For my first university project I was required to complete a creative timeline depicting 100 years of fashion, starting with the 1910s and ending with present day. In today’s article I will be documenting all of my ideas and experimentation leading up to my final timeline design.
I began feeling a little lost about what I wanted my timeline to look like, so I decided to start with a basic linear layout. Although I liked how clearly the information was portrayed, the timeline didn’t really have any personality. I didn’t want my timeline to feel like a graph, I wanted it to be full of life, emotion and stories.
I looked for layout inspiration and started to fall in love with the idea of a circular timeline, something with a focal point in the centre. These are some examples of layouts I found on-line that influenced my final design.
I began with a focal point and created eleven sectors to showcase my interpretation of each decade. I liked the idea of the edges of each sector blending together to show the fluent change between fashion trends. However, I eventually decided against this because I felt the timeline would look too busy and confusing without any defined spaces. So I created a gap between each sector.
The first outcome of my final design was inspired by planetary orbit and the circular designs I had researched. I liked the idea of the different phases of the moon being similar to fashion changes throughout the decades – the position of the sun changes the way that the moon appears, almost like how social and political factors change how we want to wear our clothes.
I felt that the colours of this design were quite old fashioned and washed out, so I covered the yellow sectors with collages and substituted the moon for some relevant text. I also felt that the way I displayed the years of the decade didn’t stand out against the collage, so I moved them into the white space. I left an area of blank space in the 2010 sector – this was because we are only halfway through this decade and I wanted to communicate that we still have a lot of new fashion to discover.
Overall I am very happy with my design – it summarises the key points of each decade without being too simplistic. It shows every important detail in a colourful and exciting way. However, if I did do this project again I would have perhaps moved the focal point to somewhere less obvious, to make the layout more interesting. I would also have liked to use more of my own drawings, instead of secondary images.