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A mockup of the four-page editorial designed as two spreads viewed from the top-down.

Spyware Editorial

An editorial design with surreal and technohorror imagery.


An article about keyloggers with surreal horror imagery. The horror influence is from movies I've seen like Hausu (1977) and David Cronenberg films. The simple colour scheme and negative space in the layout was inspired by Computer Active magazine, which is focused on helping users with their computer problems.

Tools used include Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

The editorial is titled I feel like I'm being watched with the subheading Spyware: Keyloggers and how to protect yourself. The cover image is an ink illustration with blue, red, and grayscale colours. Large disembodied eyes on long stalks appear from behind a computer monitor to look at a decapitated body. A large bloodshot eye is on the computer screen, all the eyes are looking at the space where a person once was sitting in the chair. Each page of the editorial has an asymmetric two column layout with a question and answer format for the body copy.
The second page has the heading Amateur spies use USBs to put spyware on your computer and an illustration of a giant dripping tentacle reaching out of a computer monitor to place a USB into the computer slot. The colour scheme is green and gray.
The third page has the heading Hiding in plain sight and an image of a hand with a mouth and tongue protruding from the palm, with a strip of paper with asterisks on the end of the tongue and oozing across the keyboard. The colour scheme is blue and gray.
The final page has the heading Protect yourself from spyware and has a boxed off section called Bigger Picture, Spyware has a high cost for business.

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