Temporal projects place one or more objects into context based on the passage of time. Typical projects include timelines, as well as narrative projects where temporal intervals play a key role. These projects are rarely just about putting content in sequential order; instead, they attempt to show how events, people, objects, or ideas relate to each other through their temporal continuity or discontinuity. Digital methods are particularly useful for temporal projects that have to include both long and short time scales; projects with complex or interweaving sequences of events; and projects that need to connect temporal elements to a variety of media.
Temporal projects can be among the simplest digital projects to create; beautiful timelines with multimedia elements can be created in a few hours using free tools and a spreadsheet of dates and descriptions. However, there are a lot of places where digital approaches to time can be much more complex and offer the opportunity to convey compelling arguments and analyses. Often, these happen when timelines or other visual representations of temporal scale are combined with graphs, maps, or images in addition to text.