Back in , during the Dark Ages of self-quantification, Nicholas Felton started doing a strange thing: in the Notes app on his phone, the graphic designer started recording the details of his life in obsessive detail. He tracked time spent in Manhattan or Brooklyn. He counted emails, texts, and postcards sent. He even documented the day he first discovered a gray hair on his head. He then spun that information into data-viz gold, in the form of a splashy, detailed, page report on his life that year. That was the second Feltron Report.
|Published (Last):||13 September 2015|
|PDF File Size:||13.76 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||16.87 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Back in , during the Dark Ages of self-quantification, Nicholas Felton started doing a strange thing: in the Notes app on his phone, the graphic designer started recording the details of his life in obsessive detail. He tracked time spent in Manhattan or Brooklyn. He counted emails, texts, and postcards sent. He even documented the day he first discovered a gray hair on his head. He then spun that information into data-viz gold, in the form of a splashy, detailed, page report on his life that year.
That was the second Feltron Report. The first Feltron Report covers , and it came together at the end of that year by chance. Other things like calendar entries, photos, my memory, and lists I had made could fill in the blanks and create an interesting document.
In , this even spawned the creation of an app: Reporter is modeled closely after an app Felton made that year, that would ping him at intervals to remind him to take stock of current events. Felton won't be creating new reports, but based on this last round he says he hopes the next wave of data collection is one that's context-sensitive. Felton: A bunch of reasons.
One is, I think 10 is a great number to stop on. I also feel like the last couple reports have led to this being the last one. So in , making this really audacious attempt to get all my communication into one report, was like the last frontier for me for what might be manually possible.
This was a great time to look at what was available about my life from these devices, compared to previous reports. And that felt like a fantastic capstone to the project. Felton: On my phone I was relying on the Moves app, Instagram, my camera roll, and Ski tracks for skiing. For dedicated devices I used a Basis watch that gave me sleep and heart rate data; for my weight I used a Withings Scale; for blood alcohol I had a Lapka monitor, and in my car I was using the Automatic tracker to track my driving behavior.
Felton: For my money, the Basis is one of the best devices. And the Moves app. The Basis gave my minute by minute heart rate data, and I could identify sleep and different activities with a battery that lasts around five days.
And the Moves app gives me location and movement. The Basis also gives me steps, along with Moves. So I had four different sources that were all giving me footsteps, so I had to decide which ones I wanted to work with. Ultimately I decided to get that activity from Moves because it could also give me cycling and running.
What kind of schedule do you keep, to stay on top of the data? Felton: I try not to touch the data until January 1 rolls around. Felton: Certainly, recording conversations was the most onerous. It was definitely worth it, because it was such a novel and interesting data set to collect, but I definitely wondered at times if I could keep it up for another year.
It was probably an hour per day of recording the conversations. The other one that was most like a performance art act was in , I had business cards printed that asked people to, I asked them to go fill out a survey that asked about what did and what I talked about and where we went.
For friends this was fine, they really looked forward to getting it, but for strangers I found it pretty awkward to have to give it to people like my dentist or a taxi driver I chatted to for too long. My dentist did respond which I thought was amazing. WIRED: So much of the conversation around self-quantification comes down to how we can improve ourselves and our behavior. Has that happened to you? Felton: I try to set this up so the way I collect data will have some positive influence on me.
Otherwise I just think this extra consideration that goes into everything I can do certainly makes me more mindful, like mindful of the streets I walk down, or mindful of what I put in my body. WIRED: In the past, you've expressed concern that people are ignorant of the increasing amount of data being collected about them.
Your reports have brought awareness to this trend. How will you continue to bring awareness to it going forward? So, how many people understand this about their lives, and use it as a way of understanding or expressing themselves, is a priority to meet. Hopefully there will be some other products in the future that will be useful to people, separate from Reporter. WIRED: You say on your site that this edition attempts to capture the current state of personal data.
What is the current state of personal data? Felton: In terms of making sense of the data, I like to think this report goes further than the apps that are dedicated to any one of these particular silos. I'm trying to create context between all of them.
So in previous years I would have a page about drinking, and a page about driving, and they would be separate. The idea now is to bring them all in concert with each other so you can see that this quarter was one in which I was working harder or traveled less or drank more. I brought location into all the graphs so you can understand how that impacts my behavior.
View Comments. Sponsored Stories Powered By Outbrain. More Stories. Author: Kate Knibbs Kate Knibbs. Author: Medea Giordano Medea Giordano. Author: Levi Tillemann Levi Tillemann. Author: Eric Niiler Eric Niiler.
Nicholas Felton (graphic designer)
Nicholas Felton is an infographic designer. He is the author of Personal Annual Reports that weave measurements into a tapestry of graphs, maps and statistics to reflect the year's activities. His work focuses on "translating quotidian data into meaningful objects and experiences". His purpose is not only analytical but also aesthetic, playing between the realms of self-quantification , design and art. In the same vein he created in Daytum together with Ryan Case, an app destined to track personalized every-day data, which could be shared between friends. Even though it was very popular, it had some issues regarding design, so its reception was not completely positive. That is why their design focused on being flexible enough to allow for a wide variety of content.
Nicholas Felton releases final ever personal Annual Report
This Guy Obsessively Recorded His Private Data for 10 Years