Security design, the first CRT font, and Ray-Bans – Recap

Security design, the first CRT font, and Ray-Bans – Recap

CyberSecurity design weekly recap for July 6-11.

This week: Wim Crouwel and the New Alphabet. The first computer screen font predated the personal computer by a decade. Crouwel saw the possibility of CRTs and glimpsed the future of computers. By accepting the CRTs limitations as creative constraints, Crouwel redesigned the alphabet with straight quick lines. Crouwel released New Alphabet in 1967. It was innovative. It was unreadable. But it made a statement. Principle: Be ahead of the curve and ahead of the criminals.

Previously:  Colonel John A. Macready, Bausch & Lomb, and Ray-Bans. A little-known fact: Ray-Bans are safety goggles. You wouldn’t know it today. You can pay a couple hundred to buy these as sunglasses from Luxottica. How Ray-Bans went from practical to luxury is a story with a lesson for developing implementation plans. Principle: Hand out Ray-Bans not safety goggles.

One thing more: There’s a YouTube video on How Ray Ban Became the King of Sunglasses that’s worth checking out. One thing I didn’t mention in the Ray-Bans article was how the invention of a technique that makes lenses from molten glass which were impact-resistant made the sunglasses possible in the first place. It was a technical leap forward.

This article is part of a series on designing cyber security capabilities. To see other articles in the series, including a full list of design principles, click here.

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