Listening to one of my favorite Podcasts, Radio Lab, I heard an interview about Nicolas Felton, a New York graphic designer who is known for his amazing data and charts. He takes daily routines and converts them into measurements that he uses to create truly exquisite graphs of information.
The striking thing about his work is a focus on the everyday and how he manages to elevate rather mundane information into art. He quantifies things like meetings with acquaintances or typical daily activities, and then once a year he publishes a yearly report that can only be described as inspiring. Not only is information presented with stunning beauty and clarity, a deeper story is conveyed about living life and how many of the routine things we do, like eating lunch or running into friends, are genuinely integral parts of our lives.
When I think about Design Workshop's approach of weaving design with measurement and evidence, I cannot help but be motivated by the graphics of Nicolas Felton. His approach challenges traditional notions of what data and information are by organizing and presenting them in compelling and artful ways. What do you think our profession can learn from this approach?
Note: Michael Tunte is a landscape architect and project manager in our Aspen, CO office.