Adrienne Leverette is a principal at Fat Pencil Studio.
A timeline is a humble but powerful way of organizing information and representing data. Timelines can range from straightforward sequences of events to animated chronological narratives to rich interactive diagrams that express large quantities of data. Because everyone understands the consecutive nature of time, timelines are very accessible infographics. They have an illustrious history, dating back to at least the 2nd century AD, according to Cabinet Magazine. Here are a few examples of the many forms timelines can take. Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
And here are a couple of timelines that we've made at Fat Pencil Studio.