The Quantified Life of Nicholas Felton
It has became of habit of mine to expect Nicholas Felton annual report, usually a beautifully designed poster in which he records some aspect of almost every moment of his life.
Nicholas Felton is an information designer who used to work at Facebook, he tracks almost every aspect of his daily life, including the miles he’s walks, the coffee he drinks, the places he visits and the average length of his personal conversations.
This compilation of informations collected gives Felton the data to analyse everything about himself, including where he’s gone, the books he’s read and whom he’s talked to. He aspires to uncover patterns and insights within the data and metadata of a large and personal data set.
“I was amazed by the sheer number of words being read, spoken, or heard over the course of the year,In SMS alone, I am consuming and composing several novels a year . . . it goes to show that we are reading more than ever but in much smaller fragments and in more places.”
The New York Time posted the video above about him last week. For the whole article you can go here.
Nicholas Felton spends much of his time thinking about data, charts and our daily routines. He is the author of many Personal Annual Reports that weave numerous measurements into a tapestry of graphs, maps and statistics reflecting the year’s activities. He was one of the lead designers of Facebook’s timeline and the co-founder of Daytum.com. His most recent product is Reporter, an iPhone app designed to record and visualise subtle aspects of our lives. His work is a part of the permanent collection at MoMA. He has also been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, Wired and Good Magazine and recognised as one of the 50 most influential designers in America by Fast Company.