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Encryption as a Protected Zone

Here, I have envisioned Encryption as a protected zone.

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Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)

There is so much confusion around understanding encryption. What exactly does it protect? Who protects it? Why and how is it protected? By envisioning this place in the net as a physically protected space, it would easier to visualize the answers to the above questions. I have used securing credit card information as an example for it to be relatable. Although concepts like Symmetric & Asymmetric Key are important to understand, it can overwhelm the user and won't be suitable to understand at a go. My aim is to convey a spirit of trust around encryption through basic concepts. The next step would be to create a series of graphics that talk about what happens in times of breach? What happens when we do not use encryption?

Sketch 2 (1,500 characters)

What are the trade-offs between Digital privacy and security? What are we giving up when we agree ( or most often not) to give up our privacy? When does it turn into an unfair trade-off? These are the question that I want to spark among people through this graphic. Security is predominantly implemented through surveillance. So when does surveillance cross a line? Topics as vast as this sometimes cannot be explained in one graphics but we can trigger questions around it. This is my aim.

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

Since this is an entirely new topic for me, I had to do a lot of research on it. Going through the opportunity areas helped me understand the various facets of cybersecurity. Creating visuals for important topics like this can be tricky. It is a fine line between creating ones that portray our opinion and those that are subjective. So creating visuals that trigger important questions rather than trying to influence users is better.

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

I am an UX/UI Designer from Chennai, India. Though an Architecture Graduate, my passion for problem-solving, conceptual thinking and visual design pushed me towards UX/UI Design. When I am not obsessing over UX/UI Design, I share my love for Information Design by creating Infographics (I have provided the link to the Instagram page) and experiment with new mediums and storytelling. I believe that a lot of visuals on important topics do not represent the Indian scenario enough. This and my curiosity to know about how the world works motivate me to create visuals that convey valuable information. I also consider this as a great personal exercise in UI Design.

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

1. To know more about Cybersecurity 2. To explore what people around the world are creating on this topic. 3. To give myself an exercise in creating quick visuals. 4. And to spark off ideas for my next experimentation on infographics.


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 visual creator by hobby.

How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?

  • OpenIDEO email / social media

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Tamil Nadu

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  • India
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Moodboard. By visual designer Joan Wong. Design Topic: "The Age of Cyberwar is Her and citizens are clueless "


Moodboard . By visual designer Joan Wong.

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Hello Suchithra Sathiyamurthy  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!