Nicholas Felton

Nicholas spends much of his time thinking about data, charts and our daily routines. He is the author of several Personal Annual Reports that collate countless measurements into a rich assortment of graphs and maps reflecting the year’s activities. He is the co-founder of Daytum.com, a site for counting and communicating daily data, and frequent designer of information graphics for numerous corporations and publications. His work has been profiled in publications including the Wall Street Journal, Wired and Creative Review.

Nicholas Felton is a leader in the field of information visualization and personal data-tracking. He presents frequently at design and cultural conferences around the world on the creation and consumption of data-driven narratives.

Session: Numerical Narratives

How would a life look in charts and graphs? Nicholas Felton has been exploring this question for the last six years with his Feltron Annual Reports. In this presentation, he will discuss the tools and techniques of his data collection, curation and design, including the process behind the 2010 report on the life of his father.

Panel: Auto/biography: Data, Identity and Narrative

Identity has long been intertwined with key fragments of information: social insurance and credit card numbers, a current address, a passport and driver’s license, etc. While diary keeping may seem quaint and antiquated, the computation that drives contemporary culture has engendered a new era of pervasive surveillance where almost every discrete act/transaction/waypoint is logged on a server somewhere. In this session we will don our optimist glasses and discuss how ubiquitous data is inspiring new approaches for articulating autobiography, personal trajectories and neighbourhood narratives. The federal government distills your essence down to a census form, and Citibank might think of you as a set of purchase patterns - how can we co-opt and critically engage these approaches through visualization and mapping? More importantly: what can we learn about ourselves?