Sandbox: a quick and easy way to experiment with Yonder
The Yonder Sandbox is a wiki-style map, open for anyone to experiment with Yonder features. Go ahead and give it a test drive by clicking the image below:
It's easy to get started. Use the toolbar (right below the timeline) to add content to the map. Start by placing a few markers to highlight places you've visited over the years. Then take it a step further by adding overlays and/or entries!
Disclaimer: since this map requires no login, content can be changed by anyone or removed if it's unfit for public consumption. That said, you're welcome to create an account and build your own maps today!
Sample map: A Trip to London, Paris, and Rome
If history's not your thing, no biggie—Yonder can be used in many ways. The demo map below documents my 2013 European vacation (click the image):
With the Yonder Construction Kit you can build a map that covers many years or just a few days, the choice is yours.
Yonder Construction Kit (beta) is here!
Development notes: it started with a "ribbon"
So... what problem is Yonder trying to solve, exactly?
The long version: I struggle to learn history because I have a tendency to gloss over details, and I often fail to connect the dots in order to grasp the broader context. The blunt version: despite my interest in learning history, I suck at it.
So I asked myself, "What would it take to make the learning curve less daunting? What's missing?" I thought of several things that were missing, first and foremost being the visualization of progression over time.