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Hackers, 2 versions. White & black hats

Here are my 2 versions of what a stock hacker image could be. I can create endless variations on these as well.

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Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)

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

I create images like this all the time for my own work. What happens is that every time I create something new it is an adventure of it's own. I thought that I would have to hire out to get the lush imagery that I wanted as until recently my digital art skills were very rudimentary. Now I crank out imagery daily and it is shockingly fun!

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

I am launching my own .com(name withheld until it is ready for launch) that takes tech and makes it work for the average person. I explain things in language that people actually use and then make it fun. No geekspeak or technobabble are allowed! I am an ex personal trainer who had a no-failure approach with my clients. Due to a family emergency I left the civilized world for what should have been months- and turned into years. When I left I didn't even know how to turn a computer on and off. I had no idea that (at that time) one had to hit "Start" to stop the #@*& thing! For me tech initially was just a way to play games and talk to big city girls. What else is there to do at night when one is drug free in a small town?!? In time I realized that my skills were ahead of many of the articles that I was reading. Also, a nameless squad of geeks attempted to rip me off in 2010 and I realized that I also was ahead of them. It has been 10 years in the making and it is almost ready!

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

I stumbled onto it from an article in For years I cranked out tech articles for my subscribers and (nearly finished) site. However, I had nearly no graphics skills whatsoever and for a long time I was stuck using stock icons and whatever images I could grab without trampling on other's rights. I could only do basic manipulations of other images and until recently I couldn't create my own. Still, I felt that many were very trite and lacked imagination- but had no idea of how to do better- until recently. When I saw the challenge, I also felt that the stock hoodie in darkness with light green letters was a tad trite and perhaps too negative. I wanted to create something refreshed and more balanced.


The link is withheld for now- as the site is still under construction.

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?

  • Other

How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?

  • In the news

Location: City

Red Bluff Ca.- but soon I will be returning to civilization and my real home. Lost Wages Nv.!

Location: State / District


Location: Country

  • United States of America

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Here they are with 2 versions. One with a white and one with a black hat. These were created almost 100%(Except for the Battlestar Galactica elements on the monitor's wallpapers.) I can create endless variations on these basic themes. I also have a TON of images for the other categories- but there is only one entry allowed per person so I stuck to this new one.

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Photo of Dima Boulad

Hello Paul Pittman 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!