Nicholas Felton

Nicholas Felton is fascinated with data as a shorthand for the routines and milestones of our lives. He is the author of several Personal Annual Reports that weave numerous measurements into a tapestry of graphs, maps and statistics reflecting the year’s activities. He is the co-founder of, a website for collecting and communicating daily data, and now works on the timeline product at Facebook. His work has been profiled in publications including the Wall Street Journal, Wired and Good Magazine, displayed at the Museum of Modern Art and Walker Art Center and he was recently named one of the 50 most influential designers in America by Fast Company.

Session: Too Big to Fail

In 2013, Nicholas Felton attempted to capture a year of his communication exchanges… conversations, phone calls, physical mail, email, sms and chat messages. Nicholas will describe the methodology, privacy and design challenges of working with this dataset and its relationship to the NSA eavesdropping revelations.