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… only it’s not about my family. I came across a unique,
fascinating family history display on one of FamilyTreeMagazine.com’s sister sites,
a design publication called Imprint.com.
After the death of Gordon Felton, originally Gunter Fajgenbaum, his son, graphic designer
Nicholas Felton, used the hundreds of artifacts his father left to create a visual
synopsis of his life.
The 12-page book features infographics showing information about Gordon’s family,
each decade of his life, the places he lived and traveled, his collections of music
and postcards, and more.
Here are a few of the pages (click each page for a bigger view):
The first page (above) uses pie charts to show the number and types of items Gordon
saved from each year of his life.
Page three summarizes his youth in England, with a photo and stats from his school
reports (best and worst subject, most frequent adjectives teachers used to describe
The center pages show the places Gordon traveled, with at-a-glance information such
as the highest altitude visited and number of locations in each hemisphere.
I admire the mad graphic design skills that went into this book. But beyond the gorgeous
looks, I love how Nicholas studied his father’s ephemera and compiled facts (such
as movies he saw and the type of music he listened to) that kind of summarize the
family archive and give insight into what kind of person Gordon was.
Have you created a visual display of family history (whether in a book or another
form)? Click Comments and tell us about it.