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September 29, 2018
Interactive timeline for the European Union
July 29, 2016
There are 28 countries in the European Union (EU) but there will be 27 soon. You probably heard about Brexit – United Kingdom decided to leave the EU. This was still a hot topic while I was browsing list of e-learning challenges so I decided to catch up with interactive timelines topic as EU has an interesting story to show.
My idea was very simple – just to show the dates and countries which joined EU at that time. There were 8 EU enlargements since 1958, so my timeline (which was a flag mast) had to have 8 milestones to present.
(click image to launch interaction)
For the information transparency I kept the date tags colour (points on the timeline) consistent with the countries joining that year - so if a date was typed in red a set of red countries had to appear. All I needed was an editable version of Europe’s map and I found a nice one here. Every country was a separate object so it was easy to colour and group them the way I wanted.
When all the countries were coloured in Illustrator I exported them as different assets and inserted to Storyline with hidden as initial state.
So when a date tag is clicked it triggers two actions:
an image of countries changes its state to normal (all these image are placed on a main slide)
a list of new members joining appears (they all sit on different layers).
Now you have a chance to check how the EU expanded.