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Science Fiction

Zeros and ones running down the screen - hacking is not just a game with numbers but real science.

Photo of Claudia Ully
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Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)

This sketch illustrates the absurdity of the common "hacker" image. No one works at night, wearing hoodie and mask and hacks systems by letting ones and zeros run down the screen. Skilled hackers have a profound understanding of information systems and use/modify/create special tools for their purposes. This makes hacking a real science.

Sketch 2 (1,500 characters)

This second draft puts more emphasize on the different sides. It is not complete yet - there should be added more aspects here: For example the left ("science") side should also show other people working (contradicting the idea of the lone wolf hacker) and maybe there could be a healthy smoothie on the hacker's desk. The right ("fiction") side can show more clichés such as leftover pizza, empty bottles, dirty clothes lying around etc.

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

Many IT-related jobs are loaded with clichés and it is always worth looking beyond those.

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

I used to work as a Technical Writer whose task it is to explain complex ideas as simply as possible. Then, out of interest, I got into Computer Science and currently I am perparing myself for a career in cyber security.

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

I like the challenge of creating visualizations for complex ideas.


What is your experience with the field of cybersecurity?

  • I have minimal experience and/or knowledge in the cybersecurity field.

What best describes you?

  • I’m a visual creator by hobby.

How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

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Location: Country

  • Germany

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Photo of Daniel Marner

Great implementation! I just thought you could even expand on the idea, showing different opposing "facets" of a hacker in one face. Each slice showing a different aspect. Starting with multiple earings on one side, proceed with scientific glasses, punker, guy fawkes, ans business headset on the other ear... just an "idea". Do not let yourself get limited by it!

Photo of Claudia Ully

Daniel, I really like your idea of multiple facets in one face. That's definitely something to explore further.

Photo of Estela Kennen

Claudia, I like this concept very much and how you play with "science/fiction." I would personally like to see a bigger contrast between the two sides, however. Perhaps for the fiction side, integrate the green we so often see depicted, and for the science side, soften some of the angles so that the person reads more like an everyday sort. Hope my comments help Best of luck.

Photo of Claudia Ully

Estela, thank you so much for your feedback. I added a quick second draft which tries to put more emphasize on the contrast of both sides by showing more of the room and thus contrasting more stereotypes.

Photo of Estela Kennen

I like your vision for additional details to flesh out the reality and stereotype. Looking forward to future versions!

Photo of Dima Boulad

Thank you for this add Estela Kennen ! I agree, adding the level of detail helped push the submission further. I would also say, how can we push the contrast even further by showing the normality of what's on the screen on the left? Can we play around by showing more emotion in the human face?