Scan Through History With This Beautiful Interactive Timeline

Caitlin Schneider
Histography / Histography

Visualizing the vast expanses of history is pretty near impossible, but designer Matan Stauber has created an incredible tool to help you do just that: Histography.

The interactive site uses Wikipedia articles represented as dots to build a timeline that begins, the beginning, some 14 billion years ago with the Big Bang. You can zoom in on historical events in music, invention, or politics (among others). You can look at a single decade, just the Stone Age, or the entirety of history as we know it.

As you scroll through the timeline, the dots jumble and then reassemble—an effect that makes the past feel like so many puzzle pieces fit together. The timeline is continually updated and you can click through to the Wiki page if you want to know more about a particular event, so you can learn a thing or two while you gaze at the universe’s many moments.

[h/t Kottke]