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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.


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

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Chicago, IL, USA

Location: State / District


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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