Nicholas Felton spends much of his time thinking about data, charts and our daily routines. He is the author of many Personal Annual Reports that weave numerous measurements into a tapestry of graphs, maps and statistics reflecting the year’s activities (you can buy a copy of each singular year on his website for $30 – 2013 is currently pre-order only).
Felton was one of the lead designers of Facebook’s timeline and the co-founder of Daytum.com qand his most recent product is Reporter, an iPhone app designed to record and visualize subtle aspects of our lives.
Reporter is, at its heart, a survey tool. Six randomized times a day (or more, or less), the app will send you a notification to answer a series of questions. Defaults are things like, “how many cups of coffee have you had today?” or “who are you with?” But it’s possible to program any question you want to ask yourself, with a variety of easy responses including multiple choice, fill-in-the-blanks, and yes/no, among others.