Quarterly print magazine for Tessian’s thought leadership sub-brand — Human Layer Security — pulling the curtain back on the industry’s premier theorists and provocateurs, heralding in cybersecurity’s next big thing in bright neon technicolour.

With the launch of Human Layer Security, Tessian summoned cybersecurity leaders to the spotlight with an interactive website, trailblazing online community, and an email newsletter. Created entirely for and by cyber influencers, it fused long-form articles with beautiful illustrative artwork into a confident and dynamic visual identity.

For 2022, ambitions extended to a printed quarterly magazine — featuring 7 of the industry’s leading voices — presented with the very same characterful and intentional design of its website. In a custom 170mm x 240mm format and splashed with an unmissable custom Pantone, the magazine demands attention and admiration — and faithfully brings the digital into physical by careful use of digital motif; buttons, rounded corners, and a visible superstructure in the form of the line grid.

Our identity for Human Layer Security feels unconventional in any setting — much less the rigidly corporate world of cybersecurity. Approaching our design with a maximalist, “more-is-more” philosophy, the team sought to marry the crisp, orthogonal structure of security & information technology with a patchwork of illustrative styles, an electrifying palette, and bold typography. 

The result is as much disciplined as it is unflinchingly proud in an industry whose most famous export is ‘boring powerpoint presentations’ — and full of visual hieroglyphs tying digital and physical executions together — The Cube, our main navigational element on the website, becomes an ownable motif with authors framed in profile, and elements of the website’s blog are recreated with printed “buttons”.

It’s about hackers, but doesn’t feature any hooded figures on laptops. It’s about IT Security, but doesn’t feature a quiz on email attachments. It’s a brand new format that is alien in an industry ripe for change, and works to give security practitioners a publication they can be hugely proud of.

Our identity for Human Layer Security feels unconventional in any setting — much less the rigidly corporate world of cybersecurity. Approaching our design with a maximalist, “more-is-more” philosophy, the team sought to marry the crisp, orthogonal structure of security & information technology with a patchwork of illustrative styles, an electrifying palette, and bold typography. 
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