Using the Horizon Frameworks
This is a simple framework, but it is loved by many. Breaking activities into segments (horizons) is a visual way to establish milestones. This is an alternative to a gantt chart or other timing chart. These series can also be used to establish a sequence of a trend, targets, or string of events that are measured by a non-data-driven x and y axis.
This type of chart is used more often than the cn015 horizon series.
Customizing the Horizons
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.
V01 frameworks are made of line. The line widths and colors can be changed to match your template colors. V02 horizons are made of fields. The fields can have color applied as well as a line. The example above is a v02 framework with color applied, no line color and a gradient that fades from left to right.
Don't use 3D with these frameworks. The v01 frameworks take on a fill in an awkward-looking manner and the v02 frameworks take up too much space and conflict with the text fields.
If you need to use shadows, use them carefully so the shadows don't interfere with the text.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
Gradients can be used with v02 frameworks. See the series example and the color example for how they will look. v01 frameworks don't take a gradient well because the uneven start and end levels.
Animate as a wipe from left to right on each horizon. Something simple that supports the horizon concept.