I choose to think of my life in years based on my date of birth. New Year’s Eve always gives me anxiety, but my birthday is a happy occasion. I decided to collect some data about myself from May 4, 2012 - May 4, 2013. Now my 27th year is almost finished and I’ve just gotten around to doing something with my 26th year data.
This was partly a challenge to myself since I was regularly asking teenagers to track their food intake and exercise to improve their health, but also I love data (#nerdout)! I was trying to think of impacts in a year. I chose to log my daily visits to cities (6+ hours = 1 visit), number of US states, social media interactions (@replies, comments, website hits), miles traveled (I was doing a lot of driving for work avg 100mi/day), and fruits consumed (my wife and I eat a wide variety of fruit and I love it).
What the data shows: first adventure into the American West, northern Michigan adventure with my wife (1st anniversary), I ate a lot of small berries, I drove so much (sorry Earth), daily life was dominated by Detroit, and I should probably be more physically active.
Code for Detroit wants to get more people using the texting app to find out when buses are coming. I helped design this handy series of steps to communicate how it works and hopefully convey how it can help while waiting for the next bus.
Neighborhoods are such a hot topic in Detroit, especially as the newly elected Mayor ran on a platform that there is a “future for all neighborhoods.” As with neighborhoods everywhere, governments cannot control them nor are they static over time. Sometimes, the age old, “he who has the gold makes the rules” comes into play more than some would like.
Another design job at work. This program is run out of the Pediatric Prevention Research Center at Wayne State University in Detroit and focuses on individualized fitness coaching to improve immune function and help manage stress.
My original doodles strayed away from common body image focused logos for gyms and fitness programs. I eventually landed on a tiered letter “E” that signified a series of steps to me. A major goal of the program is to use anything around and be able to continue regular workouts without a personal trainer.
Worries about readability led to more recognizable letters and the hexagon was changed to look more like the stretchy exercise bands and the flexibility focus of the program.
Grand Boulevard with Detroit Geographic and Expedition Institute Streets
I was tired of looking at maps of Detroit where the freeways made a mess of everything. Inspired by the main streets used by the Detroit Geographic and Expedition Institute, I made a new version. (Thanks to @MattH for the push)
In this version I highlighted Grand Boulevard and submitted it for a more accurate map on Wikipedia.