The Henry Ford Timeline

Henry Ford Timeline

The 30th of July, 2018, marks 155 years since the birth of American automobile manufacturer Henry Ford. By introducing his Ford Model T, the first vehicle that middle-class Americans could afford, he turned the automobile from an expensive eccentricity into a practical conveyance. Going on to develop the assembly line, he also enabled the mass production of inexpensive goods, a phenomenon that would be called Fordism.

To honor the one who is revered as one of America’s leading businessmen and a major contributor to building the country’s economy during its vulnerable early years, we have created the Henry Ford Timeline, which summarizes his life and work.

At 16, the young Ford would leave home to start working as an apprentice machinist. By the time he turned 33, he was already an accomplished engineer devoting his personal time to experiments on gasoline engines. On October 1, 1908, Ford introduced the Model T which quickly became a huge commercial success due to its durability, flexibility and affordability. Ten years later, nearly half of the Americans were driving one.

By constantly exploring ways to decrease costs while improving the quality of his vehicles, Henry Ford also introduced the $5 wage for an eight-hour workday to keep the best workers loyal to his company. This meant increasing his employees’ salary by more than double of what they were previously earning. Thus, he became renowned not only for his profits, but also for his commitment to a revolutionary vision: the production of a cheap automobile made by skilled workers with steady wages.

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Data Visualization: best practices, tools, trends


Before data visualization, reams of data were compiled monthly for key executives in the form of “blue books” which organized and presented statistics, metrics and other information in lists and tables. Information in this format was difficult to access and interpret.

Executive Information Systems augmented the blue books with higher accuracy and more useable information graphically presented in an up-to-date dashboard rather than lists and tables. But these systems were costly, often requiring IS staff for their implementation and support. Recently, innovations in desktop and cloud applications have enabled users with modest skills to access and create meaningful reports and presentations due to these new data visualization software tools.

This article shares best practices and new trends in data visualization techniques, while also discussing key criteria for choosing the right visual software.

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Data visualization software will improve the content, quality and impact of your reports, and presentations created using data visualization tools will impress your customers, colleagues and partners.

Best practices and new trends in data visualization

Behind the scenes, you are able to access databases, spreadsheets, and applications to craft visually meaningful representations of that data. How do you ensure that the information is actually received as intended? Experts and experience advise us:

  • Know your audience’s comfort level with new, visual technologies and scale the visuals you use accordingly.
  • Optimize the visuals for specific content – e.g. bar charts for comparisons; pie or waterfall charts for displaying composition; timelines for events or related developments; infographics for complex relationships based on interactions or reactions revealing trends, patterns, outliers, clusters.
  • Keep formatting simple and consistent throughout the presentation or document. Be mindful of unnecessary text, illustrations or ornamentations such as drop shadows, gradients, and 3D effects, which only make the visual harder to follow.
  • Use colors to add meaning or draw the eye quickly to specific areas of interest.
  • Organize data in a logical, intuitive way to avoid misinterpretation. Categories displayed sequentially, alphabetically or by value will guide readers through the visual and help them process the data faster.
  • Prompt others’ participation with interactive maps, allowing valuable data to be recorded.
  • Employ the variety of new and powerful data visualization tools to create informative, lasting presentations.
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Choosing the best data visualization tools

A quick search of “data visualization software” yields thousands of results, and sorting through them can become overwhelming. As there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, professionals can use a few key criteria to quickly determine what visual tool would fit them or their organization best.

1. Skill level needed

Many data visualization programs may have astounding capabilities, but they can take years to master, some even requiring computer programming skills. When evaluating such tools, it is important to consider the users’ skillsets first. In most cases, a simpler tool, with fewer features but an intuitive interface, will provide far better results than complicated software that no one fully understands.

2. Desktop vs. web-based

Web tools are easily accessible from anywhere but may lack in functionalities and data storage capabilities, while desktop versions are usually richer in features, but they can be limited by the hardware they are run on. In the case of desktop apps, it is important to check whether they operate on Mac or Windows systems, or if they require Java.

3. Data import capabilities

Nothing kills the momentum like having to type in rows after rows of data for hours only to create a graphic. The ability to connect to and import information from other sources is key in data visualization.

4. Customization capabilities

Out-of-the-box visuals don’t always provide the best overview of the data. Some data visualization tools allow users to fully personalize the look and feel of their charts and graphs. While this is a big plus, professionals might want to make sure that enhanced customization doesn’t come at the cost of usability.

5. General-use vs. industry-specific

Some tools are designed to serve multiple purposes and are able to create a large variety of visuals, while others may be more specialized for a specific industry, role, or line of business. Professionals will need to decide if they’d prefer the adaptability of a general-use tool or the personalized approach of an industry-specific app.

For instance, project managers and planners will rarely use – if ever – all the graphs, charts and maps provided by multi-purpose software. Instead, they may resonate much better with a simple, tailored tool that helps them quickly generate timelines and Gantt charts to present proposals, plans or reports in a clear, appealing manner.

