What is a timeline?
A graphic timeline displays events chronologically and is a very effective way to visualize information over time. Whether for project management purposes, for legal cases, or to outline historical events, the visual organization of events as a sequence of points/milestones helps to simplify and illustrate complex contexts, making these easy to understand and to track.
Best uses for the timeline
- Visualizing project schedules to help you and your team stay on track
- Aiding legal cases, to show the relation of different facts to one another (for example, how a witness statement matches up with security footage)
- Bringing together several events into one chronological order; non-linear storytelling (such as the order of events in the Marvel Comic movies franchise) can be confusing, so rearranging them in a timeline can give some clarity
- Communicating historical data in a fun, visual and easily understandable way
How to make a timeline with Vizzlo?
Easily create a compelling timeline online and export it to your presentations and reports. Click on the video tutorial or just follow these super easy steps:
- Select the document size on the tab “APPEARANCE” of the sidebar
- Choose a “date style” to define how to organize your data, if as days, weeks, months, etc.
- Click on any milestone to edit the data and change colors if necessary
- Click on the axis to add a new milestone or a scale break
- Finally, fine tune the look of your timeline exploring the customization options of the “APPEARANCE” tab
Timeline: pro tips
- Quickly add a larger amount of data using the spreadsheet. For this, click on the button “SPREADSHEET” in the tab “DATA” of the sidebar. With the help of the wheel icon, make sure that the date format matches with your dataset. Import or copy and paste your data into the table
Timeline maker: key features
- Different milestone styles: day, week, month, quarter, year, or none
- Automatic or manual positioning of milestones
- Custom date formats and colors
- Optional scale breaks
- Historical data (BCE/CE years)
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