Timeline project required me to visualise data I found in research.
I started with lots of different ideas and have chosen Chinese characters as my topic. I wanted to find out how they change over time but soon found the main challenges of the project:
1.How to represent the very large time span? (6600BC – 20th Century)
2.How to communicate across the language barrier?
3.There are many characters but only very limited resource available.And they are all in low quality.
To solve these problems, I decided not to follow the scale of time, but only put the script names on the centre line, and draw lines leading to detailed information.
I chose bird and fish as my characters to be displayed for two reasons: they exist for a long time and I believe I don’t need to explain the meaning as the characters are very graphical.
To solve the last problem, I had to spend hours to draw all the old forms of writing in Adobe Illustrator by hand due to the available images online are all very blur.
A version with background colour: (but decided not to use)
Final outcome: (A1 size poster)