The visual representation of time in timelines, graphs, and charts

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Abstract

A cursory examination of newspapers and magazines shows that much information isconveyed through timelines and time-related graphs and charts. These graphics havea structure that is based upon many factors, including our cognitive representation oftime, the direction in which we write, timescales, rhetorical intent, and the restrictionsof a two-dimensional surface. This paper examines the theoretical underpinnings ofthese factors in an effort to assist journalists and informational designers to makeclearer and more readable time-related graphics
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRefereed Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the ANZCA, Sydney 2004
Subtitle of host publicationMaking a Difference
PublisherThe Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)
Pages1-12
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventAustralian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 1 Jan 2004 → …

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ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period1/01/04 → …

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Mitchell, M. (2004). The visual representation of time in timelines, graphs, and charts. In Refereed Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the ANZCA, Sydney 2004: Making a Difference (pp. 1-12). The Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA).