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From the very upstart of Ballista Magazine, our editors have been shocked and awed on a daily basis at the incredible “hidden” talents of the design world. We truly cherish the discovery of each of these artists and designers as we climb further into the rabbit hole of the World Wide Web and appreciate the fact that these discoveries are part of our daily routine. Yet even after being exposed to these fantastic talents on a daily basis, we at Ballista Magazine still occasionally stumble across something that literally renders us speechless…today’s Featured Face is one of these fortunate happenstances. Without further ado, Ballista Magazine is proud to present today’s Featured Face and an Information Designer from New York, NY: Nicholas Felton!
According to his personal bio, Nicholas “spends much of his time thinking about data, charts and our daily routines. He is the author of several Personal Annual Reports that collate countless measurements into a rich assortment of graphs and maps reflecting the year’s activities.” An information designer by trade, Nicholas has developed a reputation for translating this raw information into beautiful and thoughtful graphics for personal and commercial use. As you can imagine, these infographics are incredibly data-centric and metric-oriented with extreme emphasis being put on quantified information — he doesn’t “guesstimate”…ever. This diligence in rec0rd-keeping is central to the power of the graphics and can be attributed to “scientific mind” and personal curiosities. While these “Annual Reports” serve a specific personal purpose, Nicholas has also produced work for media juggernauts such as the Wall Street Journal, Wired, the Economist, Metropolis, and Creative Review (among others). His beautifully composed infographics are rich with information while maintaining their legibility, which makes them the perfect candidates to grace the pages of these fine publications. We could go on for days about this fantastic artists’ work, but you really just have to see it for yourself…it’s absolutely incredible.
For more of Nicholas’ work, we encourage our readers to take a trip to his personal website, Twitter, Flickr, and/or Feltron Blog pages. Other fantastic instances of informational design and personal record-keeping can also be found within the pages of Daytum (including his personal Daytum page),which Mr. Felton co-founded in 2005. Daytum is an incredibly interesting tool in and of itself, so we’d personally recommend browsing around the site and finding what information its users are tracking. Not only are these records beautiful, most of them present fascinating and intimate information that most people wouldn’t consider tracking otherwise — it is a valuable exercise in self-awareness coupled with the beauty of honest design. In conclusion, Nicholas’ work is one of, if not my personal favorites of our features chronicled thus far and we are proud to have been able to showcase his amazing portfolio.