Each year, graphic designer Nicholas Felton creates an "annual report," summarizing an entire year of life in a series of beautiful charts and graphs. For 2010, he's created a masterpiece. Instead of looking at his own life, he's captured the entire life of his father, Gunter, who passed last September.
Call it the Nick Felton Effect: Designers can’t get enough of visualizing their own quotidian doings. The latest comes at us from New York designer Lauren Manning, who spent 2010 jotting down everything she ate, then turned the data into an all-you-can-eat buffet of infographics — more than 40, in all.
Nike+? "Kinda bullshit." So concludes Allison Shaw in a cheeky infographic charting runners in New York — and the impossible things Nike+’s popular, but astonishingly fallible, tech claims they can do.
Shaw was one of 14 students in a recent MFA Interaction Design class at SVA on data visualization, led by none other than data-viz demigod Nicholas Felton. (Which, for burgeoning infographic designers, is the equivalent of young painters learning their trade from Matisse. Okay, we’re exaggerating. But only a little.)
Making sense of our data-saturated world requires a combination of technical and design skill. Nicholas Felton, also known as Feltron, is among the most talented creators of information graphics and data visualizations working today. His Annual Reports — the most recent of which is a visualization of his father's life — will change the way you think about your personal data. In this episode, I talked to Felton about what to look for in creating infographics that help communicate data rather than hinder it.