Readings this week are quiet interesting and inspiring for meabout presenting knowledge and information in chronological sequence. The information or events themselves are just scattered point on the historical “map”.  To integral scatted the information and express them accurately and clearly without deducing the diversity of the interpretation is important.  As a tool to arrange materials in specific order, the timeline itself is a narrative approach. The views could detective the intention and the understanding of the author behind the screen. Just as Zuern says, “every narrative is a theory in that, by selecting only certain events for inclusion, it imposes a structure on them.”(zuern,7) I have found a interesting timeline in MoMA international program. (


The timeline combined with map is used to introduce the exhibition from 1953 to 1979 in global scale. By clicking the picture on the timeline, the map will show the location of the exhibition and details of the exhibition will be listed under the timeline. The viewers could easily figure out the how many counties held these exhibitions in the same year? What kind of art genres appear in the same year? In a specific period of time, which counties are the majority of artists comes from. The timeline act as a connection collect different kind of information for viewers to explore further information.

And in humanity discipline, people not only focus on the short period of time in history but also changes in a relatively long time period. The visualization patterns developed from discrete data to 2D and 3D graphs containing more data, give views chances to have more imagination space and focus on the change during the time while the details might be ignored. The 3D might be vivid but is that really revel lot information for viewers or in a more narrow way? This question should be considered.