Tutorial for Timing 002 – Timelines
This framework is used to lay out the timing of historical accounts and/or future activities. The arrow is not considered part of the usable framework; it is there to imply continuation. The segments of the arrow can be colored individually, which adds another level of possible information to be displayed. The lines that come out of the segments and connect to text/photo/icon descriptors can be placed so that they indicate a point of time during that segment. If you want to give the appearance of building to conclusion, place the solid arrow behind the segmented timeline of your choice and give it a gradient.
Customizing the Timelines
If you want to change the size/shape of the PowerFramework, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations.
Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the PowerFramework will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. It's not necessary to use lines with these frameworks.
Use shallow 3D depths with these frameworks. Even with shallow depths (above example is 12 points), you may have to adjust the spacing between the segments so they are distinct. The above example has been adjusted so there is white space between the segments. Applying 3D eliminated them.
Use shadows conservatively. Like the issue with using 3D, shadows will obscure the divisions between the segments.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
Gradients can be used to create an appearance of movement. The more concentrated color is on the right-hand side of the segment.
Animations should be selected that will enhance the meaning of the message, not merely to add interest to the slide. Wipes from left to right can be effective with these types of frameworks.