Wasted data, wasted lives: Nicholas Felton’s Annual Reports

Seize the data

Data is life crunched up, it cannot exist unless it has first been lived. Be it statistics on languages spoken or the cost of someone’s funeral, the numbers on the page don’t float in a vacuum. The best examples of this I’ve come across are Nicholas Felton’s Annual Reports, an on-going project in which the American graphic designer produces a book each and every year charting different aspects of his life down to a minutiae. Narcissistic I hear you shout? Maybe. More a celebration of process and design than anything useful in itself? Probably. But it’s a good starting point for a runaway train of thought about how everything can be data-ised – plus they are also just undeniably cool.

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