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Simple tools to help visualize plans or events

Professionals who need to present a series of tasks or activities in a visual way can use lightweight timeline and Gantt chart makers such as Office Timeline or Pincello. The two data visualization tools were designed to be simple and intuitive so that users can get started right away, without having to learn intricate functions. Both apps can import their data from other sources and instantly turn it into a meaningful timeline, which can then be fully customized and updated easily.

  • Office Timeline Plus is a feature-rich desktop tool optimized for Windows systems. It plugs into PowerPoint and allows users to build, revise and share their visuals right from within the familiar presentation tool. Try Office Timeline Plus for free.

  • Pincello is a flexible online data visualization tool that works on any operating system, including Mac. It enables professionals to build timelines and Gantt charts directly in their browser, access them from anywhere, and update them on the fly. Once ready, the visuals can be saved as images or as native PowerPoint slides to be used in presentations. Make timelines online now.

Using the right data visualization tools for presentations or reports, professionals can quickly turn complex data into easily-digestible graphics that will impress clients, colleagues and partners.


Useful Resources:

Pincello Quick Start Tips

Office Timeline Quick Start Tutorial


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Ernest Hemingway Timeline

Ernest Hemingway Timeline

On the 21st of July, 1899, American journalist and novelist Ernest Miller Hemingway was born. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954, the writer gained admiration not only for his unique style of writing, which he coined as the Theory of Iceberg, but also for his adventurous lifestyle and controversial public image. With seven novels, six collections of short stories and two non-fiction works published during his lifetime – plus ten other volumes posthumously – he significantly influenced the 20th-century fiction and is considered one of the greatest figures in American literature.

To celebrate the anniversary of the author who succeeded in conveying powerful, evocative messages in a terse style and inspired later generations to say more with less, we created the Ernest Hemingway Timeline, which summarizes his tumultuous life and prolific work.

Starting his career as a newspaper reporter, Mr. Hemingway retained the minimalist style of journalism and ingeniously used it in his literary creations. The action-packed plots and the sap of his novels stemmed not so much from his imagination, but his very own thrilling life as a solider, wartime correspondent and incurable traveler. At only 18 years old, Hemingway received the Italian Silver Medal of Bravery for saving dozens of lives as a Red Cross ambulance driver during World War I. Having learned to hunt, fish and camp in childhood, he also had a tremendous passion for outdoor adventure, which would take him to exotic parts of the world – fishing in the Caribbean or on safaris in Africa.

His effervescence would lead him to experience extreme situations that often put his life in danger and took a toll on his physical and mental health. Given that he took part in the Normandy Landings on June 6, 1944, was repeatedly injured in his hunting expeditions, and survived two successive plane crashes, his famous “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed” makes so much sense.

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Frank Sinatra Albums Timeline

Frank Sinatra Timeline

To some, 13 may be an ill-fated number, but not for singer and actor Frank Sinatra. The legendary crooner, dubbed Ol’ Blue Eyes or The Voice, made his recording debut with the Harry James band on July 13, 1939. Fast forward a few years, and he was already a widely acclaimed artist and a teenage heartthrob, fans flocking to see him. Unlike with other pop singers, his career was not short-lived, but spanned across more than half a century, yielding a recorded legacy of 59 studio album, 2 live albums, 8 compilation ones and 297 singles.

To celebrate the breakthrough of one of the most influential and popular artists of the 20th century, we have created the Frank Sinatra Timeline, which gives a chronological overview of his most important studio album releases.

Beginning his musical career in the swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey’s band, Mr. Sinatra signed a deal as a solo artist with Columbia Records in 1943 and soon became the idol of bobby soxers. Once he found success, the My Way singer released numerous critically lauded records and performed in front of large audiences, which included presidents John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.

Among the recordings that make us involuntarily think of him, there were some that the blue-eyed swing artist hated, such as Strangers in the Night. The only reason he recorded it was because of the improvised skat at the end of the song.

Even 2 decades after Mr. Sinatra’s death, his songs still appeal to audiences of all ages and he is considered one of the best-selling artists of all time, with more than 150 million records sold worldwide.

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The FIFA World Cup Winners Timeline

Fifa World cup Winners Timeline

The FIFA World Cup, the international competition contested by men’s national association football teams and awarded once every four years, is at its 21st tournament and in full swing. The inaugural edition of the world’s most prestigious sporting event was played in Uruguay in July 1930. Not only did the South American country host the championship, but it also won the first World Cup trophy. Presently hosted by Russia, the 2018 tournament is the first one to take place on two continents - Europe and Asia – and also the first one to be held in Eastern Europe.

As the quarter-finals of the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup loom large and the number of contestants slims down to soon unravel this year’s champion, we have created the FIFA World Cup Winners timeline to recap all the victors throughout the history of the competition since its debut.

Out of the total of 20 tournaments played so far, Brazil holds the most titles with five trophies won, Germany and Italy being close behind with a number of four each. For the 1930 World Cup only 13 teams entered the competition, while the current format includes 32 competing nations. It has been announced that the number of contenders will jump to 48 in 2026.

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