Observed: Daytum — Collecting Your Most Nuanced Data

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Designers and researchers love data. Whether quantitative or qualitative data drives design. While it is one challenge to gather data, a far greater challenge is presenting it. Enter Daytum launch August 2008. Created by Nicholas Felton Daytum is a publicly available method for capturing and visualizing data. Felton, a true advocate of data has released annual reports of his life since 2005, capturing everything from food, relationships, and travel in a visual format.

Image: 2005 Annual Report
For me, Daytum offers a way to easily track small sections of my life. Tracking water, beer, and liquor and even simple interactions I am able to visualize a slice of life formerly unavailable to me. With a simple mobile interface, I am able to track life on the go as it occurs in real time. Providing the raw data in CSV format, I am further empowered to create novel visualizations outside the domain of the website.

While this is a novel and fun interaction for my personal life, the value of Daytum spans to UX as well. Imagine providing a user with an account for a journal entry exercise and have access to real time, visualized data. If appropriate, the user could see this data and affect their actions and lifestyle appropriately. How might it be used for accountability across a team, as different items get logged to different categories based on role? Why Daytum has been available for some time, its potential is barely tapped. I encourage you to make an account (it’s free) and start exploring the addictive realm of capturing data.
Top Image: Feltron Print Magazine

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David Farkas

David is an interaction(s) designer working in the online and mobile realm. He focuses on the relation between the digital and the physical. Usability, goal oriented design, and consistency are key.

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