend who would constantly remind me that he mainly saw shade of grey). I think an international symbol for risk is good idea, and close to something I was trying to do too.

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Thank you for this very interesting build on inclusion in visual communication Ben Banks !

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Hi @DeletedUser ! The platform allows you to upload images only locally (from hard disks, flash drives, etc...). You won't be able to add images using links, so you need to download images to your MAC/PC and then attach them to the contribution. Kindly note that as per the terms and conditions, all images uploaded have the must be original to the entrant, and not copied, in whole or in part, from any work of another person or entity.
During the ideas phase, you are welcome to submit sketches quickly so you can benefit from the community and our experts giving you feedback on it, you can then iterate and finalize your submission for your final visual.
Good luck and can't wait to see how this progresses!

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DeletedUser

The uploader works in Firefox now, THX!

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Please insert pictures directly into the text. It is very inconvenient to view pictures in another browser window.

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Man You are professional so please give us more ideas

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Indeed Ahmed Eid-Man  I'm curious to know what is the best part of the submission for you? How do you think Risk can progress next?

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DeletedUser

Good question. I don't have a strong opinion on any direction. For my Idea 2 - I think inventing universal security icons is a clear path to explore with an outcome that can scale on digital screens well at any size. For my Idea 1 - I think drawing illustrations is just fun. I imagine the outcome would be public PSA posters perhaps. Just explaining new digital security concepts. Or maybe just Facebook ads honestly. Just promoting security awareness.

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Welcome to the Cybersecurity Visuals challenge @DeletedUser !
Dima here. I’m so glad you’ve joined the Challenge, and I’m here to support you in the process.
One thing I like about your submission is you're giving an abstract concept of cybersecurity a shape that we can all relate to. How would you consider pushing your submission further?
How can these shapes start telling stories and concepts that can educate on cybersecurity? For more inspiration, this resource might help: https://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/features/illustration/18-tips-for-telling-story-through-artwork/
I can’t wait to see how this progresses next!