The Guardian launches “Arab spring: an interactive timeline of Middle East protests”
Earlier in the week The Guardian launched a really slick interactive timeline titled “Arab spring” detailing the numerous recent protests in the Middle East. Produced by Garry Blight and Sheila Pulham, this piece is definitely worth your time.
I really like this interface and interaction elements. I remember looking through the great post that Alex Gamela put together last year detailing different timeline options and they were all 2D horizontal timelines. This piece by The Guardian is the first example that I’ve seen of a 3D timeline scrolling vertically, which, in my opinion, is really pleasing to the eye.
I REALLY hope that they keep this timeline updated each day with new content. It launched March 22nd and they have content for the 23rd, so that’s a good sign!
If you want to learn more about interactive timelines, check out this collection of examples from Mark Luckie back in 2008 and then compare them to what you have seen lately – surprisingly much hasn’t changed in terms of displaying interactive timelines. Thank goodness producers like Blight and Pulham are working to change that!
HT: Mindy McAdams
Tags: Flash, Garry Blight, interactive, Middle East, politics, protest, Sheila Pulham, The Guardian, timeline