Universe Process

Universe Timeline Process



First iterations of the infographic. I first set out on this project to portray the elements found in human bodies and trace how they originated from stars created during the time of the Big Bang. 


second B/W Rough VERSION

Since I was dealing with a large chunk of time originating from the Big Bang, I needed to create a better context for the kind of scale I was handling. So I added in a timeline. From the timeline itself, I drew out the points I wanted to highlight regarding star formation and elements found in humans.



After some feedback, it was decided that I was going in two directions and I needed to focus on just one. Even though I was really struck by the poetry of celestial elements  tracing down to human composition, there wasn't enough concrete data about it. 

The vertical style of the first timeline was too uniform and visually repetitive, hindering from showing the enormous scale of time starting from the Big Bang. To get a better handle of the numbers I had, I converted the whole timeline to fit within a calendar year.



A horizontal, left-to-right reading of time seemed the most natural way of reading time. The previous vertical version made the eye move too much across the page. In these sketches I wanted to work out how to expand the timeline into its smaller time units within a calendar year.

The expansions proceed like this: month > day > last day > last hour > last minute > last second. 

Least case (least content)

Least case (least content)

Middle case (manageable amount of content)

Middle case (manageable amount of content)

Greatest case (most content)

Greatest case (most content)


Above I went through the "least", "middle", and "greatest" cases. These categories define the different cases of information complexity/density. The beginning of the timeline in January is pretty sparse because of large time periods between events during the beginning of the universe.

From there I worked with the middle of the timeline where things start to get crowded. However, the "least" and "middle" cases didn't compare to the "greatest" case when things reaally got exciting (and by exciting I mean immensely dense.)