Family Cybersecurity is part of managing a household - things need doing daily, weekly and monthly to be well maintained and run smoothly.
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.
This the first concept sketch/ collage that gives the sense of style of my interpretation of the brief. Vintage, references of Edward Hopper/ Norman Rockwell where there is an edge to the world. Maintaining the artifice of perfection when the reality is it is easy to let things slip if you are not on top of it - weak or same passwords, putting off software updates like forgetting to put out the rubbish!
Visual reference - Edward Hopper - plains of flat colour.. figures almost look cut out.
Visual reference - Old Ladybird books for that sense of figures in articulated graphical space. Scales and viewpoints with depth... I like flat areas and patterns in patchwork.
Visual reference - I spend a long time thinking and resourcing the types of visual images in order to create the pastiche of a style and this is the Good Housekeeping magazine from the 1950’s which is the kind of feel I wanted.
Development artwork - I have a fine art background and like to build collage layers in design work using original drawings/ paintings in with mix media images, then photographed and used as layers in photoshop with added text.
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.
This sketch concept image has been done by working on top of a photoshopped image using acrylic paint and pen. It is much freer and looser to get the fluid design and curves and tendrils of the thought process.
Here is a photograph reference used for the thinking I wanted my heroine to have
This is another visual reference taking inspiration from vintage magazines and advertising
Visual reference - stylistically this is the direction I was aiming for - tendrils of thoughts and writing.
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.
Portrait of my son in monochrome acrylics on canvas
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)
Isleworth, London Borough of Hounslow
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