A Look Back on Some Favorite 2021 Images
Since nobody would allow me to bend the wires to create sad and happy human profiles on their $10M+ quantum computer, I had to turn to a manipulated photography solution. The “profile” wires and end caps were purchased at a hardware store, bent and photographed. That image was then integrated with a stock photograph of a real quantum computer and colorized to matchy-match the other wires.
Are you watching the Peacock channel’s hit Yellowstone? (Truthfully, I abandoned it in Season 2.) Country themes are prevalent in every media form, and this graphic style illustration depicting a cowboy reining in IoT icons—all with a nod to Western-style art—was no exception. Nothing grabs attention like the contrast of unexpected elements grouped together in a composition.
Have you ever crafted a ransom note? FYI, to achieve the most impact, it requires careful consideration to font and scale. Next, the cutouts need to be meticulously placed on a contrasting color with a subtle pattern for that wow-factor. Don’t expect any ransom though.
There are laws that make it a crime to spray graffiti on public or private property that you do not own or have permission to use, but there’s no harm in imagining yourself as a tagging graffiti artist with a “we’re not going to take it anymore” attitude. Would New York street art pioneers Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring approve of this art form spraying its way into a tech magazine?
Whether you were new to working from home during the pandemic or a seasoned pro at this sometimes-chaotic work environment, this image nails the vibe. It’s not easy to stay focused with all the goings-on, but we are collectively muddling through.
Who doesn’t want to fearlessly soar above a city on a giant purple bird of prey? I would definitely wear that aviator’s cap and goggles.
Not only should this image resonate with healthcare security professionals tasked with protecting digital health tools and pandemic privacy, but the general public too. The easy-to-read visual and the sampling of records that are at risk are bone chilling.
As art director for InfoSecurity Professional magazine, I can tell you all these concepts and the execution of the images are a result of an award-winning team who likes to put on their creative caps and go to work.
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