A digital and physical brand identity for Human Layer Security — a thought-leadership grounds-up reimagining of the IT security professional’s print magazine for the 21st century — taking form in an interactive website, trailblazing online community, and quarterly print magazine about the changing world of cybersecurity.
Human Layer Security is a magazine and thought leadership hub built to bring security, business, compliance, and risk leaders together into a single digital community to welcome the next age of cybersecurity. Powered by contributions from industry leaders, our identity fuses long-form articles with beautiful illustrative artwork into an interactive and visually arresting website.
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.
In the Human Layer Security identity, the team sought to use sharp, deliberate type to cut through a saturated patchwork of illustration styles. Mikro by Letters from Sweden was selected as a primary brand typeface across digital and print — making up both the Human Layer Security logotype and all article titles. As a geometric sans serif, it offered a contemporary precision that translates well to the team’s mission of joining the soft and hard — man and machine — with Roobert (Displaay Type Foundry) delivering utilitarian readability for body styles. By mirroring typefaces on both digital and print, the identity works hard to bring the two worlds worlds closer together into a single cohesive execution. For the print magazine only, Trim Poster from Letters from Sweden is also used as an extreme compact headline font — integrating within the front cover illustration for impact.