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Let's use methapors to explain 'logical' processes and choices within cybersecurity

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Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)

Cyber security is a broad subject. I think it would be good if somehow instead of just replacing the hoodie and matrix screens, we could at the same time broaden the scope and show the diversity of elements involved in cyber security. The idea is to show several related aspects in one picture to provide relatable context, while also providing visually related icon-esque mini-illustrations to be used in relation to the context. For example: - Aspect: Credential Management/Access Management - Relatable Context: You need your passport at customs, and you need it to not be in hands of anyone else (neither good nor bad). Likewise: you need your credentials when accessing resources, and you do not want these credentials in the hands of someone else. - Icons: Empty pocket, Passport, Customs Gate This would be the metaphor illustration (left) vs the logical cybersecurity context (right). 'It should be logical that you just forget your passport or make them easilly accessible for everyone, just like you dont just lose your identification.' I want to apply humor aswell. This can make the subject more impactfull because its funny and/or relatable. Iteration 2 (16-8) This is the second version of the bigger illustration where I have tried to connect the two main illustrations even more. 'It should be as logical to keep your password (credential) just as close and safe as you would your passport'.

Sketch 2 (1,500 characters)

These would an example of the icons. By using the same visual style and aspects of the bigger illustration I hope people can relate them back to the bigger illustration. I first tried to make them in a clean isometric style but I wanted to break with the clean commercially used illustrations, hoping to add more humor and less cliche. I do realize that there's a chance of people not understanding the link, thinking the whole illustration is meant for an airport (Depending on the metaphor used) The next steps for me are to think of ways to make sure people connect the dots. I hope I can find a way to make people understand the importance of credential management, for example, through a simple metaphor that makes them go like 'aha!' Optionally it could be enlightening to show a super-illustration that encompasses the process of security as a whole, relating all the aspects to eachother in an illustration that could exist as a poster. Examples of usage: The aspect illustration for a clear image of a physical every-day equivalent issue. The icons for use in presentations and other infographics, to relate text back to a relevant context (done by being visually related to the aspect illustration). The super-illustration for use as a poster in the office, as a quick intuitive reference and in order to establish an overview of what security actually is.

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

I have realized that it is difficult to find a balance between understandable/ commercial and abstract/ artsy. Especially with a difficult subject like this, where we want to tell a story using illustration (Which usually leads to something abstract for me), while also explaining the importance of the message clearly.

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

I am a communication and multimedia student majoring in storytelling and illustration.

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

One of my friends told me about this challenge. He is a cybersecurity analist himself and I 'interviewed' him about the opportunity areas. I have always been interested in translated complex or abstract information to something understandable through illustrative storytelling. I agree with the things stated in the brief, and that it's very important for people to start understanding cybersecurity. Not just the dangers, but the whole process, the little things people easily overlook, like the fact that using the same password for every account isn't exactly a good thing.


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 design undergraduate student.

How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

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Location: Country

  • Netherlands


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I like the shapes and tones of the visuals. I assume that you did them yourself. They are clean and impressive. If you go to the second round, with regard to Sketch 2 you might want to consider using fewer images, which otherwise could distract.

As a fellow entrant, I invite you to visit my submission and let me know how you think it could be improved..

Best of luck.

John Messing

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Thank you so much! I did draw them myself yes. The images in sketch 2 were meant to be seperate icons, maybe i should have uploaded them seperately. Theyre meant to be used on their own in relation to the big illustration (sketch 1) to represent a certain subject. I would see them used in presentations for example. Does that explain the amount of images a bit more?

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