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Virtually as one

Cyber alliances with the help of technology.

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Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)

I tried to illustrate the intrications of hardware, the little link between digital worlds can be as small as a microchip. A server room linked by a tiny strand of hardware. These small ink drawings are a representation of my traditional drawing style, I like to add tiny details in almost everything and when it comes to circuit boards and server banks, it fits perfectly! Each around 2 hrs tops, digital colors for my main proposal.

Sketch 2 (1,500 characters)

In this one I tried to illustrate a virtual entity, a software's ''persona'' made of elements of a supercomputer. Many questions comes to mind on the subject of the virtual image we give of ourselves into the digital world, the things we share, the personal information we submit into websites and a huge quantity of data in our everyday lifes.

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

I am more aware of my actions online, even though they do not exist in the physical medium they clearly affect the digital one. And viceversa, we may face problems wether personal or nationwide in the virtual world, privacy violations, security breaches, identity theft etc. Good can also come from it, for example secure networks, succesful contracts, corporate transactions and clear information sharing can create new pathways for a more linked community online, since 'geopolitical borders' dont actually exist in the cyberspace.

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

I'm a visual artist and muralist, a creative that has always followed and explored the themes of technology, sci-fi, aerospace, energy sciences etc. I aim to share my point of view, share my experiences and knowledge through my art. Exploring new digital mediums and the subject of cybersecurity is such a relevant theme when it comes to this line of work.

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

I wish to work harder and smarter into this subject at hand, I want to grow as an artist in hope to keep creating and constant learning. Currently experimenting with Augmented Reality and implementing it into my work, wether working directly of software or painting murals and be able to share them as a gallery space in the virtual world.


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 professional visual creator affiliated with an organization.

How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?

  • Other

Location: City


Location: State / District

Quintana Roo

Location: Country

  • Mexico

What opportunity areas are you covering with this final portfolio? (250 characters)

Cyber Conflict

Final Portfolio (1,500 characters)

My final proposals are based for the 'digital personas' that were provided on the brief, after all the great mentorship calls and articles we got discuss and read I can proudly present my submissions where I tried to be as versatile as I could when it came to ''who could use' the works we are uploading.

How would you summarize your final portfolio in 100 words or less? (650 characters)

A glimpse into the ever evolving digital world and the technology that is a part of our everyday life.

Briefly describe your imagined use case for the work in your portfolio. (250 characters)

Technology, political and science magazines/publications/websites (WIRED, The Economist and The New Yorker and of course journalist blogs all around the net) I can also see them printed on conferences and presentations boards, infographics etc

What was the most useful feedback that you received? (1,000 characters)

The mentorship progam, the videocall with my mentor Mike H. and Chelsea was a true eye opener, wrote down lots of ideas and we discussed several subjects that were the main inspiration for my final proposals. Also, the comments on my published submission gave me more insight on specifics and details I used in my final process.

How have your concepts evolved since the Ideas Phase? (1,000 characters)

Expanded my view and reached subjects that are relevant to the current times, such as my Brexit piece. Went a bit more specific on political issues such as the N. Korea and S. Korea illustration, not something I'm used to do but really liked the idea of pushing things into a better tomorrow by making people talk and think about such situations. It is definetely stronger than my previous proposal, it helped me polish my skills on the computer since I did all my designs by hand, scanned and then digitalized them with my drawing tablet.

How have you been able to incorporate technical accuracy into your concepts? (1000 characters)

Yes! I was stoked on doing the details on the hardware proposals, looked for similar technology on motherboards and old circuitry found around old toys and computers on my house. Depending on subject, I tried to assimilate the digital world into the physical thanks to hardware. I started digging around for circuit boards, which are almost everywhere, I even disassembled my doorbell and old electronics around the house to take a peek inside.

How do your concepts expand the conversation on cybersecurity? (1000 characters)

The symbolism, themes and composition used on my final submissions are pretty straightforward on the subject, when you 'read' the image some ideas and suggestions start to pop up. I tried to be as precise and clean as possible, I approached recent events and situations happening in the real and cyber world RIGHT now. Collective consciousness already gives us concepts on what these images may convey depending on subject, you dont have to be a Computer Engineer or expert to understand them.

If you were provided with additional time and resources, are there additional ways that you’d wish to reimagine the visual language of cybersecurity? (1,000 characters)

Yes, I would love to animate some into small motion graphics or GIFs for the web. Also would like to expand and take this into Augmented Reality, I believe it would have a greater and more inmersive impact than just a compture graphic. Here in Mexico that specific area of technology has not been fully adapted into society, it's quite expensive to acquire all the gear on my national currency so I would approach companies or creatives that already have the hardware and collaborate with them. How about some mural works? Painting this kind of graphics on public spaces could have a supreme impact, more people will see it and will (hopefully) research and get interested on the subject! Since my main line of work is street art and muralism I believe I could take this to another level than digital art and design.

