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Creative Timelines and Chronology Exhibits

Summary:

Virtually every case can benefit from a chronology of key events. However, given all of the design options available to you, how can you best determine the most appropriate solution for your particular case? This article explores the most important design decisions that must be made —by both the designer and you, the client—to best exploit the options available to create the best possible solution for a given situation by illustrating several different types of timeline treatments.

Everyone is familiar with the basic components of a timeline: dated entries, a time scale, and some mechanism to tie the two together such as lines and arrows. Design elements also include the field, typography, color, and for interactive timelines, the sequence and manner of presentation. The designer’s role is to integrate all of these components into a seamless presentation of data that presents significant events within the context of time.


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