Feltron Annual Report
Since 2005, Nicholas Felton has been using data visualisation techniques to express his year as a personal annual report. By capturing the minutiae of his activities each year, he is able to express the patterns and achievements using a combination of statistics, maps and charts.
Nicholas Felton is a designer, entrepreneur and artist who concentrates on translating quotidian data into meaningful objects and experiences. He is the author of numerous personal annual reports that condense the events of a year into a tapestry of maps, graphs and statistics. The insights and techniques developed from his annual reports have informed his design of Facebook’s Timeline and the creation of the Reporter and Daytum applications. He has been profiled by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and his work is a part of the permanent collection at MoMA.
How did you get started lifelogging/analysing data?
I have been inspired by the richness of personal data that can be captured by software and sensors. My work endeavors to use this information to draw recognisable portraits of a personal individual’s behaviours, habits and interests.
Why do you find lifelogging so interesting?
I am driven by curiosity. We take most of our behaviors for granted without much thought about why we do them or how they compare to others. I aspire to shed light on the unknown and unexplored patterns to know and remember myself better.
How do people in your life react when they discover the extent of your lifelogging?
There is a moment of shock, but if it didn’t require so much work, I think most people would want to have the data I have and to be able to produce annual reports about their own lives.
What's your favourite time of day and why?
Dinnertime - the reward for a productive day.
Do you remember the first electronic device you owned?
My first am/fm radio with cassette deck.
What do you want done with your data after you die?
I would like my children to inherit it.
Is there anything about yourself that you would absolutely never like tracked?
How much time I spend tracking.
What insights on your life has tracking your data revealed?
I haven’t searched for insights in my work and specifically set up the reports in a way that will influence my behaviour as little as possible.
What websites, magazines or other resources inspire, confound, amuse or irritate you?
My Twitter feed is filled with smart and inspiring accounts: @aaronkoblin, @reas, @ben_fry, @zachlieberman, @creativeapps, @flight404, @wattenberg, @mbostock, @kcimc, @toxi, @moebio, @moritz_stefaner, @memotv.
We're creating a speculative timeline of the possible future of lifelogging. We're asking everyone to make one prediction for a future date. What's yours? Feel free to think big!
2040: implantable sensors provide continuous data on mood by registering changes in brain chemistry.