The Cybersecurity Club at Coleman University will henceforth be known as… Team Antikythera! You may be thinking, “Team What?!” and to answer your question, Team Antikythera is named after the Antikythera Mechanism, the earliest known mechanical analog computer. In ancient Greece, it was used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses for calendrical and astrological purposes, as well as the Olympiads; the cycles of the ancient Olympic Games.
Over 2,000 years later, the mechanism was discovered in a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, and now resides at the National Archaeological Museum, Athens.
The ancient Greek-designed Antikythera mechanism, dating between 150 and 100 BC, via Wikimedia Commons
Like the mechanism, Team Antikythera is the first of its kind at Coleman University. Its purpose is to bring students together for the opportunity to gain real world, practical experience in configuring, defending and attacking computer networks. As well as to facilitate open communication between participants of various backgrounds of experience. This will help alleviate stress for new students while honing the skills of senior students and Alumni. Participation in study groups for classes and IT Certifications, and Penetration Lab events will be a mainstay of the program.
After the name change, the next step for Team Antikythera to fully utilize its new identity was to create a logo. Instead of just a wordmark, an icon was preferred in order to incorporate some of the visual components of the Antikythera mechanism. The goal was to create an icon that could stand on its own, avoiding a direct illustration of the mechanism, while still displaying a clear connection to it. The most prominent pieces of the technical schematic were used, shown below, and the logo grew from that center element.
Schematic of the artifact’s known mechanism (left) with elements used in design highlighted (right)
Choices, choices, choices
After the two main circular & crossed shapes were isolated, smaller elements were brought in, and the mechanism was abstracted further. A lot of possibilities emerged, but Team Antikythera held the deciding vote in what was to be their new logo & icon. The team went with the one of the least abstracted logos, sticking close to the analog roots of their new chosen name.
The final logo for Team Antikythera
For more information about Team Antikythera, please click here. If you are interested in forming your own student club at Coleman University, please speak with your Student Services Advisor.