ONE YEAR IN PAPER, 100 M LONG INFOGRAPHIC MADE BY HAND Everywhere, 2011
After one and a half years of drawing my days , I wanted to take it a step further. I realized it’s not possible to capture a whole day in just one drawing, unless you’re a really amazing illustrator that is…
That’s when I started to think about a timeline in which I could register every hour of the day. I started on the first of January 2011 and I was committed to continue this project until December 31st 2011. And so I did.
The people I meet, the hours I work, the hours I sleep and the moments I’m in transit are all portrayed by pieces of colored tape. The days are white, the nights are grey and every centimetre is one hour.
The view from the topside of this accordeon-like book shows the days getting shorter and longer with the seasons. When folded, this expandable book forms a block, but in its extended condition it’s about 300 ft long.
“Dudes. File this under “total insanity meets above-average awesomeness.” [Design for Mankind]
“As an object itself, I would say the timeline is a beautiful sculpture deserving to be in a design gallery.” [Alfalfa Studio]
“When we spoke I was amazed; it was a massive book documenting her life statistically but graphically. Up close it explained itself effortlessly and was personally revealing, which takes some courage. From a distance, it looked like a piece of art from Mondriaan’s neo-plasticism.” [Mixtup]
“A beautiful object in itself, the timeline is a repository of experiences, a faithful accomplice and the ultimate piece of personal information design. Above all, Merel Brouns’s Personal Timeline is an exquisite piece of graphic design that will make you turn every shade of green with envy (even if you don’t have OCD).” [Design Envy]