The Art of Privacy
I'm an IT professional and entrepreneur launching a membership website to help non-geeks (non-technical people) make their PC more secure and private. I write about protecting your privacy online and off.
The target audience is frequent travelers who own Windows based laptops and are concerned about privacy issues like identity theft, equipment theft, account hijacking etc. and would like a short step-by-step course on how to use Top Secret level security techniques without learning a lot of technical information.
These are people who travel often by car and plane with frequent hotel stays and use of public Wi-Fi at coffee shops etc.
I'm looking for a banner\header image to use on the membership website that hosts my upcoming PC privacy course. The website uses the WordPress TwentyTen theme and includes step-by-step information on how to configure the users PC along with tutorial videos. The URL is: http://www.theartofprivacy.com/course/
1) 940 x 198 pixels in size
2) I have in mind an illustration rather than photography based image but I am open to exceptional concepts in either direction. I'm usually impressed by HDR style photography.
Here are some examples of sites with headers I like:
http://www.sovereignman.com/ (Nice artwork and communicates the message of the site well)
http://chrisguillebeau.com/3x5/ (Abstract but high quality with the name of the site integrated)
3) The banner should include the name of the course (The Art of Privacy) and tagline (Top Secret Level PC Security for Non-Geeks) in some form. The title and tagline should not overwhelm the image though.
4) Concepts which the banner image might communicate or be influenced by:
By way of example to communicate both anonymity AND travel in the same image you might have a vector artwork silhouette image of a person carrying a laptop with a jet in the sky similar to the way the header image referenced above from SovereignMan.com conveys a savvy business man/investor who is free enough to break out of conventional restrictions.
A photograph of a person with their face averted/obscured (to convey anonymity) could work just as well as vector art as long as it is high quality. Remember this isn't to say the message has to be a choice between anonymity and travel I'm just using these two from the list above as an example.
5) Concepts I do NOT want to communicate:
6) The files we will require are:
Print file format - .ai (CMYK)
Web file format - .jpg or .png and layered .psd (RGB)
Many thanks! I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
NOTE: In the course name I previously had specified the title as:
The Art of Privacy Guide
I've changed it above to simply:
The Art of Privacy
UPDATE: Here are a few sites with headers I like. I'm not saying to imitate them exactly but hopefully it gives a better idea of my style preferences.