Qronicles of Invention

Visualizing Qualcomm’s extensive invention portfolio in an interactive timeline.


Creative Direction
Design & User Experience
Data Visualization
Software Development

Information is Beautiful

Qualcomm challenged us to showcase the company’s major contributions to the field of mobile technology over the past 30 years.  

We created a web-based interactive timeline that tells Qualcomm's story of innovation. The Qronicles of Invention organizes and visualizes tens of thousands of patents, making Qualcomm’s entire invention portfolio accessible like never before. An algorithm ranks the importance of each patent and determines the size of each patent rectangle. Historical milestones provide context, connecting individual inventions with larger technological advancements. Users can search for specific patents or inventors, explore the stories behind important innovations, and see the impact and reach of each individual patent.

The responsive web app is fully functional on devices of all sizes, from smartphones to computers to multi-touch screens. Used by Qualcomm’s IP team, the timeline is displayed throughout the company's offices and prominently featured on qualcomm.com.

The browser-based interface allows people to explore to Qualcomm's entire patent portfolio from any device.
An algorithm calculates the value of each patent and determines its size on the timeline.
Patents are color-coded by category, providing insight at a glance.
Users can search for a specific patent or inventor.
The interface design draws from Qualcomm's brand guidelines.
Important milestones in the tech industry connect individual inventions with global technological advancements.
Elegant animations bring the data to life.
The browser-based app is optimized for both touchscreens and computers.
Tooltips display quick patent stats on hover.
Invention Stories give more information about the most influential and interesting patents.
The timeline is fully functional on smartphones.
Patent details are viewed on a smartphone.
Qualcomm uses the Qronicles of Invention to share their story.
Press & Accolades
In the spirit of that never-ending pursuit of the next great idea, this interactive Patent Wall visualizes the tens of thousands of Qualcomm's inventions conveyed through our patents. This is the story of the past, present, and future of Qualcomm.
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