Earlier today infographic designer Nicholas Felton released his fifth annual report, the culmination of yet another year’s worth of data accretion and (according to his Facebook status) well over 200 hours of labor. With The 2009 Feltron Annual Report, Felton stepped up his game a sizable notch by creating his first ever crowd-sourced report, enlisting the help of relatives, friends, colleagues and even his dentist.
Calling daily on the people he met who he felt “had discerned enough of my personality and activities” to submit a record of the encounter through an online survey, the designer tracked responses and used his own subjective analysis to come up with the data set. While Felton acknowledges the variations in accuracy his methods produce, he exlpains that he “strived to sort and collate the data in a clinical and repeatable manner that could be reproduced by someone looking for the same stories I have selected. ”
Felton also notes that the volume of data was so unwieldy it could have easily spiraled into several more reports. To manage all of the information (and keep his sanity), he enlisted the help of such tools as Processing and Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. The final product once again makes an intriguingly elegant representation of an individual’s activities over the course of a year —this time recorded under the surveillance of his peers.
Swayspace in Brooklyn, NY is making a letterpresss edition of 16-page the report. using four colors on 80-pound French Durotone cover stock. Individually numbered, signed and mailed in March, you can pre-order the printed report for $20 from the Feltron shop.