Inventing the timeline – a history of visual history
Stephen Boyd-Davis, 29 January 2013
Designing a timeline of events seems like a pretty trivial exercise in visualisation. Stephen highlighted some of the difficult and subtle decisions actually involved.
What shape is time and how should it be drawn? The talk emphasised innovations during the eighteenth century, when these questions were raised for the first time. The slides included some fascinating examples and detail of early timeline design.
Stephen Boyd-Davis leads staff research activities in the School of Design at the Royal College of Art. His personal research is concerned with visual representation of historical time, especially in interactive digital media.