Nick Felton is a graphic designer, blogger and unique recorder of life. i have purchased his annual report for years now. Feltron, his site, is a great location to get a sense of his work and particualrly the obsessive attention to detail he pays to his life. Each year he publishes a report, in some kind of unique infographic way, detailing his activities over the previous year--what he ate, where he went, number of beers consumed-you name it, the smallest details of an ordinary life are brought to the surface and offered up as a reflection on how we all spend our days really. I have used his work in my ad classes, and particuallry as a resource for getting students to experiment with presenting essentially useless information in compelling ways.
Felton has taken things a bit further now and has created an app for iOS called Reporter, which is an opportunity for you and I to record and examine what we do with our days. The blurb on his site will tell you a little bit about how the app functions.
Reporter’s random prompts to answer a survey had made tracking the year a breeze and helped me to investigate questions that would have been impossible to answer using other methods. I was interested in who I spent time with, but to track this in an ongoing basis is a full-time job. I added questions for what I was wearing, eating or drinking and if I was working or not… and we streamlined the process to ensure that a report only took seconds to answer. We also added in background sampling to get information from the phone on the weather, my location and the ambient noise level.
That app is now all grown up. You can customize all the questions, and turn on a range of sensors to gather background data, and the app will visualize your responses. If you are interested in a lightweight means of exploring your behavior, give it a try.
Felton used a prototype of the app to record the information for his 2012 report.