I’m excited by this documentary project from John! The first video installment features three historic “pages”:
- As We May Think,
- Information Management: A Proposal, and
- the first web page.
There are some beautiful illustrations in this online exhibition of data visualisation in the past few hundred years.
Cassie’s enthusiasm for fun and interesting SVG animation shines through in her writing!
A timeline showing the history of non-digital dataviz.
But you can also contribute to it …by looking ahead to the next fifteen years:
Let’s imagine it’s 2035…
How do you hope the practice of design will have changed for the better?
Fill out an online postcard with your hopes for the future.
Timelines of people, interfaces, technologies and more:
30 years of facts about the World Wide Web.
I’ve shaped this timeline over five months. It might look simple, but it most definitely was not. I liken it to chipping away at a block of marble, or the slow process of evolving a painting, or constructing a poem; endless edits, questions, doubling back, doubts. It was so good to have something meaty to get stuck into, but sometimes it was awful, and many times I considered throwing it away. Overall it was challenging, fun, and worth the effort.
Simon describes the process of curating the lovely timeline on his personal homepage.
My timeline is just like me, and just like my life: unfinished, and far from perfect.
How cartography made early modern global trade possible.
Maps and legends. Beautiful!
This history of the World Wide Web from 1996 is interesting for the way it culminates with …Java. At that time, the language seemed like it would become the programmatic lingua franca for the web. Brendan Eich sure upset that apple cart.
An ongoing timeline of computer technology in the form of blog posts by Sinclair Target (that’s a person, not a timeslipping transatlantic company merger).
Colour palettes throughout the ages that you can copy and use.
A fascinating treasure trove of objects recovered from the canals of Amsterdam.
- the early era: ~1996 – 2004,
- the jQuery era: ~2004 – 2010,
- the Single Page App era: ~2010 - 2014, and
- the modern era: ~2014 - present.
Jason lists the stages of gradually turning the Cloud Four site into a progressive web app:
And you can just keep incrementally adding and tweaking:
You don’t have to wait to bundle up a binary, submit it to an app store, and wait for approval before your customers benefit.
An illustrated history of digital iconography.
A breathtaking overview of Cassini’s mission. The timeline video—matching up footage from Saturn with contemporary events on Earth—is a beautiful and haunting dose of perspective.
You can even watch a four hour video of every single one of the 341,805 images that Cassini has sent up till now.
A nice navigable timeline of historical events from Wikipedia.