In this post, I wanted to introduce Nicholas Felton, who is the author of several Personal Annual Reports that weave numerous measurements into a tapestry of graphs, maps, and statistics to reflect the year's activities. He is the co-founder of www.Reporter-App.com, www.Daytum.com, and is a former member of the product design team at Facebook.

His work has been profiled in publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired and Good Magazine and has been recognized as one of the 50 most influential designers in America by Fast Company. He is credited with influencing the design of Facebook's timeline.


Tracing My Life. By Nicholas Felton

The Feltron Annual Report was first published in 2005, It was intended as a quick project in which to share my interests and habits from the previous year. I had assumed that the Report would be interesting to only friends and family, and was surprised to find it picked up by bloggers and passed around the internet. As a result of the encouragement I received this in this first year, I have continued the project and increased its scope each year since.

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The challenge each year is to define an approach that will illuminate new aspects of my behavior. After a few years of straightforward accountings, I started exploring new lenses for recording the year. In 2008, I concentrate on the distances I traveled. In 2009, I asked those around me to report back on my behaviors. In 2010, I lost my father and used this project to describe his life through the fragments of data he left behind. In 2011, I combined two years of data to look at the ways in which my behavior changed depending on who I was with. Most recently I developed an iPhone app for 2012 to ping me at random intervals and record my behavior. I have already planned the methodology for 2014 and will continue the project as long as I think there are new challenges to be tackled.
        The project initially served as a self-promotional piece, but has evolved fat beyond that point. It is now more of a research & development platform for exploring new dimensions of data collection and representation.

(Felton, 2015, quoted in Bihanic, 2015.)


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