Portraits of everyday people, of varying professions, all hacking, and in the background the infamous hackers' hooded sweatshirt and glasses
Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)
My first concept is the unmasking of the infamous hooded sweater and glasses-wearing hacker typically represented in cheesy stock photos. The idea is to show regular people, of varying ages, professions, social status, etc. hacking in their regular/professional clothes. In the background of each photograph will be the infamous hooded sweatshirt and glasses hanging up (the unmasking.) The medium I would use to create these images would be photography. What inspired me to create this concept is that shows that anyone can be a hacker and I love the creative and subtle tribute to the infamous hooded sweatshirt and glasses.
Regular person hacking with their infamous hacking hooded sweatshirt and glasses hanging in the background.
Sketch 2 (1,500 characters)
Concept two pertains to the crazy number of passwords we all need to remember. With every breach or identity theft, we always think that our weak password or failure to regularly change our password could have been the reason the hacker gained access to the account/data. The visualization of this concept would include hands and arms typing on a keyboard or phone, but the bottom side of the arm is visible with a ton of hand-scribbled accounts and passwords. They look a little like a kid that is trying to cheat on a test or a very bad combination of tattoos. It's a playoff of the old sticky note in the office with all your passwords, but now that we are more mobile and can access our accounts from anywhere, our arm has become the new sticky note with your top-secret passwords.
Shows arms typing on a keyboard with a bunch of handwritten accounts/passwords scribbled on their underarm.
What have you learned through this sketching process? (1,000 characters)
Sketching is something I'm very familiar with. From my crazy art installations to official design projects, each one starts with a sketch. It was helpful in this process because it allowed me to think through my concepts as well as get me excited about how each photography concept series would be created.
Tell us more about you. (1,000 characters)
I'm a whimsical artist that donates my time to communities to create fun public art installations and that gifts my photography to the world so other people can create their own art. To pay the bills I'm a graphic and web designer at a small company I own called Bells Design. I have a one-year-old daughter named Bella and a wonderful wife that is an entomologist. We recently moved to Granville, Ohio.
For the past 14 years, I've worn 50 bells around my ankles to help me meet/talk to strangers. My daily drives are a literal monster truck and a dinosaur car. Most everything I do is make people smile and to show them that being different is not as difficult as society makes it seem. Basically, I'm a goofy happy go lucky dad, artist, and designer that is really trying to make stuff for the greater good.
I found this awesome sweater at a thrift store and I had to create this silly self-portrait.
Why are you participating in this Challenge? (750 characters)
I've been creating unique conceptual pictures that I share with the world for free to use for many years on www.gratisography.com. I love trying to capture my imagination in a photo concept. It's not always easy, but that's what makes it fun! Your challenge is exciting because it takes very common ideas that are part of everyday life, but that has been difficult to visualize in a photograph. I love a good challenge and I'm looking forward to working together to improve the visualization of cybersecurity.
http://mcguiremade.com, https://gratisography.com, https://www.instagram.com/mcguiremade/
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?
Someone in my network (word of mouth)
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