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Contest: My Annual Report II

I hate to repeat myself like this but let’s run this one again.

Throughout 2008 I tracked dozens of variables, most collected from categories of geographic location, recreation, food & beverage, and communication. I collected these data in an Excel file comprising 14 worksheets in excess of 100,000 cells. The process took minutes per day and that minimal investment is paying out huge returns here at the end of the year as I learn new techniques for data analysis, extrapolate conclusions from 2008 — some of which I knew intuitively while others surprised me — and represent them visually.

The work has been nothing short of exhilarating and I want to encourage you to undertake it also.


  1. Design information in four ways to represent 2008 as you experienced it. This can mean:
    • four separate PowerPoint slides with one design apiece,
    • one JPEG with four designs gridded onto it,
    • an Excel spreadsheet inset with four charts,
    • etc.

    Feel free to use pies, bars, dots, bubbles, Sparklines, stacks, or designs of your own construction.

  2. Submit your designs. Either:
  3. Post your reflections either:
    • in the comments here, or
    • at your own blog.

Illustrative Examples

  1. Last year’s entries.
  2. Nicholas Felton’s 2008 Report, to which this content owes a debtTo all the armchair graphic designers hating in the comments, time to give it a shot yerselves..


  • Monday, February 2, 23h59, Pacific Standard Time


  • TBD


Prizes for First Place, First Runner Up, and People’s Choice Award. Don’t forget to declare your winnings next April, etc.


  • You own your images, though we’ll post them here (attributed) and, in all likelihood, pick several apart.
  • Let’s limit this to those with some demonstrable connection to education — students, teachers, professionals, edubloggers. Basically, no professional designers slumming it.

24 Responses to “Contest: My Annual Report II”

  1. on 19 Jan 2009 at 6:14 pmColette Cassinelli

    OK, Dan … I’m in. Time to start collecting information.

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  5. on 23 Jan 2009 at 8:40 amMark

    I’m in. I hope its not too late to figure out the previous days of January.

  6. on 23 Jan 2009 at 5:49 pmA. Mercer

    I’m up:

    used some of the “hater” comments in styling mine.

  7. on 23 Jan 2009 at 7:45 pmDan Meyer

    @Alice, kudos for prompt submission, but don’t think for a second that your fourth slide curries you any favor with the judges.

  8. on 23 Jan 2009 at 9:31 pmA. Mercer

    I’m always the first submitter aren’t I?

    I did not think that pic was going to curry favor, it was just, right visually. But as always, you will either agree or think my taste was all in my mouth.

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  11. on 24 Jan 2009 at 4:43 pmColette Cassinelli

    Hey Dan – Here is my submission: You should rename this contest: “How I spent Saturday afternoon when I should have been cleaning the house”. (now you know why I got it done!)

  12. on 24 Jan 2009 at 5:04 pmSimon Job

    Really enjoyed creating these, great contest.

    My entry:

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  15. on 27 Jan 2009 at 6:07 pmBen

    OK, I’m in. Now I just need to convince my wife that I’m busily planning my semester instead of creating an Annual Report. :-)

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  18. on 30 Jan 2009 at 10:23 pmSarah

    I’ve got my entry up here. Thanks for putting the challenge out there again. I’d thought about it, but wouldn’t have prioritized it without the extra nudge.

  19. on 01 Feb 2009 at 3:56 amAlby

    Trackback doesn’t seem to have worked, so mine is here.

  20. on 01 Feb 2009 at 1:03 pmErick

    I had fun creating my 4 slides. I spent more time that I had but not as much as I would like to create this. Makes me wish I had some fancy graphics software and the time to learn to use it.

  21. on 02 Feb 2009 at 4:55 pmGeorge Mayo

    Here’s mine:

  22. on 02 Feb 2009 at 11:12 pmClaire

    Sent my entry in by email. “Entry” loosely, I suppose, since I’d no real intention of competing. Still, it was an interesting experience. I had no idea how much time and money I spent on my cell phone.

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