My first ever AP course was also probably my hardest. European history was the only subject available in the Advanced Placement course for sophomores, and everyone was taking it so why not? How hard could it be?
Throughout the course, my sense of chronology was completely off. The only thing I knew was that in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Prior to the final exam in the spring, I created a timeline to help me remember. It proved to be an interesting design challenge to say the least.
Especially reflecting the fact that religion died down dramatically as a motivator in European history. This was also pre-Photoshop/InDesign days for me, so it was made entirely in Apple’s Pages program. The full dimensions came out to be 17 x 31″; essentially three 11 x 17″ sheets of paper put together with one inch of overlap at each intersection. Also, not to deny anyone the satisfaction of examining every aspect of Europe’s history in full, uncompressed glory, I’ll also include the PDF