See the story unfold in 4D with a vertical timeline template

Map out memorable memos and missives for all to see with a project communications plan template from FigJam.

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Vertical timeline template

Start with an example communications plan and work together with teammates or your project manager to tailor it to fit your voice and vision.

Look back to stay on track

Use a strategic communications plan template to share information thoughtfully and thoroughly with customers and coworkers.

Broadcast on all channels: Identify every medium and method of strategic communication you’ll adopt.

Plan with precision: Clarify company goals, employee roles, and the relationships between your audience, the channel, and your message.

Share the stakes: Bring all team members and stakeholders into the fold to share your quest for success.

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Take your timeline template vertical

A one-sided conversation won’t produce results—it takes two (or more) to tango. Open a fresh communications planning template in a shared FigJam whiteboard and start coordinating with your team to create an effective project communication plan. Anyone can voice their opinions through text badges, Teams, and Lil todo.

There’s no time(line) like the present

Clear, consistent brand messaging is a recipe for success—and a communication plan is a key ingredient. For more inspiration, check out the growing collection of Community templates.


A vertical timeline is a graphic representation of the passage of time. A straight downward line represents the days, months, or years passing by, while occasional notches indicate noteworthy events.

Some vertical timeline examples place the most recent developments at the bottom; others start at the bottom and move toward the top. Regardless of their orientation, effective vertical timelines provide a clear start and endpoint while touching on what happened in between.

Like all timelines, vertical timelines illustrate milestones, major events, and progress as it relates to time. While some timelines extend horizontally, vertical timelines are meant to be navigated by reading up or down. With more space for text, these outlines tend to be easier to read—especially if the timeline spans a great of events or if it’s being displayed in web or mobile contexts.

Vertical timeline templates can tell overarching stories. But these timelines can also be more granular, zooming in on a shorter time frame and investigating key events within a year.

Vertical timelines don’t have to be retrospective, either. This timeline layout can hash out upcoming events, or put the past in context with the present—the possibilities are endless.

As you might have guessed, creating a vertical timeline starts by drawing a vertical line. But before you draw your line, you should think about the narrative you want to explore. What story do you want your timeline to tell?

From there, you’ll write out a list of defining events, including the date or year of occurrence. Once you have every event and key moment, all that’s left is to arrange them in chronological order and add any necessary detail needed (especially if you’re creating an external document).

Creating a picture-perfect vertical timeline is a breeze with FigJam. Drag and drop shapes to easily rearrange events, pull in branded content from other documents, and crowdsource memories through polls, prompts, and comments—all without leaving your browser.

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