What resources did you find most helpful? (optional, 1,000 characters)

Mainly the articles and resources provided on the IDEO website! Also browsed old and new magazines, both on paper and digital. Read some articles and scanned the web on similar subjects, for example some publications on The Economist and WIred Magazine and some old Popular Mechanics for hardware inspiration.

Commitment to Creative Commons License (CC BY 4.0)

  • Yes, I ensure that my portfolio is in compliance with CC BY 4.0.

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Even though countries may face compability issues when it comes to ''hardware'', certain alliances can be formed with the help of technology. The cyberspace links us together no matter nationality, gender or human preferences. We connect our everyday life and engage a more technological relationship with our nation and fellow countries. This is clean version of my main proposal, I used software for digital colors.


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Photo of Avijit Singh

I love your sketches! Thanks for sharing this with all of us. It is fascinating

Photo of Ray Lagesse

Congratulations on your success!

Your linework is dope man, great execution and well deserved :)

Photo of Rebecca Wang

Hi Claudio! I just wanted to say I really appreciate the strong message behind all your graphics! The combination of the country shapes with circuitry creates a striking graphic. I feel that it really emphasizes the underlying connections between digital technologies and politics, which is especially important when most people think of the internet as something that has no borders (even though that isn't really the case depending on where you live!). Great work! I hope it inspires people to learn more about what cybersecurity really is :)

Photo of Claudio Rousselon

Hey Rebecca!

Thank you for the comment, it was pretty fun to do the circuitry on these illsutrations, the flags idea cameto me almost to the end but i think it really fits the whle subject.

Photo of Dima Boulad

I'm so glad to see the progress of this idea and the sketches into your final portfolio Claudio Rousselon  .As the review team is going through all submissions, I would like to take this chance to thank you for your participation in this Challenge and your dedication to this important and complex topic. Watch this space as we announce the top picks!

Photo of Claudio Rousselon

Thanks for all the comments and support to everyone who made this possible, the IDEO crew, the mentors and artists!
Hope we all learned and shared something that we will help us and the ones around us.

Best of luck.
Claudio F. Rousselon

Photo of Mai Arollado

Hi Claudio, very great visual style, love the details and the thought of it. I felt you have a lot of passion going on while doing this challenge, and it shows with the amazing drawings.

Its just, may be you can create a way so that you can focus a straight forward and highlighted message? with the amazing details you have put through, there's a lot of visual images that conveying all at once. may be some high light like popping some color or bolder stokes will define it? or you can add contrast.

good luck to you claudio! and looking forward seeing your final work

Best regards,Mai

Photo of Claudio Rousselon

Hi Mai!

Yes of course, contrast between all these elements must be defined, I did gave it another pass by hand and was about to add color digitally but I'm wondering if I should start to do all these sketches into a more clean and final form before the mentorship call and review with the Cybersecurity expert.
I'm also looking forward to my last 5 submission designs, it's such an interesting theme, plenty can be achieved!
Thanks for the comment Mai!

Photo of Dima Boulad

Hello Rattus Rousselon Happy to see your contribution to the Cybersecurity challenge. Great style and detail!! 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!

Photo of Claudio Rousselon

Thanks a lot! Yes, I browsed other submission on the other challengues and also much of the info provided on the website, really glad to be a part of this!
I'm completely looking forward on expanding and upgrading my submission, both artistically and conceptually.

Photo of Patrizia Russ

Wow, so much detail! Well done! :) Will this be coloured one day in order to put an emphasis on the most important parts of the work?

Photo of Claudio Rousselon

Patrizia Russ  Thank you!
Yes of course, I can add color to it no problem.
Color would really help contrast elements and volume in this illustrations, I wonder if that phase of upgrading the sketches is soon, I could start coloring it today!

Photo of debadatta hembram

Aesthetically the best artwork i have seen on this website. You beautifully illustrated the complexity of modern world. But apart from that it offers less clue as how to interpret it. Whether this complexity is helpful or destructive ? How does it create conflict ? If you can answer these questions with your beautiful illustrations, it can add clarity to the message your artwork is trying to speak about.

Photo of Claudio Rousselon

debadatta hembram Thanks for commenting!
Your are right, in some part it is a bit too much, I think that a more thoughtful clean version of could help a lot.

Probably giving it a pass on Illustrator and vectorize everything in a more ordened matter could help to read the image more easily.
The one that has both countries as circuit boards could be more organized and possibly putting more emphasis on the territory outline or memorable landmarks as special circuits.