On these pages I will experiment with different graphic visualisations of my life course, and discuss issues like

  • different criteria for visualisations (e.g., focusing on achievements or personal relations)
  • different kinds of visual representation (timeline, time-circle, trees etc.)
  • choice of time scale (years, or age, or even Julian days?)
Timelines

There are quite a few interactive timeline makers (see e.g. here:  https://www.ispringsolutions.com/blog/top-10-free-and-paid-interactive-timeline-makers). I haven’t tried any of them yet.

See also …

Thoughts about using a single image to summarise my life

 

“Suddenly, and with compelling force, I was struck by the idea of drawing a diagram of my life, and knew at the same moment exactly how it was to be done. With a very simple question I interrogated my past life, and the answers were inscribed, as if of their own accord, on a sheet of paper that I had with me. A year or two later, when I lost this sheet, I was inconsolable. I have never since been able to restore it as it arose before me then, resembling a series of family trees. Now, however, reconstructing its outline in thought without directly reproducing it, I would instead speak of a labyrinth.”

Walter Benjamin, Selected Writings, vol. 2, 1927-1934, Harvard UP, 1999 (on p. 614). Also quoted in Allan Pred, “Hägerstrand matters: life(-path) and death matters—some touching remarks”, Progress in Human Geography, 29 (3): pp. 328-332, 2005; on p. 330.