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How-To: Lawrenceburg Poster

With big jobs that have a lot of moving parts, process and organization are everything. I walk you through the creation of the Lawrenceburg poster from concept to color.

At Blackhat2018

Every year, thousands of technically inclined minds descend on Las Vegas for Blackhat - the largest hacker conference in the world. I was there to support the team at F5Labs and check out how my artwork separated F5 Networks from the myriad of boring booth designs. 

Lawrenceburg Poster

When you receive an inquiry asking if you'd be interested in creating a Star Wars / Dukes of Hazzard mashup based on the original Star Wars poster for a renowned neighborhood theatre, the answer is an unequivocal "yes".

I created the poster art for an upcoming production of "Lawrenceburg" at Dad's Garage Theatre in Atlanta. The show runs from Sept. 7 through Oct. 13, 2018.

"Lawrenceburg" 2018 artwork

F5Labs Protecting Applications Report: Version 3

After three solid months of production, hundreds of hours, and many bleary-eyed nights this project can be unveiled. 


Original "Stack"

Project Stats

  • 2 complete cover concepts and illustrations (version 2)

  • 3 design layouts

  • 7 full page illustrations

  • 18 spot illustrations

  • 6 icons

  • 4 page variations for stack

  • 2 color variations

  • 16x9 web image

  • prepping dozens of artwork/files

  • many dozens of rounds of revisions for all of the above


Application Security Tiers and Attackers

Chapter & Section Artwork 

Introduction Layout and Design 

Application Protection Report Cover Art

Application Protection Report Cover Art

The full report is available for download at F5.com >>

Read about Version 2 >>

F5Labs Protecting Applications Report: Version 2

Sooner or later, if you create commercial art, you'll have your best work rejected by committee. It's part of the job. This is one of those projects. I'll be going back to the drawing board, but I wanted to share this work as is.  

I'm very proud of this solution – It represents some of the smartest conceptual work I've ever done.


The Project

I was tasked with "updating" the following graphic. This graphic is the foundational concept behind my client's entire business. In other words, it's been used to sell their services for years. 

Application Security Tiers

At first glance, there seems to be a lot of information being presented. What you don't see is any real clue describing what's happening. Without the assistance of paragraphs of text or a salesperson, the viewer is left to their own devices to derive any meaning.

The application "stack" is represented by icons that tell the viewer very little. And the accompanying text identifiers are equally amorphous.

You'll also note a variety of graphic elements that are meant to clue the viewer in to a larger idea, but all of these elements largely fail to create a cohesive visual narrative for anyone trying to decipher the graphic.  


My Solution

The solution I arrived at solves these issues — I created visual metaphors that accurately depict what literally happens at each tier. The simplicity of the imagery and design affords a viewer with no prior knowledge of the basic concepts a means of "creating" a narrative for themselves without the help of accompanying text. 

The "isometric" grid underlying this illustration helps create a plane for the tiers. I added flags at each level to help draw the users eye through the entire illustration. Once the basic art was created, I made a few slight adjustments to accommodate the text for the next two graphics. 

Application Security Tiers Revisited

Application Security Tiers Revisited

After

Before

In layout

Overall, this is a highly successful piece. That it was a casualty of "committee" is just a consequence of opinion. It happens. 

Stay tuned for the next version. 

Tips for working with the iPad

No, the iPad doesn't offer you flexibility or power of a Cintiq or tablet-based computer. And you shouldn't care.

How-To: Craft CMS 3 Installer

The iPad is a marvelous drawing tool. But it does lack in some key areas that will force you to decide whether or not they are deal breakers. In this tutorial, I’ll share some tips and tricks and try to convince you why you shouldn’t care about what the iPad isn’t and focus instead on what it is.

F5LABS THREAT ANALYSIS REPORT VOL 4: THINGBOT EVOLUTION

The latest latest illustration for F5 Labs IoT Report.

F5 IoT Report Cover: The Growth and Evolution of Thingbots Ensures Chaos

Concept

[From the report] "The world is just now catching onto how useful IoT devices are; the industry is in its startup phase just scratching the surface of its future potential. If you follow the “diffusion of innovations” theory, we haven’t yet crossed the chasm of IoT potential, or mainstream global market adoption. 

The cell phone is the only IoT device type that has hit the mainstream market with adoption rates past 50% of the global population. When the majority of the world is online, smart homes with dozens of internet enabled devices and smart cities will be everywhere instead of only in the hands of the early adopters. At that point, IoT thingbots could threaten global stability if we don’t start doing something about it now."

Full Version and Cover Version

 

Concept Sketch

Pencil drawing presented to F5 for concept approval.

Loryka Logo and Branding

In the words of owner and developer Justin Shattuck, Loryka is "a platform and data pipeline that allows researchers to gain insights into the attacks we see [on the web]." His platform is revolutionizing the web security industry and I was entrusted to help design a logo that captured the essence of his vision.

 
Final Logo

Final Logo

 

The Concept

The name Loryka is derived from the word "lorica", which is a specific type of Roman armor that incorporated an overlapping lattice of metalwork. My initial attempts to design a logo took this concept head on. And failed. 

After a few more discussions with Justin, he described his business as "a company that is taking PH readings of the soil." He went on to describe a data tool that didn't just look at the forest, but looked into the forest through a microscope to see the smallest ant on a leaf. 

The Solution

After numerous versions, I hit upon the idea of incorporating a few different elements 1) a PH color scale 2) a diminishing circle of dots representing the "data" cycle of life and 3) slightly overlapping letters to hint at the idea of armor and "connection".

Final Logo Sheet with variations

Final Logo Sheet with variations