10 x 8" (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
Every year since 2005, Nicholas Felton has produced a report about himself based on his life’s quantifiable experiences. His 2009 report is the most extensive yet, containing information provided by every person with whom the designer had a substantial face-to- face encounter. The information, collected via online survey, formed a database of his personality and habits, from facts (where he went, what he drank) to more subjective material (his mood). People in 179 distinct relationships, such as dentist, friend/ esteemed colleague, ex-wife, and grill master, reported what they perceived to be Felton’s state of mind: “Earnestly industrious,” “Unhurried and relaxed,” “Pensive (but not in a lame way).” The section “Mood: An assessment of demeanor” charts the designer’s temperament during his encounters along a scale of happiness and sadness. The report is thus an objective visualization of deeply personal relationships. Felton’s project shows us what happens when a year’s worth of isolated bits of information is looked at in total; when this data is visualized, what may seem like inconsequential details aggregate into a narrative. The end result of Felton’s 2009 report is a limited-edition signed and numbered book, and Felton has recently launched a website that allows anyone to collect personal data in a similar fashion. His 2010 report is devoted to his father, who passed away in September of that year.