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Distant Horizon

Using the Horizon Frameworks

This series provides frameworks to illustrate a foreground and a horizon using perspective. They can be used as an alternative to a timeline. You can place icons for products that are launching on the grids closer to the beginning (bottom of the page) advancing toward the horizon above (the launch). You can also illustrate goals or targets and list the items that must be accomplished before the goal can be met. Consider using these horizon frameworks both coming from the horizon and going toward the horizon – both are useful.

These frameworks are not specific in terms of measurable increments – they are more open with randomly spaced lines. There are also arrows you can use to indicate flows to, from, or both.

This type of chart isn't used very often, which makes it more impactful when it is used. See cn014 and cn015 for other horizon charts.

Customizing the Horizons

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the grid, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations.

Color variations

The grid lines can only accept line colors. The arrows can accept fill and line colors.

3D variations

3D does not lend itself well to these frameworks


Shadows tend to detract from the effect. If you need to use a shadow for consistency purposes, choose a very short shadow.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

The gridlines should just be colored. The arrows can accept gradients and patterns if you wish.


This type of framework does not move, so the animation should be applied as reveals. The objects and/or text placed on the gridlines can be animated as reveals or motion can be applied. The downloadable animated example uses this combination.

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