Making the chronology of events – timeline

Domain 4: Training development

Difficulty level

1 hour


  • Computer/multi-touch device
  • Internet connection
Brief description

In this activity, a way how to set events during timeline is described. Usually, it is done using specific time intervals shown in chronological sequences.  Timeline infographic is one of the best methods for displaying information over time. 


Timeline graphics (instead of a long description of time events) are one of the best methods for displaying information over time. Timelines allow learners to clearly demonstrate what they have learned about the subject matter and presents the material in an easy-to-follow, chronological manner that really ensures that the learners understand what they have studied. Their simple linear structure makes them perfect to present complex information more interesting, easier to follow, and more digestible.

Venngage’s platform is one of the more useful platforms to make an overview of a project, visualize the steps in a process, and highlight important events.

Learning WHAT
  • How to make a timeline draft version on paper;
  • How to constrain events to a timeline;
  • Choose a template;
  • Change elements of a template.
Notes and links to the tool

Venngage is offered in a variety of pricing plans, including a free version.
For using a free version, users should have an email address and a created account. The free account allows the use of 5 Infographics templates and shares results publicly.
In order to have the possibility to export the results in PNG & PDF formats, the user should pay $19/month.
To see pricing plans and create an account, go to


Detailed description of the learning activity

Before starting this activity, please decide what is your timeline supposed to show: personal events, big political events, events related to a geographic area, project events, etc.

Then make a list of events that you wish to put on your timeline chronologically, in a sequence from earliest to latest.

Choose the period of time that your timeline is covering, being sure to include your earliest and latest dates.

Then decide what units of time you will use (days, months, years, decades, centuries, etc.) in order to divide your timeline into segments, calculate the number of segments that your timeline will have. We recommend the above steps to do on paper first.

When the timeline draft version is created on paper, do register in Venngage online platform and log in to your account. There you can pick a layout from the list or create a new outline in case you have design skills.

The next task is to create the framework for your timeline in minimalist and infographic design based on a paper draft version. So, add dates, text, and images to your timeline graphic. We recommend to:

  • choose simple and clean illustrations, which allows the focus of the infographic to remain fixed on relevant data;
  • choose fonts that are readable rather than decorative;
  • choose a limited colour palette.

Finally, review, download and share your timeline graphic with learners.



  1. Outline your time events briefly on paper:
  • List out all  the steps you need to present for a sequence of events;
  • Estimate how much time each step will take;
  • Map out dependencies and sequence of steps;
  • Draw your timeline.
  1. Log in to Venngage online platform.
  2. Pick a timeline template that fits the story you want to tell.

4. Add, remove, or rearrange points in time using the drag and drop canvas.

  1. Insert your own dates and events using the text boxes.
  2. Customize the colours, fonts and icons to make the design of your own.
Tips & tricks

This activity can be launched not just for presenting historical events of the subject, but also for demonstrating the steps of the learning process or dates of assignments. It is recommended to use the proposed templates. A unified minimalist design is suggested for creating your own template.

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