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DIY Infographic: Timelines

Recently, I’ve created a blog post (A History of Augmented Reality) with a timeline infographic.

Just 1 month ago, this would have taken 1 week to create. Most of the spent time was on the designer who had to conceptualise and create the timeline. And really, their time could be better spent on other design things.

Now it takes a grand total of 2 hours to make a Timeline Infographic.

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Thanks to Timeline JS. It’s a simple and yet beautifully rendered timeline that runs on a Google Excel sheet. Yup, a Google Excel sheet. Just plonk in the data and image links, some formatting, and it automatically creates the timeline for you.

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If you’re being held ransom by designers and account managers, I’d suggest having a go with Timeline JS. Also, there are many DIY infographic tools on the internet that anyone – newbie or seasoned designer — could use to create great-looking infographics.

It just takes a little bit of willingness to try out the tools and perhaps a penchant for storytelling.

  1. Get the Timeline JS from Knights Labs
  2. See how timeline infographic is implemented at “A History of Augmented Reality: When Digital & Physical Worlds Converge”.
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Dude! Where’s my Content? (Or Mashups in a Nutshell)

My client asked: “Where do you store your content?”

I blinked. Once. Twice. “What do you mean?”

“You were talking about using the blog to store content. But where are the videos, photos and words stored? How do you migrate all that content over [to a new website]?”

Ahhhha!

They didn’t know how a mashup works. They didn’t know how I could pick up a YouTube video, write something (literally) around it and add a couple of photos and links to other sources – while not owning any piece of content, except for the comments – and post it onto a blog. And if I needed to migrate content. I’ll just export and viola, it’ll automatically appear elsewhere in its entirety.

To me this distributed process is quite intuitive, but not so to others. So I thought I share what I understand about mashups: what is it, why do it and how to get the most of it.

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