Merel documented almost everything she did from the first day through the last day of 2011. The result? A book that weighs nearly 10 pounds, but one that is beautifully and ingeniously designed.
Using many colored tapes, markers, scissors and other craft materials, Merel created an elaborate accordion-like book that expands to more than 300 feet long when fully opened. It displays page upon page of colorful infographics that represent her activities by day and by night. Each page represents one day, each centimeter illustrates one hour, and each color symbolizes one friend. Details like this go on and on and on.
Merel excluded nothing in her visual diary. The people she met, the friend she had lunch with, the distances she traveled (and whether by foot, bicycle, public transportation, train, boat or plane), the hours she worked and the time she spent sleeping. Every single meal is represented.