CATEGORY: Annotated Timelines

[September 16, 2015]

Timelists vs Timelines


You do not see timelines as much as you might think.

When you do see a "timeline", chances are it is just a LIST of dates with associated narrative. We call these "timelists". 

Useful, but not a timeLINE.

Are TIMELINES and TIMELISTS the same?

We believe not.  

A timeline adds a relative perspective, or distance, between dated event.  In addition to whatever description is attached, the positioning of events on a constant time scale ADDS information to the "story", or sequence of events.

Timelists, on the other hand, or simply bullet lists sorted by date.

The jury is still out as to whether vertical or horizontal orientation is best, and for which, but that is another discussion altogether.