Design aficianados and stat addicts, it’s time to get excited: the annual Feltron Report is out. It’s another gorgeously designed guide to the minutiae of one New Yorker’s life, and it’s as spectacular as previous editions.
Why should that interest anyone who doesn’t know the author? It just so happens that that person, Nicholas Felton, is the creator of Facebook Timeline, the new look profile on the world’s biggest social network. Will your life get this treatment soon?
For those who don’t know, Felton has issue a report of his life in intricate, macropscopic detail every year since 2006. It may sound mundane, but seeing his daily rituals accumulated and stuck into pie charts and beautiful presentations is absolutely fascinating: there’s a reason he prints these out as coffee table pieces. People buy them.
This year’s is a little different, as it factors in 2010 and 2011 data, but it’s still a riveting read: Felton has broken down everything from individual locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn visited to the number of glasses of carrot juice drunk (18, FYI). This year, he’s included some striking maps of the city, with diagrams of where he has visited with family and friends.
What’s this mean for you? Facebook hired Felton back in April last year – the nights he’s spent in his Palo Alto apartment appear in this year’s report – and have cited him as the inspiration for Facebook Timeline, which goes someway towards highlighting important events form previous years in your life in your profile.
Even if Facebook Timeline never gets this complex – and you never sign up to a Facebook app that logs the type of fruit juice you drink – it’s a fascinating glimpse at the extremes the company can take its technology to. Would you like to see your life visualized in this way?